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The Newell Post

Summer Q&A: Is '08 KU better than '12 Kentucky? And who had the best season in the Bill Self era?

Jesse Newell

Earlier today, I asked Twitter followers if they'd be interested in a question-and-answer blog on KUsports.com about advanced stats, and the response was great. The following are some of the questions I received. Let's get nerdy. **Kevin Baker @deutschmarine** > why is 2012 UK seen as some all time > ...

Where does each KU basketball returner need to improve?

Jesse Newell

It's the basketball offseason, which means it's the best time for the Kansas men's basketball players to improve their skills before the games begin to matter again in November. So what types of drills should each returning KU player be focusing on? Taking a look at last year's statistics, here's ...

The biggest difference between Ben McLemore and Xavier Henry? Perception

Jesse Newell

The general consensus I get from Kansas basketball fans is that Xavier Henry was a bust in his one-and-done year, while Ben McLemore was a success. It's simply not true if you look only at the numbers. http://www2.kusports.com/photos/galleries/2013/jan/06/ku-basketball-v-temple/95702/ For the last few years, Ken Pomeroy has listed "player comparables" in ...

Did Perry Ellis exceed expectations in 2012-13?

Jesse Newell

If you watched a lot of NCAA Tournament games last year, you most likely heard the story of Butler graduate manager Drew Cannon. In short, Cannon was put on Brad Stevens' staff as an advanced statistics expert, going through numbers to help Butler put its best lineup on the floor ...

Here's what KU's 2013 basketball recruiting class would have looked like in previous years

Jesse Newell

Kentuckysports.com recently put together a blog post about the Wildcats' recruiting class and how it might have looked like in earlier years. Because Kansas coach Bill Self has compiled his best recruiting class (at least on paper) in his 10 years in Lawrence, I thought it would be interesting to ...

Will Andrew Wiggins average over/under 18 points next season?

Jesse Newell

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2013/may/14/255202/ I guess Andrew Wiggins is kind of a big deal. Not only has he moved the Kansas men's basketball team from 30-to-1 odds to win the national championship to 7.5-to-1, but the site Bovada also had individual odds on whether Wiggins would score over or under 18 points per ...

Here's what type of player KU is getting in Tarik Black

Jesse Newell

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2013/may/20/255688/ There's a saying in baseball that goes, "There's no such thing as a bad one-year contact." If you were wondering why teams like Duke and Kansas were in on Memphis forward Tarik Black, who started just five games for the Tigers a year ago, it's mostly because of this ...

Instant reaction: ESPN.com's Jason King talks about what the Andrew Wiggins signing means for KU

Jesse Newell

ESPN.com college basketball reporter Jason King (@JasonKingESPN on Twitter) took some time to talk about the Kansas men's basketball team signing No. 1 prospect Andrew Wiggins and what it means for the Jayhawks in 2013-14. **Q:** What's your first reaction to Wiggins committing to KU? http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2013/apr/21/253617/ **A:** I'm actually somewhat ...

Rivals.com's Eric Bossi discusses Andrew Wiggins and his potential impact if he commits to KU

Jesse Newell

Rivals.com's No. 1-ranked recruit Andrew Wiggins will announce his college decision at approximately 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, with Kansas as one of the final four schools on his list. http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2013/mar/04/250665/ Rivals national recruiting analyst Eric Bossi (@ebosshoops on Twitter) took some time to talk about Wiggins and what impact he might ...

Here's what type of player KU is getting in Hunter Mickelson

Jesse Newell

Six-foot-10 Arkansas transfer Hunter Mickelson told the Journal-World on Thursday he will be transferring to play for Kansas. The big man will have two years of eligibility for KU starting with the 2014-15 season. Here'a a look at Mickelson's statistical profile from his two years at Arkansas (stats from KenPom.com). ...

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