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Friday, February 4, 2011

Hitting his stride: Josh Selby answering call to be aggressive

Kansas guard Josh Selby pulls up for a three as Baylor guard LaceDarius Dunn lunges to defend during the second half on Monday, Jan. 17, 2011 at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.

Kansas guard Josh Selby pulls up for a three as Baylor guard LaceDarius Dunn lunges to defend during the second half on Monday, Jan. 17, 2011 at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.

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Thrust into the role of pseudo-savior before he even had time to warm up, Kansas University freshman Josh Selby exploded onto the scene in mid-December with one of the most memorable debuts in KU basketball history.

In a two-point victory against USC at Allen Fieldhouse, Selby scored 21 points in 27 minutes. He hit five of eight three-pointers and six of seven free throws, much to the delight of an adoring home crowd.

Since then, Selby has endured the types of ups and downs that most freshmen experience during their first seasons of college basketball. However, in the last couple of weeks, Selby has started to turn the corner. The reason? The 6-foot-2 guard from Baltimore has started to become more assertive on offense, taking the ball to the rim instead of just settling for jumpers. It’s worked. And KU coach Bill Self has noticed.

“Ever since the Texas game, I told him I was going to force-feed him to be aggressive,” Self said Thursday. “He’s gotta be aggressive or I can’t play him. And I really believe that he’s become more aggressive and (is) doing more things. He’ll shoot it better if he’s attacking the paint. He’ll pass it better if he’s attacking the paint. He just can’t sit back and be a station-to-station player.”

In 13 games this season, Selby has averaged 27 minutes per contest while scoring 12 points per game. Although there have been games where he has disappeared offensively, Self has given him time to work through it for two big reasons. First, after sitting out the first nine games of the year, Selby is just now starting to hit his mid-season stride. Second, he’s done enough positive things of other varieties to warrant the minutes, particularly of late.

“He’s not selfish. He’s not taking an abundance of shots. But he’s looking to score, and that forces help and (then) he can find other guys,” Self said. “I think he’s doing a nice job now.”

Self continued: “Sometimes when kids hear you say, ‘Be under control,’ they hear, ‘Back it out.’ (When you say) ‘We can get a better shot than that,’ they hear, ‘Don’t shoot.’ Even though you don’t say that, that’s how they interpret what you say, so it’s kind of a fine line. ‘Go.’ He understands that. And he needs to go, he needs to go. And he needs to have that freedom to know that he can go.”

Selby, by the way, has been wearing a boot on the ankle he sprained in the first half of the Kansas State game.

“He tweaked his ankle and is wearing the boot for precautionary reasons,” Self said.

Releford slow to return

Self said Thursday that red-shirt sophomore Travis Releford still had a ways to go in recovering from the ankle injury he suffered against Iowa State on Jan. 12.

“Unfortunately, for him, he turned his ankle pretty severely and he’s still not 100 percent,” Self said. “We played him (Tuesday) against Texas Tech and he did fine while he was out there, made a couple of good passes and certainly didn’t hurt us when he was out there.”

Before the injury, Releford had begun to establish himself as one of the key members of Self’s shrinking rotation. Now, the 6-foot-5 guard is fighting to get back into it.

“In tight games, I don’t want to play six perimeter players,” Self said. “So I don’t know. He’s probably gonna have to get back into that mode of either beating Mario Little out or beating one of our perimeter players out.”

Brady simply being Brady

KU guard Brady Morningstar has enjoyed the most productive offense stretch of his senior season during the past couple of weeks. In a loss to Texas, Morningstar hit 4-of-5 field goal attempts and finished with eight points. He followed that up with 14 points, on 5-of-9 shooting (4-of-7 from three-point range) in a road win at Colorado and added 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting in Tuesday’s victory at Texas Tech.

Despite his recent hot shooting, Self said Morningstar’s value to the team remained as high as ever.

“He only scored four points against K-State and he was just as important in that game as he was the (others),” Self said. “But we need he and/or Tyrel (Reed) to be able to knock down shots. That’s what they should be able to do and that’s what they’ve done consistently in their careers. He’s become very aggressive and certainly, when you’re aggressive and you’re a post-feeder, that’s usually good for your offense because guys have to guard you.”

Reed sore, Taylor fine

Self said Thursday that senior guard Tyrel Reed was suffering from a sore left foot but added that the injury should not force the senior from Burlington to sit out any time soon.

“He’s been nursing a sore foot for a month or so and it bothered him for the first time in a game in Lubbock (Texas), so I cut back on his minutes, but he’s still gonna practice, he’s still gonna play. He’s got a bone bruise. The only thing that will heal it would be time off and we don’t have time, so he’s gonna have to play with it.”

Reed said Thursday that he may wear a boot when he’s not playing or practicing to take pressure off of the foot but confirmed that he would not miss any action.

As for other injuries, Self said junior guard Tyshawn Taylor, who momentarily left the floor after twisting an ankle during Tuesday’s victory against Texas Tech, was fine and also would not miss any time.

Reed an academic whiz

KU’s Reed has been named to the 2010-11 Capital One Academic All-District 7 men’s basketball team it was announced Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Reed will now appear on the national ballot as a candidate for Capital One Academic All-America honors. Reed also has a chance to become the second-straight Jayhawk men’s basketball player to be named Academic All-American of the Year after Cole Aldrich earned that distinction last year.

Daniels update

DeAndre Daniels, a 6-foot-8 senior forward from IMG Academies will remain at the Bradenton, Fla., school through the spring and not attend college until the fall, Zagsblog.net reports. Daniels had considered enrolling at either KU, Texas or Kentucky second semester. Nobody in Daniels’ camp is talking publicly.

Comments

Martin Rosenblum 3 years, 2 months ago

Note that BiggDogg5099 never once mentioned Brady in any of his comments.

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Ralster Jayhawk 3 years, 2 months ago

All the posters here clamoring for more dribble-drive should be happy with Self's quote above about Selby joining in on the penetration duties along with TT, Reed, BStar.

Notice so far that when each player penetrates they show different tendencies: TT penetrates fast, looking to score or wraparound pass for dunk by bigs. Reed penetrates usually to score. BStar penetrates usually to dish (and is quite good with it). Selby has the luxury of any option, and so far he has shown versatility in scoring and dishing.

All 5 positions on the floor being able to contribute at both ends of the floor 100% of the time is a very, very dangerous basketball team/philosophy. And when there is not a bit of drop-off in the subs in terms of production (Bstar, Little, TRob), it gets very resilient regarding an off-night not costing the game. Would 21-1 be a record for such a team? This is SelfBall--yet another team coming together right in front of us...now working on penetration and transition-O. Got the zone-busting half court offense down pat. Got the whole half court O down to a science.

RCJoshHawk

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Ralster Jayhawk 3 years, 2 months ago

piggdogg, You have a right to your opinion. But you wont find acceptance for your "EJ should play instead of Reed" because of 2 things that obviously everyone else already knows: 1)Reed has way less turnovers than EJ. 2)Reed plays better D than EJ.


Come on, you gotta understand Self and this makes perfect sense: He loves D and absolutely hates turnovers--End. Of. Discussion. He is forced to use "RushRules" with a few select players like Rush, X, and Selby. Selby is obviously already better than X, and he is even playing the same position(!!). EJ still gets the quick yankings.

Will EJ be a great player for KU? I believe so, likely next year. Self will turn him loose, likely also, especially if Selby leaves, as he will have the experience and better handles, and will have "earned it" by then, like Reed has this season (slump or not). Get it?

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jhwkfan162515 3 years, 2 months ago

Correction: Releford sprained his ankle against Michigan on January 9th. I watched it on TV.

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KU_FanSince75 3 years, 2 months ago

Hello Jayhawk Nation---- hey, off topic----- Atljayhawk posted this a few days ago, but the KU Official Music video, by B Double E ("Red and Blue KU)----I got to have that song. I tried iTunes on my Mac but it wasn't listed under B Double E. Anyone know where I can get the video and/or song? I love that and want it for my collection. Thanks a lot, in advance ---- you guys and gals are the best!!!! Take care.

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KansasComet 3 years, 2 months ago

Hello Everyone,

First, Selby is fine. Kind of like the new kid at a new school...wait a minute he is a new kid at a new school. Once he gets his feet wet, he will assume more of a leadership role.

Second, I need your help on this one. I have a friend that is a Louisville Cardinals fan. We cannot think of one time that Kansas and Louisville have played? I know we have a lot of KU Basketball Historians out there. So if anyone knows if they have played and what our record is against Louisville, please respond? I would love to have bragging rights, thanks.

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Scott Smetana 3 years, 2 months ago

Soobawls hasn't been this quiet in the past 3 years.... where is he?

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jessejayhawk 3 years, 2 months ago

Soobawls, aka jayhawkin neb, aka biggdogg5099. Just a thought on my part.

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jayhawkinnebr 3 years, 2 months ago

Maybe Selby has turned the corner and is now becoming a good player, which we need now. The more we can keep Budweiser Brady on the bench, the better off we will be. I have my opinion and with many years in basketball can easy see that Lackadaisical Brady is not a player. This time of the year we look for senior leadership, with Boozer Brady even at a 5th senior to boot, we do not have any leadership from this Buffoon. We have walkons that can out play him and they have shown it. Jordan, came into the game and made a 3 point shot in about 1 min of play. Thats was as much or more than Bonehead did all night. Brady just doesn't have it, when the freshman give him instructions on the floor where to go. He is just a plain drag to this team. Johnson is a better guard then Brainless Brady. He is inconsistent as anyone that has been on the KU teams. We can be glad this is his last year, or is he going to be around another year????

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Daniel Rojas 3 years, 2 months ago

BlownJay...offspring smack? Really? Stay classy buddy :) ...as to ur point I havn't mentioned a replacement? Scroll up and pull ur foot out of ur mouth because I referenced Travis and E.J.? Sorry I don't get real excited about whatever the heck that lowes trophy is....Tyrel's a great person and a great student...just not as good as a player as u all think or wish he was! ...O and I own a Media Guide...I don't need u posting Tyrel's player profile to prove ur point...and btw that 3 pt % has gone down this year...Its easy to shoot when ur the 3rd or 4th option behind the likes of Sherron and 'X'

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BCRavenJHawkfan 3 years, 2 months ago

The other thing that may be needed is some other shoes for Selby. He seems to slip and slide a bunch and is constatly wiping the bottoms of his shoes. Just an observation.

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Danny Hernandez 3 years, 2 months ago

I thought Travis injured his ankle against Michigan and not ISU?

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Daniel Rojas 3 years, 2 months ago

100....what part of im a troll dont u get? i told u exactly who i am! I just don't care 4 tyrel is all...go look at some archive threads and my name will pop up football and basketball...no1 ever called me a troll b4 i say tyrel "the chosen one" isnt a starter? now tell me what makes him so good genius? his average at best shooting? his "tenacious heart and d"?

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JHWK 3 years, 2 months ago

Come on, Jayhawks!

Vote for Coach Self, too!!

http://promo.espn.go.com/espn/contests/infiniti/2011/index

We cannot, with good conscience allow less classy coaches to prevail! As we say in Chicago: vote early and often!!

Rock Chalk!

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Tony Bandle 3 years, 2 months ago

I'm not sure if that hurts them or helps them!!

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d_prowess 3 years, 2 months ago

Wow, this was a Tait story. Considering that he does some women's bball coverage too, can we start labeling Matt Tait as the LJW's triple threat?

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William Blake 3 years, 2 months ago

Turns out Josh's quick addition of 20lbs early this fall was not the doing of Hudy... I guess the weight, was just weight.... dead weight. So part of his inability to adapt to the D1 speed related to his own doing and not just from injuries and sitting out those games. Someone told me he has an enormous sweet tooth. The story below mentions him laying around and eating.... would those snacks be sweet?

http://cjonline.com/sports/basketball/2011-02-02/kus-selby-still-finding-his-legs

We are familiar with guards who put on extra weight and then suffer on the hardwoods.... hmmmm.... who would come to mind?

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kirkhinrichflow 3 years, 2 months ago

he has HUGE hands! look at that picture up top.....looks like he's playin with a Nerf ball lol. ala M.J!

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William Blake 3 years, 2 months ago

Jayhawk News Bulletin:

Warning to all Hawk players... Doc is planning to have his team play the most-aggressive ball they have ever played under his command!

Deep down... ol' Doc has some Norm Stewart tendencies. He has a lot of years of frustration for being the whipping post of our illustrious Jayhawk team.

He is planning to avenge his years of humiliation by cheap-shotting our players. I believe Jaybate calls it "eXtreme cHeap Shots."

The most-frightening cheap shot isn't usually called as a foul. It's the cheap shot where a player positions himself underneath another airborne player so he lands on his feet, or just lands wrong. Then, of course, we have the "hard screens" and elbows. One of the really cheap shot elbow moves comes from the shooter... taking it right into the defense and leading with his elbow. You can do it without extending the elbow out too far, so it is never called intentional and rarely even called a foul on the shooter.

CS needs to mention it to the officials before the game... so they watch for it and toss out any players attempting such a move.

This is the game that will test our recent "boys turning into men" belief that many of us have after what our team has been through. This is yet another hill to climb. And the key for our players is to out-smart the hicks from the corn sticks. They are going to try and disrupt our game plans through the use of excessive physicality.

Here is where CS also needs to prepare his troops... to keep them thinking smart throughout the shenanigans of Doc Sadler. Here is where our twins and TRob have to put their emotions to proper use; to bear down on winning the game instead of retaliating with back street tactics. It certainly doesn't mean playing less aggressive on our part... we just need to play smarter. We need to use more theatrics (like many teams use against us) in order to draw charges and draw other aggressive fouls. And when we go down, stay down... put on a performance suitable for the World Cup!

I just hope we can leave the corny state without any additional injuries. We definitely have to "man up" for this one!

I'll be thrilled when we never have to play these morons again! I guess, in the least, this will prepare us to play other teams capable of playing this kind of basketball... like WVU... if Huggins can even qualify his team for the big dance!

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KU_alum_2001 3 years, 2 months ago

And I notice they didn't use bold font for the Daniels update heading. Ha ha. It's as if they're going out of their way to not disappoint us today. I can picture them as they wrote this...

"As journalists, we have to report it. Tell you what, don't put it in bold and maybe nobody will notice. After all, who's going to read about Reed's academic abilities, right?"

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KU_alum_2001 3 years, 2 months ago

Nobody has commented much on Daniels' situation. Based on the rumors we were all being fed about KU trying to arrange his financial assistance so he could attend this spring, this can't be good news. Does this imply that KU couldn't find a way to make it work? Or simply that he decided he didn't want to start school early? Or that he's simply uncertain about KU?

I was really pumped about us getting him and hopefully Ben. With the "potential" loss of Marcus, Selby, Reed, Brady, and Mario, I was counting on him being the most likely of the group to sign with us. Now that seems completely up in the air. I'd rather have gotten him on the team early as opposed to giving other programs more time to try to convince him to NOT come to KU.

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Daniel Rojas 3 years, 2 months ago

im not a troll....im Daniel in Dodge city...if u listen to the locker room show after the games u know me...i love ku more than anything!!! just cuz u dont agree with my OPINION doesnt make me a "troll" or an "idiot"!!

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Hank Cross 3 years, 2 months ago

If JiN got banned, that's lame. He didn't say anything racist, obscene, violent, etc. Although I am also critical of Brady, I would be saying the same things if he had been criticizing my favorite players. Have we become so thin-skinned and hyper-sensitive in America? And I don't want to hear that the banning was justified because a player might have got their feelings hurt. Many men and women in the military serving in Afganistan are the same age as these players, and they face real potshots and not just some random carping from people on the Internet.

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Daniel Rojas 3 years, 2 months ago

thats what im talkin about truehawk93....id rather see elijah than tyrel...way more explosive! ...tyrel is 1 dimensional!!! he plays 3 pt line and out...no threat of ever penetrating!

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Joe Baker 3 years, 2 months ago

Coach Self- You are exactly right about how the players are interpreting your on court comments.

"Force feed" EJ and tell him to "GO"!

You'll have three phenoms in your backcourt.

GO EJ, TT and Josh!!

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William Blake 3 years, 2 months ago

"Self continued: “Sometimes when kids hear you say, ‘Be under control,’ they hear, ‘Back it out.’ (When you say) ‘We can get a better shot than that,’ they hear, ‘Don’t shoot.’ Even though you don’t say that, that’s how they interpret what you say, so it’s kind of a fine line."

Spoken like a true father who has learned a few things about parenting... especially in regards to communication.

Can we change his name in here to "Papa Self?"

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saad007 3 years, 2 months ago

Vote for Tyrel Reed jayhawks. He's currently the leading candidate for the Lowe's Senior Class Award. http://www.seniorclassaward.com/vote

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KU_FanSince75 3 years, 2 months ago

Josh being aggressive and attacking the basket puts the pressure on the opposing D. It makes every other player on the floor look better for the Jayhawks. Definitely could carry us a long way----hopefully, all the way to Houston!

BTW, did anyone see that Northern Iowa lost one of their best rebounder and floor leader, O'Leary, for the season? He was the guy with the green clover leaf tatoo on his shoulder. Big loss for the Panthers. That will really hurt them if they get to the Dance again.

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Tony Bandle 3 years, 2 months ago

Unfortunate circumstances: These injuries seem to key into the exact strongpoints of each player.

1] Travis Releford's ankle injury deprives him of his most valuable game attribute, the ability to slide, defend and stop penetration. 2] Tyrel Reed's ankle injury limits his most valuable game attribute, the ability to elevate for shooting the three and backside rebounding. 3] Elijah Johnson's shoulder injury effects his abilty to use his long reach to defend and deflect. 4] Tyshawn Taylor's ankle injury, though considered fine now, should be monitored because that could hamper his penetration.

Josh needs to understand that he has to stop and go vertical when penetrating into a defense. Countless baskets and assists have been negated by this shortfall.

However, when he goes to the NBA, no one plays defense and no one takes charges so he won't have to worry about it there!!

SIDE NOTE: Yes, jayhawkinnebr has been banned but beware of any new posters with similar names; jayhawkinnorthdak, jayhawkinrhodeisld, jayhawkinkabul, jayhawkinnarnia, jayhawkinoz, jayhawkinsoobawlsbedroom, etc.

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kesmithstl1 3 years, 2 months ago

too bad about Daniels, for selfish reasons. Good for him though to enjoy high school while he still can.

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clevelandjayhawker 3 years, 2 months ago

Im not a fan of this injury bug crap...Releford was really hitting his stride before he rolled that ankle...Mario has been playing really well as of late in limited mins

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Steve Gantz 3 years, 2 months ago

I had a dream last night (this is a true story) that I was watching a KU game against some really good team and a very reliable FT shooter (Reed?) missed the 2nd of 2 FT's. It was the last minute of the game. Then I woke up. Anyone know how the game ended? This website had nothing on it.

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ahpersecoachingexperience 3 years, 2 months ago

Doesn't academic all American get your number in the rafters?

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REHawk 3 years, 2 months ago

Tyrel to get benched??? Are you for real?

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Daniel Rojas 3 years, 2 months ago

senior class award??? ....where can i vote 4 tyrel to get benched!!! ...thats the link I want!?

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Woody Cragg 3 years, 2 months ago

Reed now at 24%-keep voting. We'll miss he & Brady for sure next year but with another year exp for all these underclassmen just imagine how super this group would be if they all came back. We literelly could have 3 to 4 candidates for POY on one squad. We'll miss Mario also but really has not been the consistant contributor some of us envisioned. And gee, haven't noticed the Brady basher "from the North" lately; must be back under the rock or maybe the pile of sorgum fodder!

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Martin Rosenblum 3 years, 2 months ago

How interesting that Brady's sudden resurgence parallels the apparent vanishing act from posting by ...nebr,

Certainly, this is coincidental, right? I mean, how could the rantings of an anonymous member of a comment posting culture affect the play of an NCAA student-athlete, either by his postings or non-postings, and ultimately the productivity of a college sports team? Hogwash. right? ....or is it????? Do we really have super-powers to manipulate games? What power we hold with our fingers on our keyboards!

Any other examples, hogwash or not, of similar coincidences possibly related to this board and it's threads?

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SDSurferFan 3 years, 2 months ago

Sounds good but he has to finish. So many short floaters, so many missed layups, so many bad passes on breakaways. His shooting is getting there, no doubt on his hustle, Ds getting better, and he can create for others. If he can actually take a page from TT (drive for layup or draw foul), KU would progress from very good to great.

The team is better than last year. Selby needs to be the X factor with out being Xavier(NBA talent, OAD, weak performance in March)

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jaybate 3 years, 2 months ago

Question for the Online Editors:

Is KUSports.com about to be jettisoned as a free standing page and folded into the sports page of LJW.com, as part of the spin off of some of The World Corporations digital assets?

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jaybate 3 years, 2 months ago

"Self on Selby"

Selby is getting Self's Full-Nelson paradox therapy right now.

“He’s gotta be aggressive or I can’t play him. And I really believe that he’s become more aggressive."--Bill Self

“Sometimes when kids hear you say, ‘Be under control,’ they hear, ‘Back it out.’...‘Go.’ He understands that. And he needs to go, he needs to go."--bill Self

So: let's see, Josh, Self is saying:

Play aggressively, but under control, and go. And while you're at it, even though you are my first or second most consistently productive perimeter player, I won't play you if you can't be really aggressive while you do the other two.

Self demanding?

Oh, no, not at all. :-)

Wooden distilled all this to quick not fast. By quick he meant "like a panther," always balanced, purposeful, relentlessly stalking and then lightening quick in the kill, not like a flea hopping wildly. By not fast he meant "not like a race horse."

Go?

Go like a panther stalking a kill.

Ali put it even more memorably.

"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee."

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dynamitehawk 3 years, 2 months ago

As I sit here and eat Cheerios, watch Morning Joe, and ponder this article, I can't help to think of two things today:

1) Josh Selby has lived up to the hype, and I really hope he stays another year or so.

2) I don't blame Bill Clinton for messing around on this wife at all... I mean that dude Charlotte Blubaugh is hotter than her..

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jaybate 3 years, 2 months ago

"Banged Up Ankles and Feet: Random or Biased?

This perimeter of this team is really banged up. Reed, Selby, and Releford have ankle spains, or bone bruises. Taylor has a twist that Self is saying isn't bad, which is what he said about Releford's and Releford wound up sitting several games. And he doesn't even mention EJ with some kind of a should/arm problem. No wonder Self has had them cramming it inside!

I don't recall this many perimeter guys hurt at the same time. Are we witnessing coincidence, or has style of play changed in some way that increases the frequency of ankle/foot problems, or is weight gain a trigger?

More specifically regarding weight gain as a possible trigger, has lean weight gain in thighs, and upper body occurred without sufficient attention being paid to strengthening ankle muscles to carry the additional weight?

I've been wondering about side effects of weight gain on basketball players ever since Withey had his bizarre, never explained "illness" that has appeared not only to cause him to lose the 25-30 pounds he had gained this past off-season, but also seems to have sapped him of almost all the strength he had when he came to KU. Withey appears to have turned into a pale, skinny rag doll, and to reiterate, he does not appear to be recovering even the strength and coordination he possessed that he had when he came to KU. Strange in deed.

Now KU has this anomalous flurry of ankle and foot injuries to perimeter players.

Conspicuously, the bigs--Marcus, Kieff and Thomas--who have been big weight gainers have not manifested the same flurry of ankle injuries, as the perimeter players, or else I have missed the news of such.

Possibly weight gain and strength building of the kind the perimeter players are going, which does not manifest in large increments of weight gain, but more strength and less body fat, is somehow shifting the CG of perimeter players higher, and maybe because the perimeter players do a lot more cutting that stresses ankles more, the modest weight gain coupled with weight redistribution upwards, is trigging the phenomenon.

There is no free lunch in physics and physiology. You alter the mass of parts of a system and there are going to be consequences, both intended and unintended, because of complexity and related uncertainty.

Let's hope the flurry of injuries is random coincidence and not attributable to weight bias.

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Robert Lofthouse 3 years, 2 months ago

Tyrel is hitting his stride with the Lowe's Senior Class Award - in the lead with 23.9% this morning! Vote every day for him at http://apps.facebook.com/senior-class-award/?ref=bookmarks&count=0

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Funhawk 3 years, 2 months ago

You know Josh is having fun when his grin slides off his face onto yours.

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