Originally published November 3, 2009 at 05:48p.m., updated November 3, 2009 at 11:01p.m.

FINAL: Xavier Henry scores 14 in debut as KU defeats FHSU, 107-68

Kansas forward Xavier Henry looks for a bucket after being fouled by Fort Hays State forward Ken Bowman during the second half of Tuesday's exhibition at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Xavier Henry looks for a bucket after being fouled by Fort Hays State forward Ken Bowman during the second half of Tuesday's exhibition at Allen Fieldhouse.


Reader poll

Which newcomer was most impressive in KU's 107-68 victory over Fort Hays State?

  • Xavier Henry 38% 967 votes
  • Thomas Robinson 16% 421 votes
  • Elijah Johnson 37% 932 votes
  • Undecided 7% 181 votes

2501 total votes.

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2009 KU-Fort Hays State basketball


KU vs. Fort Hays State

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KU men's basketball got ready for the 2009-10 season with an exhibition matchup against Fort Hays State Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Reader poll

Which KU non-freshmen do you think should red-shirt?

  • Travis Releford 35% 1437 votes
  • Mario Little 8% 367 votes
  • Both Little and Releford 47% 1957 votes
  • Neither of them 5% 237 votes
  • Other 2% 88 votes

4086 total votes.

9:58 p.m.

KU coach Bill Self's press conference is posted on the left. A couple quick notes from it regarding red-shirts.

• The coaching staff was considering a red-shirt for Elijah Johnson, but Self said that appears less likely now.

• Conner Teahan sat out tonight to keep his red-shirt options open as well. If either Little or Releford decide not to red-shirt, Teahan might decide to take one.

Kansas scoring

Collins 19, Taylor 15, X. Henry 14, Aldrich 13, Markieff Morris 12, Marcus Morris 10, Johnson 9, Reed 7, Robinson 6, Juenemann 2.

KU was 32-for-60 from the floor (53 percent), 7-for-17 from three (41 percent) and 36-for-43 from the free-throw line (84 percent).

FHSU was 23-for-68 from the floor (34 percent), 10-for-26 from three (38 percent) and 12-for-19 from the free-throw line (63 percent).

KU out-rebounded FHSU, 47-34. KU had 18 turnovers; FHSU had 21.

KU defeats FHSU, 107-68

Nice pass inside by Marcus Morris, who feeds Jordan Juenemann for a reverse layup against his hometown team.

Reed holds the ball for the final seconds, and KU finishes off a 107-68 victory.

KU 100/ FHSU 63 — 3:31 left in 2nd half

Nice transition basketball after a steal from Taylor. The sophomore threw it to Robinson, who dished a no-look pass right back to him for a layup.

Robinson picks up two quick fouls, and to keep the freshman tradition, he fouls out in just 12 minutes.

Nice work on the boards by the Morris twins, as Marcus fights for one offensive board and Markieff gets the next.

Tim Peintner is called for his fifth foul, and that’s the fourth Tiger to foul out tonight. We haven’t even made it to the four-minute media timeout, either.

Johnson shows great control on the break, weaving between defenders before dropping in a finger-roll. A red-shirt for him is looking less likely by the minute.

KU 89/ FHSU 58 — 7:37 left in 2nd half

Collins comes away with a steal in the backcourt, and he finishes the play with a finger-roll. Funny how, just when Xavier tied him as the scoring leader, Collins quickly put in six straight KU points.

One thing we’ve learned already about Xavier Henry: He doesn’t care where his feet are when he shoots it. Another shot from 19 feet, and that’s the third time I remember him putting up an attempt with a foot on the line.

KU 80/ FHSU 55 — 11:14 left in 2nd half

Best play of the night for KU, as Xavier Henry dives on the floor to pick up a steal for the Jayhawks. He tosses to Thomas Robinson, who gives off to Taylor in transition. The sophomore threw a long, high lob to Johnson, who went way up to throw it down with both hands. That got the students going.

Robinson shows his athleticism by elevating to block a shot from the weak side, but he’s called for goal-tending.

Henry hits another three, and he’s tied Collins as KU’s leading scorer with 13. Henry has done it with just four field-goal attempts, going 3-for-4 from the field, 2-for-3 from three-point range and 5-for-6 from the free-throw line.

Robinson steals two extra possessions for KU, hustling to pull down two offensive rebounds. KU can’t convert, though, as Collins misses a three and Marcus Morris is short on a jumper.

KU 66/ FHSU 38 — 15:32 left in 2nd half

Taylor, with his middle and ring fingers taped together on his right hand, tosses up a nice alley-oop to Aldrich, who slams it down.

Collins penetrates and then dishes out to Taylor, but the sophomore hesitates on the shot and instead decides to drive. Taylor has looked a bit hesitant to shoot wide-open threes tonight.

The Jayhawks have shown some good hustle on loose balls, as Aldrich saves a ball under his own basket and Markieff Morris leaps out of bounds to save another KU possession.

Aldrich puts in a pair of turn-arounds, and KU has started the second half with good energy and also a 10-0 run.

Xavier Henry shows his quick release, hitting a baseline jumper with a foot on the line.

Halftime scoring


Collins 13 (4-for-7 shooting, 3-for-4 threes), Markieff Morris 7, X. Henry 7 (1-for-1 shooting, 4-for-4 free throws), Taylor 7, Reed 5, Aldrich 5, Robinson 4, Marcus Morris 4, Johnson 2.

KU was 15-for-26 from the floor (58 percent), 5-for-8 from three (63 percent) and 19-for-22 from the free-throw line (86 percent).

FHSU was 10-for-33 from the floor (30 percent), 5-for-13 from three (38 percent) and 10-for-14 from the free-throw line (71 percent).

KU out-rebounded FHSU, 20-17, in the first half. Both teams had 11 turnovers.

KU 54/ FHSU 35 — Halftime

Another three by FHSU’s Jones, and Self calls a timeout. More teaching moments for the Jayhawks.

Collins hits a three from the right wing, and on the next possession, he pulls up and swishes another from the identical spot. The senior pumps his fists in satisfaction, and FHSU needs a timeout of its own.

Smart play by Markieff Morris on defense, as he anticipated contact by Dijon Smith in the post and fell backwards. You’ll get an offensive foul call about 95 percent of the time there.

The Jayhawks have gotten a lot of free throws, but to their credit, they’ve hit them. After a pair of makes by Aldrich, KU has made 19 of 22 (86 percent).

Collins puts together a typical end-of-shot-clock display just before the end of the half, as he fakes a drive before pulling back and draining an 18-footer. At least FHSU’s Ben Congiusta can tell people he was fooled by a future NBA player.

Following a tip from Ryan Herrman at the buzzer, KU takes a 54-35 lead into the break.

KU 41/ FHSU 26 — 3:45 left in 1st half

Following a steal, Elijah Johnson gets his first two in transition on a feed from Collins.

Taylor swipes away a steal, and Johnson gets to show off his ups, throwing down a one-handed slam. The freshman kept his first dunk simple, electing to make sure of the most important part: that it went through.

Taylor gets careless on a pass, and FHSU’s Willie hassell intercepts and takes it in for an easy two. Taylor immediately races to the other end and gets fouled on a shot attempt. He must not have wanted to have the bad thoughts linger.

Johnson turns it over, and that’s already nine giveaways for KU.

Markieff Morris follows by throwing one down with authority in transition, though, getting fouled in the process. He might have tried to lay that one up last year, but with the extra work in the weight room, there was a bit more explosion tonight.

KU 30/ FHSU 21 — 7:43 left in 1st half

Tyshawn Taylor leaves the court shaking his right hand. It looks like he might have a finger/hand injury, and he immediately goes to the locker room. That’ll be something to keep an eye on. Remember, he dislocated his left thumb last month, so this doesn’t appear to be a re-injury of that hand.

Strong move by Markieff Morris inside, but he misses a short turn-around. After starting 3-for-3, the Jayhawks are just 4-for-12 since (33 percent).

Fort Hays State is holding its own inside. After a pair of offensive rebounds for the Tigers, KU is leading the rebounding margin just 14-12.

Quick move by Taylor, who split two defenders while driving to the basket with his left hand before putting in a layup.

Aldrich puts in a layup and gets fouled. It’s his first points and only his second field-goal attempt.

KU 19/ FHSU 11 — 11:58 left in 1st half

Elijah Johnson and Thomas Robinson both check into the game. Remember, freshmen can play in exhibition games and still qualify for red-shirts.

It doesn’t take long for Robinson to make an impact, as he rebounds a missed free throw by Tyshawn Taylor and banks in a follow off the glass for two.

Unfortunately for Robinson, he remains active defensively, but not the way he wants. The freshman picks up two fouls in less than a minute.

Following a Dominique Jones three, Self calls timeout with KU leading 19-11. The Jayhawks still have a ways to go defensively.

KU 16/ FHSU 7 — 15:10 left in 1st half

Markieff Morris opens with the Jayhawks’ season with a slam, as he dunks it home after getting a nice entry feed from Sherron Collins.

We get a glimpse of Xavier Henry’s scoring ability on the next possession, as Markieff passes out of a double team and finds Henry for a three from the left wing that swishes through.

Henry has still looked a bit tentative on the perimeter. He seems to shy away from defenders, and a few of his passes haven’t been as strong as they need to be.

Reed curls off a screen and swishes a mid-range jumper. The Jayhawks start off the contest a perfect 3-for-3.

Henry forces up a tough, 17-foot baseline shot, but he’s bailed out by an FHSU foul. Two free throws later, and he leads the Jayhawks with five points so far.

Reed is beaten on a drive to the basket, but he makes up for it by skying high to block and FHSU player from behind. Collins rewards Reed on the other end, hitting him in transition for a rhythm three that hits all net.

6:59 p.m.

KU's starters: Sherron Collins, Cole Aldrich, Markieff Morris, Tyrel Reed and Xavier Henry.

6:37 p.m.

Already, I can see some changes this year that you might be able to notice on TV.

For one, the Jayhawks have red warmup pants with a blue and white stripe down the side. It seems like KU continues to incorporate the red more and more into its color scheme.

Also, the cheerleaders' outfits have a more old-school look, with white over the chest and a blue "KU" in the middle. The words "Rock Chalk Jayhawk" run down a red stripe on the left sleeve.

KU has a pretty good starting unit on half-court in street clothes: Mario Little, Travis Releford, C.J. Henry, Brady Morningstar and Jeff Withey. Conner Teahan also is in street clothes, so it doesn't look like he'll play either.

6:20 p.m.

Here are some notes about tonight's game.

• The last time these teams played in the preseason, KU defeated Fort Hays State, 93-56, before the 2007-08 season. Darrell Arthur led the Jayhawks in that game with 20 points, while Mario Chalmers had 14 and Sherron Collins added 12.

• Tim Peintner is the leading returner for FHSU, as he was honorable-mention All-MIAA last season. The 6-foot-6 senior forward averaged 12.3 points and 7.1 rebounds last season. Peintner scored three points against the Jayhawks in the 2007 game.

• FHSU has an enrollment of 9,000.

• The Tigers were 20-9 overall last season and are receiving votes in the preseason Division-II poll.

• FHSU led the MIAA in rebounding margin (+6.3) last year.

• KU has won 33 straight exhibition games.

• The Jayhawks are 19-0 in preseason games under coach Bill Self.

5:50 p.m.

Welcome back to the Newell Post Live, coming to you from Allen Fieldhouse where the Kansas Jayhawks are getting set to open their season with an exhibition game against the Fort Hays State Tigers.

We'll get to some notes about both teams later, but let's start with some discussion about red-shirts.

As you probably already have read in Gary Bedore's story, KU senior Mario Little and sophomore Travis Releford will sit out tonight's game while pondering red-shirts.

So my question is this: Which of those guys should take red-shirts?

Honestly, I think it makes sense for both of them to consider it.

With the addition of Xavier Henry, Releford is a talented player that is stuck at a position where he might not get many minutes this season. Plus, Releford is explosive but still a bit raw, meaning an extra year would only help him refine his game.

Little, on the other hand, could be a starter for next year's team, but with only one year of eligibility left, he also could get caught in a numbers game this year. He also might not be fully healed from his injuries, and a red-shirt would allow him to fully heal.

Be sure to vote in our poll on the left. And if you are Tweeting, use the hashtag "#kubball" to have your post show up on the left.


MrPilot 11 years, 5 months ago

Basketball season is finally here! w00t! Go Hawks!

tennesseest 11 years, 5 months ago

I'm in class! Keep this updated! PLLEEEEAAAASSSEEEE

tennesseest 11 years, 5 months ago

On your question, I think releford has the chance to be a Michael Lee type player. He should take the red shirt, swallow his pride, and he'll get his chance later on.

Jayhawks09 11 years, 5 months ago

Whats the password to get onto that live broadcast?

Cameron Lauer 11 years, 5 months ago

thanks kansasbasketball. you saved my night.

CaramelMacchMan 11 years, 5 months ago


any thoughts on how X looked in practice?

Jesse Newell 11 years, 5 months ago

Caramel — It's tough to know. I think we'll know more after tonight.

11 years, 5 months ago

I guess EJ won't be redshirting this year.

11 years, 5 months ago

Check that:

"Remember, freshmen can play in exhibition games and still qualify for red-shirts."

Thanks, Jesse

Dirk Medema 11 years, 5 months ago

Tyrel starts! So much for the people that were all chiming in about him being the most likely redshirt.

If an extra year helps Mario graduate, then it would be worthwhile. Otherwise, I can see him wanting to be a part of the team just as much as last year when he played thru the injuries.

As for Travis, does he need 3 more years to develop? If not, it's again hard to imagine not wanting a chance to play in such a potentially wonderful season.

Sean Rodger 11 years, 5 months ago

It's been less than impressive so far for the number 1 team in the country. Quite a few mistakes. At least its early...

Dirk Medema 11 years, 5 months ago

I hope someone is keeping stats - I seem to recall them not being in the paper in years past, b/c it seems like they are shooting lights out for FT's. Lots of parts of the game will come thru practice during the year (and go at times as well), but it is good to see that they are starting out right on the free ones.

Hawkman_021 11 years, 5 months ago

Jesse- The guys on TV said something about Kaun playing well in Russia I was wondering where i could go to find stats on him, or are you guys planning on doing a story about him playing over there I think that would be a neat read.

kshaw04 11 years, 5 months ago

Anyone know if where we can get the video of the game later tonight? I have to go to a meeting...Ugh! Wore my KU sweatshirt all day as I was so excited to see the game tonight! Thank heavens KU Basketball is back. Rock Chalk Jayhawk, Go KU!

Dirk Medema 11 years, 5 months ago

kshaw04 - the link and password are listed above.

Sean Rodger 11 years, 5 months ago

Jesse -

I was just thinking as an outsider looking in, and every workplace is different. But it would seem to me that you have the best job for the LJW. You get to attend every game! That is like one of those once in a lifetime dream job for the right KU fan.

Sherronimo 11 years, 5 months ago

First half......About what you could expect with so much depth. Seems the guys are still finding the mix along w/ HCBS. You can definately see the talent of X,TRob, and EJ. Good to see my boy sittin back until we need a bucket, then draining well. The negatives...... Tyshawn.... slow down. Kief.... please stop w/ the 3's. TRob.... like the twins last year, the refs will pick on you with the lower body tick tack for awhile. Other than that talent everywhere, just need to gel. Think the talent level rivals 97 if they can gel by january.

Jesse Newell 11 years, 5 months ago

Hawkman — I found this on Kaun. Looks like they just started the season over there.

jayhawk_sean — It's a great gig, there's no doubt about that.

BCRavenJHawkfan 11 years, 5 months ago

jayhawk_sean & jnewell

At the other end of the spectrum of KU fan employment is me, working for Texas Tech. We must beat the Red Raiders this year, we must!

jayhawkboogeyman 11 years, 5 months ago

Sadly my western civ discussion caused me not to attend the game, but I am streaming the second half, and already we look way more athletic than last year. Our defense obviously needs to come together, but we seem much bigger and faster to a man.

Sherronimo 11 years, 5 months ago

For the freshmen.... I would say X is no longer nervous and EJ probably has the most hops on the team like I've read. That dunk was highhhhh.

Joe Baker 11 years, 5 months ago

They did all right. They have to work out the kinks. They'll improve. I saw so much potential. They were a little over eager to make plays.

How about EJ? The boy can spring. I liked the rotation with all Freshmen. Aldrich was actually much better than earlier during boot camp. X is coming along quite smoothly. TRob is going to simply dominate as the season progresses, just need to watch those early fouls. Collins was a real leader tonight and will be stellar as usual. The twins looked really focused. The free throws were great and will get better. Did anyone notice how the team was coming together? They were meshing quite well on several trips. The D was lacking and will have to tighten.

Keep up the focus guys!


rcjh22 11 years, 5 months ago

What a year this is going to be! They look as if they can score at will. Yes there were some mistakes and not the best defense but that will all be fixed soon. I can't wait to watch these Hawks! RCJH!

Sherronimo 11 years, 5 months ago

Second half much better in cohesion and defense. Damn were gonna be good. Gonna be tough to go with 9 as HCBS has said. Two more coming 2nd semester. Seems like almost two seasons within one in regards to minutes. My bet is to start the season we go: 1 Sherron 2 Tyshawn 3 X 4 Marcus M 5 Cole bench: Elijah, Trob, Kief, and CJ Tyrel is clean up

2nd semester starters the same but minutes have to go to Whithey to develop him, and where does Brady fit? Does Elijah push Ty for the start? If Brady plays then where is Reed? Whithey's minutes steal from Kief. Plus 2 red shirts! Damn

suttonku 11 years, 5 months ago

I thought the team looked pretty good they definitely can improve a ton...One thing I noticed was this team was great from the line shooting 84% as a team is impressive.

Xavier is a heck of a shooter and I was happy that Self got him out of the game...The last thing we need was an injury and X got his feet wet in this game.

emillasap 11 years, 5 months ago

I think Jeff Goodman better pay attention to X this month. Just a hunch.

emillasap 11 years, 5 months ago

Also, Markieff is clearly the starting 4 for the foreseeable future, in my opinion. Anyone still think EJ should redshirt?

Joe Baker 11 years, 5 months ago

"Le Moyne really outplayed us from the beginning of the game to the end," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. "They [the Orange] are very, very young mentally.

I'm not big on Syracuse either way. They'll be that much better for this game! I know the Carmello Anthony thing years back with Pierce and then last year in KC with Flynn. But I don't really care much for Syracuse.
This may not be their year in the BEast! Boeheim better get his game together because the Orange have some issues. I am ticked they snatched FabMello!!

I really hope we can still grab a true 5 in 1-2 years for Withey's sake.

emillasap 11 years, 5 months ago

Trob is probably still on the court right now trying to figure out where he should be on the defensive end.

Joe Baker 11 years, 5 months ago

emillasap (anonymous) says... Anyone still think EJ should redshirt?

I don't want him to, but he just seemed like a possibility due to default!!

Redshirting is not a negative issue. It's a matter of who plays now and who plays later. I see it as a positive. I've always thought this kid was special from the moment he committed to KU. He totally blew me away at one of his Summer games waiving a KU jersey in front of all those ky fans!! Gotta Luv it!!

I would not want to be in Self's shoes making these's got to be horrible to decide which kid plays and which kid redshirts. He'll probably go with this first choice of both Releford and Little. I still say it will depend on Barnes' announcement, which should be this week if I'm not mistaken!!

Joe Baker 11 years, 5 months ago

I'll take it 100, let's hope!!

Hope is a good thing!!


kansasbasketball 11 years, 5 months ago

so if i had to say are worst thing we did tonight was DEFENSE!! that needs to get better! and fast to!

DoubleDD 11 years, 5 months ago

What can you say other than that I'm falling in love with this team. I had to listen to the game on the radio, yet I couldn't escape this feeling that KU just comes in waves. Foul trouble no problem, a player a little shaken up no problem. This KU team is just dripping with talent and depth. Defense needs a little time to jell, but they seem to be able to score at will. What I like most is that Collins was able to pick his spots to explode unlike last year when he had to force the issue. If this trend continues KU is going to be tough to beat.

Eric Meyer 11 years, 5 months ago

I must have missed it, but was there any indication why C.J. Henry did not play tonight? As I recall, he did not have to sit out after transferring but already has used up his red-shirt year.

DoubleDD 11 years, 5 months ago

To go 40 - 0 takes such much poise and hunger. Yet I can't help feel that it is possible with this team. If they can stay hungry the sky is the limit with this team and I'm not sure the sky could keep them down. Maybe Self should have a different starting lineup every night to keep the fires burning. It seems they compete pretty hard against each other.

tstanlick1909 11 years, 5 months ago

40-0 can definitely be done with a team this loaded. Against most teams we play, we can take Sherron, Cole, and X off the court and let the bench run the floor pretty dominantly

Ryan Mullen 11 years, 5 months ago

I am not sure if going perfect is always a good thing. I can't think of too many teams that went perfect and won the entire thing ie New England and of course Memphis.

Ryan Mullen 11 years, 5 months ago

Memphis was not perfect I don't know why I said that.

100 11 years, 5 months ago


Nice point... Usually... For a "normal" team....


  1. Coach Self coaches free throws
  2. Memphis had about 3 subs
  3. We are loaded & will remain hungry 'til we have our rings...


waywardJay 11 years, 5 months ago

my concern about potential -0 talk is .... it's talk until 39-0.... we have ALOT of talent, we have ALOT of scoring, We have ALOT of everything....and while i didn't get to watch tonight.... It appears we have the tools.... but we gave up how many points to Fort Hays state ????

68 ???? Really ???? Doesn't that seem quite a bit high .... I love our guys, and I'm VERY excited that Trob and EJ are coming out big ALSO..... That will make them harder to ignore as the year progresses.... but seriously..... I wanna see us hold a team down before i start think -0

Ryan Mullen 11 years, 5 months ago

I think no matter who you are you can become complacent unless a real challenge is put before you.

kuwillkillit 11 years, 5 months ago

Our 5 boys in Dress could beat most teams in the nation. CJ BRADY TRAVIS LITTLE WITHEY

were good real good

kansas22 11 years, 5 months ago

Collins might be the best point guard in Kansas history at the culmination of this year. He is just simply fantastic. Shoots well. Finishes well. Quickest crossover in college. Plays defense. Opens up for teammates. As long as Sherron is around, KU has an excellent shot at winning. Coach Self will get the defense together and they will 100% without a doubt be stellar by January. It's just what Self does. With all of the pieces gelling and Withey and Morningstar coming in next semester... Wow... I just can't believe how deep this team is. Ahhhh what a great year to be a Kansas basketball fan.

Billy Derringer 11 years, 5 months ago



MemphisMachine 11 years, 5 months ago

derringer29, are you sure about that? because if so I'd like to hand you an early one in 2wks. Isn't it cool that basketball season has arrived!!!

Billy Derringer 11 years, 5 months ago




Joe Baker 11 years, 5 months ago

waywardJay- FHSU shot the ball fairly well from the perimeter. They weren't some petty team that was playing for our scrimmage amusement. They are going to be good in D2 ball. I also understand they lost a few key players too.
I wouldn't knock their O or take anything away from them. KU played soft on D at times but picked a few pockets. KU also got a little sloppy with the ball too.

KU is fine and we'll be ready for all challengers, including our little showdown in St. Louis with a whole new Memphis team! So...

MemphisMachine- Sorry my man. If we lose, it won't be to you! You're the last team KU will lose a game to. I don't think there will be too many takers on that elusive "1 loss" offer. We'll just strive for 40-0 thank you very little!!


rockchalkxii 11 years, 5 months ago

I would take this team of our inactives CJ Henry Brady Morningstar Travis Relaford Mario Little Jeff Withey

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