Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook
KU coach Bill Self was asked if his six-man recruiting class might grow to seven on Monday during an appearance on 810 radio’s Border Patrol:
“I don’t want to say positively we’re done. We’re not actively pursuing anybody right now at all,” Self said. “Things happen in recruiting where things kind of fall your way. Brandon (Rush) fell to us in August. Certainly if we can get a player of that caliber, we wouldn’t shy off that. As of right now, that’s not the case.”
The father of former Vanderbilt player Andre Walker said Sunday that his son, a 6-8 forward, would visit KU this week.
“I really like our recruiting class,” Self said of guards Ben McLemore and Naadir Tharpe and forwards Braeden Anderson, Merv Lindsay, Jamari Traylor and Kevin Young. Young and Lindsay joined the team just this month.
“There was a lot of speculation the Daniels young man (DeAndre, UConn) would possibly be a Jayhawk. We worked on that for a long time. That didn’t work out, but it’s amazing how other things kind of fall this way because Kevin (former Loyola Marymount player) is a good player. He has a shot to make the Puerto Rican national team. Merv should be a high school senior (he’s 17). He’s a great student, already graduated. He was probably going to go to prep school (before exploding on AAU scene). Merv in our opinion is a top-30 player in the 2012 class. We got him a year early. He can really shoot it. He and Conner Teahan would be the two best shooters on our team.”
Self confessed: “To be quite honest, I was disappointed in our class up until about two weeks ago. Our class is really good. Jamari and Braeden … those are good players, and Naadir is better than anybody knows, and Ben is as good a wing prospect or big guard prospect as there is in the country. I’m really excited about the class and think it will be a fun class to coach.”
Robinson shines at camp
KU junior Thomas Robinson drew rave reviews from ESPN.com for his play at last week’s Amar’e Stoudemire camp in Chicago.
“The Jayhawk flew down the court, challenged shots at the rim, finished inside rebounds and low-post moves with strength and athleticism, and threw down the indisputable dunk of the day — a cocked one-handed fast break alley-oop that caused plenty of stone-faced NBA scouts in attendance to cast each other knowingly excited glances,” wrote ESPN’s Eamonn Brennan.