Kansas basketball coach Bill Self watches classic finale
Midway through the second half of the final game at the Fourth Annual Mike Miller Classic fans began to buzz at the sight of a man who was sitting court side watching the Findlay Prep vs. DeLaSalle game.
That man was Kansas head boys’ basketball coach Bill Self, who made the trip from Lawrence, Kan., to take in a game, which featured some of the nation’s top basketball talent.
“I heard there was a good tournament up here with some quality prospects so I wanted to come up here and check it out,” said Self, whose Jayhawks are currently 8-3. “Lawrence really isn’t that far from here and I think it is really cool what Mike (Miller) has done for the community here. This is a first-class event.”
For Self, it was his first trip to Mitchell. The coach, who has spent the last 10 seasons leading Kansas, was approached by several fans during and after the game.
“I have never been to the Corn Palace before, but I am impressed,” he said.
Self said he could not comment on whether or not he came to see any individual players.
But both teams in the Classic finale were stacked with players that would tickle any coaches fancy.
The Jayhawks already have one player, who played in the final game Saturday locked up.
Kelly Oubre, a senior guard/forward signed with Kansas back in October.
Oubre’s teammate senior shooting guard Rashad Vaughn has not yet made a decision on where he will play next season. But the guard is currently entertaining offers from Iowa State, UNLV, UNC, Kentucky and Kansas.
Vaughn announced his final five choices Friday via Twitter.
DeLaSalle junior guard Jarvis Johnson was also on display in front of Self. Johnson currently holds offers from Creighton, Iowa State, Minnesota Penn State and Wisconsin.
Self said he was headed back to Lawrence Saturday night, but if his team was recruiting guys that come to the tournament in the future, he would be back.