Gary Bedore's Kansas basketball notebook

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Thomas update

Former Kansas University power forward Quintrell Thomas, who recently announced plans to transfer, told he will visit UNLV this weekend. He visited St. Joseph’s last weekend and will visit Siena in two weeks.


KU coach Bill Self was asked Tuesday about signing Xavier Henry to a grant-in-aid five months after’s No. 8-rated player signed a letter of intent with Memphis. Xavier’s brother, C.J., will leave Memphis to also play at KU.

“I think Xavier’s always wanted to be a Jayhawk. I think he and his brother were brainwashed KU all throughout their childhood by his mother and father,” Self joked of father, Carl, and mom, Barbara, who played at KU. He was speaking at an awards ceremony in Oklahoma City.

“When it didn’t work out and they picked Memphis, it wasn’t because of Kansas. It was because of extenuating circumstances (car accident involving Xavier), which was best for the family at that moment. Of course, it took a long time to get there, but I think it’s well worth the wait and he gives us a piece to the puzzle that we did not have last year,” Self added.

Jayhawk Invite update

The top two 17 and under players to compete in this weekend’s Jayhawk invitational are future KU player Royce Woolridge (Arizona Magic) and KU target Harrison Barnes (All-Iowa Attack Red), who will meet at 7:10 p.m. Friday at Haskell. An elite 16 and under player, Bradley Beal, 6-3 from Chaminade High in St. Louis, will be playing for the St. Louis Eagles at 8:20 p.m. Friday at Robinson; 9:10 a.m. Saturday at Robinson and 4:10 p.m. Saturday at Haskell. Beal is considering KU, Missouri, Illinois and others.

Memphis wanting out?

KU senior associate athletic director Larry Keating said Tuesday he had not heard any reports of Memphis possibly wanting to ask out of a proposed game against KU on Nov. 17 in St. Louis. Arkansas and Louisville are slated to play in the other game.