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Monday, June 23, 2008

Plano West claims Self camp title

Texas team relishes run to title at KU's Allen Fieldhouse

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The Plano (Texas) West Senior High boys basketball team seemed to borrow a phrase from Oakland Raiders President Al Davis: "Just win, baby!"

That's all Plano West did this weekend at Bill Self's team camp - just win.

Plano West capped the weekend with a 58-42 victory over Chaminade College Preparatory School of St. Louis in the championship game of the large varsity-team bracket Sunday in Allen Fieldhouse.

"We always come out with a lot of intensity, and we want to win everything," Plano West forward Jackson Jeffcoat said. "We lost second round in the playoffs last year, and we decided it's not going to happen again. We want to get to state in Texas. We're undefeated right now in all the games we've played this summer. We don't lose. We want to keep going all the way until March - that's when state is."

Making it to state would mean a trip to Frank Erwin Center, home arena of the University of Texas. So playing in Allen Fieldhouse gave the Texans an idea of what it would be like to play in a college arena.

"It's a pretty nice stadium," Plano West guard Tyler Melville said of the Fieldhouse. "Just looking at all the history was just like, 'Wow! Wilt Chamberlain's up there.' And we got to meet Danny Manning. It was pretty incredible. And we got to see (this year's) championship rings, too. And that blew me away. I was like, 'Man, I want to get me one of those.'"

The Plano West players proudly sported "Kansas: Team Camp Champions" T-shirts given to them for claiming the team camp crown.

"People may make a mistake and think I'm part of the (national championship) team," Jeffcoat said. "It feels really good to be wearing it."

Jeffcoat definitely earned the shirt. Not only did he dominate down low - throwing down a few dunks - in the championship game, but he even stepped outside and made a shot from behind the three-point arc.

"It looked good. He doesn't take those very often, so when he does, you know he's feeling good and can knock them down," coach Hector Avila said of Jeffcoat's three-pointer. "He has that ability. He has a pretty good shot. Everybody thinks he's a power inside, but he can actually step out and make the three-point shot."

Plano West head coach Anthony Morgan didn't get to coach his team to the title due to a rule in Texas preventing high school coaches from coaching their teams in the summer.

However, Morgan did get to watch Avila, a former assistant coach and current head coach at Ysleta High in El Paso, lead Morgan's squad to a championship.

"That's always a joy," Morgan said. "There's a lot of pride when your assistants become varsity coaches and are moving up and enjoying the game. So we brought him in from El Paso and wanted him to see some of our athletes, and he had a great time. It was fun to watch him."

Comments

Dirk Medema 11 years, 4 months ago

Maybe the next best thing to "Late Night"."Just looking at all the history was just like, 'Wow! Wilt Chamberlain's up there.' And we got to meet Danny Manning. It was pretty incredible. And we got to see (this year's) championship rings, too. And that blew me away. I was like, 'Man, I want to get me one of those.'"The Plano West players proudly sported "Kansas: Team Camp Champions" T-shirts given to them for claiming the team camp crown."People may make a mistake and think I'm part of the (national championship) team," Jeffcoat said. "It feels really good to be wearing it."

KEITHMILES05 11 years, 4 months ago

Self was not trying to get the two as a package deal. The two GUYS talked of a package deal.Big difference.Warren is tremendous athlete. I still don't know what happened and why he didn't choose KU. He's good.

jaybate 11 years, 4 months ago

KEITHMILES05,Rotnei, that's the one. Arkansas? I figured he'd wind up at UK with Gillispie.RE the package, my recollection was that Warren and Rotnei talked of being a package, as you said, and that Self offered Rotnei to try to ice the deal with Warren; then Rotnei did not accept; then Warren committed to Baylor; then his mommie nixed Baylor; then Self just let go of Rotnei and pursued Warren.

jaybate 11 years, 4 months ago

Coach Self has to love these local camps and events that showcase the talent. 1. It takes some of the action away from the shoe camps, whose promoters always favor the east and west coast markets and schools.2. It gets kids to Lawrence, so they are more likely willing to visit the campus later, if Self decides he wants them (once you see KU, you can't help but like it).3. Its got to save him some road time by seeing a bunch of the kids in Lawrence instead going to camps elsewhere.

KEITHMILES05 11 years, 4 months ago

Was this event open to the public? It was not advertised.

jaybate 11 years, 4 months ago

Recruiting Question:Where did the short guard from the small town in Oklahoma--I forget his name right now--finally sign? He was buddies with Willie Warren. Self at one time was trying to get the two in a package deal. Warren signed at OU, I believe. But I never heard where the other guard signed.

KEITHMILES05 11 years, 4 months ago

Jaybate...........Self never did offer Clark. There was bantering around of talk but it was Warren they wanted.The two kids talked of going together to college.

jaybate 11 years, 4 months ago

KEITHMILES05,Wow! The mind is going. I would have sworn that Coach Self offered Rotnei. Oh, well, that's why its good to post here. Cross referencing memory banks reveals mistakes.

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