Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook


Perkins, Henrys attend Owens’ induction

Five members of Kansas University’s athletic department witnessed Monday night’s induction of former KU basketball coach Ted Owens into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.

KU athletic director Lew Perkins was joined at the black-tie dinner in Oklahoma City by senior associate AD Larry Keating, associate AD/internal relations Sean Lester, Williams Fund development associate Banks Floodman and director of external relations/men’s basketball Barry Hinson.

Also on hand were incoming Jayhawk players Xavier and C.J. Henry of Oklahoma City, who were there to honor Owens, who coached their dad, Carl Henry, at KU.

“I think it’s neat they (Henrys) were there to pay tribute to a guy who coached their father,” said Hinson, who at the banquet was pleased to introduce KU’s Perkins to Bill Self’s high school coach — Mike dela Garza of Edmond Memorial High.

“I do think one of the impressive things is we had people representing our university pay tribute to a coach who has meant so much to our basketball program. One of the things I’ve said since I’ve been here (the past year), and I have an unbiased opinion: I am amazed at the family atmosphere Lew and his staff have created. Last night it resonated not only in us being there, but coach Owens seeing us and knowing we wanted to be there. That is lost in today’s athletics sometimes,” Hinson added.

Hinson enjoyed listening to speeches of Owens and the other inductees: Tom Catlin (Oklahoma football player), John Kolb (Pittsburgh Steelers), Cal McLish (MLB All-Star pitcher), Clem McSpadden (longtime rodeo announcer) and Bob Tway (Oklahoma State golfer).

“Coach Owens was so elegant. He was gracious and humble. There were a plethora of people from coach’s life. He got a remarkable ovation,” Hinson said. “Coach Owens got emotional as anybody would. I got emotional. A couple speeches, I felt like I was watching ‘Steel Magnolias,’’’ Hinson cracked.

Owens, the third winningest coach in KU history, acknowledged it has been an eventful year. The Hollis (Okla.) native, who now lives in Tulsa, recently turned 80.

“An incredible year with both ups and downs,” Owens said. “The upside of course is being inducted into the Oklahoma and Kansas hall of fames (Oct. 4) the same year and having the great trip to Scotland (last spring with Self), and all my kids are doing great. The downside is losing Sam and Bob the same year.”

He was referring to two of his former assistant coaches — Sam Miranda and Bob Frederick — who both recently died.

Owens thought it was fitting an Oklahoma newspaper mistakenly ran a picture of Miranda instead of Owens in an article about Owens this week.

“There was an article with a picture ... only it was Sam. I am thinking, ‘Sam is up there laughing,’” Owens said.

Colorado in Maui Invite

The 2009 Maui Invitational brackets were revealed Tuesday. The tourney is slated for Nov. 23-25 at Lahaina Civic Center in Maui.

The bottom half of the bracket pits Colorado vs. Gonzaga and Arizona vs. Wisconsin; the top half matches Chaminade vs. Maryland and Cincinnati vs. Vanderbilt.

KU will compete in the 2011 Maui Invite. This year, the Jayhawks will compete in the Hall of Fame Tournament with a marquee matchup against Memphis on Nov. 17 in St. Louis. Next year, KU will meet Arizona in the featured game of the Las Vegas Invitational. KU has no tourney yet on tap for 2012. A possibility is the Jayhawk Invitational, in which KU would play either three or four home games with the fourth at home or a neutral site.

Global Games this weekend in Oregon

Several KU prospects will be playing in the Global Games, set for Friday through Sunday in Hillsboro, Ore.

On the Midwest team: Harrison Barnes, 6-8, Ames (Iowa) High; Ray McCallum, 6-1, Detroit Country Day High; Doron Lamb, 6-4, Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson, Va.; Cameron Clark, 6-6 Sherman (Texas) High; Adreian Payne, 6-9, Jefferson High, Dayton, Ohio. On the East team: Josh Selby, 6-2, Lake Clifton High, Baltimore. On the West: Terrence Jones, 6-8, Jefferson High, Portland.

— Assistant sports editor Gary Bedore can be reached at 832-7186.


not_important 10 years, 9 months ago

We haven't been to the NIT in a while. Why aren't we working to get back into that highly visible preseason tournament? I don't think we've gone there since Coach Self took over. Maybe he's not a fan.

But after Maui, I believe the NIT is the next best tournament for recruiting efforts. Not to mention the fact that we are pulling quite a few guys from the northeast now. It seems to make sense that you would want to get in some tournament up there. At least the Coaches vs. Cancer thing if not the NIT. Maybe that is a better fit since it is an NABC event and Coach Self is one of the Directors.

Coach Williams wouldn't even look at a gym in that area but he made sure we were in the NIT every four years or so. Seems odd.

Dillon Davis 10 years, 9 months ago

KU and is going to the NIT are words that haven't appeared in the same sentence for about 20 years. Unless the word isn't is between them.

mjlindsm 10 years, 9 months ago

So now we understand why Lance Stephenson chose Cinci.

esteshawk 10 years, 9 months ago

I think he was referring to the pre-season NIT. I remember in '89 when Williams took his first team to New York and beat LSU, UNLV, and St. Johns. Went from unraked to No. 4 in the country, and we all loved Roy from the start.

Martin Rosenblum 10 years, 9 months ago

Did I miss something? There was no mention of Carl Henry attending the Ted Owens function. The article says that X and CJ were there to honor Owens, who coached their dad, but didn't mention that he was there also.

KUFan90 10 years, 9 months ago

That wasn't Roy's first team Esteshawk. His first team was 88-89 and finished 19-12 and unranked.

Marcia Parsons 10 years, 9 months ago

Carl's attendance was mentioned in yesterday's (I think it was yesterday) article about the ceremony. It said he was there with his sons.

not_important 10 years, 9 months ago

dmoney- The word "preseason tournament" in the post should have been a clue. No worries though.

Every team Coach Williams took to the PRESEASON NIT won it except his last team when we got spanked by Coach Doherty's UNC squad and then lost to Florida in the Consolation game. Don't know what was up with that '02-'03 team as they came out of the gate 3-3, but finished fairly strong.

KANSTUCKY 10 years, 9 months ago

Thanks Gary and LJWorld for not quoting Carl Henry.

Joe Ross 10 years, 9 months ago

Fabricio Melo has committed to Syracuse.

Adreian Payne is still the man for KU!

Dillon Davis 10 years, 9 months ago

Yeah i know jross, but i think from what ive heard on rivals and Kentucky might have a slight edge over KU at this point. A big would be nice but after this year we'll still have most likely the Morris twins, T-Rob, Withey,. Thats four bigs in front of Payne. Im sure he'll get some p.t but at Kentucky he might get more. Because Patterson will probably be leaving after this year and Cousins probably will too. So that would leave them with just Orton. And him and Orton could split time alot easier than Payne with the twins, t-rob, and withey. But we'll c. I'm with you though, i really want this guy too.

Joe Ross 10 years, 9 months ago

Not a member, please quote the relevant information.

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