Archive for Thursday, September 13, 2012

Bill Self to visit nation’s top-ranked preps

September 13, 2012


Julius Randle and Jabari Parker — the Nos. 1- and 2-rated high school basketball prospects in the country by — are playing host to Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self this week.

Self on Wednesday visited top-ranked Randle, a 6-foot-9, 240-pound power forward from Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas. Randle has a list of KU, Baylor, Duke, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas.

Kentucky coach John Calipari visited Randle earlier this week.

“There are a few coaches that Julius is willing to confide in, and that he reaches out to with questions,” Prestonwood coach Chris Mayberry told “But, I think that Calipari is by far the one that Julius is most comfortable with. Comfort in his recruitment is going to be huge, so I think that’s great that Julius and John (Calipari) have that type of early relationship.”

On Friday, Self will travel to Chicago to visit the home of No. 2-ranked Parker, a 6-8, 220-pound power forward from Simeon High.

Florida coach Billy Donovan on Tuesday visited Parker, who is considering KU, Florida, Brigham Young, DePaul, Duke, Georgetown, Kentucky, Michigan State, North Carolina and Stanford.

“I am looking for how the coaches explain their style of play to Jabari,” Sonny Parker, Jabari’s dad and high school coach, told “I want to see how the coaches are going to set up a player of Jabari’s size and talent so he can handle the ball on the break and in the half court. Jabari needs to be allowed to make plays.”

Of Parker, ESPN’s Reggie Rankin wrote: “He has the ability to rebound, lead the break, come off screens, pick and pop to drive or shoot the three. Not to mention, if his defender is smaller than him, he will attack from the low post, where he has the feel, moves and footwork of an NBA veteran and the basketball IQ to go with it.”

Both Parker and Randle are expected to sign in the spring.


Robert Rauktis 5 years, 5 months ago

"Jabari needs to be allowed to make plays.”

That's parent code for he wants to run the team, with the help of Sonny. I'm not sure how many foster coaches Self can tolerate in his career. And doesn't it get old kissing the ring of a teenager?

Tyson Travis 5 years, 5 months ago

Agree with the above. We had one like that before, it was Ed and Danny Manning, they came as a package deal, it worked out pretty well all-around, but that was under Larry Brown. My motto is, "Son, come to KU (or the USMC), follow our system, we'll make a man out of you."

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 5 months ago

Pretty much every top-level, one-and-done type recruit is looking for a team that will make them the focus, and allow them to play the way they believe will make them a lottery pick the following year.

Indications from the recruits that Self has gotten over the years are that he doesn't mince words about who'll be running the team.

hesshawk 5 years, 5 months ago

And pretty much every one of them knows that Calipari will bend over and kiss *^$ to get him to sign.

I prefer the way Coach Self does it. These kids aren't running the show, and he makes sure they know that before they ever get here.

Rock Chalk

Jock Navels 5 years, 5 months ago

You make it to the final 4 with 3 and 4 star recruits that stick around and become better than 1 year glam show guys. skip jabari. go find another TRob.

mae 5 years, 5 months ago

KU teaches basketball. You don't teach us. /high school coach telling us about basketball?

Terry Sexton 5 years, 5 months ago

jocknavals, I like your thinking, but Kentucky fans & Anthony Davis would argue that point.

Derkle25 5 years, 5 months ago

rockchalker52, I agree that Kentucky fans would argue that point. However, how many of them could name their players from as little as 3 years ago? I feel like KU fans get a lot more attached to their players with Bill Self's system, and they make these players feel more like they're part of the Jayhawk family. I much prefer Bill Self's style to the shady sleazeballs like Calapari and Calhoun.

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