Thursday, January 12, 2012

Gary Bedore’s KU notebook: Kansas to fete ’02 team

Former Kansas basketball players Kirk Hinrich, left, and Nick Collison were a part of the 2002 Final Four team that went 33-4 overall and 16-0 in Big 12 play.

Former Kansas basketball players Kirk Hinrich, left, and Nick Collison were a part of the 2002 Final Four team that went 33-4 overall and 16-0 in Big 12 play.


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— Kansas University’s 2002 Final Four team will be recognized during Saturday’s KU-Iowa State game, set for a 3 p.m. tipoff in Allen Fieldhouse.

That team, which featured the likes of Drew Gooden, Nick Collison, Kirk Hinrich and Wayne Simien, went 33-4 overall and 16-0 in the Big 12. Those who have indicated they will attend: players Simien, Jeff Hawkins, Lewis Harrison, Todd Kappelmann and Chris Zerbe, trainer Mark Cairns and managers Jessica Zuniga and Jeff Hackel.

Schedule update

KU will play in the CBE Classic next November in Kansas City, Mo., KU schedule-maker/special assistant to the athletic director Larry Keating indicated Wednesday. The Jayhawks originally were going to compete in the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif.

It is not yet known what other teams will play in the CBE. KU will play two games against yet-to-be determined teams at Allen Fieldhouse, then two in Sprint Center.

In 2013-14, KU will compete in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament in the Bahamas. There’s talk that USC, Villanova, Maryland and Michigan also will be in the eight-team field. KU will have one home game in that tournament, then three in the Bahamas.

KU has not yet chosen a tourney for 2014-15. In 2015-16, KU will play in the Maui Invitational. KU also will play Michigan State next preseason in Atlanta as part of the Champions Classic. KU will play Duke in Chicago the following season, also in the Classic.

Ellis sets school mark

Future KU forward Perry Ellis, who scored 30 points off 11-of-14 shooting in Wichita Heights’ 63-49 victory over Wichita South on Tuesday night, passed Aubrey Sherrod as leading scorer in Heights history.

The 6-foot-8 Ellis now has 1,754 career points, 15 more than Sherrod (1978-81). Ellis is No. 2 scorer in Wichita City League history. He trails former KU center Greg Dreiling, who totaled 1,963 at Wichita Kapaun Mount Carmel from 1977-81.

Ellis passed Sherrod on a three-point play with 2:30 left in the second quarter.

“That’s a real honor,” Ellis told the Wichita Eagle. “With all the people that came before me — Aubrey Sherrod, Antoine Carr and all of them, that’s a real blessing.”

Heights, which is shooting for its fourth-straight state title this season, has now won 51 games in a row.

Ellis, who is ranked No. 24 in the Class of 2012 by, will be recognized at his school before Friday’s home game.

“He scores all those points without an ‘I’m going to get mine’ mentality,” coach Joe Auer told the Eagle. “It’s, ‘We’re going to win.’ It’s quite an amazing feat when the team succeeds at the same time a player succeeds statistically.”

Frankamp hits for 31

Future KU guard Conner Frankamp scored 31 points to lead Wichita North to a 73-65 victory over Wichita Kapaun on Tuesday. Frankamp, a 6-foot junior, had scored 42 and 47 in North’s previous two games. Frankamp is North’s all-time leading scorer with 1,121 points. He’s ranked No. 51 in the Class of ’13 by


KU_Alumn_2000 8 years, 1 month ago

Frankamp and Ellis are gonna be exciting to have as Jayhawks !!!

Do these two guys play each other this season ?

Kevin Studer 8 years, 1 month ago

They played already at North. The last game of the season is North vs. Heights at Heights. In game one, I believe Frankamp went for 27, Ellis for 22, and Heights won.

Nathan Scholl 8 years, 1 month ago

The future sounds very bright! Hope Ellis can can go out undefeated this year!

brooksmd 8 years, 1 month ago

I hope he can go out undefeated this year and the following four years.

BringBackNike 8 years, 1 month ago

Why even bother honoring the 2002 team without Hinrich, Gooden & Collison? They should wait until the NBA All-Star Break so all 3 can attend. That would be awesome!

Martin Rosenblum 8 years, 1 month ago

Absolutely! That would be like having Senior Night knowing that none of the parents/relatives could attend.

rwhawk 8 years, 1 month ago

+1 Or wait several more years until they have all retired from the NBA, but at least a few of the trainers will be there! Dumb.

Kyle Rohde 8 years, 1 month ago

Yep, pretty dumb to "honor" a team that won't have Collison, Hinrich, Boschee, Gooden, Miles, Langford or Lee there. But thank god the managers will be.

Kelly Hanrahan 8 years, 1 month ago

Kind of hard to have a 10 year anniversary in any other year than 2012.

LAJayhawk 8 years, 1 month ago

Exactly what I was thinking. It is possible that they could have tried for the All-Star Break. The game is Friday, Feb. 24th, and we have a home game that Saturday..... against Mizzou.

It would have been a perfect time, considering the opponent, but there is one problem: it's the last home game, and, therefore, Senior night.

texashawk10 8 years, 1 month ago

The Missouri game isn't senior night, the UT game is senior night.

LAJayhawk 8 years, 1 month ago

Ah, my bad. I was looking at the basketball poster with the schedule that is broken down by month, and I didn't look at the month of March. My bad!

Now it makes no sense not to have this on that Saturday game. What a better time to celebrate the only team to go undefeated in the Big 12 than when we're playing mizzou for the last time!

Bellator 8 years, 1 month ago

I follow the Wichita High School BBall. Mark my words, hear me now. We have not had a deadeye three point shooter since Jeff Boschee until.....Conner Frankamp!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joe Joseph 8 years, 1 month ago

Less used, yes, but Connor Teahan comes to mind.

swavity 8 years, 1 month ago

Also, at 39% 3FG% on the season and 38% for his career, Conner Teahan does not nearly qualify as a "deadeye three point shooter".

jaybate 8 years, 1 month ago

Could be wrong, but I recall Kirk Hinrich's year at the two mostly potting treys he shot a higher trifecta rate than Bosh ever did for a season, though this is not a knock on Bosh.

LAJayhawk 8 years, 1 month ago

Yeah, Boschee's highest was his senior year (that 2002 year) in which he shot 46%. Kirk hit 50.5% his sophomore year (2001) and actually shot slightly better than Boschee in 2002, at 47.8%

Boschee was a career 40% three shooter, while Kirk was 43% for his career.

Danny Hernandez 8 years, 1 month ago

2013-2014 in the Bahamas! Oh yeah, count me in...From Miami, a hop, skip and a jump!

That 2002 team could score oh so quickly...Still remember listening to the game against UCLA in Los Angeles and though they lost, hearing the UCLA announcer rave how quickly Kansas would score after a made basket. What a team

ccarp 8 years, 1 month ago

I think that team was the first time I recall the camera stopped showing an opposing scorer running back down court, b/c our counter attack beat the opposition down court every time.

bradynsdad 8 years, 1 month ago

Played my high school ball with Todd kappleman, good guy. I am very proud to have played alongside a kid that played for ku.

Philip Nguyen 8 years, 1 month ago

At the pace that Conner Frankamp keeps playing he'll break that Wichita City League scoring record when he's done. I think of Jay Burson (Ohio St. 1986-1989) when I watch this kid play, one of my favorite college basketball player.

HawkKlaw 8 years, 1 month ago

Ah, look at that b@d@ss font on the old school Jayhawk uniforms. The new font is crap. Trajan is waaaay too stuffy for KU basketball. They must've had some square design the new ones.

Seth Nesmith 8 years, 1 month ago

+1 I've always thought that as well. I know the majority like the trojan font but it has never grown on me.

Nick Cole 8 years, 1 month ago

Those victories have nothing to do with the font on our uniforms. Bring back the old style!!!

HawkKlaw 8 years, 1 month ago


Would I rather have the Championship with the Trajan font or no championship with the (for lack of a better term) circus font? I'll take the championship.

But it doesn't change the fact that the trajan font doesn't represent anything that KU basketball is about.

For academics, yes. Trajan is just fine. Conservative and neat.

For KU basketball, no. We need fun and exciting.

Tony Bandle 8 years, 1 month ago

Thank God Jeff Hawkins will be there!!!

Maybe what they could do is have reproductions of all the players faces on masks and then the yell leaders can be introduced with them on, one by one, for a virtual cheer.....aahh, what the heck just let Scott Pollard come out and talk for 15 would be hilarious!!!

Priest Fontaine 8 years, 1 month ago

nice updates on ellis and frankamp. regular updates on all our recruits would be even better.

Priest Fontaine 8 years, 1 month ago

Not that rankings matter that much but does anyone know if Frankamp will move up in the rankings after these recent high scoring games? I don't know how often rivals, espn, etc updates their sites...

James Kiernan 8 years, 1 month ago

Interesting that we switched to a tourney in KC instead of California. Wonder how fast Mizzou will try to get in there. If so, so much for us not playing them...

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