Friday, September 23, 2011

Beyond the Phog’ excerpt: Sherron Collins on Brandon Rush

"Beyond the Phog" book.

"Beyond the Phog" book.



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"Beyond the Phog" book.

The following is an excerpt from "Beyond the Phog - Untold Stories from Kansas Basketball's Most Dominant Decade." Compiled by Jason King of Yahoo! Sports and Lawrence Journal-World sportswriter Jesse Newell, the 400-page book includes interviews with 40 players and coaches from the most successful era in Jayhawks history. "Beyond the Phog" will be available in stores Sept. 30. For more information or to pre-order the book, check out will run excerpts from the book throughout the next few weeks.

In Sherron Collins' words ...


B-Rush is one of the goofiest guys I know. When you were around him, you couldn’t help but laugh. Every day in practice, B-Rush had something about going left baseline. Seriously, he wanted to go left baseline every time. Instead of shooting a pull-up jumper or an open jumper, he’d put the ball on the floor and go left. ...

[Coach Self] kept making fun of him for it, too, because Brandon has that short arm that he broke when he was little. Coach Self used to mimic him by walking around with his arm dangling all crooked-like, just like Brandon. He’d say, “Here’s what you do. You get the ball, and you put it down on the floor with your little short-ass arm, and then you go to the lane.” Coach Self got so frustrated that he set up a treadmill on the baseline especially for B-Rush. Every time he passed up a jump shot and went baseline … before he ever made it to the basket, Coach Self had blown his whistle and said, “Treadmill!” B-Rush would have to run.

I’ve never seen B-Rush get into an argument with a teammate. As a matter of fact, I’ve never seen B-Rush get into an argument with anyone on the court, not even an opponent. He probably never said anything back to Coach Self. B-Rush is just laid back all the time. He really didn’t have any problems. He’s always in a good mood.

B-Rush could turn a bad situation into a good one on the court without even trying. Coach Self would be hollerin’ at everyone, but then he’d look over at B-Rush, and he’d have this stupid look on his face. Then Coach Self would start laughing, too. He couldn’t get serious. He’d be like, “What, Brandon?” B-Rush would say, “I don’t know what you’re talking about. I’m just listening.”

The other thing about B-Rush is that he never lied. Coach Self would be like, “Did everyone make curfew last night? If you didn’t make curfew, raise your hand.” All of us that broke curfew kept our hands down — except B-Rush. He’d raise his hand and tell on himself. Coach Self would ask him why he didn’t make curfew and he’d say, “Because the club was crackin’!” Everyone would laugh and he’d make B-Rush run a little bit.


Funhawk 10 years, 9 months ago

Some of the goofiest KU players have been some of the best. Maybe that's what makes them smooth and loose on the court. B-Rush is fun.

texashawk10 10 years, 9 months ago

Jordan Juenemann will be putting on the #25 jersey for the Jayhawks this upcoming season.

ahpersecoachingexperience 10 years, 9 months ago

Please tell me the story of Sherron and the elevator is in this book.

Matt Bowers 10 years, 9 months ago

You attended KU, you should already know.

Rock Chalk

79ictjhawk 10 years, 9 months ago

Oh no, that's a new low for you a$$perhole. You could of atleast put a "gigitty" after it!

ahpersecoachingexperience 10 years, 9 months ago

Imagine how many copies my book would sell:

Dirty Birds Untold stories from Lester Earl's Tahoe to Lew's basement.

(not hate'n disclosure)

79ictjhawk 10 years, 9 months ago

A chapter for your book: Ridding shotgun with Brady.

Michael Auchard 10 years, 9 months ago

I love B-Rush, but I'm so surprised no one has gone with this thread yet:

jaybate 10 years, 9 months ago

Brandon Rush is an all-timer.

It was his team: the KC Kool Jazz Quintet.

They were the best.

He was the best of their best.

And now we know why Brandon had a weak left.

I never noticed that arm.

That's why I'm in the cheap seats.

jaybate 10 years, 9 months ago

Brandon Rush is an all-timer.

It was his team: the KC Kool Jazz Quintet.

They were the best.

He was the best of their best.

And now we know why Brandon had a weak left.

I never noticed that arm.

That's why I'm in the cheap seats.

Michael Bratisax 10 years, 9 months ago

B Rush came in with all the labels.. arrogant selfish showboat one and done, and so on BUT none of them stuck Instead he left w/other labels teamate defensive player humble champion

REHawk 10 years, 9 months ago

How about Jayhawk Kool Jazz Quintet? I like it!

REHawk 10 years, 9 months ago

I really wish Sherron was available and in the States for this game. Talk about a 21st century Jayhawk legend!

Stephen Johnson 10 years, 9 months ago

Who cares if it's well written? It was a fun read. Go check out some Hemingway if you want good writing.

jaybate 10 years, 9 months ago

Dang! I can't not take no dingus beatin' praise lahk that there, illBistardo!

But ewe know whut?

That Jack Kerouac, he done writ his On the Pavement, er, Macadam, er Tarmac, er, no, it wuz called "On the Road," yep, he writ that on a roll uh Charmin, if'n I recall correct like. No, lemme think. That he writ on a roll uh teletype paper. It were Desolation Angels, er sumthin' else that he writ on a roll uh Charmin.

Make no never mind no how.

You're rahght. I gaht no die-reee.

Jist liddle ol' :-)

P.S.: And ah ay-pologizes tuh manginor 4 not writin' this good lahk he/she/it likes.

jaybate 10 years, 9 months ago

See here, illBistardo,

Ah wuz raht!

Check this here link.

If ewe look close ewe will seez the oe-riginal manuscript of jack's very entertaining' book.

Jayhawkfanalum 10 years, 9 months ago


"This story wasn't written. Well?"

How clever of you!

I'm assuming that your text editor somehow stripped out the punctuation when you cut and pasted it into the comment box, as, most obviously, this story wasn't WRITTEN, it was TOLD, and then transcribed by a journalist. There's a bit of a clue to this in the title, as in "....Untold Stories...." Thus, it retains the cadence of a SPOKEN vignette, as opposed to a composed and reworked WRITTEN story.

How keen of you pick up on this and make a wry joke.

As a spoken story, however, it was cogent, it conveyed a truth about Brandon Rush and HCBS and how the team functioned during the championship year, and was funny to boot.

Make_Ur_Free_Throws 10 years, 9 months ago

Well then, keep practicing on your writing and you'll pretty soon you'll be posting just like all the other awesome K.U. fans here! Getting down on yourself for poor writing really does nothing to improve your posting, it just makes you feel bad about yourself! I know you can do it . . . just keep trying and pretty soon you'll look back and say "I was so silly to think my post wasn't written very well!"

Best of luck to you!

Rock Chalk!

jaybate 10 years, 9 months ago


I believe what you mean to write was:

That weren't wrote right. :-)

MartyrMangino 10 years, 9 months ago

We are a proud program, we don't need a book like this ginning up gossip like a People magazine. Especially in light of the recent atmosphere surrounding our athletic department. Count me as one who thinks this book does more harm than good. How are coach Self and the players supposed to trust each other and pull in the same direction if they know down the road, things said in confidence and privacy will become People magazine gossip fodder?

As the twig bends, so inclines the tree.

Marcia Parsons 10 years, 9 months ago

I think you are underestimating the relationships these guys had with each other and their coach. They aren't going to hang out any dirty laundry. Can't you tell from the excerpts we've seen so far that they are choosing funny or flattering things to relate?

clevelandjayhawker 10 years, 9 months ago

Brandon is a great guy, he must have been "seeing" this girl that lived in my apt complex so I ran into him a few times. He always had a smile even with his injury. Seriously is doing a great job of teasing me with this book...unless its like $50 im buying it the day it comes out.

Dyrk Dugan 10 years, 9 months ago

i can believe what Sherron says. i remember the game at CU, Brandon's frosh year....and there was point in the 2nd half...on a timeout...and of course, the camera is in the KU huddle.

and Self is just ripping into Brandon....Self's face was getting red, it was all at Brandon...and he just looked right at him, said nothing, and wasn't really reacting at all....just taking was 30 plus seconds.

and then, Brandon goes out, starts being more does the team, and we win the game by 10 or 12. Sounds like it was typical BRush.....classic.

Marcus Balzer 10 years, 9 months ago

I can't remember or not but was that the same game that he drove down the baseline and threw down a one handed jam. That was about the only time I can remember BR getting 'pissed' in a game. I remember whatever game that was someone on the other team said something from the bench and then the next possession down, bam B took off and crushed it.

Favorite BR story. My friend is driving us to the Hawk and we are right by the library. There are some kids playing some game on the front lawn. Well one of them gets close to the street and BR puts his head out the window and barks like a dog real loud. Scares the absolute **** out of that kid. Was the funniest thing I have ever seen.

jayhawkinnc 10 years, 9 months ago

I recall reading an article during Final Four week in '08 when the Jayhawks were practicing and preparing for the North Carolina game. I think it was Russell Robinson who said B-Rush was barking/yelling at teammates during practice to run a certain play in practice the right way. Russ Rob said he'd never seen Brandon speak up like that in practice or a game before. Russ Rob said at that point, he knew Rush would have a good game and they were going to spank UNC. As a result, Rush had 25 points and KU won by 18.

Funhawk 10 years, 9 months ago

Maybe B-Rush wanted to beat Roy for publically dumping his brother. Worked out well for us Hawk fans.

kufankam 10 years, 9 months ago

his brother deserved to be dumped... jaron's arrogance make kris kardashian humphries look tame...

Steve Gantz 10 years, 9 months ago

The excerpts from the last few days were compelling. This one, boring. Hopefully there's more compelling than boring in the book.

TheGiftedOne 10 years, 9 months ago

So what you're telling me is that Brandon Rush smoked alot of bud?

jaybate 10 years, 9 months ago


He didn't barbecue seed! He didn't gum leaf. He didn't huff huna. He didn't marry mari. He didn't light up Texas tea. He didn't smoke Airplane. He didn't vacuum astro turf. He didn't bowl load Aunt Mary. He didn't smoke Black Bart. He didn't do Boom. He didn't deep breath Charge. He didn't channel the Chiba chiba. He didn't like Chunky. He didn't roll Dagga. He didn't like Dank. He didn't buy Dinkie dow. He didn't mouth breath Endo. He didn't rebreath the Ganja. He didn't like Haircut. He didn't burn Hay. He didn't cure the Herb. He didn't clip Mary Jane, He didn't reach for the Matchbox. He didn't Zippo the Sezz. He didn't sail on the Yellow submarine. He didn't bong rip Weed. He didn't rebreath Zambi.

Even recent pot slang is sooooooo 20th Century :-)

jaybate 10 years, 9 months ago

Danny Manning and Brandon Rush are my two all-time KU players.

They got it done.

Any time I was asked to start building a team, I would look around at the spare parts. Whether I chose Danny, or Brandon, first would depend on the spare parts.

Brandon was way better than anyone in the modern KU era but Danny and Paul.

And Paul didn't get it done.

Brandon and Danny did.

I want to say Mario Chalmers belongs even with them, but then I remember who had to go lock down who's man, when either Mario, or Brandon, had trouble with an opponent.

When Mario had a problem, Self sent Brandon and the problem ceased.

When Brandon had a problem, Self stuck with Brandon and eventually the problem ceased.

Brandon was the greatest perimeter defensive player that ever put on a KU uniform. He could guard anyone. Period.

I want to say Jo Jo White was the greatest, but Jo Jo couldn't guard the big 3s and Brandon could guard the guys Jo Jo locked down.

Brandon was a great, great, great basketball player, but some more time will have to pass before he is truly, madly, deeply appreciated.

ejlumus 10 years, 9 months ago

Not to start an argument, but did you see Jo Jo play. Maybe I was young and dumb but jo Jo was better. Brandon was my favorite player in the 2000s.

1950s Wilt

1960s Jo jo

1970s Bud

1980s Danny

1990s Raef

2000s Brandon

Steve Gantz 10 years, 9 months ago

88 was the dream come true for me. I was a senior on campus, the only years of my life I've been in Kansas. Doesn't get much better for me. Part of it too I think were the games. Except for the incredible finish, 08 was an excruciating game to watch while 88 was an orgy of fantastic offense and skill all the way through. It's nice to have memories of more than one however, isn't it?

REHawk 10 years, 9 months ago

That 2008 UNC game will always generate grins from the rabid Jayhawk Nation. Good ol' raw Minnesota Cole popping off the bench to bewilder PsychoT, then joining BRush and DJax at the postgame press conference, Rush grinning and gazing almost as bewildered as the mic focused on Aldrich. Whooeeee! Super wins don't show up in packages wrapped with much more appeal than those final two victories in '08.

Orangedog87 10 years, 9 months ago

08 - I remenber before the UNC game a writer here wrote that KU had a long walk to the floor and came to the entrance only to find UNC giving some chant which KU laughed about and joined in singing with them. The writer went on to say BR had a competitive look in his eye and the reporter knew KU would win because of KUs laid back manor and the look in BR's eye. That is one of my favorite stories about KU.

Another 2008 story of my own. I had a UNC friend and I never boasted about KUBB to friends. But the Friday night before KU played the cinderella team whose name I cannot remember, I told my friend that if KU won and went to the F4 to play UNC that KU woudl kick their a$$. It came true and I loved it ....

Gotta love BR

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