Lunchtime Chat with Greg Hicks
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Obiwonjacoby:: Hey, Greg!
Greg Hicks:: Hey everyone...
Greg Hicks:: great week for Kansas, looks like...
Obiwonjacoby:: So, Greg... can we expect an announcement today or has it been pushed back like rumored?
Greg Hicks:: I haven't heard anything about a delay, but seems like they're not talking much
TheBricklayer:: alright greg, lets get to it...what are you hearing about chalmers?
Duraflame:: Greg - You heard Chalmers is already done and decided?
Greg Hicks:: Everyone says kansas
Greg Hicks:: no -- never done until he signs
Obiwonjacoby:: Except the Arizona folks... (oddly enough)
Greg Hicks:: but all signs pointing to Jayhawks
Speedykix:: what signs?
Jayhawk4u:: where does Bedore get the idea it may be delayed?
bigguns21:: Thanks Greg, that's good info.
Obiwonjacoby:: You think that gives us a headstart on the number one class for 2005, Greg?
Greg Hicks:: Several coaches not connected to recruitment say Kansas
TheBricklayer:: are any of these reports coming out of alaska? or is it just educated guesses based on other sources?
Greg Hicks:: Other college coaches -- I don't know anyone in Alaska
Duraflame:: How about coaches connected to recruiting?
phoginator:: greg- what do you think of chalmers? - didn't you say he probably wouldn't be a top-5 or possibly even top10 pg in the 2004 class?
Obiwonjacoby:: You a fan of Chalmer's game, Gerg?
Greg Hicks:: I like Chalmers, best in the west this year, but not an elite, NBA type guy, imo
Greg Hicks:: at least not for several years
Obiwonjacoby:: We've heard lots about his scoring ability... how about his ballhandling?
bigguns21:: Is he good enough to run the point at KU as a freshman
Greg Hicks:: good handle, questionable decisions at times
Greg Hicks:: he'll have to run the point, right?
kuphotos:: if he's the best pg available therre should be no complaints
Duraflame:: Big - got a better option?
bigguns21:: Pretty much Greg
etolar:: I've heard different stories on him. He's a scorer first, He's not a true point guard.... That he's a true pointguard But looks to score cause of the competition he played against etc etc... what would be your best description in a single sentence?
Greg Hicks:: He's certainly among the top handful in the country
Obiwonjacoby:: definitely, Greg... unless Robinson wants to try.
phoginator:: rr looks like he could handle the job pretty well at times at least
bigguns21:: No Dura there appears to be no better options
KUFAN3:: Greg, how does he compare to Miles
Greg Hicks:: He's not a true PG -- looks shot first, but does have good vision, quicks..
Kanu:: From what you've seen, is Chalmers the best PG in the '05 class?
dannyboyforhawks:: Aaron got a chance to play the point as a freshman, but did having Kirk and Jeff make that transition alot more smoother than it would be for chalmers starting as a frosh
Obiwonjacoby:: Allow me to switch topics- have you seen Micah Downs play?
Greg Hicks:: Miles was more polished out of high school, in terms of feel, but Chalmers is better scorer
KU97:: What is the word on Chalmers?
mrg27:: some have stated that Terrence Williams is now a lean to Kansas, any news on that front? Do you think Chalmers and Downs hurts/helps KU in his recruitment?
Greg Hicks:: I haven't seen Micah since last summer -- liked him very much, but limited minutes
KURoyalChief:: Being a better scorer then Aaron shouldn't take much.
kansasn:: Greg, have you seen CJ Henry play?
Duraflame:: How about Hernandez / Chalmers comparison?
Greg Hicks:: Terrence Williams is all over the map, imo, not sure what truth is on recruitment
Speedykix:: Eddie and EDF - stop being asses
Greg Hicks:: haven't seen Henry
red41:: Besides chalmes and tyler who else are we pursuing?
Greg Hicks:: Hernandez better feel, more natural PG, Chalmers bigger upside
phoginator:: where do you project twilliams playing in college?- seen him at the 1, 2, and the 3...
dannyboyforhawks:: edf and cousin eddie ganging up on you...........I guess you should feel lucky
kuphotos:: Can you give your opinion on the wings, wright, miles, t. smith, t. williams and marcus williams. which one do we have the best shot of right now
Greg Hicks:: Williams will be a wing -- 2 or 3 -- definitely not a 1
Kanu:: Julie -- any way to x out beavis and butthead?
bigguns21:: Greg, any word on Marcus Williams
kansasn:: Who are the top big men out west for '06?
KU97:: Could someone update me on what I missed regarding Chalmers?
Greg Hicks:: I haven't spoke win Marcus in awhile -- better feel than Terrence, not as explosive an athlete
Speedykix:: status quo KU97
Jayhawk4u:: haven't missed anytying KU97
Obiwonjacoby:: nothing, KU... still announcing today... and KU appears to be the favorite still
KU97:: great thanks
mrg27:: T. Williams is visiting KU soon, correct?
Greg Hicks:: Best bigs in west for 2006 are James Keefe and Alex Stepheson
Jayhawk4u: gotta run folks to go find a seat to see Bob and Bill Show. See ya'll.
Obiwonjacoby: Any early interest from KU?
bigguns21: T. Williams is not visiting KU soon.
phoginator: heard he's leaning North carolina now 97 ;-)
red41: Who else is high on KU's list? (outisde of chalmers and Tyler)
dannyboyforhawks: greg, your opinion of how Kansas will look in 2005...we wilol be young?
Greg Hicks: T. Williams has said he's visiting several places -- hasn't happened -- think he's confused (or coaches aren't as high on him as he thinks)
bigguns21: Seems more like the latter Greg
auraltooth: Greg: who has more athleticism, Drew Gooden or CJ Giles?
Kanu: Greg - Giels vs. Padgett, compare and contrast their abilities.
krazyeyes: How athletic is Giles? Any player that he could be compared to?
Greg Hicks: I like Kansas roster in '05, but I'm not an expert on them -- only watch a few games a year
phoginator: well- with jr probably leaving in 1-2 years- he could play the 2 year- (williams)
etolar: lol in essay form at least one page in length.
TheBricklayer: what's up with the talent in washington this year, has there always been that ability coming from there? it just seems a third of the guys we're high on come from that area
Greg Hicks: Drew Gooden is a face-up four, more mobile, better perimeter player, Giles is a 5
Greg Hicks: just a great class in Wash this year
auraltooth: but run/jump, is Giles a better athlete than Gooden?
tb69396: no way
Greg Hicks: no, I'd say Gooden is a little better athlete, more mobile
Kim Grinolds: Don't you guys work? ;-)
auraltooth: yes, that's why i can't go see clinton today
tb69396: just not right now
Obiwonjacoby: You've spoken very highly about Giles's upside. You think he has NBA potential?
KURoyalChief: Kim, we have computers at work :)
Speedykix: I have my door shut. Looks like I am really busy
bigguns21: Is there a big difference between Padgett and Giles Greg?
Greg Hicks: I think Giles definitely has NBA potential, don't think he'll last 4 years
Kim Grinolds: I'm hoping to get up to UW tomorrow. Should see Downs
red41: Giles blocked 6 shots a game in high school...will that translate into 5 fouls in college?
Greg Hicks: Giles is more explosive, agile
bigguns21: Excellent Kim, give us a report.
krazyeyes: Any player that Giles could be compared to?
Kanu: So how would you compare Giles to Channing Frye?
auraltooth: greg: does Giles have the potential to lead the conference in rebounds?
JulieJamison: Really? Giles not a 4 year player? Interesting.
etolar: I've read that he has developed a nice jumper. Is he strictly back to the basket or does he have any shooting touch beyond the paint? (Giles)
TheBricklayer: how big is giles really? he's listed as 240 but pictures i've seen seem to make him out as more of the "beanpole" type
etolar: err I've read that he has developed a nice Jump HOOK rather.
Greg Hicks: Giles has a better body than Frye, stronger at same stage, more skilled -- channing was a late bloomer
Greg Hicks: I would guess 230 or so on Giles
auraltooth: Frye is kind of a wuss though
Duraflame: Fre was nails early, then got bored watching the PGs play with themselves.
Greg Hicks: Giles is more physical than Frye
bigguns21: Hopefully he is more physical than Padgett
Obiwonjacoby: What's the perception of KU out on the west coast nowadays in general? Lots of interest from the top players?
tb69396: So what is his downside?
TheBricklayer: of course he's physical, he's a self recruit and we just play "thug ball" remember?
TomLight: I heard C.J. say he was at 240
red41: Is Giles going to be in foul trouble a lot next year?
Obiwonjacoby: Roy leaving didn't affect that?
Greg Hicks: I'd say most West Coast players are interested when they hear from Kansas
phoginator: greg- how would you comapre giles to padgett- as far as readiness to play as a freshman in a kansas high/low system- could giles have as good a year or better than padgett?
TomLight: ...and C.J. was hoping to get to 275 while at KU
auraltooth: Greg -- what do you think Micah Downs' potential is?
Greg Hicks: I would think Giles could contribute as much as Padgett in his first year
TheBricklayer: 275? i though graves already graduated
KURoyalChief: Hopefully more.
Greg Hicks: I think Micah has pro potential -- needs to get stronger, continue to develop, but very good body, moves well, skilled...
Kanu: Greg - you think Howland's going to turn the corner at UCLA soon?
Obiwonjacoby: Just one more off-topic question: Who are you hearing in regards to the Stanford job?
Greg Hicks: Trent Johnson most likely at Stanford
Speedykix: Hicks - do you have a player who is your fav from the west in 05?
etolar: Are there any West Coasters that we should start watching for KU in the 2006 class?
Greg Hicks: I think Howland will turn it around at UCLA
bigguns21: I know someone on the Nevada staff, I'll give them a buzz
auraltooth: greg -- Eboss compares Chalmers to Chris Thomas. Who do you compare him to? Is Jason Terry another good comparison?
Greg Hicks: 2006: James Keefe, Alex Stepheson, Phil Nelson, Chase Budinger
auraltooth: Phil Nelson sounds like a soy farmer
auraltooth: from chanute
ManinOZ: Of our 5 recruits, which one will have the most impact during his 1st year? How about at the end of 4 years?
Greg Hicks: I don't really like comparisons, usually gives the wrong impression
auraltooth: i wonder if clinton's met the crimson girls yet
Obiwonjacoby: Do any of the players you listed for 2006 have aspirations to jump to the NBA out of high school?
Greg Hicks: 2005 favorite from west -- maybe Brockman, but no one in this class is without warts
Kanu: How good is Amir Johnson?
auraltooth: obi, we don't use the word "aspiration" in chat
Speedykix: Hicks - can you go into a little more detail abotu Chalmers occasional bad decision making?
Greg Hicks: no idea on 2006 kids -- too early
krazyeyes: Defensively, how would you rate Chalmers' game?
etolar: And is KU even interested in him at all? (Amir Johnson)
Greg Hicks: Amir Johnson has all the potential in the world -- but lack of focus, effort has hurt him -- still has a chance
Greg Hicks: I would say Chalmers is a slightly above average defender -- has quickness to be better
Obiwonjacoby: How does Giles stack up defensively, Greg?
Greg Hicks: Defense is one of Giles strengths -- long, very good timing as a shot blocker
Kanu: The UNC guys are convinced Quentin Thomas is the second coming. What's your take on him?
Speedykix: How is Giles on teh offensive boards?
Obiwonjacoby: so we can expect solid defense and rebounding out of him this year?
Greg Hicks: I love Quentin -- vastly underrated by national analysts who didn't see him much
auraltooth: Greg -- are the young David Robinson comparisons for Giles just a marketing ploy by Betha and Jurdy?
krazyeyes: It has been said that Giles is a very good shot blocker. Do you see him being able to guard the other team's best post player?
Greg Hicks: David Robinson was like 6-4 when he went to college
auraltooth: i know, but let's say Davis Robinson in like his sophomore year
Greg Hicks: I would expect Simien to be on best post player
Kanu: You like QT better than Chalmers?
Greg Hicks: can't compare high school senior to college soph -- that's why I don't like comparisons
Greg Hicks: I do like QT better than Chalmers -- much bigger upside
Kanu: fair enough -- appreciate the candor
auraltooth: because QT is bigger?
Greg Hicks: longer, quicker, bigger, better body, more explosive
Greg Hicks: more natural point
Obiwonjacoby: I need to run... thanks for your time, Greg!
auraltooth: what about scoring/shooting?
krazyeyes: So that's why UNC "lost interest" in Chalmers.
RawkChawk: Greg, why do other experts question QT's ability?
ManinOZ: How about Russel Robinson vs Chalmers? Who do you like better at the point?
TheBricklayer: it's alright, we have russell robinson instead of QT, i'll take that trade
Greg Hicks: comparable shooters - QT shoots a jump shot, Chalmers sometimes a set shot
bigguns21: I doubt Greg has seen much of RR
Speedykix: QT is perfect for Roy's system, but Self seems to like PG who can shoot
Greg Hicks: I can't speak to other analysts -- but I don't think you can scout the entire country accurately
KUFAN3: Greg, How about CDR vs Chalmers, is CDR too big to play point?
Greg Hicks: I haven't seen RR or CDR -- just the west
Speedykix: I thought the knock on QT was an iffy shot
Greg Hicks: shot is fine -- not a great shooter, but stroke is fine
Speedykix: I was sad we missed on QT. I think we had a great shot if we had not run out of schollies, of course UNC fans are chalking it up to a recruiting victory against KU
Greg Hicks: I think Webster is going to Arizona
Greg Hicks: QT was definitely torn on his decision
Greg Hicks: Jankovich absolutely loved him
Speedykix: he seems like a great kid, to boot
RawkChawk: RR made QT's decision a little easier
krazyeyes: Were you in attendence at the game this Spring where Chalmers went for 40? Some have said that was the most impressive performance of the year.
Greg Hicks: I wasn't at that game
Speedykix: What kind of kid is Chalmers?
RawkChawk: Greg, Do you think Jon Brockman will stay out west or not?
auraltooth: If Felton goes League, can QT step in and contribute effectively or will he need more time? If he can't, is Roy looking for another PG?
Greg Hicks: Seems like a nice kid -- a little caught up in hype, attention, but basically a good kid
Speedykix: thought funny, I was a little disturbed at a clip where he high fived the ref who was signaling "three" to the scorers table
Duraflame: California is pretty weak thi syear, no? How about next year?
Greg Hicks: I think Brockman is looking at UW and UCLA right now -- that could change though
Greg Hicks: Calif looks good for 06
bayhawk: From the clips I've seen of Chalmers, he doesn't LOOK that quick. Would that be a misconception created by the video?
JulieJamison: Would you say the majority of the kids get caught in they hype? I would imagine so.
Greg Hicks: I'd say Chalmers has good, not great, quicks for an elite, HM guard
Duraflame: Hairston created, marketed, and shipped hype for about 9 months
auraltooth: i guess QT either will or will not be able to fill in for Felton if Felton jumps league next year
Greg Hicks: Julie -- absolutely
Speedykix: AT - aounds like QT will
JulieJamison: Actually Dura, we shipped it.
Duraflame: You were just his distributor
Speedykix: retail outlet
KURoyalChief: We all purchased it like crazy !!!
Speedykix: Hicks - what kind of offensive rebounder is Giles?
Greg Hicks: More 2006 names to watch: Ray Hall, Tre'Von Willis,Daniel Deane, Christian Polk
auraltooth: OT: Greg, who do you think will be the best NCAA guard next season? My vote is for Deron Williams.
Duraflame: Refunds are not being accepted at this time
Speedykix: is he quick on the hop like Drew?
RawkChawk: Aaron Miles
RawkChawk: Have you seen Kaun play?
Greg Hicks: I haven't seen Kaun
donothonk4tad: Greg -- what have you seen of Alex Galindo?
Duraflame: Is Giles going to get pushed around liek Padgett did this past year? My gawd, Padgett couldn't get within a block of the basket.
krazyeyes: How good is Micah Down at creating his own shot? Is he more of a catch and shoot type of player or does he also have the ability to go to the hoop?
Greg Hicks: haven't seen Galindo
Speedykix: any truth to Carolina getting reinvolved with Chalmers the past couple of days?
RawkChawk: Speedy, east coast players do play in West coast tournements.
Greg Hicks: I haven't heard anything about UNC, Chalmers
Greg Hicks: Ogirri is a nice mid major prospect
auraltooth: Greg: does Giles play like Kurt Rambis?
Greg Hicks: Micah can get his own shot, but still needs to improve
etolar: You say he has a nice hook, does he have anything that doesn't require his back to the basket on the O-Side?
Greg Hicks: Giles does not play like Kurt Rambis
auraltooth: rambis was rambo
Greg Hicks: Giles is just ok facing the basket, 10-12 feet
auraltooth: and his goggles were intimidation factor X
donothonk4tad: came in late -- so what's the feeling about Chalmers' decision today?
auraltooth: nobody knows
Brock: Giles is not a banger - he is more finesse
RawkChawk: Greg, what's you bio?
NatiHawk: There is a guy that currently plays for "The Family " that looks exactly like Rambis
auraltooth: i love rambis
Greg Hicks: I wouldn't say finesse -- just not a physical beast
Duraflame: Our big men need to have touch around the basket, be able to get position down low, and have to shoot the 15 footer. Giles can do those well?
Greg Hicks: Not consistent from 15 feet yet, but should be able to get there, finishes well around the basket
auraltooth: kurt rambis will live forever in the hearts of his many adoring fans
Brock: Bigs who don't bang around in the Big Twelve will have trouble. Giles will learn
NatiHawk: and so will his goggles
Greg Hicks: Brock -- good point
Greg Hicks: I'm sure he'll adapt
etolar: That's ok, he's got some good teachers here at KU.
Speedykix: What about passing?
RawkChawk: Greg, do you think KU has a realistic shot at any 05 recruits after Chalmers?
Speedykix: our bigs have to pass too
Duraflame: good question, kix
Greg Hicks: Decent passer, not a real strength
etolar: The Williams Twins in Wash.... Are either still gonna be serious about Ku after the recent slew of Signings?
KURoyalChief: What time is a decision supposed to come down for Mario?
Speedykix: 6 central
JulieJamison: Wow Greg, I think you are wearing this group out. They are stumped for questions.
KURoyalChief: Thanks Speedy
NatiHawk: any inside info on Super Mario
Greg Hicks: I would be somewhat surprised if either Williams came to Kansas, but you never know
auraltooth: mario conjecture is verboten
RawkChawk: Greg, Where's Chalmers going?
Greg Hicks: no inside info, but lot of folks thinks Chalmers is going to Kansas
Speedykix: what changed after his Kansas visit?
NatiHawk: Greg have you seen Super Mario play????
krazyeyes: Arizona has already got a verbal commitment from a 2006 PG. Is he still going to end up there?
auraltooth: okey dokey, royal
Greg Hicks: I've seen Mario for several years
RawkChawk: Will Nic Wise play for Houston?
Greg Hicks: Nic Wise isn't good enough for Arizona -- they'll get out of that
phoginator: what does dru jennings bricklayer say about chalmers?
Brock: How is Chalmers' ball-handling in major traffic, Greg? Against double-teams/traps etc.?
auraltooth: some are saying Nic could tap his potential and be a top 10 PG
Speedykix: Can you speculate as to what Kansas brings that turned CHalmers head?
Greg Hicks: Brock -- he gets a little careless against pressure -- used to playing against bad comp, developed some bad habits
auraltooth: playing time, aaron miles' persuasive speech, young staff.....
Greg Hicks: Chalmers is looking for playing time as first priority
bridgehawk: any info on what the decision is?
JulieJamison: Certainly visiting w/Downs didn't hurt - I would assume
auraltooth: and giles
Greg Hicks: opinion among several coaches is Kansas
Speedykix: well we have that in spades
Duraflame: Weather was p-e-r-f-e-c-t
bridgehawk: we'll see, can't wait
JulieJamison: yeah, must have been the weather
auraltooth: chalmers is a legit 6'2", i thought....agreed, greg?
Speedykix: I am not as pumped now
Duraflame: didn't hurt
krazyeyes: What's your opinion of Jordan Wilkes' game?
Greg Hicks: I'd say 6-1
dannyboyforhawks: guess he's never experienced tuscon aor so. cal weather???
auraltooth: he looked taller than miles, who is a legit 6'1"
Speedykix: Self's style of letting players learn through mistakes and Chalmer's carelessness might make for an ugly frist year
Greg Hicks: Wilkes is intriguing -- project, but vastly improved in a year, could be good in a couple years
KURoyalChief: I think we are a shoe in for Jordan Wilkes lol
RawkChawk: Where do you think Omar will end up, now that Monty has taken the Warrior's job?
Speedykix: how has Chalmer's coaching been?
Greg Hicks: I think Stanford is still right there for Omar
kukukuku: hate to come in late and do this but is there any new insight on chalmers?
KURoyalChief: Joel said the other day that he is hearing there is a real possibility for UCSB...for Omar.
Speedykix: I know - but is he a good coach, or will junior improve a lot under a good coach
krazyeyes: Do you think Omar and Jordan will both end up at Wash?
etolar: Are there any kids in the West that are REAL high on KU that you know of? 2005,06 or any....
JulieJamison: Omar strikes me as a Stanford guy. Sigh. I miss him.
Greg Hicks: Padgett will likely be Louisville or UCLA
KUFAN3: Greg, will you be on top of the Chalmers Presser and be able to let everyone know his decision quickly?
Speedykix: Don't big men bang a lot at UCLA?
Greg Hicks: not aware of any other kids real high on Kansas
auraltooth: UCSB is where Kurt Rambis went to school
KURoyalChief: Greg...have you heard the Omar to UCSB? Joel said it was real possible.
Greg Hicks: I won't be paying any attention to press conference
RawkChawk: Will Howland let him drain 22 footers with Shipp and Afalio?
Greg Hicks: Padgett will be shooting guard at UCLA
auraltooth: padgett will also handle the point at times
Duraflame: Yeah, I can see Howland letting a 7-footer roam around the perimiter. That's the LAST coach who'd allow that.
Greg Hicks: Haven't heard Omar and UCSB
JulieJamison: I think Joel heard that from Bossi. Not sure though.
Duraflame: Interest in Padgett dried up after Daddy-O explained their "plan" to coaches?
JulieJamison: Kufan, we will be quick
auraltooth: that's what i'm thinking, dura
phoginator: greg- what do you think of seattle pg Mitchell Johnson? where do you think he'll end up? i know at one time ku showed some mutual interest.
dannyboyforhawks: surprised I've heard nothing on Louisville and padgett lately
Greg Hicks: I think Mitch Johnson is probably a mid major who will go higher
auraltooth: why does pete think his kid should be rolling off screens shooting jumpers?
Greg Hicks: you'd have to ask Pete
Duraflame: Bobby Knight is the perfect coach for Padgett
RawkChawk: He's the next Dirk. That's why.
Duraflame: Padgetts watched those Alford games
RawkChawk: Thanks Greg. Folks, have good weekend.
auraltooth: Padgett in Knight's system + 15 pounds = Andy Ellis
TheBricklayer: great face up 6'11 white guy who can't play defense, sounds like the padgetts do want david to become the next dirk
Brock: Aren't Giles and Downs going to miss the rain?
auraltooth: damn stoners
JulieJamison: Okay kids, last call. Any final qs for the esteemed Mr. Hicks?
auraltooth: thanks greg
TomLight: thanks, greg
TomLight: Thanks to everyone for stopping by
krazyeyes: thanks Greg
Brock: Thanks Greg
Greg Hicks: take care guys...good luck with Chalmers....