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Warrior mentalities

Henry brothers, molded by family, eager to start at KU

Wherever Xavier Henry goes, so does one of his most prized possessions — his wooden necklace. “It’s a warrior necklace. I got one for me and my brother. It just represents us. Me and my brother are warriors,” Henry, Kansas University’s 6-foot-6, 220-pound freshman basketball guard from Oklahoma City said Tuesday.

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Mangino raves about true freshman McDougald

Less than two weeks after the start of summer training camp, Kansas coach Mark Mangino indicated that Bradley McDougald would not only contribute as a true freshman this season, but that the Dublin, Ohio, native has performed better than any true freshman he's had in the program

Collins, Aldrich named as candidates for Wooden Award

Jayhawk duo included on list of 50 college players

Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins are two of 50 candidates for the Wooden Player of the Year trophy.

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Warrior mentalities

Henry brothers, molded by family, eager to start at KU

Wherever Xavier Henry goes, so does one of his most prized possessions — his wooden necklace. “It’s a warrior necklace. I got one for me and my brother. It just represents us. Me and my brother are warriors,” Henry, Kansas University’s 6-foot-6, 220-pound freshman basketball guard from Oklahoma City said Tuesday.

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Woods looks to give KU pass rush some pop

Juco transfer a welcome addition on defensive line that struggled to get to QB last season

During the Kansas University football team’s annual Media Day, Quintin Woods was asked how the first few days of practice were going, and in response, the defensive end from Flint, Mich., said, “It’s been tough. Coach’s working us, but it’s for the (good) of our team. We’re just taking it one day at a time, going out there and giving everybody our all, working hard in drills, working hard in practice, soaking everything up, and it’s been good.”

Jayhawk volleyball scrimmage on tap

The Kansas volleyball team will play an exhibition scrimmage against KU alumni on Saturday at Horejsi Family Athletics Center. Admission to the 6:30 p.m. event is free.

Kansas golf hires assistant

John Handrigan was named Kansas men’s golf assistant coach on Tuesday.

Kansas baseball loses signee

Ritch Price figured pitcher Shawn Blackwell was signed, sealed and all but delivered to Kansas University.

C.J.’s impact a mystery

We know what Carl Henry thinks of his son C.J.’s game. Carl said he thinks Sherron Collins and Tyshawn Taylor are good basketball players, but not any better than C.J. “You said my dad said that?” C.J. asked Tuesday afternoon.

McCray’s emergence sparks optimism

Around mid-October of last year when basketball practice was about to begin, Kansas women’s coach Bonnie Henrickson was asked about Danielle McCray. Said Henrickson of the 5-foot-11 junior: “Danielle has to step up and be a leader.” Did she ever.

Self giddy over ‘premier’ newcomer class

Henrys, Johnson, Robinson, Withey project as a fabulous five

Bill Self won’t complain if anybody wants to nickname his incoming class of recruits the “Fab Five.” He’s awfully fond of the handful of guys he and assistants Joe Dooley, Danny Manning and Kurtis Townsend were able to corral.

Hoops expectations at upper limits

Return of Collins, Aldrich, addition of Henry has KU Final Four favorite

Blessed with talent and depth at every position — and valuable experience at the ever-important point guard slot — Kansas University’s basketball team enters the 2009-10 preseason with the highest hopes. And the greatest expectations.