Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Men’s basketball notebook: Self says he’s not leaning toward red-shirts

Kansas guard Conner Frankamp knocks the ball away from Fort Hays State guard Craig Nicholson during the second half of an exhibition game on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013.

Kansas guard Conner Frankamp knocks the ball away from Fort Hays State guard Craig Nicholson during the second half of an exhibition game on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013.


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Frank Mason, Perry Ellis and Jamari Traylor react to KU's win over Fort Hays State

Frank Mason, Perry Ellis and Jamari Traylor react to KU's win over Fort Hays State

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KU men's basketball coach Bill Self says team needs to turn up the energy more

Following Tuesday's 92-75 exhibition victory over Fort Hays State, KU men's basketball coach Bill Self said his team needs to turn up the energy more and he expects it will during Friday's regular season opener.

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Things could change in the next couple days, but as of 10:30 p.m., Tuesday, there were no plans to red-shirt any of Kansas University’s basketball players during the 2013-14 season.

“I wouldn’t write anything thinking we will because right now we’re leaning towards not (red-shirting anybody),” KU coach Bill Self said after a 92-75 victory over Fort Hays State.

“I don’t know if we’ll red-shirt anybody. I think everybody could help us win a game that we would consider red-shirting or help us win multiple games,” he noted after watching freshmen Conner Frankamp and Brannen Greene account for four of the Jayhawks’ five threes versus the Tigers.

“With freshmen, it’s hard to say for sure with the guys I’d consider because (soph) Andrew White is ahead (of them) but you don’t know where potential is when they ‘get it’ and that kind of stuff.

“Conner and Brannen can both make shots. We can’t red-shirt Landen (Lucas) because he red-shirted last year.”

Self did note that there would be some “serious talks” in the next couple days heading into Friday’s 7 p.m. opener against Louisiana-Monroe.

Self didn’t envision sitting a player a few games out of the gate just in case he’d decide to go the red-shirt route down the line with a player. Once a player enters a game, he cannot red-shirt.

“Conner will probably be our backup point guard the first game,” he said of Frankamp, who will likely back Frank Mason. Naadir Tharpe is suspended for the opener for playing in a pro-am summer league game in Chicago.

“If we’re going to do it, we’ll do it regardless of what the situation is. If I think I’m going to play them, then we’re going to play ‘em.”

He did say he’s planning on cutting the rotation to a workable number. On Tuesday, 12 players played seven or more minutes.

“I do think we’ll look a lot better when we play less guys,” Self said. “To me, it’s hard to play that many guys and share minutes. That’s what I told our guys after the game. The days of equal opportunity ... they are done. There are some guys who will play 30, 32 minutes a game now.”

Milestone possible Friday: KU is shooting for its 700th victory in Allen Fieldhouse on Friday. The Jayhawks are 699-108 in Allen.

Wiggins on list: KU’s Andrew Wiggins is one of 15 players on the watch list for the U.S. Basketball Writers Association's Oscar Robertson Trophy, which goes to the national player of the year. It will be presented on April 14, 2014 in Oklahoma City.

Others on the list: Jahii Carson, Arizona State; Aaron Craft, Ohio State; C.J. Fair, Syracuse; Aaron Gordon, Arizona; Gary Harris, Michigan State; Joe Harris, Virginia; Doug McDermott, Creighton; Mitch McGary, Michigan; Shabazz Napier, UConn; Jabari Parker, Duke; Adreian Payne, Michigan State; Julius Randle, Kentucky; Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State and Russ Smith, Louisville.

Cliff to visit this weekend: Cliff Alexander, a 6-9 senior forward from Chicago’s Curie High who is rated No. 4 nationally by, will be on KU’s campus this weekend on an unofficial visit. Alexander will choose either KU, Illinois, DePaul or Memphis on Nov. 15 on ESPNU.

“Yes, he’s going to watch his girlfriend play (Caelynn Manning-Allen on KU women’s team on Sunday),” Latillia Alexander, Cliff’s mom, told and

One recruiting analyst said Monday that the 6-foot-9 Alexander would choose between local schools DePaul and Illinois, but his mother said that wasn’t the case.

“No, not at all. They don’t know what they’re talking about,” she told

Peters cleared: Former KU forward Zach Peters has been cleared to play full-contact 5 on 5 basketball by the University of Arizona’s medical staff, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

Peters had been held out of full contact because of five concussions he suffered in 2011 and 2012. Zach’s father, Tim, told the Daily Star that Zach proved to be in the “99th percentile” in reflex tests taken recently, having already met standards for memory and cognition.

Peters first suffered a concussion at a LeBron James camp during the summer of 2011, then another while playing high school football at Prestonwood Christian Academy during the fall of 2011 in Plano, Texas. He suffered a concussion shortly after arriving a KU in June 2012. Peters suffered a concussion in September and took another shot to the head in the fall while wearing a protective helmet.


Erich Hartmann 8 years, 6 months ago

1st team: Black, Ellis, Wiggins, Selden, Tharpe.

2nd team no slouch either: Embiid, Traylor, WhiteIII, Greene, Mason.

Frankamp, Lucas, Wesley can all give spot minutes...

Brandon Mahon 8 years, 6 months ago

I dont think Wesley will see much time, and the way lucas looked last night unless we have foul trouble idk how much he will play either

Dennis Kalivoda 8 years, 6 months ago

I will be ready to see the team play on TV so to get an idea of what the different players can do.

Tony Bandle 8 years, 6 months ago

I'm going to go out on a limb and, sight unseen, I predict this team will "clean Duke's clock'".

I also agree with the article, keep everybody active and go DDEEEEPPP into the rotation with waves of fresh bodies coming at our opponents. We will be fresher thus fully utilizing our superior athleticism to the max!!

I had a dream that Kansas 39-0 was playing Kentucky also 39-0 for the championship and Wiggins wins it on a last second alley-oop stuff...and the next day the NCAA reveals a UK investigation and UK has to forfeit every victory from the last four years!!!

Suzi Marshall 8 years, 6 months ago

I've had that same dream Oak! Both Kansas and KY meeting in the NC Finals. However, my twist on the matchup is that Kansas cleans KY's clock with all our players peaking at once.

Eliott Reeder 8 years, 6 months ago

So does anyone think it is possible that Self let's these guys founder a bit against Duke? Just let them get their butts handed to them in order to show them how much they need to learn... how far they have to go.. see what they're made of... etc. I know there are some theorists around here that have pointed to early games in the past where Self just seemed to let them struggle mightily as a teaching tool. On the other hand, Self is very competitive, and he doesn't get a chance to go up against the best of the best coaches very often. When was the last time a Self-coached team played against Coach K?

Eliott Reeder 8 years, 6 months ago

Wait, that was just a couple of years ago in Maui, 68-61 loss: “Everything was perfect ... just the wrong team won,” KU coach Bill Self said, forcing a smile after his team fell to 3-2 overall.

Tony Bandle 8 years, 6 months ago

Losing in Hawaii is better than winning in Waco, because, when it is all said and're in Hawaii!!!!

Michael Pannacciulli 8 years, 6 months ago anyoje more condussion prone than Peters? Is that even remoteky normal?

This team did not look great last night. Wiggins has either a lobg way to go or just really is a YouTube sensation thay is hilariously over hyped. Prove me wrongm. If this was the NBA he would be riding the pine. I am mainly concerened with his effort and his deer-in-the-headlights reactions.

Who am I to judge. The kid is bound to make millions. However...he did not look like a D-League starter last night, and the pace of the entire team and energy were affected by his effort mainly inbthe first half.

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