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Bill Self comments on signees Ben McLemore, Braeden Anderson

Kansas head coach coach Bill Self visits with reporters after a press conference Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse. Self was asked about this year's tournament, his players and thoughts on next year's roster.

Kansas head coach coach Bill Self visits with reporters after a press conference Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse. Self was asked about this year's tournament, his players and thoughts on next year's roster.

April 13, 2011, 6:38 p.m. Updated April 14, 2011, 1:49 a.m.

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Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self on Wednesday announced that shooting guard Ben McLemore and power forward Braeden Anderson have signed scholarship agreements to play hoops at KU.

McLemore, 6-foot-5, 185 pounds from St. Louis, signed a national letter of intent in a ceremony Wednesday at Christian Life Center in Humble, Texas.

Anderson, 6-8, 215 from Ototoks, Alberta, inked a financial-aid agreement with KU at his home in Canada. He had previously signed a national letter with DePaul. High schoolers are allowed to sign just one letter of intent.

McLemore averaged 16 points and seven rebounds in six games at the Texas school. He started the school year at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., before being dismissed for violating undisclosed team rules.

“Ben is a guy we identified a couple of years ago being a player that would be a priority for us,” Self said. “Very rarely do you find guys that are as athletic as Ben with the shooting skill that he has. He’s going to become even a better shooter as we move forward. He has a chance to be an outstanding player.”

McLemore, who chose KU over Missouri and Tennessee, is rated No. 17 nationally by Rivals.com.

“It’s not easy for a kid growing up in St. Louis to choose the University of Kansas,” Self said. “We’ve been so pleased with his loyalty. Ben has told us all along that he wanted to be a Jayhawk, and we let the process play out, and he certainly held true to that. I’m very excited about him.”

Anderson — he chose KU over Kentucky, Arizona, Florida, Missouri and Memphis — averaged 20 points and 11 rebounds at Wilbraham and Monson Academy in Wilbraham, Mass. He recently left the school for undisclosed reasons and is finishing up his course work online in Canada.

“Braeden is a guy we identified late,” Self said of the unranked player. “When we felt like the (Morris) twins would probably be leaving, we looked for the best available big guy there was in the country. Although we are still recruiting a couple more, Braeden Anderson was on everybody’s list. He is a guy with a great skill set, great bounce and great body and is just a short time away from a chance to be a really good player for us.”

The spring signing period lasts until May 18. KU, which signed point guard Naadir Tharpe in November, has three remaining scholarships to give in the Class of 2011, four if Josh Selby declares for the NBA Draft. Previously a walk-on, Conner Teahan received a scholarship this year because one was available. He figures to receive one again his senior year, with KU likely not to fill all available slots. Self said he would like to sign at least one more perimeter player and one more frontcourt player.

No. 91-rated Tharpe, a 6-footer from Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H., averaged 14.5 points and 6.0 assists in leading Brewester to a 31-3 record.

Players still on KU’s wish list include DeAndre Daniels, 6-8, 180, from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.; Jamari Traylor, 6-7, 210, also from IMG; and Trevor Lacey, 6-3, 190, from Butler High in Huntsville, Ala.

Possible transfer?

La Salle sophomore center Aaric Murray, who has announced plans to transfer, may make a recruiting trip to KU, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. The 6-10 Philly native averaged 15.2 points and 7.7 rebounds last season. He has visited Oklahoma State and also has West Virginia, Marquette and DePaul on his list.

Still in Vegas

KU freshman Selby remained in Las Vegas on Wednesday, working out at Impact Basketball as he decides whether to enter the NBA Draft or return to KU for a second season.

Underclassmen have until April 24 to declare. ESPN’s Chad Ford lists Selby as the 44th overall prospect, meaning he’d be a second-round pick in this year’s draft. Draftexpress.com has Selby being taken No. 27 in the first round.

CBSsports.com’s Gary Parrish is the latest to write that Selby ultimately will choose the NBA. In Wednesday’s piece on the CBS website, he wrote: “Selby will announce sometime soon that he’s entering the NBA Draft because the only real alternative would be to return to Kansas, and that just isn’t happening. You think Selby wants to try to explain to the NCAA how he has been paying to train in Las Vegas for the past week? No way. So the freshman guard will pick an agent and formally declare — meaning his entire college career will consist of one disappointing season that garnered more headlines for impermissible benefits (in high school) than impressive performances.”

Comments

David Atchley 3 years, 8 months ago

Second largest recruiting budget in NCAA Division 1 Basketball, and Self can't crack the top 15 with a recruit and is relying on possible transfers from basketball powerhouses like LaSalle to fill out his roster. His big recruiting budget just ranked his efforts 4th overall...IN THE BIG 12 Conference!

Bob Forer 3 years, 8 months ago

HCBS has the uncanny abliity to recruit top classes. So what. He's might be having an off year. Big deal!! Lay off the guy.

Jeff Darby 3 years, 8 months ago

Well lets see... our four best players from this season (Morris twins, Morningstar, and Reed) weren't "top 15" prosects as far as I remember. KU consistantly wins Big 12 regular season and Big 12 tournament titles. I seem to recall winning the 2008 national championship. Relax, mustlehustle, we'll be fine. 99% of division 1 b-ball programs wished that they were half as sucessful as we are...

Kaplow 3 years, 8 months ago

annnnnd...He still continues to rebuild and win consistently. With what this team of coaches has been able to do to build the program and win the conference 7 times in a row, I tend care more about their opinion of the recruits we are landing than the latest rankings from rivals or whoever else....

David Atchley 3 years, 8 months ago

Thennnnnn....find the interview on ESPNU yesterday with "Brandon Beal" 2011 Gatorade Player of the Year on why he chose Florida over Kansas... it screams volumes how Kansas missed out on the top player, simply due to the "approach" of both coaches. Seems Self's arrogance isn't limited to just playing the "mid majors" in the tournament! I assure you at Duke, North Carolina, or even "Butler" they never talk about rebuilding, they talk about reloading.

Jeff Darby 3 years, 8 months ago

Did Duke, North Carolina, Florida, or "Butler" win the national championship year? Relax dude...

DaBellaDaBall 3 years, 8 months ago

Does KU miss some top players? Of course. So does Duke, UNC and everyone else. You can't win 'em all.

Is Coach Self one of the very best recruiters in the land? Of course. It is a fact. Look at what he has done. Look at the facts-I don't have the time or space to list all of his recruiting accomplishments.

Anyone who can't see that Coach is a great recruiter knows nothing about college basketball. Coach isn't perfect. I don't think he is among the very best game-time coaches in the land, but when you consider all that goes into being a head coach, he is right up there with the very best. Bill Self not a great recruiter? That is laughable. Get real.

CardHawkFan 3 years, 8 months ago

Most of the great coaches in the land recruit the players who best fit with their program. John Calipari - although I think he can coach - consistently has the top recruits in the country (mostly because his offense allows players the opportunity to hang on to the basketball for large portions of the offense set) and he has won how many national championships...? We have had two straight years of one-and-done's and it has aided us how? The 2008 team had how many McDonald's All-Americans as seniors...0. Let the one-and-done's go and let's shoot for the guys who might want to stick around and make something happen. Talent + experience = national championships! Doesn't hurt either to have a chip on your shoulder from not being highly recruited either!

Jeff Kilgore 3 years, 8 months ago

Lots of teams do well in the tourney without the top 10 kids. Self prepares his kids to win, and even if we have been upset in the tourney more than we would like, I still love the 30+ wins each season, but I don't expect that every year.

It would be nice to get better players. How does Calipari do it? Look at his track record.

Richard Payton 3 years, 8 months ago

Wonder if this player attended the ethics class at LaSalle in Philly where strippers got paid $150.00 for each student in class?

colreader 3 years, 8 months ago

35 wins this season............that's a lot of wins. I enjoyed watching them. Not so much the 3 losses.

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