Wearing a stocking cap and Kansas University basketball sweat shirt, Jeff Hawkins held a sub sandwich, preparing to devour a post-game snack late Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
Hawkins, KUÃ¢ÂÂs red-shirt freshman guard, had a hearty appetite and wide smile on his face just 40 minutes after experiencing some scary chest pains in KUÃ¢ÂÂs 101-66 victory over Washburn.
Ã¢ÂÂBefore halftime I felt a chest pain and shortness of breath. In the second half, after I got in, my chest started hurting so I told coach to take me out,Ã¢ÂÂ said the red-shirt freshman guard, who scored eight points in eight minutes.
Ã¢ÂÂTheyÃ¢ÂÂre going to have me run on the treadmill in the morning. They gave me a little inhaler. IÃ¢ÂÂm all right.Ã¢ÂÂ
Especially after sinking a pair of three-pointers.
Ã¢ÂÂIt felt pretty good. I was more focused this time. I had confidence when the ball came to me,Ã¢ÂÂ said Hawkins, who air-balled his first three in an exhibition game against EA Sports.
Hawkins, who said he wasnÃ¢ÂÂt elbowed in the chest despite TV replays that looked like he was hit at one point, left the court early - with about 12 minutes left - to be checked by doctors in the locker room. His parents also went back to the locker room with Hawkins, who was fine afterward.
Ã¢ÂÂWe tried to be cautious and sent him down to the locker room. Now heÃ¢ÂÂs fine. HeÃ¢ÂÂs in the locker room laughing at Aaron missing a dunk,Ã¢ÂÂ KU coach Roy Williams said. Ã¢ÂÂI told him he must not be in shape. I told him weÃ¢ÂÂve got to run him harder in practice.Ã¢ÂÂ
Added sophomore Keith Langford, Ã¢ÂÂI donÃ¢ÂÂt know if heÃ¢ÂÂs out of shape or too tired. HeÃ¢ÂÂs fine.Ã¢ÂÂ
Langford, by the way, scored 11 of KUÃ¢ÂÂs first 13 points to start the second half. He finished with 15 points after changing shoes at halftime for good luck.
Ã¢ÂÂYeah, I changed shoes. I just wanted to assert myself. I saw the opportunity to take shots and score,Ã¢ÂÂ he said.
Earlier, heÃ¢ÂÂd helped the team by tightly guarding former Jayhawk John Crider, who was held to four points on 2-of-7 shooting.
Ã¢ÂÂI donÃ¢ÂÂt know his numbers. I donÃ¢ÂÂt know if he was tense or what. I just didnÃ¢ÂÂt want him to come in and bust me,Ã¢ÂÂ Langford said.
Williams was happy to see Crider. He hugged his former player during introductions as the crowd gave Crider a loud ovation.
Ã¢ÂÂHeÃ¢ÂÂs a great youngster and IÃ¢ÂÂm very happy for him,Ã¢ÂÂ Williams said. Ã¢ÂÂBob (Chipman) is going to have a good team. ItÃ¢ÂÂs a nice situation having five seniors who have been with him four years.Ã¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂ¢
Simien sits out game: Williams said Wayne Simien, who missed the game because of tendinitis in his right ankle, came over to the coachÃ¢ÂÂs house on Monday night Ã¢ÂÂlobbyingÃ¢ÂÂ to get to play in the exhibition.
Ã¢ÂÂItÃ¢ÂÂs just tendinitis in the ankle. WeÃ¢ÂÂre trying to be very careful,Ã¢ÂÂ Williams said. Ã¢ÂÂIf it had been the regular season he would have played. IÃ¢ÂÂd have played him if he felt good at the shootaround. WeÃ¢ÂÂll let him relax a little tomorrow and probably Thursday as well and see what happens Friday or Saturday.Ã¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂ¢
Dunk backfires: As mentioned, Miles missed a dunk on a breakaway in the second half.
Ã¢ÂÂWeÃ¢ÂÂre going to have an early practice tomorrow. Christian Moody will give Aaron some lessons on how to dunk,Ã¢ÂÂ Williams quipped.
Moody had a vicious dunk late in the game.
Walk-on Brett Olson, who has been cleared to play by the NCAA clearinghouse, entered late and scored the bucket that put KU over 100 points.Ã¢ÂÂ¢
Pierce talks up KU: Former Jayhawk Paul Pierce bragged about his alma mater to the Boston Globe this week.
He told media types he expects the Jayhawks to pound Holy Cross in next TuesdayÃ¢ÂÂs NIT opener.
Ã¢ÂÂTheyÃ¢ÂÂre going to wish they were at chapel,Ã¢ÂÂ Pierce said of the Crusaders. Ã¢ÂÂTheyÃ¢ÂÂre going to be there and like, Ã¢ÂÂ'So this is what college is like?Ã¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂ¢
Adonis headed to Italy: Former KU player Adonis Jordan, who said he landed a job playing for a pro team in Italy, was impressed with Pittsburgh guards Brandin Knight, Julius Page and Carl Krauser in last SaturdayÃ¢ÂÂs 84-66 loss at Pitt.
Ã¢ÂÂActually, it kind of reminded me of Rex Walters and Steve Woodberry,Ã¢ÂÂ Jordan, who is playing for the EA Sports East All-Stars, said of PittÃ¢ÂÂs backcourt. Ã¢ÂÂWe were like that back at Kansas. ItÃ¢ÂÂs very impressive.Ã¢ÂÂ
Asked who would win a KU-Pitt matchup, Jordan said: Ã¢ÂÂIÃ¢ÂÂd like to see that game.Ã¢ÂÂ
KU beat the All-Stars, 111-94, last week.