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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Gary Bedore’s KU Basketball Notebook

Several basketball recruits were in attendance at Late Night. Pictured, from left to right, are Royce Woolridge, Josiah Turner, Josh Selby, Doron Lamb and Harrison Barnes.

Several basketball recruits were in attendance at Late Night. Pictured, from left to right, are Royce Woolridge, Josiah Turner, Josh Selby, Doron Lamb and Harrison Barnes.

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Recruits welcomed

Five top high school basketball prospects received a loud, enthusiastic ovation as they entered Allen Fieldhouse through the northwest tunnel at Friday night’s Late Night in the Phog.

They included three uncommitted high school senior prospects from the Class of 2010 on weekend visits to Kansas University: Harrison Barnes, a 6-7 forward from Ames (Iowa) High; Josh Selby, a 6-2 point guard from Lake Clifton High in Baltimore; and Doron Lamb, a 6-4 shooting guard from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va.

Barnes, who is Rivals.com’s No. 2-rated player, is considering KU, Duke, North Carolina, Oklahoma, UCLA and Iowa State. No. 4-rated Selby is considering KU, Baylor, Indiana, Kentucky, Miami and Syracuse. No. 21-rated Lamb is considering KU, Arizona, Kentucky and Oklahoma.

Also on hand was Royce Woolridge, a 6-3 senior guard from Sunnyslope High in Phoenix, who has orally committed to KU. Woolridge is Rivals.com’s No. 117-rated player. Woolridge broke into a big smile when KU athletic director Lew Perkins shook hands with the player before the action.

Josiah Turner, a 6-3 junior shooting guard from Sacramento (Calif.) High, also attended.

Taylor’s back in action

Tyshawn Taylor, who suffered a dislocated left thumb on Sept. 22, had five assists and four turnovers in the 20-minute scrimmage.

“They cleared him to play today,” KU coach Bill Self said. “I thought he looked really out of sync. That doesn’t bother me at all. He’s been out a month.”

Henry brothers losing weight

Self said Friday that Xavier Henry and C.J. Henry both have lost some weight since arriving on campus.

“C.J. came in over 200. He’s about a buck ninety-eight,” Self said.

“Xavier came in at 230 plus. He’s probably down to 220. He’s a strong, powerful athlete. There’s not many 18-year-olds like that.”

C.J., who suffered a knee injury and stress fracture in his foot last year at the University of Memphis, has been banged up since he has been on Kansas’ campus.

“He’s healthy, but there’s something nagging all the time. Right when he got healthy, he hyperextended his elbow, so he missed some time,” Self said. “I hope,” he added of C.J. having a healthy season. “That’s the way he’s been. He fights it every day.”

Self’s thoughts on playing Digger

Self had the line of the night while impersonating ESPN announcer Digger Phelps in a skit.

“I believe Kansas has the best point guard in Sherron Collins, a very good recruiting class, impressive players, and now we know they’ve got a little fight in them,” Self cracked.

He was asked if it was good to put the hoops team’s feud with the football players behind and joke a little about it.

“I wasn’t really joking. It was just a play on words,” Self said. “We’ve been reminded a lot by you guys (media) of what has transpired. It is what it is. It did happen.”

Comments

KUFan90 10 years, 3 months ago

"We've been reminded a lot by you guys (media) of what has transpired".

Isn't that the truth!

Nice subtle jab.

jayhawkinnc 10 years, 3 months ago

Most of the recruits in that picture don't look very happy to be there. I hope that's not a bad sign.

Martin Rosenblum 10 years, 3 months ago

Unusual choice of photos for this article. Look back at last year's "recruit photo" and they're all laughing and smiling. Surely, there were plenty of shots taken where this group was lauging and smiling. It looks like they're either bored to death or not impressed with where they are. Not a good choice by whoever matches the story with the photo. Maybe this is just symptomatic of the times. You try to stay cool, don't display facial expressions that could send a signal that you're not a tough guy. Keep in character as a hard core baller, ya know!

Bedore, you know the influence of a photo and the old cliche. Are you trying to tell us something?

Matt Lacey 10 years, 3 months ago

Looking at espn.com's MBB coverage this morning, KU the preseason #1, is not listed on any of the front page articles. Pathetic.

KEITHMILES05 10 years, 3 months ago

Barnes will the only one doing the alma mater. Just saying.

Eliott Reeder 10 years, 3 months ago

The recruits all had that same sour expression on their faces the whole time. They were extremely subdued. I guess they're just keeping their emotions in check, not wanting to exhibit favor this way or the other. Poker faces all night.

jaybate 10 years, 3 months ago

I have never seen a picture of such subdued persons at Late Night. It looks like they are listening to a lecture on Medieval History. I sure hope they had more fun than this pic suggests.

kvskubball 10 years, 3 months ago

ralster,

I think you hit it, about the players sizing up the competition...

My thought when looking at the picture, now with names, thank you very much LJW!, I said that Woolridge looks like he's thinking "Man, I'm going to have to play against these guys, SH!T (in capital letters, no less) am I going to be able to get any PT!?

Josiah Turner looks like the youngest, doesn't he? He maybe looks like he's kinda impressed!? If a picture could talk, this one certainly doesn't look like it would say, man we love KU.

Hope I'm wrong about that!

Maybe they thought they were supposed to 'look tough' so the football team wouldn't mess with 'em!

I hope one or two others want to come and play for KU, along with Royce. Barnes looks like a sharply cool customer!

Rock Chalk!

Lance Hobson 10 years, 3 months ago

Self and the team should avoid any kind of jabs. It isn't the media's fault the team has acted like a bunch of clowns.

John Brown 10 years, 3 months ago

It could be that they are overwelmed by the atmosphere and not unhappy. I am an alum and don't get to go to the games anymore. However, 2 years ago I was fortunate to be able to attend a game after many years of not being able to see KU live. There is an energy that you experience when you enter Allen Field House. It sends shivers down your spine. There is no way that these kids could enter that atmosphere and not be captivated by it. They will never experience it again in their careers outside of KU. Even post-season NBA wont produce it. It is truly unique and special.

Scott Bonnet 10 years, 3 months ago

I thought the crowd was pretty dead. Didn't feel much enthusiasm.

Martin Rosenblum 10 years, 3 months ago

I think I just figured it out. They're not Larry Bud Melman fans. They probably thought the entertainment would be more like the Memphis Madness with some dude named Yo Gotti laying down his rap in the house.

Joel Hood 10 years, 3 months ago

Some of you posters crack me up. I suppose you believe that five of the top HS recruits want to look like bug-eyed school girls who have never been off the farm before. Please. These guys just got a standing O from 16300 (or more) screaming fans. They don't know what to think - they are simply trying process what in the world just happened.

Seriously, if you weren't there - why are you posting about Late Nite? If you were there and now claim there wasn't "much enthusiasm" - you're lying. The place was electric from the men's skits, through the videos, through the introductions, and into the men's scrimmage. The renovations to AFH & Hall of Athletics are also incredible. RCJH.

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