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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Landen Lucas to sit out first game while considering red shirt

Landen Lucas, a 6-foot-10, 240-pound forward from Portland, Oregon, is one of seven scholarship freshmen on this year's KU team.

Landen Lucas, a 6-foot-10, 240-pound forward from Portland, Oregon, is one of seven scholarship freshmen on this year's KU team.

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Kansas freshman forward Landen Lucas will sit out Friday's season-opener against SE Missouri State in order to keep a red-shirt option open, KU coach Bill Self said at his weekly press conference Thursday.

"Landen will not play (Friday). He may not play Tuesday, because he's definitely a guy that we are strongly considering red-shirting," Self said. "We visited with Landen and his family about it, and they are in agreement with that. It's not 100-percent sure, because he could still play two weeks from now, but our thinking is, right now, put a red shirt on him."

Lucas, a 6-foot-10, 240-pound native of Portland, Ore., averaged three points, 4.5 rebounds and 7.5 minutes in KU's two exhibition games at Allen Fieldhouse.

Self was asked if a red-shirt year would be used to work on Lucas' body.

"It's to really replace age 23 with age 19," Self said. "He's going to be a much better player then than he will be now. You don't red-shirt guys that you don't think can play, because I do think he does have a future here impacting our ballclub."

Self also said freshman forward Zach Peters was feeling a little better, but he was definitely still out of practice with a shoulder injury.

"I'm not going to make a decision now on what we'll do with Zach, but if he can't get back soon, we have no choice but to red-shirt him," Self said, "because he'll be so far behind, he won't be able to catch up."

Self also confirmed senior forward Kevin Young will not play Friday because of a broken hand. He's scheduled to return to practice this weekend.

Comments

texashawk10 1 year, 5 months ago

My money is is on Lucas transferring to a PAC 12 school or some other west coast league (don't remember who's going where with all the realignment stuff) after this year. I know some people will say that I'm wrong (and I admit that I could be), but I've said this multiple times that there is a greater chance of someone ranked outside 100 of transferring out of KU than there is of them reaching their senior night.

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Adam Gerval 1 year, 5 months ago

It says that there's a KU coach headed to NJ to talk to Tyler Roberson. Anyone with JayhawkSlant want to shed some light on that?

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FarSideHawk 1 year, 5 months ago

Withey is getting a lot of pub. Someone has him on 2nd team All America, while one guy has him as the national player of the year.

Also, lot of people picking KU to be in the Final Four, and some as the National Champion.

Though it's good to see this, I have to admit, I like it better when they are under-rated and over-achieve. I'm sure Self will break them down enough for them to feel like the under-dogs.

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Michael Auchard 1 year, 5 months ago

So, who's going to back up Withey? He's not exactly been dominant against these D2 teams This seems like trouble.

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William Blake 1 year, 5 months ago

I wonder what Landen will be considering while not playing? Or... are we waiting to see if we land a recruit or two soon. I know Joel Embiid is supposed to make a decision within the next week.

Come on, Joel! Come to "Big Man Country" and become a future NBA great!

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Jack Wilson 1 year, 5 months ago

Jermaine Lawrence cut his list and KU ain't on it.

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KGphoto 1 year, 5 months ago

I'll post this here so we don't have to see it much longer, but did anyone else notice that Danny's Tulsa squad got exploded by Oklahoma Panhandle State University the other day? Yeah, not Oklahoma State, rather OPSU. Enrollment 1,400.

I believe the final was 113-71. Danny boy sure has his work cutout.

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Ryan Beddie 1 year, 5 months ago

people who are jumping on the transfering wagon need to jump off it. What's wrong with both redshirting and having a extra yr with the team. Releford did and is a 2 yr starter. Brady did the same. Withey sat out a year and could lead the nation in blocks this yr. Self knows what he is doing. We could be a good team with smaller lineups and not always be at a disadvantage against smaller lineups. A lot of what if's out there but we have to have faith that these bigs will step up when it counts.

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jaybate 1 year, 5 months ago

"Some Inferences to Be Drawn about Red Shirting Landon"

• Self has decided thin is in in big men this year.

• Self has decide height is overrated in big men this year.

• Landon needs a year getting adjusted to the weather.

• Landen needs a year getting adjusted to how beautiful the women at KU are.

• Justin is better than board rats thought.

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jaybate 1 year, 5 months ago

I like to flip these statements about redshirting around. Its usually the same statement. Probably going to red shirt. Not 100% sure. Going to sit a couple games before committing.

So: what would have to happen not to redshirt Lucas?

a) sudden, accelerated aging;

b) injury to other bigs in first two games;

c) discover birth certificate off by 3 years;

d) super stardom gene implant procedure discovered;

f) bigs fail first mid term;

g) waiting to see if big men being recruited committ and make a player unnecessary;

h) waiting to see if Justin decides to leave for Hollywood to star in Danny Manning biopic.

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Jack Wilson 1 year, 5 months ago

Above, one says Lucas will be "ridiculous" and two suggest he'll be a "beast."

Dreamers. Dreaming is good. Dreaming made America great. And you have a 13.3% chance of your dream coming true (I guess that's if Lucas was in the Rivals 100-150 range .. don't know the percent for players outside the top 150).

God bless dreamers.

I am curious though, name me a "ridiculous" player, a "beast", that redshirted his freshman season because he wasn't good enough to play? I am interested in this group of players that we can compare Lucas to.

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FarSideHawk 1 year, 5 months ago

As I commented on the other article, I don't understand red-shirting Lucas this year, while Peters is already out.
It would make more sense to play him this year, and red-shirt next year, if we land Randle or Dakari.

However, with Withey, Young, Wesley, and perhaps even Ellis leaving, along with not yet knowing whether we even get anybody next year ready to contribute, Self may need him more next year than this one.

If Ellis doesn't leave and we a high profile post player, I still don't see Lucas getting many minutes next year either.

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KGphoto 1 year, 5 months ago

John Gasaway of ESPN doesn't think it will matter...

" Jeff Withey remains the most dominant defensive player in the nation but finally draws recognition as such, while also taking on a much larger load on offense. This sassy, new-look, "more aggressive" Withey leads the Jayhawks to the Final Four in Atlanta, where on Monday night Bill Self's team avenges the 2012 national title game with a win over Kentucky in the 2013 rematch. In the title game Withey records nine blocks, and the ubiquitous pun in headlines, on T-shirts, and possibly even from the PBP guy in the closing seconds will be "ROCK, CHALK, JAY-BLOCK!""

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Adam James 1 year, 5 months ago

Can't wait until tomorrow to see our guys in action when the Win actually gets marked down in the W-L column. It's basketball season and there is no greater time of the year. There will be some growing up along the way, but hang on and enjoy the ride. Coach Self and his staff will have our guys ready and we will be seeded as a 1,2 or 3 come march. Can't believe we start tomorrow..... enjoy the season!

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yates33333 1 year, 5 months ago

Is being a medical redshirt different from just being a redshirt? I've seen both terms in this week's LJW.

I'm not bent that way, but Lucas is really a nice looking kid.

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stinkybulldog 1 year, 5 months ago

Red-shirt both of them. They will beasts in the future. We already have 5 bigs that won't redshirt. What is the scholarship situation looking like for next year? Can we sign 2 more? Maybe Langford will pay for Wesley again...

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JurisJayhawk 1 year, 5 months ago

I like to call red-shirt years...."Hudy." For example, we're going to Hudy Peters this year.

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Tony Bandle 1 year, 5 months ago

As a Jayhawk Architectural Alumni from KU's nationally accreditted five year bachelor program, there's worse things than spending five years on our beautiful campus!!

Besides, Withey, Ellis, Young, Traylor and Wesley is not exactly 'Big Man" chopped liver. And, if something drastic occurs, LL can always be pulled back in.

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jgkojak 1 year, 5 months ago

If Peters is out through December he may as well red-shirt and be a major player for us next year.

Lucas sounds like he needs some conditioning - then he'll be a beast.

Releford can talk to him about how beneficial it can be.

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Justin Lindsley 1 year, 5 months ago

If they aren't ready to see court time, then Self might as well red shirt them. They both have potential. Let them practice for a year. They will become stronger and more mature. Self recruited them for a reason. They very well may be better players in year 3,4,5 then anyone Self could bring in. So why not let it ride and see what becomes of it.

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trustyourSelf 1 year, 5 months ago

I don't mind this at all. We have plenty of big men this year, and these guys will be ridiculous by their 5th year.

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Rob Bedford III 1 year, 5 months ago

Spend more time in the gym and less time on Instagram and Twitter. Give that a try and you might see some action on the court Landen.

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kgreg01 1 year, 5 months ago

WOW. 3 Freshman don't qualify last year. 1 transfers and 2 sit out to qualify. Now 2 Freshman bigs potentially red shirting. Kind of a battle.

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rockchalker52 1 year, 5 months ago

i figger Coach prolly got a handle on how to maximize the talent on his squad. I don't like red jerseys at all. It's Big BLUE, baby.

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DRsmith 1 year, 5 months ago

According to many posters on here they were supposed to be "beasts" from jump street despite their ranking. Guess not.

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702Hawk 1 year, 5 months ago

It's sad not to be able to see Zach and Landen play this year but I can't wait to see the beasts they will be in their 5th year.

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Tony Bandle 1 year, 5 months ago

May I suggest we don't wear the red jerseys any more? It could get confusing!!

Is this a hint of future recruiting? If you redshirt then transfer, do you still have to sit out another year?

Potentially down two big men reserves...better gird for battle Perry and Jamari...looks like you're gonna see a lot of floor time!!up

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