Blue squad comes from behind to top Red alums, 91-76, at Bill Self basketball camp


Here's a video of highlights from the scrimmage, taken by Jesse Newell:

And here are Nick Krug's photos of the action:

FINAL: Blue 91, Red 76

Thanks to a big second half, freshman forward Brannen Greene led all scorers with 21 points in the Blue's come-from-behind victory over the alums.

Tyshawn Taylor added 19 points and Sherron Collins 16 for the Red, while Perry Ellis chipped in 14, Landen Lucas and Conner Frankamp added 12 apiece and Jamari Traylor added 11 for the Blue squad.

Gary Bedore will have much more on the camp and the scrimmage in Thursday's Journal-World.

4:27 p.m. Update:

The shooting clinic continues as players in both colors of jerseys are knocking in three-pointers on both ends and Blue leads Red 71-69 with 3:20 remaining.

Perry Ellis also drilled a three and darn near everybody but some of the walk-ons have nailed three-pointers in this game today. Incredible to see the shooting display they're putting on. It's like San Antonio studs Danny Green and Gary Neal are in the building.

4:24 p.m. Update:

Brady Morningstar shows he can still play a little D, staying with Frank Mason on a drive to the hole and then swatting a lay-up attempt. Evan Manning and Tyler Self got the Free State connection going on a couple of three-pointers and the Blue squad has taken the lead, 64-62, after a three-point play by Frank Mason.

6:45 to play.

4:21 p.m. Update:

Just as one of our commenters asked whether Perry Ellis was playing, the sophomore forward connected on the finishing end of an alley-oop to pull the Blue within seven points. Tarik Black followed with a steal and dunk in transition and the current squad pulls to within five at 60-55, with 9:04 left.

Timeout Red.

4:19 p.m. Update:

Blue had pulled to within six on a Wayne Selden three but Taylor answered it on the other end and then got to the free throw line to put Red up double digits.

Red 60, Blue 49, 10:43 to play...

4:17 p.m. Update:

Tharpe three-pointer (his first) pulls Blue to within seven at 51-44 early 2nd half.

4:14 p.m. Update:

Second half under way. Blue ball.


Red alums lead Blue current players 43-39 at the break.

Here's a quick look at the first-half scoring leaders:

Conner Frankamp 12
Tarik Black 8
Jamari Traylor 7

Sherron Collins 8
Landen Lucas 8
Tyshawn Taylor 8

4:10 p.m. Update:

Even big man Joel Embiid got in on the fun, knocking down a three-pointer from the top of the key and then knocking on his head all the way back to the other end. (No idea why!)

Red leads Blue 43-39 late in the 1st half.

4:06 p.m. Update:

It's become a three-point contest here in the gym as Tyrel Reed just got in on the act and Conner Frankamp hit his third triple in limited minutes.

Impressive stroke.

Red leads Blue, 34-27 with 5 minutes to play in the 1st half.

4:04 p.m. Update:

Mario Little with a couple of threes for the Red squad and Landen Lucas has added a couple of easy dunks.

Red leads 31-24 with 6:00 left in the 1st.

Conner Frankamp hit his first two three-pointers — one from deep with Jeff Hawkins up on him — and Jamari Traylor also threw in a three-pointer and looked surprisingly good doing it.

4:01 p.m. Update:

Red has stormed back behind a three-pointer and a couple of sweet dishes from Taylor and now leads Blue 14-10 with 9:29 left in the first half.

First substitutions of the game have been made.

Frankamp, Garrett and Mason in for Blue and Little, Reed, Lucas and Hawkins in for Red.

3:58 p.m. Update:

Blue leads Red early, 8-5, and there have been a few noteworthy things early.

Naadir Tharpe looks bigger and is wearing No. 10 now (instead of No. 1). Wayne Selden wears No. 1 and he's got an incredible frame and some crazy athleticism.

Sherron looks to be in the best shape he's been in in a while and it shows in his game.

And, as advertised, Tarik Black takes up a lot of space and is tough for smaller bodies to handle.

It's also been pretty fun to watch Tharpe and Taylor guard each other... Former teammates who participated in an unofficial passing of the torch at the PG spot.

3:54 p.m. Update:

Warm-ups are finished and it's time to go. A few nice dunks from Traylor, Selden and Mason in the warm-up but the highlight was Tyshawn Taylor tossing the ball to the other end from beyond halfcourt and watching it bounce in off the floor from just inside the free throw line. The campers went nuts.

Here we go.

3:48 p.m. Update:

A copule of the current players went to join the Red squad to help out down low. Joel Embiid, Landon Lucas and Justin Wesley are playing for the Red. So, too, are Christian Garrett and Niko Roberts.

3:45 p.m. Update:

Self saved the newcomers for last and they all got pretty good ovations after Self called them "one of the best recruiting classes we've had here."

As for the returning guys, Jamari Traylor got by far the biggest cheer from the campers when Self introduced him.

About game time. Brady Morningstar has also joined the Red squad.

Tyshawn probably got the biggest cheer of all, which makes sense seeing how he's a current NBA guy. One more interesting note: Tyrel Reed is wearing the blue adidas camo game shorts that created such a stir last March.

9 minutes to tip.

3:41 p.m. Update:

Bill Self introducing his current players. Sherron Collins and Mario Little have since filed in. Current guys will wear Blue and the alums will wear Red. More to come...

3:37 p.m. Update:

Camp game is over and the current squad is now warming up. Haven't seen too many alums yet. Jeff Hawkins, Tyshawn Taylor and Tyrel Reed so far. We'll keep adding to the list as the players file in.

3:30 p.m. Update:

The camp counselors are currently putting it to the campers. Of course, they do have former KU women's player Carolyn Davis on the squad, so that helps.

3:23 p.m. Update:

Camp game still going on, but we just heard some more news of interest. Andrew White III will not play in today's scrimmage because of a sprained knee. Gary Bedore, the writer not the doctor, says he was told it's nothing serious but White will not play today.

Stay tuned...

3:09 p.m. Update

Just got word from KU that Andrew Wiggins will not be in attendance today. The wait continues, but he is working his way to town and is still expected to arrive sometime this week.

Coaches talking to the campers right now. Then there's a quick manager vs. campers game and then the main event.

Keep it right here.

Original post:

It's that time of year again, time for the annual Bill Self basketball camps to dominate Lawrence's hoops scene for a few weeks.

Every summer, Self, with the help of current and former Jayhawks, welcomes hundreds of young hoopers to town for several days of instruction, entertainment and, of course, autographs.

In addition to featuring the fundamentals of basketball and some of the ins and outs of the KU program, the camps often include some of the more entertaining alumni games in college basketball.

Today, sometime after 3 p.m., will be the first such game and its lineup figures to be as impressive as any we've seen in a while thanks to its proximity to the Rock Chalk Roundball Classic, which is set for 7 p.m. Thursday night at Free State High.

Each year that game, which, in the past, has included a ton of big names from KU history, treats fans to a fun night of good memories and laughable moments. With a lot of those guys being in town for that game tomorrow night, it ought to be interesting to see how many of them make it to today's camp game, which usually pits the current crew against the alums.

We'll be up there throughout the afternoon to keep you updated on who made it to camp and I'll also be doing a live blog of the camp scrimmage, while Gary Bedore tracks down past greats for interviews, Tom Keegan scours the room for column ideas and Jesse Newell shoots video highlights which he'll post on the site as soon as possible.

The latest reports from Twitter say that Andrew Wiggins, the top recruit in the class who recently chose KU over both Kentucky and North Carolina, is expected to be on campus sometime today. That word supposedly is coming from his father. But whether that means he'll be in town in time to be at camp or if he'll be able to play even if he is there in time, remains to be seen.

Be sure to check back around 3 p.m. for all the fun.


Matt Tait 9 years, 5 months ago

Not looking like it. Mario Little and Brady Morningstar are gonna have to battle inside.

Kip_McSmithers 9 years, 5 months ago

Any rumors to who'll be back for tomorrow nights game?

Jeff Coffman 9 years, 5 months ago

Wow...sounds exciting...all but that camo uniform part.

Matt Tait 9 years, 5 months ago

Yep. He looks good. Just isn't scoring much.

KU_alum_2001 9 years, 5 months ago

What about Greene? Haven't seen his name pop-up yet. He looks like he could be ridiculous for us.

kwsimpson23 9 years, 5 months ago

White is the one out with knee problems. Greene is playing and has hit a few threes

KU_alum_2001 9 years, 5 months ago

Uhhhhhmmmm... so I guess Greene wasn't out given he's the high scorer of the day. Matt, where were you on giving Greene props the whole game? Just giving you a hard time but I think he's set to be the true surprise on this team. Clearly Wiggins and Ellis are studs and clearly there's talent across the board but Greene is the guy that will surprise us all at the end of the year.

Kip_McSmithers 9 years, 5 months ago

Yea sorry about that. My mind thought White while my eyes read Greene.

Matt Tait 9 years, 5 months ago

The guy was a monster in the second half. He scored the majority of his points in a crazy 3-4 minute stretch. As I was doing one update on something that started it, he poured in a bunch of points and then someone else did something on the back end of it and I just breezed past it.

Not to worry, though, Gary talked to him after the scrimmage and he'll have much more about his big afternoon.

Jack Wilson 9 years, 5 months ago

Uh .. you do remember he's the football beat writer, right?

Adam Collins 9 years, 5 months ago

Any hypothetical guesses on what Wiggins would have scored?

chalmers2wright 9 years, 5 months ago

I love Sherron as much as the next Jayhawk...but I just watched the youtube video for the game and he didn't look like he was in very good shape. Granted the video only showed the highlights from the current team so I don't know how he played.

Preston Dwiggins 9 years, 5 months ago

I don't see how Jamari, Connor, Joel (considering Black starts) and Brannen are going to be kept off the court...I think we're going to see a lot of box scores with multiple double digit scoring from the bench.

milehighhawk 9 years, 5 months ago

Woe, a 2-point game with 3:30 left finishes as a 15-point margin. Wild

KEITHMILES05 9 years, 5 months ago

Never in my life have I seen this many 3 pointers put down. Crazy good.

Collins is fat but his handles, shooting, and ball handling are amazing. He had the entire crowd in ah as he shook defender after defender. He's good for 5-7 mins stretch but he's still got it.

Black is THE real deal. My goodness, he is a manchild. Selden, Greene, and Feldkamp are really good. Joel E. is learning but the game is too fast for him.

Puzzling more former players did not return. It seems each year there are less and less Roy players. Hopefully next week many more will be in attendance.

The new assistant coach wasn't there. Thought that odd.

Huge crowd!

Preston Dwiggins 9 years, 5 months ago

I have to disagree on the game being too fast for Embiid. You must not have watched him in the Jordan tournament or any others. It's Frankamp by the way. Take care.

mjlindsm 9 years, 5 months ago

I saw him in the Jordan game and the Nike Hoops Summit game; he looked like the game was too fast for him and it looked like he's only played basketball a couple years (makes sense).

I don't think he'll be a big contributor until his sophomore season.

Preston Dwiggins 9 years, 5 months ago

mjlindsm: If you saw those games, then you saw him throw Randle's stuff out of the gym a couple of times. ESPN has Embiid ranked #6 overall. I doubt the "pickup" game between the blue and red squad was too much for the 6th ranked player in the country. It wasn't the most serious...I mean, Jamari #31 was shooting 3's. Embiid will contribute plenty off the bench this year and who knows, he may take over at #5 late in the season. At any rate, he'll do just fine this year.

Jeff Kilgore 9 years, 5 months ago

I keep seeing this " too fast" comment made but it seems contrived. He blocked a number of shots made free throws, rebounded, and by the way these games are simply just fun, not played the way a more disciplined game will be played . When that happens, he'll get looks that no one even thinks about now. These games aren't for sharing the ball with big men.

Michael Luby 9 years, 5 months ago

Thanks Matt, for the updates. Keep 'em coming!

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