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Manning on Stevenson/camp notes

June 21, 2001

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"It's just disappointing to hear these allegations. I don't know the situation. I don't know what happened," former Kansas University All-American Manning said Wednesday at Roy Williams' basketball camp.

"It's just disappointing to hear negative allegations."

Manning, of course, realizes that Stevenson -- who signed a letter-of-intent with Kansas but did not honor it, heading straight to the NBA last year -- is innocent until proven guilty.

Manning was asked if these charges are totally out of character for the Stevenson he knows.

"As far as the guy I know, yes," Manning said, noting earlier this week he thought Stevenson was a "good guy."

Williams had no comment on the matter.

Manning, 35, scored 12 points as a team of ex-Jayhawks beat the current Jayhawks, 80-69, before several hundred campers at Horejsi Center.

Steve Woodberry scored 25 points, while Lester Earl had 16 points and eight boards for the winners.

Kirk Hinrich scored 20 points, while Drew Gooden had 13 for the KU team. Newcomers Michael Lee, Keith Langford and Aaron Miles each scored a bucket -- Lee's was a three-pointer. Miles had three steals.

"We had a secret weapon in Danny Manning," ex-Jayhawk Rex Walters said after scoring nine points for the winners. "Danny is really playing well. Steve got hot and we were able to win. We tried to teach 'em a few things," he joked.

Walters, 31, who played for the Kansas City Knights last season, guarded rookie point guard Miles at times.

"Miles will be very good," Walters said. "He is really young and really green right now. He'll have great competition every day going against Kirk Hinrich and (Jeff) Hawkins.

"Right now he's learning. When I was a freshman, I went to Northwestern and played 32 minutes a game. I think, obviously, he's a little better than I was coming out of high school. Like everybody, give him some time and he'll be very good."

Walters, who now lives in Lenexa, said he wants to keep playing. He played in just 13 games for the Knights because of injury woes.

"Possibly," he said of staying with the ABA team. "Right now the money is not exactly what we want, but the fact it's Kansas City and playing for Kevin (Pritchard) is a big plus. Kevin was fun to play for. He kept that team together all year."

Langford, a 6-foot-4 freshman from Crowley, Texas, thrilled the Williams campers with some remarkable dunks in warmups. It's obvious he will be picking up where Kenny Gregory left off in terms of being the squad's highlight film dunker.

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