Thursday, September 28, 2006

Rookies tested by camp


Sherron Collins sprinted through an Allen Fieldhouse hallway, looking a bit relieved to see his teammates leisurely walking through the northwest tunnel onto the court.

"I went to the wrong gym," the Kansas University freshman point guard said with a grin.

No harm, no foul.

Collins, despite his detour to Horejsi Center, still was on time for Boot Camp individual workouts Tuesday afternoon, meaning nobody would have to run penalty laps for the transgression of tardiness.

Collins - as well as fellow freshmen Darrell Arthur and Brady Morningstar and sophomore Brennan Bechard - are experiencing KU's two-week Boot Camp for the first time.

Boot Camp - which consists of daily 6 a.m. conditioning drills, plus weightlifting four times a week, individual afternoon workouts three times a week and unsupervised pick-up games four times a week - has tested the newcomers.

"The hardest thing is getting up in the morning," Collins said. "I go to bed at 9:30, 10:30. I go to sleep right away and get up at 5."

Of Boot Camp, Morningstar said: "It is going well. Getting up early is the toughest thing. After you get all stretched and warmed up, it's all mental after that. Everybody can get through it. You just have to think you can."

Sophomore center Matt Kleinmann said his third Boot Camp (he red-shirted his true freshman year) had been going smoothly.

"I think the guys are a lot more motivated to get through it. There are a lot of expectations for the season," Kleinmann said.

Asked the hardest part, Kleinmann said: "It's kind of a combination of balancing everything we do on top of waking up early in the morning and coming back later in the afternoon for workouts. It's tough mentally as well as physically."

Some of the Boot Camp veterans have been taking charge at the 6 a.m. drills, in which the players perform defensive slides, sprints, and backboard touches, as well as jumping rope.

"(Jeremy) Case, Russell (Robinson)," Morningstar said, asked who is leading the way. "I mean, every day a certain person steps it up. It could be a senior. It could be a freshman. We are not hating it. It's something we have to do. It's something coach (Bill) Self has done with all his teams. It's what we have to do to be ready for the season."

"This can help our team a lot," Collins said of what he called "non-stop drills. Conditioning will help late in the game. If we get the other team tired, we'll be all right."

The players will work out again early this morning and Friday, take the weekend off, then return for five more days of Boot Camp starting Monday.

¢ More on Miles: The Portland Trail Blazers made it official Wednesday, announcing on their Web site that former Kansas guard Aaron Miles had received a formal invitation to join the Blazers at training camp, which opens Tuesday.

"He's a young, improving player, and we are happy to give him a chance to make our regular-season roster," said Portland player-personnel director Kevin Pritchard, like Miles a KU graduate.

"We've brought in another solid individual, and good person, and I think Aaron has the potential to stick in this league."

Miles is the Big 12's all-time assist leader.

"Aaron Miles won a lot in college, and we like that," Pritchard said of the hometown hero from Portland's Jefferson High. "He knows how to play and plays the right way. He'll definitely push guys in camp. He's busted his tail getting better, and now he has a chance to be part of our organization. I've seen him a lot, and have seen him really improve his game. The biggest thing to me is, he makes players around him better, and we're always looking for that."

¢ Withey's list: Jeff Withey, a 7-foot junior from Horizon High in San Diego, told he'd trimmed his list of schools to KU, Louisville, Georgetown, Texas, Syracuse and Washington. He will visit KU unofficially for the Oct. 13 Late Night in the Phog.

"Kansas and Louisville are my leaders," he told

¢ Dooley honored: has named KU assistant Joe Dooley one of the "top 25 recruiters in the country."

Ohio State's John Groce was listed as top recruiter. North Carolina's Steve Robinson, a former KU assistant, also made the list.


JayCeph 15 years, 2 months ago

North Caro-who? Whu? Never heard of it...

JayCeph 15 years, 2 months ago

The Blazers sure do value that hard work ethic... two week recovery got him a one way ticket to waive-central.

Blazers are lame. Not just because they cut/waived Miles but because they have no cohesive plan to do anything with that team in their division. They are cellar-dwellers and act like it.

Mile is probably better off (if you don't count the money he won't be making).

Derek King 15 years, 2 months ago

Come on. If Steve Robinson was really THAT good a recruiter, he'd still be the head coach at Florida State.

tippy 15 years, 2 months ago

"(Jeremy) Case, Russell (Robinson)," Morningstar said, asked who is leading the way. "I mean, every day a certain person steps it up. It could be a senior. It could be a freshman."

I wonder which senior Brady is talking about? There aren't any seniors on this year's roster.

b_asinbeer 15 years, 2 months ago

"I mean, every day a certain person steps it up. It could be a senior. It could be a freshman."

Somebody wanna tell Morningstar that we don't have any seniors on the team this year?

jayhawkdan78 15 years, 2 months ago

Hey Morningstar-


There, he's been told!

KanKu 15 years, 2 months ago

He hypothetically meant players are being vocal whether they be seniors or freshmen, pay attention

lee3022 15 years, 2 months ago

No seniors? Hey! Cut him a break - he's a freshman and all upperclassmen look like gods from there.

Aaron Miles has failed his physical and uninvited to Blazer camp.

lee3022 15 years, 2 months ago

JayCeph -

Perhaps some time spent on True Hoop will educate you on the current NBA. Your vitriolic comments are ill-informed and tend to expose you. Miles has had a year out of college and not yet stayed with a team (signed by Golden State last year and then waived). Undrafted rookies usually get only training camp to make an impression and Miles would have missed the bulk of that. Portland had another player it could invite but neither has a great chance to make the team. I am a Jayhawk and was hoping for Aaron but I also understand the business that is the NBA and the need to constantly weigh the choices. Henry Abbott will help you to understand that there are many hard-working players who cannot stick with a team and he has also lauded the Blazers for the plan they are executing this year. True Hoop is widely recognized as pehaps the best sports blog in the country.

cobweb 15 years, 2 months ago

Self finally has the team he wants. Watch out this year! This will be fun. Nobody in the Big 12 is even close.

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