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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Camp over; ‘The Program’ to test Jayhawks

Kansas University’s Jamari Traylor posted this picture of teammate Christian Garrett as a “Dead Man of the Day,” a semi-joking victim of KU’s intense Boot Camp conditioning, on his Instagram account.

Kansas University’s Jamari Traylor posted this picture of teammate Christian Garrett as a “Dead Man of the Day,” a semi-joking victim of KU’s intense Boot Camp conditioning, on his Instagram account.

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Bill Self’s 2014 Basketball Boot Camp is over. ... sort of.

Self’s 16 Kansas University players successfully completed a series of timed sprints and other drills from 6 to 7 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, with the 12th-year coach stating “the guys did great in making their times. I was very impressed with all of them.”

Now, in the wake of intense early-morning conditioning the past week and a half, Self today and Friday turns the reins over to Marine Eric Kapitulik, who is bringing “The Program” to town.

“The Program” is a physically and mentally grueling two-day regimen that many schools in the country have had their athletes participate in, including Notre Dame, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State and Texas, to name a few.

“The Program’s” ethos and three core principles, according to the official website ....

“Our Mission is to develop better leaders and more cohesive teams. We are good team leaders, good teammates and we prepare ourselves every day to fill either role.

“We prepare ourselves by making a commitment to our three principles. 1.) We are physically and mentally tough. 2.) We don’t make excuses and don’t let others make excuses for us. 3.) We work hard.”

Kapitulik and other Marines on his staff have put athletes through calisthenics, carrying teammates on their backs during sprints, exercises in a swimming pool, tug-of-war and many other activities that can be viewed at http://ljw.bz/1xkNrl9

“It doesn’t have anything to do with me or our staff. It’s a Marine basically showing our guys some things I think he’s probably learned throughout his time that makes them more mentally tough and more of a team,” Self said.

“One thing with so many young guys and not a senior on scholarship on our team, we need to develop some leaders. Certainly we’ll rely on some really young kids to be in different roles, to be different-type leaders. This will teach us how to be better leaders, how to be better teammates, how to pull together when things get a little fragmented,” Self added.

Traditionally “The Program” has the participants gather in the afternoon to late evening hours the first day and again about 4:30 a.m. the final day.

“The Program will be physical, but more mental,” Self said. “The Boot Camp we went through so far was probably more physically taxing, without question. We need to get their bodies in shape for practice (Oct. 3). This will be more a focus on making sure you don’t let down the guy to the left of you or right of you type program.”

As far as the traditional Self Boot Camp, Self said scholarship freshmen Cliff Alexander, Devonté Graham, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and Kelly Oubre Jr. all performed well.

“I’d say on a scale of 1 to 10, they were all 8s and 9s. They were good. All of them made their times without any problems,” Self said. “They didn’t just get through it, they tried to really push through it. Svi, Devonté, Kelly and Cliff showed me a little bit more than what I thought they would have this early in their careers from a mental-toughness standpoint.”

Comments

Joseph Bullock 4 years, 4 months ago

Excellent boot camp. now it's time to get with 'The Program'!

Joseph Bullock 4 years, 4 months ago

Excellent boot camp. now it's time to get with 'The Program'!

Jonathan Allison 4 years, 4 months ago

glad to hear that all of the new guys did well in camp. I was curious what kind of condition that Cliff is in. I know that he was listed at 270 or something ridiculous last year, and he didn't look like a guy who could get up and down the court like Self will expect him too. Sounds like he's in good condition though. I wonder what his official weight is after a summer of Hudy and a 2 week boot camp.

Joe Joseph 4 years, 4 months ago

I don't think he was ever 270. You might be thinking of Okafor.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 4 months ago

Cliff Alexander is not 270 lbs and was not that big in HS either. I want to say that Rivals had him at 6-8 240 lbs. I think Turner was listed at 270. Cliff had no stamina issues during the all star games last year and I see no reason to believe he'd have any now.

Suzi Marshall 4 years, 4 months ago

I'm also highly interested in Alexander's progress. I commented on KUSports after his signing that although he was big and strong, he did not have the ripped look typical of our older and NBA players.

I suspect his time with Hudy and boot camp has opened a whole new world to him on what fitness and conditioning means. Same goes toward Mykhailiuk, whom I suspect must feel like he's landed on another planet...called Oz.

Dirk Medema 4 years, 4 months ago

One of the players commented on Svi being in really good condition.

Eliott Reeder 4 years, 4 months ago

I guess you haven't seen much video on Cliff. He can get up and down the court in a hurry...

Jonathan Allison 4 years, 4 months ago

I've watched quite a bit of his video, including some of his personal workouts. Quite frankly, a highlight mixtape of dunks and blocks doesn't tell me anything about a guy's stamina when he's called upon to play full throttle for 20+ minutes against grown men.

David Hall 4 years, 4 months ago

NOW THEY CAN GET going towards the season

Bryce Landon 4 years, 4 months ago

I didn't realize we were without a scholarship senior this season.

Hopefully this "Program" will help us gain a level of toughness that we lacked last season.

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