Self in New York
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self was in New York on Wednesday night for the Jimmy V. Classic Dinner Auction at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers.
The event was hosted by ESPN’s Mike Tirico. Also attending were coaches Josh Pastner of Memphis, Tom Izzo of Michigan State and Jim Boeheim of Syracuse. KU will play Memphis, and Syracuse will tangle with MSU at the one-day Classic, set for Dec. 7 in Madison Square Garden.
Late Night info
Self is hoping for the usual packed Allen Fieldhouse for Friday’s Late Night in the Phog. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the show to start at 7:30. Admission is free, with seating on a first-come, first-served basis. A short scrimmage featuring Josh Selby, the No. 1-ranked prospect in the Class of 2010, will conclude the proceedings.
“This is a big Late Night for us for a lot of reasons,” said Self, not specifically mentioning recruiting in accordance with NCAA rules. Suffice it to say, a lot of top prospects will be on hand.
“With it being fall break and the students gone, we have to have a packed house. It should be a fun night, too. It’s a chance to see the new-look Jayhawks. We are different than we have been the past few years,” Self said.
It was incorrectly rumored that comic actor Will Ferrell would attend.
“No, he will not be here,” Self said. “But I could tell you some things to get people here. I’ll tell you the (Rolling) Stones are going to sing the national anthem. Plus Will Ferrell is the emcee.
“Nah, we have some stuff going on, though. Marketing has some fun things. Will’s not coming, though.”
Seniors to attend on official visits: No. 4-rated LeBryan Nash, 6-7, Dallas Lincoln High; No. 17 Ben McLemore, 6-5, Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson, Va.; No. 76 Angelo Chol, 6-8, San Diego Hoover High.
Juniors to attend on unofficial visits: No. 27 Shaquille Cleare, 6-9, The Village School, Houston; No. 37 Marcus Paige, 6-0, Linn Mar Community School, Marion, Iowa; No. 38 Nino Jackson, 6-2, Ardmore (Okla.) High; No. 97 Zach Peters, 6-9, Prestonwood Christian Academy, Plano, Texas (orally committed to KU).
Sophomores: No. 1 Andrew Harrison, 6-5, Travis High, Fort Bend, Texas; No. 3 Julius Randle, 6-8, Prestonwood Christian Academy, Plano, Texas; No. 10 Aaron Harrison, 6-5, Travis High, Fort Bend, Texas (brother of Andrew); unranked Ishmael Wainright, 6-5, Raytown (Mo.) South High; unranked Travis Jorgenson, 5-10, Rock Bridge High, Columbia, Mo.
It’s possible No. 19 Norvel Pelle, 6-8 from Price High in Compton, Calif., also will be in town for Late Night.