Paris Kevin Seraphin, who averaged 7.9 points and 4.9 rebounds for the Washington Wizards last year, said he was impressed by what he saw from Kansas’ young post players.
“They’re really good. They play with intensity,” Seraphin said. “They like to compete and fight. That was a good thing.”
KU freshman forward Landen Lucas said going against Seraphin was a fun challenge.
“It’s good, because really, in a couple years, that’s the kind of player I see myself being,” Lucas said. “He’s big and seals well, uses his body real well. So to be able to get out there and get a chance to bang against him was great.
“You always want to learn, especially from players like that. Just seeing the way he would use his body, I definitely learned. While I was on the bench, I definitely was watching him the whole time.”
Seraphin’s presence on Washington’s roster most likely was one reason the Wizards decided to pass up on former KU forward Thomas Robinson with the third pick in June’s NBA Draft.
“I told him at halftime, ‘You must be pretty good if they didn’t take Robinson,’” Self said. “He said, ‘I know Robinson. I am good.’”
Chance to play
Self was able to receive an extended look at nine newcomers Sunday.
“I told them before the game, I said, ‘You guys have been sitting on the bench, saying, “If he’d just give me a chance, I’ll show him what I can do.”’ Well, they had a chance to show us tonight. The end result wasn’t pretty,” Self said. “It’s kind of a humbling deal for them, but they know now they’ve got to get back to work.”
So did any players perform well with their opportunity?
“I think Landen Lucas did some good things. I think Justin Wesley did some good things,” Self said. “Zach Peters rebounded the ball well. … Perry put up numbers, but Perry could have easily had 25 points and 20 rebounds tonight. He could have easily had that, because he just has a knack for scoring and rebounding.”
KU freshman guard Andrew White said playing Seraphin shouldn’t have made a difference.
“He was a really good player, strong inside. He could finish. But we’re going to see players as good as him,” White said. “No excuses. When we lost this game by so many points, I didn’t think about him at all.
“We should have won this game regardless of who’s playing on our team, who’s playing on their team. That’s the expectation of this program. There’s no excuses.”
Coach ‘T’ T’ed
Assistant Kurtis Townsend served as KU’s head coach for Sunday’s game, as Self let him take over duties to get some game experience.
While arguing a call in the fourth quarter, Townsend picked up a technical foul.