Sunday, September 20, 2015

Self kicks off Kansas’ Boot Camp


Bill Self’s 13th basketball Boot Camp at Kansas University is off to a rousing start.

“The first day was good. I was very pleased, and it was not an easy day for them, but they all got through it and stuck together,” KU coach Self said after a Sunday afternoon session in KU’s practice facility.

Boot Camp continues at 6 this morning and runs every morning for an hour to 90 minutes, at least until Friday.

“Obviously, we didn’t have our full complement of guys because Brannen Greene ... he was out there, but not quite full speed (following offseason hip surgery), although he did well,” Self said. “Wayne Selden tweaked his ankle, so he wasn’t out there but hopefully he’ll be back out there later this week, and of course Cheick,” he added of Cheick Diallo, who has not yet been deemed eligible for his freshman season by the NCAA.

Of freshman forward Diallo’s situation, Self said:“I’m not going to comment on it again. He’s being held out until his situation is resolved.”

Greene, who had surgery in April, is “doing some things (basketball related),” Self said, “but we’re not letting him go full speed up and down yet.”

As far as the goals for Boot Camp 2015, Self said Sunday: “Same as always: get them in shape, ready to practice, also develop some mental toughness and bond together. I think some leaders can be born and found during Boot Camp. Certainly we are off to a good start in that regard.”

Recruiting: KU targets Mitch Lightfoot (6-foot-8 forward, Gilbert, Arizona High) and Udoka Azubuike (6-11 forward, Potter’s House Christian, Jacksonville, Florida) completed their official recruiting visits to KU Sunday. Lightfoot told he was impressed with KU’s new McCarthy Hall dorm for the players, as well as the atmosphere at KU’s volleyball game on Saturday night. He will visit Arizona on Oct. 10 and St. John’s Oct. 2.

Asked when the players will move from Naismith Hall into the new apartment hall, Self said Sunday: “We are hopeful the first week in October. There’s a lot of stuff that needs to be done, but the guys (construction workers) are working hard. We’re hopeful we’ll be in it in two weeks.”


Jay Hawk 7 years, 2 months ago

Perhaps this has been the case in previous years when we've been sweating out eligibility issues - and I'm too lazy to research it - but the fact that Cheick is not participating in Boot Camp jumped off the page and makes me really nervous.

Isn't this just glorified conditioning . . . not something officially basketball?

Suzi Marshall 7 years, 2 months ago

That was my take away as well. The Wilson situation a couple of weeks ago gave us some hope but now it's dragging out causing a pessimism creep.

Last week, I walked through the dorms and it looked more like a Christmas break move-in. They still have plenty of building to do not to mention finishing off the rooms. Self must be anticipating the crews will accelerate completion of a few player rooms allowing limited move-ins while construction and interior design continues.

Dirk Medema 7 years, 2 months ago

I'm recalling this being the case in past eligibility situations (Brandon, Ben, ...).

I'm not certain to what extent Diallo has been able to participate in the 1-1 stuff, but the fact that this is an entire team activity would still seem to make it different. Hopefully, he was at least in the house to show support/camaraderie. Glad that conditioning isn't seen as a concern, tho there is almost always a difference between what athletes and Coach considers well conditioned/tough enough.

Mick Allen 7 years, 2 months ago

Can the sister in law play the 5 position? Sorry thought this was a sports column.

Dirk Medema 7 years, 2 months ago

Referencing deleted spam post from Evie.

Dirk Medema 7 years, 2 months ago

Gary, Matt, TK - Glad to hear that Greene is out there participating, even if not full speed. Any word on how Green is progressing? When he's expected to be full speed?

Mick Allen 7 years, 2 months ago

Thank you Dirk for explaining my earlier post to another poster who works at home only a few hours a week and makes millions. I see one of these posts daily on KU Sports.

Bryce Landon 7 years, 2 months ago

I see them all the time on the page for Scott Adams' "Dilbert" strip.

Brett McCabe 7 years, 2 months ago

Wondering if this might be a blessing in disguise for Greene. He's had a few maturity issues, and an experience like this can sometimes bring a sense of humility and appreciation to a player.

I would never wish an injury on any kid, but sometimes good things come from bad.

Bryce Landon 7 years, 2 months ago

Hope this year's Boot Camp is tougher than the last two. The last two teams KU has fielded weren't very tough, perhaps due to less strenuous Boot Camps.

Dirk Medema 7 years, 2 months ago

In the past, Boot Camp started at 6 am and ran for 2 weeks (usually), but from Frank's comments sounds because of the Korea trip/conditioning, Coach Self is only making them start at 7 and go for 1 week.

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