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Monday, April 12, 2010

Kansas basketball banquet on tap

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Kansas University’s men’s basketball players and coaches will break bread with family members and fans tonight at the Holiday Inn Holidome and Convention Center.

The occasion is the annual postseason banquet — a 7 p.m. affair that will put an exclamation mark on the Jayhawks’ 2009-10 campaign.

“It’ll be a full house,” KU coach Bill Self said of the Williams Fund-sponsored event. “I think we’re all excited. This is the last time this team will ever be together. It should be a fun night.”

Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich stole the show at last year’s banquet in announcing they’d bypass the NBA Draft and return to KU for their senior and junior seasons respectively.

No such drama is expected tonight.

Collins is out of eligibility, while Aldrich and Xavier Henry already have declared their intentions to turn pro. Marcus Morris, who is the only other Jayhawk currently being mentioned by NBA scouts as an early-entry possibility, has said repeatedly he’ll be back for his junior campaign.

Tonight figures to be a lovefest regarding the accomplishments of a team that went 33-3, won the Big 12 regular-season and postseason titles and was ranked No. 1 most of the season — one that ended with a second-round loss to Northern Iowa in the NCAAs.

The season-ending banquet is also a night during which Self usually discusses the positive things that could be ahead next year.

“I think when we lost Wayne (Simien), Keith (Langford), Aaron (Miles), J.R. (Giddens), Mike (Lee) ... that group ... we basically lost four or five starters, and next year won the league with all young kids,” Self said, realizing KU will lose a lot off the ’09-10 team.

“We thought, ‘How can you replace that?’ The next year the team wins league, so I don’t think our expectations or goals will change a bit because of the absence of three really good players. I do think this team will have great potential.

“It’s disappointing to all of us how the season ended. To have such a good year but to not perform well when it counted the most was so disappointing,” Self added. “I think it’ll also be motivation to young kids who haven’t experienced that type of defeat in their careers yet. Hopefully that will make them hungrier to get back there and know the sacrifices they have to make, the work put in the summer and fall to have a chance to play well in the winter.

“I’m not going to lose sleep over losing those three guys,” he continued of Collins, Aldrich and Henry. “I’m going to go to bed happy for them because I really believe we’ve got guys in our program when the time comes they’ll be ready to step in.”

Dooley not headed to Wilmington: KU assistant coach Joe Dooley — whose name has been on the wish list of several schools with head-coaching openings — is not a candidate to fill the UNC Wilmington vacancy.

“We had conversations, but any speculation about (job) offers is inaccurate,” Dooley said Sunday. He and Self are friends of UNC Wilmington athletic director Kelly Mehrtens, a former associate AD at KU.

Comments

Martin Rosenblum 9 years, 9 months ago

Hopefully Lamb will be on the menu and it will be really, really good!

kkoenig 9 years, 9 months ago

Anyone have any information on the Mike Rosario to KU rumors. At least Rutgers thinks that might be possible (http://www.zagsblog.com/2010/04/10/rutgers-looking-like-fordham-all-over-again/)?

Andy Hess 9 years, 9 months ago

nowhere in the Mike Rosario article does he say that he wants to transfer to Kansas. just that Rutgers is trying to prevent him from transferring there.

kvskubball 9 years, 9 months ago

kk....

That references a 2008 article!

Kevin Studer 9 years, 9 months ago

The Rosario article was actually posted on April 11, 2010.

KEITHMILES05 9 years, 9 months ago

Rosario is barred from speaking with KU as Rutgers has put the noose around him in that respect. Besides, he isn't that good and to waste a scholarship on that kind of guard play would be bad.

100 9 years, 9 months ago

Greetings all. Just returned from overseas, with no Internet for a few days. Upon returning, I have been shocked to realize, it was not a dream...

We really did lose in the 2nd round...

To a high school team...

We really did find a way to...

AbSoLuTeLy BlOw iT !¡!¡

Considering our loss, while weeping into the Red Sea, I have reevaluated the alltime team...

Cole, we love you -- you my friend almost took Wilt's spot....

But I needed to see two (or three) NCAA titles on your resume...

Making Tyler taking a poopy in his baby blue diaper was better than a tractor drive in the ocean, but it just wasn't quite enough for me to get you past the Big Dipper...

Sherron -- you're one of my alltime favorites...

But I needed one more title... The 2008 miracle doesn't happen without you, but I still need just 5 more wins from you...

Your schooling of the SAT thief on the inbounds pass with 2:09 left to go, and the subsequent Hershey swirl it induced on the flower boy, will always be one of the best moments in the history of the tourney...

But fast forward to this year, and there was just a bit more I needed to see from you, in particular I needed to see you school "Mr. 400 point increase on my SAT" himself, the great "Wall" of Cheatucky...

I needed to see you in a spelling contest with him, where he trips on the word...

p r o b a t i o n

Plus, Sherron, I wanted to see you dunk all over him...

But that's alright...

We tripped...

As a team....

So....

It hurts, but Cole & Sherron, you guys will have to start out on the bench...

Here's my new alltime team:

  1. Pekka Markanin
  2. Phog Allen
  3. Adolph Rupp
  4. Tad Boyle
  5. Dean Smith

Just kidding... Drumroll please...

  1. Wilt Chamberlain (45 time nba mvp)
  2. Danny Manning (10 time NBA all star)
  3. Paul Pierce ( NBA Finals MVP)
  4. Jo Jo White (2 time NBA finals MVP)
  5. Mario Chalmers (¡¡¡¡¡OnE ShiNinG MoMenT!!!!!!!!!)

dmb41fan 9 years, 9 months ago

keith miles, please correct me if I'm wrong, but Rosario played on the same team with one T. Taylor. He was named McDonald's All American and is a far superior PG than TT could ever be. So saying it would be a waste is not a very well thought through statement. We used a scholarship on TT. He is alot more skilled and has a much better head on his shoulders than TT, has led a less than sub par Rutger's team in the toughest conference in the US for the past two years. He would be a great catch in my opinion.

hawksince51 9 years, 9 months ago

dmb41fan: Agree; I'd take a chance on an McD AA PG coached by Bob Hurley.

Ron Franklin 9 years, 9 months ago

why would a school not a let a kid go to a certain school? how is that even legal?

Robin Smith 9 years, 9 months ago

Rutgers might be implying, by the inclusion of Kansas in their statement, that they COULD challenge a transfer to KU perhaps on the basis of some contact with a KU rep. though I don't know what that would be or the rules on the issue... Perhaps someone else can shine some light on it :-)

Kevin Huffman 9 years, 9 months ago

What does it matter with a transfer as he wouldn't be eligible until the '11/'12 season anyway! Withey was an exception because he'd already made his decision back in Dec. of '08. That's why he was eligible as of January of this year.

KEITHMILES05 9 years, 9 months ago

We need guys who can play now and not more redshirts. That is crazy.

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