Monthly Archives: September 2011

Ellis to make college choice known Wednesday

Heights boys basketball player Perry Ellis will announce his college decision on Wednesday.

Ellis will make his decision public at 2:45 p.m. in the Heights gymnasium.

Four schools made his final list — Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky and Wichita State. Ellis recently hosted home visits with all four schools.

“He’s handling it pretty smoothly,” said Fonda Ellis, his mother. “I’m real impressed with how he’s dealing with it. I think he’s real excited for Wednesday.”

Ellis, a 6-foot-8 forward at Heights, is No. 24 in the rankings for the class of 2012 and No. 37 in ESPNU’s national list. He is the school’s career rebound leader with 753 and second (behind Aubrey Sherrod) with 1,585 points. He averaged 22.1 points and 7.9 rebounds as a junior, leading the Falcons to a third straight Class 6A title.

Ellis plans to sign a national letter of intent during the signing period Nov. 9-16. He will make an official visit to the school he selects after the announcement.

– Paul Suellentrop

Two basketball freshmen begin classes; not eligible yet

Kansas coach Bill Self said Thursday afternoon that three of his freshman basketball players – Ben McLemore, Jamari Traylor and Braeden Anderson – have not yet been cleared by the NCAA to play this season.

McLemore, a guard from St. Louis, and Traylor, a forward from Chicago, received approval from the NCAA to enroll in classes and attended their first classes Thursday. Both players attended three high schools and therefore have had to submit more academic records. There is more information for the NCAA to review before it will clear them to play the 2011-12 season, Self said.

While McLemore and Traylor have been cleared to be on scholarship, Anderson is still waiting for NCAA approval. Anderson, a forward from Okotoks, Alberta, is not on campus.

Self said KU hopes to receive word on Anderson’s status by Friday afternoon.

Freshmen Naadir Tharpe and Merv Lindsay and junior transfer Kevin Young are enrolled in classes and cleared to play this season.

They’ll join seniors Tyshawn Taylor and Conner Teahan and juniors Thomas Robinson, Elijah Johnson, Travis Releford and Jeff Withey in trying to win an eighth-straight Big 12 championship.

Kansas in discussions about whether to waive legal rights regarding Texas A&M’s SEC move

Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little is currently in discussions with her staff about whether to waive KU’s legal rights regarding Texas A&M’s potential move to the SEC, according to KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony.

An Iowa State spokesman told the Des Moines Register on Wednesday that Iowa State officials are retaining their legal rights. Earlier in the day, numerous sources reported that Baylor was considering a lawsuit.

When the SEC voted to add A&M to the conference conditionally on Tuesday night, the condition was that the Aggies would be free to do so.

“The SEC has stated that to consider an institution for membership, there must be no contractual hindrances to its departure,” Florida president and SEC chairman Bernie Machen said in a statement.

Marchiony said he was not sure when Gray-Little would come to a decision.

KU agrees to have game against Texas on Longhorn Network

Kansas’ football game at Texas on Oct. 29 will be broadcast on the Longhorn Network and the Jayhawk Television Network in Kansas. JTN in Wichita is KSNW, Channel 3.

KU officials said the game would be offered in high definition and that the two schools would share production of the game. KU will have its own announcers for the Jayhawk Network broadcast.

Jayhawk Network games are shown on Channel 62, KSMO, in the Kansas City area, which also offers HD.

Big 12 rules allow each school to show one football game on its own school-based network. Texas’ home opener Saturday against Rice will be shown on the Longhorn Network and Kansas’ game against McNeese State will be shown on an Internet live stream on KU’s Jayhawk All-Access.

But when the Longhorn Network announced it wished to broadcast a second Texas home football game, the Big 12 ruled that could only happen if the opposing school and the Big 12 office signed off on the game