Thursday, June 30, 2011
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.