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Recent podcast with new KU strength coach Ramsey Nijem offers thorough look at his approach

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Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, was a feet-shuffling, legs-turning, lungs-working-overtime kind of morning for the members of the Kansas basketball program, who kicked off another year of Bill Self boot camp at 6 a.m., at the Jayhawks’ practice gym.

Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, was a feet-shuffling, legs-turning, lungs-working-overtime kind of morning for the members of the Kansas basketball program, who kicked off another year of Bill Self boot camp at 6 a.m., at the Jayhawks’ practice gym. by Photo courtesy of Kansas Athletics

On Wednesday afternoon, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self announced that he had found his replacement for departed strength coach Andrea Hudy in Dr. Ramsey Nijem.

Nijem, you surely have read by now, comes to Kansas after three years as the head strength and conditioning coach with the NBA's Sacramento Kings, and his resume, from what he's done and what he's learned, is loaded.

In the days, months and years ahead, you'll surely get to know Nijem better, be it through interviews with us, seeing him around the program and watching his interactions with the Jayhawks' players.

But for now, while we await his arrival in town, here's a terrific, hour-plus-long podcast with Nijem that explains everything you could possibly want to know about this guy and his path leading up to being hired by Kansas.

It includes:

• How he, now at age 28, became the youngest strength coach in the NBA

• His thoughts on his phD, which very much impressed Self

• What he views as the priorities for young NBA players, which will resonate with Kansas fans given the high-caliber recruits Self and company bring into the KU program

• His thoughts on training during the season, recovery methods and weight lifting

• And much, much more...

If nothing else, this video just gives you an extended look at his cool, calm and collected demeanor and it's easy to see how the Jayhawks new 28-year-old strength coach should be able to connect with the players walking in the door and in a major way.

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