Kansas University coach Bill Self said there’s a chance Xavier Henry will attend second session of summer school. C.J. Henry, who will be 100 percent recovered from a cracked bone in his foot by August, will definitely remain in Oklahoma City until school starts in August.
“I wouldn’t ask anybody to pay out of pocket,” Self said, noting the New York Yankees only pay for two semesters of ex-Yankee farmhand Henry’s schooling per year. “Xavier has a lot of dental work that needs to be done. They are working to see if he can get here second session. Even those 3 1/2 weeks I’m not sure that’s a must. Those guys are busting their butt doing as much as our guys here. I’d rather have them doing it with our guys, but those two will report in great shape.”
Self said he believes the brothers’ mom, Barbara, still is looking into moving to Lawrence with Carl Henry planning on staying in OKC where he coaches Athletes First.
Self said C.J. would “probably not” live in renovated Jayhawker Towers. “It (C.J.’s decision) has not been finalized yet. I’d allow him to live off campus. At age 23? Yes,” Self said.
Self said Elijah Johnson (arthroscopic knee surgery) should return to pickup basketball in two weeks. Jeff Withey (severely sprained right thumb) should be back in three weeks and Brady Morningstar (surgery to repair stress fracture, foot) one week. Mario Little (surgery to repair stress fracture, lower leg) is “close to 100 percent, doing everything everybody is doing. Reports are he is looking good in conditioning,” Self said.
Collins weight update
Sherron Collins strolled into Self’s office after a hard workout, indicating he’s already shed some weight since weighing in at the Deron Williams Skills Academy in Dallas at 228 pounds.
“I think in his case he knows he’s not in great shape,” Self said. “He’s been there before. I don’t believe it’s a serious issue of concern. Do I like it? No, but I don’t think it’s what occurred in the last 3-4 weeks; it’s what occurred since the season was over until the last 3-4 weeks. Part of that is our fault. After the season we told him to shut it down. I don’t see major negatives. I don’t like it, but it’s being addressed. He’s been great, working hard and all that stuff.”
Compton to join program
Former Free State High guard Douglas Compton will be part of KU’s program in some capacity this season. It’s been speculated on the Internet he’ll be a walk-on player. Self said nothing’s been officially decided yet.
“Douglas has come to me and expressed a desire to be a coach and he will be involved in our program in some form or fashion. I really don’t know what the job responsibilities will entail,” said Self, who has known Douglas for several years through friendship with Douglas’ dad, Lawrence businessman Doug Compton.
“I’m looking forward to having him around like everybody involved in our program — players, managers, office help. We are going to try to figure out a way he can be involved with our program through different duties. I don’t know what they will entail at this time.”