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Archive for Sunday, May 19, 1996

KU BASKETBALL NOTES

May 19, 1996

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Kansas' men's basketball players won't dress in cramped quarters next season. The Jayhawks will be moving into a bigger, remodeled locker room at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU's players will move down the hall from their current dressing area in the northwest corner of the fieldhouse, into the existing men's track locker room. The men's track athletes will move into the current basketball locker room.

Both rooms will undergo some renovation with a wall opened up in the old track locker room. This follows last year's renovation of the women's basketball locker room.

"The footprint is a mirror image," KU director of facilities Darren Cook said. "It's exactly the same square footage."

Also, the basketball coaches' locker room across the hall from the existing track locker room, will be remodeled a bit, Cook said.

The locker rooms are expected to be ready by mid-August.

"This is something they've really needed," Cook said. "The lcoker room is very cramped and difficult when they watch film and prepare for practice and games."

Hoop donors: KU's basketball players gave something back to the community on Friday. The Jayhawks' senior captains presented Big Brothers and Sisters officials with a check for $10,673.62 they earned from selling autographed basketballs.

The Jayhawks signed and sold 700 basketballs this past school year.

"We signed 500 one evening. We spread the guys out in the Fieldhouse and passed the balls around," KU assistant coach Joe Holladay said. "The 500 ran out so quickly we ordered 250 more and they were sold before they even arrived."

KU's players also did charity work for the Salvation Army, Special Olympics and held a clinic for youths last season.

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