Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self hopes three incoming freshmen will be available to practice today, the first day of the 2008-09 school year.
Twins Marcus and Markieff Morris, as well as Travis Releford, need to get the OK from the NCAA Clearinghouse before being eligible to take part in workouts prior to the Jayhawks' trip to Canada.
The Jayhawks will practice the next nine days in preparation for a three-exhibition-game Labor Day weekend trip to Ottawa.
"Travis is qualified. With Travis, his was done months ago, but there was a hang-up with his paperwork. They needed one more piece of paper, one more piece of verification," Self said Wednesday. "Certainly there's no reason to believe there will be a problem. Hopefully it'll be done today."
Releford, a graduate of Bishop Miege in Roeland Park, did not have to complete any summer school classwork to become eligible. The Morris twins took a high school core course this summer, which combined with their SAT scores should make them eligible.
"We've not heard one thing today. Hopefully it'll be determined by tomorrow," Self said of word on the twins.
Self said he did not yet know if junior point guard Sherron Collins would practice today. Collins had arthroscopic left knee surgery April 22.
¢ Henry now No. 3: Rivals.com has updated its rankings for high school prospects in the Class of 2009.
Xavier Henry, a 6-6 guard from Putnam City, Okla., has dropped from No. 2 to 3. The country's No. 1 player remains John Wall, a 6-4 guard from Raleigh, N.C.. who has KU on his list. No. 2 is Demarcus Cousins, 6-9, from Mobile, Ala.
The top-10 recruits who also list KU and their rankings: Derrick Favors, 6-9, Atlanta (No. 4), Jordan Hamilton, 6-7, Los Angeles (No. 5), Avery Bradley, 6-3, Tacoma, Wash. (No. 8), Lance Stephenson, 6-5, Brooklyn, N.Y. (No. 9), Renardo Sidney, 6-10, Los Angeles (No. 10).