Monthly Archives: April 2011

Royce Woolridge to leave Jayhawks

Kansas freshman guard Royce Woolridge will transfer from the program, Woolridge confirmed Friday afternoon.

“I just feel as if my style of play didn’t fit this program,” Woolridge said. “Coach (Self) and I came to a mutual understanding. I will miss Kansas and everything that it has done for me.”

Woolridge, a native of Phoenix, committed to Kansas at the end of his sophomore season in 2008. He stayed true to his commitment but did not see much playing time his freshman season.

He played just 2.8 minutes per game, averaging 0.6 points per game.

Woolridge’s departure comes a day after freshman guard Josh Selby declared for the NBA draft. That leaves KU with six scholarship guards for next season: Tyshawn Taylor, Elijah Johnson, Travis Releford, former walk-on Conner Teahan and incoming freshmen Naadir Tharpe and Ben McLemore.

KU has three scholarship big men: Thomas Robinson, Jeff Withey and incoming freshman Braeden Anderson.

That means KU has four scholarships available for the 2011 season. KU coach Bill Self is still known to be recruiting five-star forward DeAndre Daniels, four-star guard Trevor Lacey and three-star forward Jamari Traylor.

Despite ESPN video, McLemore has not committed to KU yet

St. Louis shooting guard Ben McLemore, the No. 17 overall player in the 2011 recruiting class by Rivals.com, is expected to announce his college decision on Sunday at the NeXt All-American Classic in suburban Chicago.

It has been widely suspected that McLemore would choose Kansas over Missouri, and it appeared that suspicion was confirmed a day early Saturday when ESPN placed a video of recruiting analyst Dave Telep talking about McLemore’s commitment to KU on its Web site.

Link: http://tinyurl.com/44yoxm5

Turns out, according to Telep’s Twitter account (@DaveTelep), ESPN filmed videos for a KU commitment and a MU commitment in an effort to be prepared for either decision. Neither video was supposed to have been put up on Saturday.

ESPN’s mistake further proves that, in the crazy world of recruiting, it’s always best to get the information straight from the player. And Saturday, after the video was posted, McLemore said on his Twitter account (@BMAC2311) in an exchange with KU signee Naadir Tharpe (@SharpeTharpe) that “Man naw i dnt commit.”

Jayhawk Nation will have to wait until Sunday after all. Considering Missouri hasn’t named a head coach, a commitment to the Tigers would be a shock in an era when most players commit to head coaches over schools.

McLemore would become the second commitment for KU, following the point guard Tharpe, who signed with Kansas in November. KU coach Bill Self said that the Jayhawks needed to have a big spring recruiting period, and McLemore’s commitment would be a great start.

McLemore stands 6-foot-5 and 185 pounds. With the losses of wing players Tyrel Reed, Brady Morningstar and Mario Little to graduation, McLemore would have a chance to earn playing time his freshman year.

Twins’ decision coming next week, mom says

Kansas junior twin forwards Marcus and Markieff Morris have been in Los Angeles this week meeting with an agent named Jason Martin, according to Yahoo! Sports NBA reporter Marc Spears, who is citing a source.

The report says that the Morris twins are close to signing with Martin. But on Friday afternoon, Angel Morris, the twins’ mother, told The Star by text message that is inaccurate.

Angel Morris said Marcus and Markieff would make their NBA decisions “sometime next week.”

In draftexpress.com’s latest NBA draft projections, Marcus is predicted to be picked 16th overall, and Markieff is predicted to go 20th.

KU coach Bill Self said Tuesday that he would allow his players some time to unwind from the season before speaking with them about their futures next week after he returns from Final Four functions in Houston.