Thursday, May 1, 2008

Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook


White House visit June 3

Kansas University's basketball players and coaches are going to accept President Bush's offer to visit the White House.

The 2008 NCAA champions, coach Bill Self said at Wednesday's Assists Foundation autograph signing session at Crown Automotive, are planning on traveling to Washington, D.C., on June 3.

"It's close to being finalized, but June 3 is the day," Self said.


Collins keeping fit

KU sophomore Sherron Collins, who had arthroscopic surgery April 21 to repair cartilage damage in his left knee, has been watching his weight during his first week and a half of inactivity, Self said.

"He looks good. He has to be careful though. He could put on weight easily," Self said of the 5-foot-11, 200-pounder who has had weight issues in the past. "I think he feels a lot better. We will not let him do anything for a while. We are positively not going to let him do anything for the majority of the summer."


More honors for Self

Self and Tennessee women's coach Pat Summitt will receive the Winged Foot Award on May 14 at the New York Athletic Club. Former KU coach Larry Brown will be the keynote speaker on behalf of Self and KU. The Winged Foot Award annually is presented to head coaches of the NCAA champs.


Basketball Boogie update

Self has started to heavily promote "Bill's Basketball Boogie" to benefit Self's Assists Foundation.

The Boogie, which will include food, drink, live music, live and silent auctions and shooting contests with KU hoops players, will be held June 7 at Kansas Speedway.

The Boogie, according to Self's official Web site (, is designed to "raise funds to create a multi-purpose athletic campus (in the Lawrence/Kansas City area) and help our community-based institutions improve their existing facilities. ... These facilities will provide our young people with well deserved new and safe places to play, and it will also provide you and your families with a lifetime of benefits. Our goal for this project is to ensure that the kids we are raising have the necessary resources to outlive their parents."

Additional details will be released in coming weeks.

"This deal June 7 will be huge," Self said. "There will be 1,000 to 2,000 people at the Speedway. It's going to be the party of the summer. I hope everybody will help take part in a good cause."


TheTruth08 12 years, 3 months ago

Next year's team will be pretty interesting. They'll be long, athletic and explosive. The Jayhawks will also be super young. And with young teams (see this year's version of K-State or even the early version of the 2006 KU team) you'll never know what you're going to get. However, look for them to make a run late in the season when and if they come together, adjust to another level and define roles. But I digress. Watch out for a potential backcourt, at times, with a healthy Sherron Collins and Tyshawn Taylor. The two of them in the backcourt, at the same time, will give defenses fits. Both are quick, can penetrate into the lane and create for teammates. They're both fast and explosive in the open court, on fastbreaks. If you thought Collins brought a different gear to the team when he was in the game, think about adding another guy with a motor just like his.

rockchalks7 12 years, 3 months ago

they say he is one of the top five scorers in the nation and can do it all.... sounds like a stud to me

JayhawkPurist 12 years, 3 months ago

Anyone know what the team's itinerary will look like while in DC? Will there be any opportunity for the fans in the area to see the team?

actorman 12 years, 3 months ago

"Our goal for this project is to ensure that the kids we are raising have the necessary resources to outlive their parents."Beautifully said. It's so great that Self is using his status to promote something that can make a real difference in the community. It says a lot about him.

Gary Bedore 12 years, 3 months ago

I don't know for sure, but I don't think you'll have a chance to meet the team in D.C. That's a deal where they get rushed into meet the President and take photos and maybe get a tour of the White House and leave. Your only opp would be at the airport or at the hotel if they stay all night, which they may not even do.

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