Some of Kansas' basketball players have turned down starring roles in the annual Late Night With Roy Williams skit.
Patrick Richey is not one of them. He enjoys grabbing the microphone and entertaining Jayhawk fans.
"If you can't enjoy Late Night, there's something wrong with you. It's the only time you can act stupid and people will laugh," said Richey, a senior forward from Lee's Summit, Mo.
He has been one of the featured performers the past two years and figures to take on more than a bit part in Friday's players' skits, set to start about 11 p.m.
Doors for Late Night open at 10 p.m. Friday at Allen Fieldhouse, with the annual intrasquad scrimmage set to start at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.
"My freshman year, I danced next to Mark Randall. Somebody wrote that Randall could dance and I couldn't. I'm the best dancer on this team," Richey said, laughing.
"My sophomore year, I sang a song. I had no clue what the words were. Last year, I did the Dating Game. I was Patrick Eubanks (the host). I'm not a ham like Adonis Jordan. He loves to get in front of people. I do like to have a good time, but I don't like to draw too much attention to myself."
What's in store Friday?
"It's going to be equally distributed with all the players. Everybody will do something. If you want to know what it is, you'll have to come out," Richey said, laughing.
Late Night is more than comedy and dancing. It, of course, signals the start of basketball season.
"I'm sick of conditioning," Richey said. "And I'm excited about my senior season. We've got a chance to accomplish some pretty big goals. We'll try to win our fourth consecutive Big Eight championship. I like our team this year."
The Jayhawks open with Marathon AAU on Nov. 16 with the Preseason NIT to begin the next night.
"We've got to start getting ready for the games from day one," Richey said. "Friday we'll have fun. Saturday, it'll be all business. With a lot of new guys (four freshmen), there's not much time for them to learn the offense."
The freshmen are center Nick Proud, who has been cleared to practice this week following a long bout with mononucleosis; center Scot Pollard; forward B.J. Williams; and point guard Jacque Vaughn.