Kansas Jayhawks head coach Bill Self reacts during the second half of play against the Kentucky Wildcats in their men's NCAA Final Four championship college basketball game in New Orleans

Will Kansas be playing the waiting game with Anrio Adams’ eligibility?


The Kansas Jayhawks were one of the easiest teams to root for last season.

Between Thomas Robinson overcoming all of the tragedies he experienced as a sophomore, the emergence of Tyshawn Taylor as one of the nation’s best point guards, and the success that Bill Self’s team had with players that had spent more time redshirting than they had playing, the Jayhawks had a team that was quite likeable.

But what made the story so much more intriguing is the fact that Kansas had such a limited rotation. Self was forced to use a former walk-on like Connor Teahan because he simply didn’t have any other options on his roster.

That’s because three-quarters of his 2011 recruiting class was ruled ineligible. Ben McLemore and Jamari Traylor sat out the season while Braeden Anderson ended up transferring to Fresno State.

The Jayhawks may end up having some of the same problems next season. Anrio Adams, a top 100 shooting guard from the same Seattle high school that produced the likes of Doug Christie, Jamal Crawford and Nate Robinson, committed to Kansas back in November, but due to academic issues that Adams has, he never signed a letter of intent. Not in November, not in May during the spring signing period.

Adams has enrolled at Kansas for the second summer session, but that is no guarantee that he will be playing with the Jayhawks come October:

Before reporting to KU, he had to first become academically eligible, which entailed taking the ACT test a couple times in the past couple months. It’s believed Adams’ test scores and core course grades will qualify him for a scholarship, however he will have to be given the OK (like all players) by the NCAA Clearinghouse.

While awaiting a ruling, he’s clear for full participation with the KU team, including playing on the upcoming European tour.


He’s still waiting on some academic materials from Seattle’s Franklin High, which he attended two years before moving on to Seattle Garfield, then on to Rainier Beach.

“He has gone as far as everybody else from an eligibility standpoint. Whether or not they (Clearinghouse) put the final stamp on him or not remains to be seen. They have all the information. All indications are he will be cleared and all that stuff,” Self said.

Adams put in quite a bit of work to get himself in position to be ruled eligible, but for now it is a waiting game.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.

Report: Four-star center reclassifying to 2015; down to three

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An interesting recruiting development hit on Friday as Josh Gershon of Scout.com reported that four-star center Jayce Johnson is reclassifying to the Class of 2015 and looking to join a program at semester break.

The 7-foot native of California is down to Cal, Colorado and Utah and Johnson is on an official visit to Utah this weekend after transferring to a charter school this week. As Gershon notes, only Cal has a scholarship to offer Johnson this season, but the family is willing to pay a semester at the other programs if it’s the right fit. Johnson would like to redshirt and train with his future college while playing against more mature players.

But if Johnson is persuaded not to redshirt, he could be an intriguing big man off the bench later in the season for a couple of teams looking to make a postseason appearance. As the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson is a talented prospect and he isn’t afraid to score with either hand. With some time to fill out, Johnson can turn into a talented Pac-12 player down the road.

VIDEO: Utah Valley’s Mark Pope dances, lip syncs with daughters

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New Utah Valley head coach Mark Pope made quite an impression on fans at the team’s Midnight Madness celebration last night. That’s because Pope did a dance and lip sync routine with his four daughters that turned out to be pretty impressive.

The former BYU assistant looks to be the leader in the clubhouse for best coach dance so far this preseason. We’ll see if any other coaches pull out elaborate routines at madness celebrations the next few weeks.