Saturday, June 7, 2008

Gary Bedore’s KU Basketball Notebook


Chalmers re-lives three-point title shot

Mario Chalmers commented to Phoenix Suns reporters Friday on his three-pointer that sent the national title game against Memphis into overtime.

"I've probably watched the whole game two or three times and probably watched the shot about 50 or 60 times. It was a dream come true, growing up always dreaming of that moment and then to actually be there and come true, that's something I'm never going to forget. It brings a smile to my face seeing that I actually did that," he said after his individual workout with the Suns.

Chalmers also said he valued the Jayhawks' Tuesday visit to the White House.

"George Bush is a great guy, and we had a lot of fun talking to him. There was so much security, I just looked around and thought, 'Wow!' I think it would be hard being the president. Seeing all the great rooms and all the other presidents' portraits, it was a great feeling to be there, in one of the most amazing places in the United States."

Nets' general manager impressed with Rush

Brandon Rush worked out for the New Jersey Nets on Friday.

"Brandon did a good job. He's a very athletic wing who can really shoot the basketball," Nets' GM Kiki Vandeweghe told "I think he played good defense, and he competed. We're looking for guys tough and competitive, who won't give up, and Brandon had a good day. He had a few exceptional moves."

Rush was asked how he fits in with the Nets.

"They already have two big superstars, so I know I'm not coming in here to be a big superstar," he said, referring to Vince Carter and Richard Jefferson. "I'm going try to help the team the best way I can by defending, rebounding and hitting the open shot."

Jackson works out with Wizards, Bulls

Darnell Jackson worked out with the Washington Wizards on Thursday and Chicago Bulls on Friday.

He was asked by what he thought of his Wizards session.

"It was great. I never thought it'd be like this," Jackson said. "There's more intensity. From college to the NBA ... it's a big jump.

"It was fun. I never thought this would happen to me," the 6-foot-8 late bloomer added. "Now that it's happening, I'm taking every chance I get to work hard and show guys what I can do.

"I bring a lot of energy, work ethic, always try to be a positive guy. I pick up guys when they are having a bad day."

Basketball Boogie tonight at speedway

Bill Self's Basketball Boogie will start at 7 tonight at Kansas Speedway. Live and silent auctions will be held throughout the evening. There will be dinner as well as music by Sawyer Brown and Disco Dick and the Mirror Balls. Current and former KU players will be on hand, posing for pictures and taking part in free-throw contests. Fans will be able to pose with the national title trophy. All proceeds will go to Self's Assists Foundation. For information, go to


swjhawk 14 years, 2 months ago

For me, it is players like Darnell Jackson who feed my devotion to college basketball. I wish him great success in life. I can think of several examples of players like him who did not get to the next level (Kelly Knight comes immediately to mind) but they cemented a place in our hearts as Jayhawks.

actorman 14 years, 2 months ago

Excellent comparison, swj. I hadn't thought about it before, but you're right: Darnell Jackson is very similar to Kelly Knight in the type of player he is. If Knight had had anywhere NEAR the supporting cast that DJ had, things might have been different for him. I know he had bad knees, but maybe part of that was having to play center when he was so much more suited for power forward. I met him once too and he was such a nice guy; what a shame he never made it to a higher level.

Joe Ross 14 years, 2 months ago remember Julian Wright went through this, maybe not to the same extreme but certainly many of the same sentiments were there...

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