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Bill Self wouldn’t rule out coaching in the NBA


When Ben McLemore and Jeff Withey log their first NBA minutes this fall that will give Bill Self 16 players that he recruited while at Kansas that have played in the NBA. After years of producing NBA lottery talent, eight to be exact, while in Lawrence, could Self be another Jayhawk ready to make the jump to the NBA?

Maybe not now, but on Monday after being inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, Self didn’t rule out the possibility of coaching in the association.

“It hasn’t really tempted me because I haven’t had that many people talk to me about it,” Self told Michael Baldwin of The Oklahoman on Monday night. “But at some point and time, sure, I think it would (tempt me). It would be great to be able to match wits with the best athletes in the world, but I’m certainly happy where I’m at.

“I’m not saying I never would (coach in the NBA) but I’m locked in.”

By locked in Self, 50, literally means locked in. He signed a contract extension to stay in Kansas through the 2021-2022 season. The new deal bumps his annual pay up to $3.856 million a year, and he has added bonuses if he stays with the Jayhawks through particular seasons. Match that with the success he’s had in the Big 12 and on the recruiting trail it will be tough for an NBA franchise to uproot him from KU.

“Yeah (the money is good), but the biggest thing is you will never be happy as a coach unless you know you can attract good players,” Self told Baldwin. “I’m fortunate to coach at a place where the product is so good we’re always going to get, at least I hope so, some pretty good players.

“I love it at Kansas, and they love basketball there. I’ve been very fortunate to coach at such a tradition-rich place.”

It’s no secret that many college coaches have struggled in the pro game. Self holds one of the premier coaching positions in college sports. A place where he is averaging 30 wins a season through his first 10 years, and has made two trips to the Final Four, winning a national title in 2008.

Sure he says he’ll never rule out an NBA head coaching job, but it seems like a long shot.

VIDEOS: Rhode Island, Maryland exchange heated words in Cancun

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No. 2 Maryland finally found their rhythm on Wednesday night, blowing out a good Rhode Island team, 86-63, in the finals of the Cancun Challenge.

Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon combined for 34 points and eight assists on 13-for-14 shooting and Robert Carter added 15 points, nine boards, three assists and three blocks. Peak Maryland, which is what we saw tonight, is really dangerous.

But Peak Maryland wasn’t the story after the game, as tempers flared in the waning minutes.

It started when Maryland coach Mark Turgeon called a timeout with less than two minutes remaining. Jake Layman had just hit a three to put Maryland up by 24 points and Turgeon wanted to get his walk-ons in the game. Hurley said to the Maryland bench, “We’ll see you again, boy,” according to Inside Maryland Sports, which prompted this reaction from Turgeon:

After the game, the two teams had to be separated in layup lines. According to reports from IMS and from the Baltimore Sun, Hurley was cursing at Maryland players as he was shaking their hands after the game. According Doug Gottlieb, who called the game for CBS Sports Network, Trimble said that the Rhode Island team wanted to “fight us”:

Wayne Selden stars as Kansas wins the title in Maui

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The last time we wrote about Wayne Selden in this space, it was my colleague Scott Phillips who questioned, after a poor performance in the Champions Classic, whether or not Selden is capable of bring a primary scorer for a team with NCAA title aspirations.

At the time, it wasn’t an unfair question to ask.

Selden is a former top 15 recruit. He is a guy who was expected to go one-and-done that played poorly in the first big game of his third year on campus. But after three days it Maui, it appears that the old Wayne Selden is gone.

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He capped an MVP performance in the Maui Invitational with 25 points and seven boards on 8-for-11 shooting as the No. 5 Kansas Jayhawks knocked off No. 19 Vanderbilt, 70-63, in the title game. Selden was terrific for the entire weekend, averaging 21.5 points in the two games against Division I competition and shooting 12-for-17 from beyond the arc in the three game tournament.

It was the best that we’ve seen Selden play during his Jayhawk career, and it came in a game the Jayhawks desperately needed it. Vanderbilt is a damn good team. They’re ranked 19th, which may actually be too low, and they seem to clearly be the biggest challenger to Kentucky in the SEC. They jumped out to a double-digit lead on Kansas in the first half as the Jayhawks seemed to be sleep-walking early in the game.

Enter Selden. He drilled three threes in the first half and scored 13 of the 26 Jayhawk points to keep them close. In other words, he played like a star on a night Kansas desperately needed someone to step up and play like a star. Remember: this is a dude that had enough talent and potential in high school to be considered a McDonald’s All-American and a potential lottery pick. The ability is there:

(That move is filthy.)

The question has always been whether or not he is capable of putting it all together, of being the guy that can be relied upon to make the big play in the big moment, to carry a team with title aspirations.

And to be fair, the jury is still out in that regard. Are we just going to ignore those four free throws he clanged down the stretch?

But seeing Selden have this kind of performance in a game like this against a team that is this good is unquestionably a positive for Kansas moving forward.