Monday, May 15, 2006

Let the Building Do the Work

What a great recruiting tool--a U17 tournament in Allen Fieldhouse. The winning team (K.C. Pump N Run) featured's #3 ranked player in the class of '08, Travis Releford (pictured). KU's working on attracting him (the 6'5" player scored 10 points in the championship game, hitting 3 of his four FGA's), and he told that playing in Lawrence was attractive: “I like the lights and the fans,” Releford said. “There’s a whole lot of people giving me hype.”

A couple of other guards KU's after were in the game as well, Conner Teahan and Tyrel Reed. The two were a combined 6 of 14 from 3, scoring a combined 35 points. (For a breakdown by player, see the story at

On his resemblance to a distinguished KU alum, Reed had this to say: "People compare me to Kirk Hinrich just because of my looks, my style of play a little bit," Reed said. "It's a good comparison, I think." (Story here.)
A bit over the top, perhaps, but he's an in-state prospect (Burlington, KS), and he's made's top 100 for the class of '07, so it seems like a good fit for Allen. Roy, of course, wants him at Carolina (he's visited Reed three times already), perhaps confirming the Hinrich resemblance. . . .

Last but not least, Cole Aldrich reaffirmed his devotion to the Crimson and Blue: "Home, sweet home, that's all I've got to say," he told the Journal-World. With an injured foot, he was held to four points on Friday, and ended up in the hospital Saturday after an elbow to the ribs. Despite all of that, the 6-11, #1 ranked center (according to, at least), remains enthusiastic about KU.

No doubt about it--Coach Self knows how to recruit.


  1. Aldrich is looking a bit fragile, no?

    I remember thinking the same thing about Simien before he arrived at KU, which turned out to be more or less true. Still, if Aldrich can have anything like Wayne's career, injuries and all, I suppose I'll take it.

  2. Hospital? for an elbow to the ribs? Isn't that what centers are supposed to do, take elbows to the ribs?

  3. As the "French Shaq," Ismail should know ...

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