Sunday, November 29, 2009

KU walk-on Juenemann enjoys career game

Kansas guard Jordan Juenemann charges up the court after grabbing a steal from Fort Hays State guard Sean Dreiling during the second half of Tuesday's exhibition at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Jordan Juenemann charges up the court after grabbing a steal from Fort Hays State guard Sean Dreiling during the second half of Tuesday's exhibition at Allen Fieldhouse.


Jordan Juenemann was counting his points — six of ’em — and his blessings on Friday night.

“I am so happy and thankful during this time of Thanksgiving to get to go in. I was so excited. I loved it,” Juenemann, Kansas University’s 6-foot-4 sophomore walk-on guard from Hays, said after the Jayhawks’ 112-75 rout of Tennessee Tech.

His three-pointer, with 2:05 left, accounted for the first official points of his KU career. He went scoreless last season after playing five minutes in five games.

“Conner (Teahan) drove in and I was yelling, ‘Conner, Conner.’ He kicked it out to me,” said Juenemann, who drilled a trey from the corner, giving the Jayhawks a 107-69 lead.

Shortly after, Teahan missed a shot, Juenemann grabbed the rebound and scored again at 1:35.

“After Conner shot, it rolled out perfectly to me,” Juenemann said.

Finally, he was recipient of a nice pass from Elijah Johnson, following a Johnson steal. Fouled inside, Juenemann hit one of two free throws with :21 to play. It was a productive two-minute outing for Juenemann, who scored two points against Fort Hays State and one versus Pittsburg State in the exhibition season.

“To play in the exhibition games was fun, but to come out in a regulation game, to score six points in a real game, it was really cool,” Juenemann said.

He’s played in four regular- season games and already logged 10 minutes after his five minutes of fame last year.

“With all the points we are putting up, I’m getting in with a lot more time,” Juenemann said. “I’m getting a little more comfortable out there.”

Last year, KU had 15 players on the roster with no red-shirts. KU has 17 players this year, but just 13 available for playing time with Jeff Withey and Brady Morningstar out until the end of first semester and Mario Little and Travis Releford red-shirting. Also C.J. Henry, who has battled injuries, has played in just three of five games.

“It’d be worth it,” Juenemann said, asked if he’d be happy even if he played as sparingly as he did a year ago. “I’m born and raised in Kansas. I’m a Jayhawk. Being able to be on the team, learn from the coaches and get better, build relationships with the guys and interact with the guys ... I just love it.”

He also loves helping the regulars improve while playing on the second team — the red team — at practice.

“With the addition of Mario and Travis this year, since they are red-shirts, we’re really competitive against the blue team. Coach (Bill) Self says he’s impressed with what we’re doing. We’re helping them get better, so it’s a win/win situation,” Juenemann said.

Next opportunity for playing time is Wednesday against 0-8 Alcorn State (7 p.m., Allen Fieldhouse). Alcorn has lost to Ohio State (100-60), Arkansas (130-68), Louisiana-Monroe (82-66), Albany (71-55), Robert Morris (107-76), Detroit (79-59), South Alabama (83-67) and Utah Valley (68-53). Alcorn State travels to Wichita State on Monday.

Beal to decide Monday: Bradley Beal, a 6-3 shooting guard from Chaminade High in St. Louis, tells he will announce his college choice at 10 a.m. Monday. The country’s No. 7-rated player has a final list of KU, Illinois, Florida and Missouri.


suttonku 10 years, 2 months ago

Im hearing that Self went to Saint Louis today, not for a good reason though. Looks like Beal may have eliminated us from his list...I hope the rumors on the internet are not true but I guess we will all find out on Monday at 10AM...Personally I think hes headed for Duke.

Joseph Kuebel 10 years, 2 months ago

I will tell you all one thing...watching Jueneman do this on ESPN360 was great...As a fellow Jayhawk- being from the midwest-Chicago originally I love watching a Kansas dude do it...

Congrats to Jordan Jueneman!

Steve Brown 10 years, 2 months ago

Juke nice game, keep practicing hard, tough defense, keep blue team working.

Robert Brock 10 years, 1 month ago

Jerry Meyers of Rivals thinks it's between KU and Florida and wouldn't be surprised if he chooses Kansas. We'll see...

suttonku 10 years, 1 month ago

Just heard that Beal is leaning Kansas...I would not count out Illinois though...Florida just would not make sense for him but Im excited to hear tomorrow morning. Recruiting is always exciting and this kid will be a great Jayhawk if he so chooses. Hes a great kid with a ton of upside to him.

suttonku 10 years, 1 month ago

Well one good thing is Beal wont be at Mizzou...I am excited to hear where he is going tomorrow morning! hopefully it's KU!

Chris Shaw 10 years, 1 month ago

Florida has a great shot at landing Beal! If Austin Rivers is indeed interested in Duke and very well may end up in Durham than Donovan would love to land Beal. There have been some rumors floating as well that Knight may want to stay in his home state and play for the Gators. Who knows at this point, but I like the sound of what Jerry Meyer from rivals is saying at the moment. We'll see tomorrow morning.

BucknellJayhawk3 10 years, 1 month ago

I think Royce isn't rated as high because he's already signed and recruits stopped looking at him- but I'm not really sure how it works. He's about the same rank as Tyrel was when he came to KU

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