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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Kansas Hall of Fame calls Jayhawks

Frederick, Harp, LaFrentz to be inducted

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Former Kansas University athletic director Bob Frederick, basketball coach Dick Harp and basketball player Raef LaFrentz will be inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 2 in Wichita, the Hall of Fame announced Wednesday.

Other members of this year’s class: Kansas State basketball player Kendra Wecker, K-State football player Mark Simoneau, Emporia State track athlete John Camien, Wichita State baseball pitcher Don Heinkel, Wichita State football coach Willie Jeffries and Pittsburg State football player Ronnie West.

Frederick, who played basketball under coach Harp and worked as an assistant for both Harp and Ted Owens, served as KU AD from 1987 to 2001. He died in 2009.

Harp served as KU head basketball coach from 1956-64. He compiled a 121-82 record and led KU to two conference titles and a spot in the 1957 NCAA finals. He died in 2000.

LaFrentz, 35, who played at KU from 1995-98, is third-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder in KU history. His jersey was officially retired at KU on Feb. 16, 2003. LaFrentz was the third pick in the 1998 NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets and spent three and one-half seasons with the team. He then played one and one-half years with Dallas, three years with Boston and two years with Portland, finishing his professional career in 2008.

Sanders to visit today: Christian Sanders, a 6-foot-3 senior-to-be from St. Thomas High in Houston, today makes an unofficial basketball recruiting trip to KU.

Sanders, the son of former KU guard Brad Sanders (1975-79), has visited Stanford and Maryland. He’s also being recruited by Texas A&M;, Colorado, Houston, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, TCU and others.

A member of Houston Defenders Select AAU, combo guard Sanders recently won the three-point shooting contest at the Under Armour Best of the Best camp. He has said he models his game after former KU guard Kirk Hinrich. He’s not currently ranked in Rivals.com’s top 150 for the Class of 2012.

Anschutz overhaul: Anschutz Pavilion, Kansas Athletics’ indoor practice and competition venue, is undergoing an extensive renovation that will include new practice and competition surfaces for the Ray Evans Field and the Bill Easton Track, a new scoreboard and sound system and a fresh coat of paint. The work began May 18 and will be completed by early September.

The new six-lane track (eight lanes on the sprint straightaway) will replace the existing track, which is the original track installed when Anschutz was built in 1984. The existing 231-meter oval will be converted into a 200-meter track, the current standard for indoor facilities. Other improvements include new, reconfigured jump pits, and a new pole vault box and runway, all of which will improve spectator viewing.

The track surface, a Beynon BSS 2000, includes a Hobart topping in all training and competition areas that will provide durability, stain resistance and longevity. The track’s most recent upgrade was a resurfacing in 1999.

Contractors will install a 70,300-square foot AstroTurf Gameday Grass Puregrass system. They will inlay a four-color Jayhawk logo, as well as all lines, yard markers, numbers and sidelines, into the turf. An antimicrobial coating has been applied to the turf to assist in maintaining a healthy environment. The existing A12 convertible AstroTurf system was installed in 1999.

The new Daktronics results board contains an active area of nearly 18 feet high and 16 feet wide. Daktronics will also install a new sound system.

The venue hosts several track meets each year and serves as a practice venue for several other KU teams.

Comments

Martin Rosenblum 8 years, 6 months ago

There should be a Kansas Sports Hall of Shame. First inductees would be those involved in the ticket scam! Any other suggestions?

Raef is absolutely a worthy player. Why did it take so long for Harp to get in?

Brianna Zaleski 8 years, 6 months ago

The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in Wichita is relatively new. Its not like its been around awhile and they are just getting to Harp. Every year has a pretty big name in the class.

Andrew Dunlap 8 years, 6 months ago

good, because I was wondering why it took so long

jayhawktalk 8 years, 6 months ago

Not sure when it moved to Wichita, or whether it started out in Wichita, but it has been around since 1961.

Woody Cragg 8 years, 6 months ago

Way off topics, but this link, http://beyondthearc.nbcsports.com/2011/06/29/does-package-deal-explain-youngs-kansas-choice/related, is an article on an additional transfer from SDSU. Have I missed something that's been discussed here or what? If this is the case the SDSU (MU & KSU) trolls will be out of the woodwork like roaches again. Someone please fill us in? Thanks.

100 8 years, 6 months ago

6'5" diamond in the rough shooting guard with a need to prove the SD press wrong about his playing ability?

6'5" shooting guard who would've been ranked in the top 30 next year had he not gone to kindergarten a year early?

6'5" shooting guard who will take pride in putting on a Kansas uniform & will work hard at learning the Kansas system for months & months before getting into the games?

A 6'5" shooting guard who wanted to go to Kansas as a Freshman in high school?

A 6'5" shooting guard with something to prove who deeply respects Kansas basketball & was recruited by Bill Self?

I'll take him.

100 8 years, 6 months ago

Agree. This may as well be an SDSU blog.

Notice how the height of Self's new shooting guard (6'5" & still growing @ 17, even if only a couple extra mms) isn't even discussed in an attempt to make Lindsay look less than D1 worthy.

Entire "blog" may as well have been written by an angry fan....

Add it all up, &......

Young must really be good!!!!!

ku1otaku 8 years, 6 months ago

This is such a non-story it's not even funny. The writer is completely blowing this up. So, because a guy left SDSU for KU, another high school recruit--who SDSU didn't even offer a scholarship to--chose KU as well they are both a package deal? Ok, so they both played on the same AAU team, who cares? This has nothing to do with SDSU...its a complete joke!

63Jayhawk 8 years, 6 months ago

Lindsay is NOT a San Diego State transfer. He is a high school senior who previously made a verbal commitment to Texas Tech. As a matter of fact, Young is not really a SDSU transfer since he never played there. It is interesting that the Bill Self quote in the article does not mention either Keven Young or Merv Lindsay, yet the writer implies that the addition of these two players is what made Bill Self happy with his incoming class.

Woody Cragg 8 years, 6 months ago

Thanks, had not a whiff of this story prior to reading the nbc page. Transfer & hs senior can hardly be a package unless it was for the kool aid man.

namder 8 years, 6 months ago

The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame was in Abilene for several years and I think it was in Topeka before that. It has been in existance for a long time.

Brianna Zaleski 8 years, 6 months ago

"It has been in existance for a long time"

And I can see that your spelling skills have been OUT of existence for a long time as well.

gchawk 8 years, 6 months ago

You might note that you should not start a sentence with a conjunction. Don't be too hasty to criticize.

Andrew Dunlap 8 years, 6 months ago

They should have put the HOF near the Kansas Speedway. It would attract more visitors

wrwlumpy 8 years, 6 months ago

Bob Frederick was a great man and nobody ran a better Final Four. He brought in Roy when everyone wondered why anyone would hire the film guy from North Carolina.

brooksmd 8 years, 6 months ago

On another note, the NBA is going to lockout.

Justin Lindsley 8 years, 6 months ago

LaFrentz is one of my all-time favorite Hawks!!! He was dominant!! If D. Manning ever leaves and LaFrentz has any interest in coaching, he might be a great teacher of big men.
He had some awesome dunks too. Its too bad that he suffered injuries after he made it to the league. He never could get it going. But I'll always remember that sweet left hand!

Troll_or_AntiTroll 8 years, 6 months ago

New Director of Basketball Operations hired: Elvert “Kool-Aid” Perry.

Dyrk Dugan 8 years, 6 months ago

the KS HOF has some great sports contributions for sure. by my count, and i'll admit, i could be missing some folks....KU now has 50 connections in the Hall....K-State 20.

not too shabby for the 'ol crimson and blue...Go Jayhawks!

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