NCAA committee member Bill Self to sit in on talks concerning Rice recommendations

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By Gary Bedore gbedore@kcstar.com

As a member of the NCAA Division I men’s basketball oversight committee, Kansas coach Bill Self will be involved in the process of considering the recommendations of Condoleezza Rice’s independent commission on how to solve some of the issues facing college basketball.

“We are the ones that make those decisions — as far as the recommendations, how to implement them,” Self told The Star while at Allen Fieldhouse for his fantasy hoops camp for men ages 35 and older.

Self and Phil Martelli of Saint Joseph’s are the only two coaches on the committee.

“There are numerous ADs and NCAA personnel on it as well,” third-year committee member Self added of the oversight committee. The committee includes athletic directors Dan Guerrero (UCLA), Gene Smith (Ohio State), Ross Bjork (Mississippi), Judith Rose (UNC Charlotte), Jeff Hathaway (Hofstra), Bruce Rasmussen (Creighton) and Michael Thomas (Cleveland State). Other committee members are Paul Brazeau, senior associate commissioner of the ACC; Val Ackerman, commissioner of the Big East; Jim Haney, executive director of the NABC; student-athletes Kevin Vannatta of UNC Asheville and Markus Howard, Marquette and Kim Capriotti, faculty representative, Jacksonville University.

“The way I understand it, it’s already been mandated what they’d like that needs to be implemented,” Self said of the Rice commission suggestions on how to improve the sport. “If they say they want a certain thing, that’s fine, but you just don’t implement the rule of doing that. You have to talk about unintended consequences and things like that, but still yet try to get to the same ending point.”

Dan Gavitt the NCAA’s vice president of men’s basketball, spent some time with Self and other Big 12 coaches earlier this week at the Big 12 Conference meetings. Gavitt is in charge of interpreting the Rice commission report and working with the oversight committee and others to turn the Rice recommendations into actual NCAA rules.

The Rice commission recommended the NCAA run summertime events (instead of shoe companies running them) in which college coaches can scout and recruit high school players. The commission also recommended that the NCAA and USA Basketball work with the NBA to evaluate high school players who ultimately could play for the U.S. National team and/or jump immediately to the pros. The Rice independent commission made it clear it wants to eliminate the one-and-done in college hoops.

“The NBA stuff has to be decided by the NBA,” Self said. “The USA Basketball and NBA … we can’t act on that until we know what they are talking about. You can’t tell the NBA what’s going on. They make the rules (about one-and-done in conjunction with the players' union). Those were the recommendations that would be good for our sport. Now it’s up to the NBA to decide if those recommendations are even worth talking about or if they want to do them. The things that are controlled by the NCAA, which there were numerous ones (in Rice report) … those will be the ones we will be trying to tackle as soon as possible.”

Self added to The Star that, “there’s no reason for us to even spend any time talking about the NBA stuff (Rice committee not only decided that high schoolers should be able to turn pro out of high school but undrafted collegiate players should be allowed to return to college if they go undrafted) because we’ve got to wait for them to decide. They (NBA officials) may say there’s no one-and-dones. They may say once a kid enters the draft, he’s in. (They may say), 'We (NBA) own the player's rights.' I don’t know what they’ll say. The bottom line is those are recommendations that the commission thought would be better for our sport."

Earlier this week, The Associated Press at the Big 12 meetings asked Self about the Rice commission recommending increasing penalties for NCAA violations to five-year postseason bans and possible lifetime bans for coaches.

"I don't know if I have an opinion on all those things yet," Self told the AP. "In theory, I think they're positive. In theory, but you have to be able to dissect it and get into all those things. I haven't studied it. I've read (the report) like everybody else has. And certainly from what I read, I read more positive than negative.”

Gavitt certainly has his work cut out in sorting out what recommendations can be turned into rules.

“There's a lot to do to make that happen because the recommendations are really sound, but there's an awful lot of interpretation, I think, that has to go into what exactly the recommendation is and how we put it into practice," Gavitt told the AP.

Cremo visit begins

Joe Cremo, a 6-foot-4 junior combo guard from the University at Albany, arrived at KCI about 7 p.m. Friday for his campus visit to KU following a two-day visit to Villanova, Jayhawkslant.com reported.

Cremo, who will be immediately eligible at his school of choice next season as a graduate transfer, has a list of Kansas, Villanova, Creighton, Texas and Gonzaga.

Cremo averaged 17.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game and shot 46 percent overall and 46 percent on three-pointers in earning first-team All-America East Conference honors last season.

Prior to the trip he told Jayhawkslant.com: “I hope that Kansas fans are excited about my visit because I’m excited. I’m still getting to know about Kansas, but I talked to Coach Self and he told me that I’m the type of player they need at Kansas, and he thinks I can come in and help next season. I’m really looking forward to my visit to Kansas this weekend.”

Combine list is out

In all, 69 players officially have been invited to the NBA Draft combine set for May 16-20 in Chicago, Yahoo Sports reported on Friday.

There were no surprises involving KU. The Jayhawks, as had been reported earlier, will be represented by Devonté Graham, Svi Mykhailiuk, Udoka Azubuike, Malik Newman and Billy Preston. Junior guard Lagerald Vick is an alternate. Some other notables include Big 12 players Trae Young, Mohamed Bamba, Sagaba Konate, Jevon Carter, Zhaire Smith and Kenrich Williams.

Yahoo says Arizona’s Deaandre Ayton and Real Madrid’s Luka Doncic, will not attend the combine. They are expected to go 1-2 in the draft. Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr. and Jontay Porter are on the combine list as well, as is Wichita State’s Landry Shamet.


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