• Status of Collins, Aldrich: There’s a rumor going around that Collins and Aldrich definitely have decided to return to KU.
“That’s positively not true,” Self said. “I do think there’s a thought process (with both of them) initially (where they say), ‘I probably am coming back.’
“I’m not putting any pressure on them to give me an answer. They may be leaning a certain way.”
Self is in the process of talking to NBA front-office types about the duo’s draft stock.
“I owe it to them to get them information,” Self said. “I’d be very surprised if they do anything before getting the information. It’ll be sometime next week (that he gets them all the information).”
Aldrich’s dad, Walter, said last week that his son probably would be back to KU for a junior season. Collins said after KU’s season-ending loss that he’s coming back unless he’s advised otherwise by Self.
Various draft sites believe Aldrich would be a definite first-round pick if he declares, Collins a likely second-round pick.
• Orton update: Daniel Orton, a 6-10 senior forward from Oklahoma City McGuinness High, told the Lexington Herald-Leader he will consider Kansas as well as Kentucky, a school he signed with in November, but lost its coach, Billy Gillispie.
“Right now, my brother and my dad and I are going to sit down and talk about it,” Orton said at the Derby Festival Basketball Classic in Louisville.
“In my heart, I believe I truly want to go to Kentucky,” Orton added. “You want to make sure everything is right. You want to make a good decision, a very educated decision.”
Kentucky this week received a commitment from big man DeMarcus Cousins.
The Wildcats also have front-court players Patrick Patterson and Perry Stevenson.
“It does kind of affect it (decision),” Orton told the Herald-Leader, not mentioning KU’s frontcourt situation.
• More on Henrys: Former KU player Carl Henry told Rivals.com that Self was in Memphis on Thursday to visit with his son, Memphis freshman walk-on C.J. Henry, who has received a release from his letter of intent. C.J. would like to play on the same team as brother Xavier next season. Xavier Henry, who has received a release from his Memphis letter of intent, is in Portland this weekend for the Nike Hoops Summit.
• Other prospects: John Wall, 6-4, from Raleigh, N.C., tells Rivals.com he has a list of KU, Duke, North Carolina State, Baylor, Memphis, Miami and Kentucky. He said he also might consider North Carolina if UNC begins to recruit him actively. ... Lance Stephenson, 6-6 from Brooklyn, N.Y., still has his list of KU, St. John’s and Maryland.