Honors: Kansas University seniors Nick Collison and Kirk Hinrich are among 30 preseason candidates for the Naismith College Basketball Player of the Year award, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Monday.
The two have already been named Wooden Award Preseason All-America candidates, Playboy Preseason All-Americans and to Dick Vitale's first-team Preseason All-America list.
Other players from the Big 12 on the list include Andre Emmett of Texas Tech, T.J. Ford of Texas and Hollis Price of Oklahoma. Some other prominent players on the list include Arizona's Jason Gardner and Luke Walton and Xavier's David West.
Minor injuries: Collison and Hinrich practiced on a limited basis Monday while feeling the effects of a pair of minor injuries.
Hinrich suffered a contusion on his left, non-shooting wrist at Sunday's practice when he fell after dunking in a scrimmage situation. The senior guard's wrist was sore on Monday.
X-rays and MRIs came back negative, meaning there were no broken bones. Hinrich had his hand wrapped at Monday's practice and will wear a splint a while to speed healing of the contusion. Power forward Collison strained both shoulders at practice Sunday, but like Hinrich practiced some Monday. Collison has had off and on left shoulder problems the past two years.
Bilas in town: ESPN's Jay Bilas and a camera crew were in town Monday to interview KU coach Roy Williams and film parts of practice for a segment called "Teachers of the Game" that will air during the season.
Bilas has already visited Oklahoma, Missouri and Michigan State practices and will head to Texas Tech, Maryland and Duke.
Recruit to pick Wednesday: Josh Boone, a 6-9 prep school forward from Mt. Airy, Md., will choose either KU, Virginia or UConn at a Wednesday press conference, analyst Dave Telep of theinsidershoops.com said Monday.