Bumps, bruises report
Kansas University freshman Jeff Withey and junior Tyrel Reed did not play in the scrimmage. Withey, a 7-foot transfer from the University of Arizona, is out two to four weeks with a sprained right thumb.
“I messed it up in a pickup game this week,” said Withey, who has a light protective cast on the thumb.
Reed has a bruised quad and is day-to-day.
Meanwhile, Mario Little played in the scrimmage. He has been cleared for full contact workouts following offseason surgery to repair a stress fracture in his lower-left leg.
Freshman guard Elijah Johnson, who has been plagued by a sore knee, scored two points. “He’s tired, sore,” KU guard Sherron Collins said. “He’s young but has a lot in his game you can’t teach. He’s real athletic but a little banged up now. He didn’t get a chance to play much.”
More on tryouts
Collins said he’s disappointed he had to pull out of USA Basketball’s World University Games tryouts because of family concerns. “I think hands-down I would have made the team,” he said. “But family issues back home ... I’ve got to be there for my family. I didn’t want to be out of the States if something happens with my family. Family is first.” He did not wish to discuss specifics of a family situation in his hometown of Chicago.
Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Darnell Jackson said he will be playing for the Cavaliers’ summer-league team in July in Las Vegas.
“They have been on me hard. They want me to play a bigger role next year. I’m all for it,” Jackson said. “I’ve been working out every day, working on the skills they want me to, getting better.”
Aaron Miles said he had not yet accepted an invitation to play for an NBA summer-league team. His goal remains making an NBA team.
Soph Travis Releford hit four shots in four tries, including a three, and had nine points. ... Freshman forward Thomas Robinson did not score with two steals and three boards. Former KU forward Christian Moody reports he’ll be attending KU medical school this fall. “I’ve got four more camp games to play in,” he joked, realizing med school is a multi-year program. Former University of Illinois guard Sergio McClain hit a three playing for the alumni.