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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Jayhawks bask in their senior moment

Departing players lauded in Allen finale

Kansas' Darnell Jackson gives his fellow senior teammate Jeremy Case a bear hug on the sidelines during the Texas Tech blowout on Monday at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks shredded the Red Raiders, 109-51.

Kansas' Darnell Jackson gives his fellow senior teammate Jeremy Case a bear hug on the sidelines during the Texas Tech blowout on Monday at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks shredded the Red Raiders, 109-51.

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KU seniors Sasha Kaun, Russell Robinson, Rodrick Stewart, Jeremy Case and Darnell Jackson give their senior speeches after the Jayhawks' 109-51 victory over Texas Tech.

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The thunder inside Allen Fieldhouse grew even more deafening Monday night as Jayhawk fans saluted their seniors.

Fans doted over the seniors - Darnell Jackson, Rodrick Stewart, Jeremy Case, Russell Robinson and Sasha Kaun - on Kansas University's Senior Night.

"They've all represented us well," said Marv Nuss, a '73 alumnus. "This is one of those special classes. We've had some like this before, but this is one of those special ones."

Everyone seemed to have kudos for the players.

Ryan Bigley, a senior from San Antonio, Texas, said Stewart stands out.

"He came to Kansas to play," Bigley said. "He could have played with his brother at (Southern California), but he transferred here. I dig that."

Shannon Ferguson, a Kansas native who drove from Watertown, S.D., to Lawrence for Monday night's game, said she's been impressed by Jackson's work ethic.

"He's actually an offensive contributor now, whereas last year it just seemed like he was a body in the center," she said.

KU freshman Zakary Martin said Robinson has shown good ball handling.

"He runs the floor well," he said.

Nuss, who holds a degree in engineering, said he's been impressed by Kaun's work as a computer science student.

"I've talked to the dean of engineering about Sasha's progress," he said, adding that Kaun has done well in school.

"He's doing it on the floor," Nuss said. "Knowing that he's doing it in the classroom is a special treat for me."

But as KU topped Texas Tech, 109-51, fans weren't spending too much time stuck in retrospection.

Jeffrey Hudson, a cousin of sophomore Sherron Collins, said he predicts big things.

"If they can take the Big 12 tournament, I can see them in San Antonio for the Final Four," he said.

Comments

Jonathan Andrews 13 years, 10 months ago

Well, since no one mentioned Case, I'll go ahead and write my addendum to this article.

I have been pleasantly surprised at the development in Jeremy's game. Seriously, I never thought he'd be as heady a defender or as responsible wit hthe ball as he has become. It goes to show how dedicated he has been; even when he couldn't find a role as a spot-up shooter, he honed and expanded his game, and his contributions extend far beyond the court.

Sincerely,

crooner, former Case hater

bashe24 13 years, 10 months ago

Did anyone else get a little choked up when Jackson came off for the last time and pounded his chest, symbolizing the end to an amazing journey in the KU uniform.....that guy has dealt with so much adversity........Watching Kaun go from a goofy freshman who i was worried about everytime he touched the ball to the utter man he is today........Russel Robinson.....what else is there to say.......THE MAN.....i don't know if i can put it any other way.......Stewart and Case stuck it out when they didn't have to and for that they will always be Jayhawks and no one will ever be able to take that away..........Thank you Seniors

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