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Sunday, November 12, 2006

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There will be no more talk of possibly red-shirting Kansas University freshman Brady Morningstar.

Morningstar had three rebounds, two points and two steals while playing well defensively on Northern Arizona sharpshoter Steve Sir on Saturday night.

"I think Brady can help us," KU coach Bill Self said. "Tonight he was one of the best defenders in the game, the way he guarded Sir."

Morningstar lofted an alley oop, which freshman Darrell Arthur put home for a vicious one-handed dunk.

"Brady made a good pass," Self said, adding, jokingly, "We work with Darrell on that. That's coaching, teaching a guy to go up that high."

Of Arthur, who had 12 points, six boards and three blocks in his debut, Self said: "He is just a natural. He does need to rebound, do some things better."

¢ Substitutions: Self was asked why he put Brandon Rush and Julian Wright back in the game in the final few minutes of a blowout.

"The reason is, we subbed with 13 minutes left. We can't let them (reserves) play 13 straight minutes," Self said. "We subbed them out to get a blow. We don't have enough guys not to sub with 13 minutes left. Obviously, we didn't run it up. Look at the numbers. Those guys can't play 13, 14 minutes (straight)."

Rush said: "I was getting stiff over there. I wanted to get some easy baskets, feed off the audience and hear the little cheer they do at the end," he quipped of the Rock Chalk Chant.

¢ Ouch: Sherron Collins left the game for a couple of minutes in the first half after getting kneed in the left thigh. "It stiffened up. I'm fine," said Collins, who finished with 14 points and three assists in 23 minutes.

¢ Recruit in house: Tyrel Reed, a senior guard from Burlington High, who is considering KU, North Carolina and many other schools, attended the game.

"I'm just still waiting around. I'm not really in a hurry," said Reed, who was accompanied by three friends from his school. He likely will not sign a letter of intent in the early signing period.

¢ Taking responsibility: KU's Mario Chalmers missed a dunk in the second half, then minutes later made one. He didn't blame his sore left toe for the one that clanged.

"I think the one I missed, I just messed it up. It was a good pass from Russell (Robinson)," he said. "The second one, I didn't know how high I could go. I went up soft."

¢ The foe: Northern Arizona received guarantee money of $55,000 for playing the Jayhawks : NAU senior Lucas Gabriel's dad, Mike, played for former KU player and assistant coach Jerry Waugh at Chico State in California. Gabriel, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound guard, scored six points while playing in six games a year ago. : Ruben Boykin Jr., a 6-7 senior from Los Angeles, is the brother of Duke sophomore Jamal Boykin.

¢ Highlights: Arthur had a one-handed slam off a high lob from Morningstar. : Wright raced in for a breakaway dunk but lost control of the ball, regrouped, and went up for a simple two-handed slam :. Jackson had a nifty left-handed bank shot off a feed from Arthur. : Robinson, like an alert defensive back, stole an inbounds pass and hit an uncontested layup. : Robinson swished a three from the corner off a great pass from Wright.

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