Monthly Archives: June 2011

Merv Lindsay commits to Jayhawks

Merv Lindsay, a 6-foot-7 small forward from Moreno Valley, Calif., has committed to Kansas, according to a source.

Lindsay joins point guard Naadir Tharpe, shooting guard Ben McLemore and forwards Jamari Traylor and Braeden Anderson in KU’s 2011 freshman class.

Lindsay is a three-star recruit who was once committed to Texas Tech. He chose Kansas over Marquette.

Kansas now has 12 scholarship players of a possible 13 for next season.

Jayhawks add transfer player to roster

Kansas added 6-foot-8 forward Kevin Young to its basketball program Friday.

Young will be a junior at KU and have two seasons of eligibility remaining. He played two seasons at Loyola Marymount but then sat out last season to focus on academics and received his associate’s degree at San Bernardino Community College, according to KU coach Bill Self.

“I thought we definitely needed a playmaker and we were able, at a late date, to fall into Kevin and we couldn’t be happier,” Self said. “He’s 6-8, thin and can play multiple positions. He reminds me a lot of Julian Wright — very bouncy, very athletic. He will most definitely be an impact player for us next season.”

Young, a native of Perris, Calif., started 62 of 65 games played for the Lions in 2008-09 and 2009-10. He averaged 9.1 points and 7.2 rebounds his freshman season and broke the school’s freshman records with 224 rebounds, 51 steals and 34 blocked shots. Young averaged 10.7 points and 5.6 rebounds his sophomore year before leaving the program.

Young, whose mother is Puerto Rican, played for Puerto Rico in the U19 World Championship in Auckland, New Zealand. Young averaged 7.7 points and 5.0 rebounds in the tournament. KU’s Tyshawn Taylor was on the United States’ gold-medal team at the same tournament and helped beat Young’s team 82-61.

KU now has two scholarships remaining for the 2011-12 season. Kansas is also reportedly pursuing Mervyn Lindsay, a 6-foot-5, 180-pound small forward from Moreno Valley, Calif., and Vanderbilt fifth-year senior small forward Andre Walker, who has graduated and is seeking to play at another school during his last year of eligibility.