Thursday, June 23, 2005



Lee not hot to 'Trot

Former Kansas University guard Michael Lee has declined an offer to play for the Harlem Globetrotters.

"It's not a knock on the Globetrotters, but I want to play competitive basketball right now," Lee said. "My plans now are to do the overseas thing. I've got people helping me out and looking for some spots."

Jackson sits

KU sophomore Darnell Jackson did not play Wednesday.

"He wasn't feeling very well. I don't think he can eat very much," said fellow sophomore Jeremy Case. "He's really down right now (following death of his grandmother). We've just got to be there for him when he needs somebody to talk to, just being there for him. We're going out with him to eat now and just talk."

Thomas a free agent

Ex-Jayhawk Billy Thomas, who played half a season with the New Jersey Nets, is not under contract for next season.

"They were pleased with my effort and relayed that to my agent," Thomas said. "Negotiations can't start until July 1. It could be them; there could be five or six other teams. It was a dream come true playing there."

Woodberry's future

Steve Woodberry, who played in Sweden last season, said he wasn't sure if he'd retire or head overseas again next campaign.

Vaughn coaches

Jacque Vaughn, recovering from a broken foot he sustained last year with the Nets, was honorary coach for the veterans. He declined interview requests.

Simien update

Wayne Simien, who had a workout Wednesday in Phoenix and has another Friday in Minnesota, has decided to watch the NBA Draft at his Leavenworth home and will not attend the proceedings in New York. Simien made an appearance at camp on Tuesday so he wouldn't miss his first KU camp in 14 years.


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