Friday, August 10, 2012

Jayhawks take break to see sights of Paris

Kansas guard Naadir Tharpe, left, and guard Niko Roberts, right, stop for a photo in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris with Niko's younger brother Justin on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012.

Kansas guard Naadir Tharpe, left, and guard Niko Roberts, right, stop for a photo in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris with Niko's younger brother Justin on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012.


— From atop the second story of the Eiffel Tower — nearly 400 feet above the city of Paris — Kansas freshman forward Landen Lucas leaned against a railing and tried to describe the view around him.

“It’s unbelievable,” Lucas said while looking at the horizon. “You don’t get a chance to see stuff like this too often.”

After winning the first two exhibition games over the Swiss national team Tuesday and Wednesday, the KU men’s basketball team made its way from Zurich to Paris on Thursday.

Following a four-hour, high-speed train ride, the Jayhawks spent two hours at the most-visited monument in the world.

Players took turns snapping photos of each other with cameras and cellphones after ascending the Eiffel Tower in an elevator.

“You’ve got to be in (photos) to prove you were there and have those memories,” Lucas said. “I’ve definitely been taking a lot of pictures and videos for back home.”

Lucas especially wanted to document the day for his parents, Shelley and Richard, who weren’t able to make the trip.

He planned on sharing his snapshots with a few more people as well.

“Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, all that,” Lucas said with a smile. “I’ll make sure they get out to the world.”

When asked about his impression of the 1,063-foot structure, KU freshman forward Zach Peters said it was “crazy” before stretching his neck to look to the top of the tower above him.

“You don’t realize how big Paris is until you’re up here and you see everything,” Peters said. “It’s been awesome so far — a really awesome experience.”

KU coach Bill Self also enjoyed the view, stopping to take cellphone photos of the scenery while circling the structure with his wife, Cindy, and daughter, Lauren.

The players and coaches received an extended look around Paris earlier in the day, taking a two-hour bus tour in the afternoon.

“I think there’s so much to do, you’ve got to be here longer than four days,” Peters said. “We’re going to try to do as much as we can. I’m excited. I think this is a really cool city.”

The Jayhawks will have two exhibition games against pro team AMW Team France at 1 p.m. Central on Saturday and Sunday in Paris.


EverRisingHawk 9 years, 9 months ago

This is a perfect time for this trip - hopefully it proves to be a real bonding experience. We will need some serious production from a few freshmen / gameplay first-timers (BMac), which is a deviation from last season. Hopefully this time together helps them gel as a unit. Nothing inaugurates a long and fruitful friendship like sharing a hotel bathroom and listening to someone snore all night.

Andy Hess 9 years, 9 months ago

you mean, Kevin? as in Kevin McCallister from Home Alone? Lolz

Chris1955 9 years, 9 months ago

Paris is a terrific city to see on a walking tour. I'm glad they got to visit the Eiffel Tower and hope they get a chance to take a dinner cruise through Paris on the Seine. Maybe they can visit the Louve as well.

KGphoto 9 years, 9 months ago

It's not really a silent r, it's there, but kind of a half r when you say it.

Tony Bandle 9 years, 9 months ago

Isn't louve the name for a female wolf??? Not that there is anything wrong with that!! :)

KemDooKU 9 years, 9 months ago

Reflecting on this years team I realized that we don't need much from these freshman except maybe minute eaters- we have four seniors and a sophomore that are fully capable of taking care of this team. We were able to make the final game with five or six guys last year so anything extra from the young guys is gravy.

Tony Bandle 9 years, 9 months ago

Respectfully, I am not sure I agree with you. BenMac and Jamari are more than just freshman with BenMac slated to start. And I am pretty sure Perry will be an integral element by conference time.

I do agree, however it is a luxury that you can put out a potential starting five with NCAA National Championship experience,

hucking_fawks_rock 9 years, 9 months ago

Hey Lauren, I would like to take you out for a nice seafood dinner... and unlike Dorothy Mantooth, I will call you again afterwards!

KGphoto 9 years, 9 months ago

I agree totally with EverRisingHawk. A lot of these freshmen are going to be counted on during the season and this time together, the extra game experience, the learning new things, experiencing new things, getting to know each other, is going to be an invaluable jump start to their chemistry.

Jesse I am soooo jealous, man. That is one sweet gig you got there. Did you get some pics with you and the team at the tower?

jaybate 9 years, 9 months ago

Here's looking at you, kids. The most memorable time in Paris is always the first time. But...

"Paris is always a good idea." --Audrey Hepburn

Alohahawk 9 years, 9 months ago

Bogie said the most memorable line about Paris, to Bergman in Casablanca: "We'll always have Paris."

Cameron Cederlind 9 years, 9 months ago

I'd quote the JayZ/Kanye song but I'd probably get banned.

Tony Bandle 9 years, 9 months ago

The best part of Paris in August????

No Parisians!!

Steve Reigle 9 years, 9 months ago

The comment about Self, wife and daughter is in reference to them "circling the structure." Most likely, Tyler was with some of his teammates elsewhere on the grounds.

Steve Kubler 9 years, 9 months ago

Don't you think that being the coaches son Tyler is going to be keeping a low profile. Nothing would be worse for the team than having the coaches son hogging the limelight. I think not hearing about Tyler is a very good thing and smart on his part.

Jack Wilson 9 years, 9 months ago

Questions for the two games in France:

  1. Will Traylor play a bigger role? Traylor was billed as having a semester in the system and as likely rotation guy. Not seeming like that so far in this small sample, combined with the scrimmage news.

  2. Will Andrew White continue to be Joe Johnson-esq -- per BigManU? Sounds like the guy (and from the bits of video) is a legit impact player for 2012-13.

  3. Will we see offense aggressiveness from Releford? This team needs him to be a consistent offensive force.

  4. Can EJ shoot a combined 45% from 3? We know how he shot last season. He isn't afraid to shoot. But they need to go in at a good rate.

  5. What of Doyle and Adams? I take the 5th.

  6. Can Tharpe continue to be a consistent back-up point guard? Perhaps the best news so far is what appears to be his solid play.

  7. Will there be any deviation in the approach to playing time vs. Switzerland? My guess is the explanations yesterday on why Self won't bump up PT for the freshmen will rule the day.

  8. Will Peters continue to show that he might be a rotation guy this season? Now we have reason to be a bit optimistic here. Game situations against a good team. And producing.

  9. Will there be more evidence that KY might be a legit starter? I tend to think he'll be best off the bench, in a supportive role. But we'll see. Good stuff so far.

  10. Can McLemore play (despite the groin injury)? Why not .. if he's 80%, let him play. Lots of time to heal.

Jeeveshawk 9 years, 9 months ago

  1. Probably

  2. He may be inconsistant, but he could do well on one of the games.

  3. Maybe not, but come the actuall season he will shoot it more.

  4. No, he may be able to crack 40% on a good game.

  5. They will put in a few buckets, but they won't be key players for a couple of years.

  6. He will not be consistant but he will continue to do well.

  7. Self will continue to give everyone playing time.

  8. Peters should continue to have solid games.

  9. Kevin Young is fairly consistant and will continue to play well. If he starts depends on how Perry Ellis plays.

  10. He can play but he should have limitted minutes and he won't be able to play too well.

Tony Bandle 9 years, 9 months ago

  1. Warm apple pie ala mode

  2. Scorpions go mad in the heat and sting themsleves.

  3. Greco-Roman wrestling is gay.

  4. Numchucks to the groin.

  5. Calipari, Hitler and the Devil.

  6. A little cheese in your scrambled eggs makes them extra creamy.

  7. Watch the first hour of "Full Metal Jacket."

  8. Ellen Degeneres...would ya?

  9. KY is great for squeeky hinges.

10.Which hurts week..a knee to the privates or three straight hours of Bieber?

jayhawkinATL 9 years, 9 months ago

Sasha Kaun led Russia with 14 points in a losing effort in the semis.

thisis 9 years, 9 months ago

just saw the box score for Russia in the Olympics. Didn't realize Sasha Kaun was a starter. How come there hasn't been more coverage on here?

Alohahawk 9 years, 9 months ago

News about future Jayhawks: The roster of 24 listed today on for the Under Armour Elite (under 17) game includes Conner Frankamp and Brannen Greene. Roster also includes a number of recruits still undecided and which are considering KU.

Mentions that the dunk contest and game will be broadcast on ESPNU over August 24-25. I assume the game will be on the 25th?

Jack Wilson 9 years, 9 months ago

Thanks for the info. That 2013 class might be the one. A stud big (Lawrence or Shepherd), the point guard Self wants (Barber or Jackson) or maybe a surprise (Seldon or Freeman), and this will be a top 3 class, maybe the top class. I won't even suggest we'll get Randle or Parker. Greene is at #31 and Frankamp #28. Perfect spots. No early exit possibilities.

Big news recently is that our #2 point guard target behind Barber, Demetrius Jackson, is now at #18 in the updated the Scout rankings. He's at #70 in Rivals for some reason.

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