Friday, December 17, 2010

Mario Little’s suspension opens door for Travis Releford, Jeff Withey



Self, KU players discuss Mario Little's arrest

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Kansas University senior basketball player Mario Little was arrested charges of battery, criminal damage and criminal trespassing on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010. KU players Marcus Morris, Brady Morningstar and Tyshawn Taylor and head coach Bill Self discussed how it will affect the team.

Mario Little’s indefinite suspension from Kansas University’s basketball team will mean additional playing time for one or more players on the Jayhawks’ deep roster.

“If we go small, we’ll go real small with Travis (Releford),” KU coach Bill Self said of the 6-foot-6 sophomore possibly eating minutes assigned to 6-6 senior Little, who played both inside and out.

“The other thing is Jeff Withey (7-foot sophomore) has not had a chance to play really yet. He’s been the odd man out. He’s not the odd man out anymore. He’s part of our big-man rotation.

“To this point in time, Mario has played better than Jeff, there’s no question about that. As we get to moving forward, playing teams with bigger players like USC, (against) teams like that Jeff will become more and more valuable as we go forward. I think it’s a great opportunity for Jeff.”


Self on Thursday was asked by a TV reporter if the Little suspension was a “delicate situation” because the woman cited as his girlfriend in a police report, explaining Little’s battery charge, is also a basketball manager.

“She’s not a basketball manager. She hasn’t been for a few weeks, (which has) nothing to do with this,” Self said. “She has a lot of stuff going on. This is a busy time of year, but we anticipate her coming back and working with the athletic department at some point in time. She has been a basketball manager, but to say she is now would be inaccurate. She has worked with us and done a good job. She is a nice young lady; certainly she needs to take care of some things on her own right now. We anticipated her at some point in time working her way back in the athletic department.”

It is Journal-World policy to not identify victims of crimes.

KU’s players commented on Little’s suspension.

“It’s a distraction. There’s always a lot of distractions throughout the year,” senior Brady Morningstar said. “You have to take them and learn from them and move on and come together as a team a little bit closer. You know you have to play well and focus on things on the court.”

Noted Marcus Morris: “It’s a learning experience and I think it's going to bring us closer together.”

Added Tyshawn Taylor: “We’re just going to stay positive and keep doing what we’re doing. We’ve still got the same goal and the same mission. We’re going to keep working hard and try to be better as a team.”


Chris Shaw 7 years, 5 months ago

Article on Deandre Daniels....

It sounds like by early next week Daniels and McLemore may be making their college decisions. We'll see, hard to tell with recruits these days. Sure would be sweet if Daniels enrolled for second semester. Not sure how that would happen, but I would like it nonetheless.

honk_for_hawks 7 years, 5 months ago

Am I confusing some other article or did they not say the girl's name in a previous article? I'm sure they probably deleted it, but I'm pretty sure it was up there.

Chris Shaw 7 years, 5 months ago

It could have been. I know there are some posters who have posted links showing a picture of her here as well as some other sites.

David Hodges 7 years, 5 months ago

It was littered throughout the original articles yesterday morning... quoting her and others involved with names. Great Journalism. Oops... retraction.

hometownhawk 7 years, 5 months ago

"It is Journal-World policy to not identify victims of crimes."

What ever happened to the word "alleged"?

Rodin 7 years, 5 months ago

I think that when you admit to something it is no longer "alleged". He is manning up to what he did. Hopefully the whole story comes out soon and people have a little compassion for both of them.

WilburNether 7 years, 5 months ago

The Kansas City Star/Wichita Eagle reporter wrote that two other KU athletes were present at one place or the other where the incidents happened. One was a "19-year-old male, a member of the KU baseball team," who was at the first place where Little reportedly went "to see his girlfriend," and when Little followed her when she fled to a friend's apartment, and reportedly roughed up some people (to the point that he was charged with battery), police were called and according to a Lawrence police sergeant's report, "a 22-year-old male, also a member of the KU baseball team, interfered with officers while they were investigating." Any clue about that, Lawrence Journal-World? This is your home town; how about doing some competent reporting?

Jacobpaul81 7 years, 5 months ago

From ESPN:

Kansas baseball player Brandon Macias was also cited for interfering with law enforcement, the Lawrence Journal-World reported.

Hank Cross 7 years, 5 months ago

I'd like to see a speed team of mcm, selby, TT, Reed, and Travis. That team could score from many places in many different ways.

Jack Wilson 7 years, 5 months ago

The absolute fastest, most athletic five -- plus not giving up too much size: TT, Selby, EJ, Marcus, TRob. Subbing in Travis for EJ would look fine, too.

KULA 7 years, 5 months ago

Maybe a silver lining here will be Withey finally getting some playing time. A body that big needs more time to get warmed up and into the flow of the game. Putting him in for 2/3 minutes does absolutely no good. Any time he's logged 8+ minutes, he's looked good and posted some good stats.

ku_tailg8 7 years, 5 months ago

Whitey...I mean a joke. I can recruit better then Self if he thinks Withey will ever amount to something. He is not big enough. I know, if you are a head coach, he's 7'1 but who cares. He needs to do some roids and get bigger.

Brian Conrad 7 years, 5 months ago

ku_tailg8 you have had way tooo many beers on that tailgate glad you are not the recruiter

Mike Bratisax 7 years, 5 months ago

I wonder why no mention of 'Bubba' turning down KU. I would think choosing to stay at Tulsa over KU deserves a mention.

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