Archive for Wednesday, January 26, 2005

KU’s Robinson declines to play

January 26, 2005


— Freshman Russell Robinson was the only Kansas University basketball player in the 15-man traveling party not to log any minutes in Tuesday's 86-66 rout of Baylor at Ferrell Center.

It turns out it wasn't a coach's decision for Robinson not to enter a game for the first time in his college career, but player's decision.

"No, no, he's not in the doghouse. He chose not to go in the game there the last two minutes," KU coach Bill Self said of the freshman point guard, whose minutes have been cut with the emergence of junior Jeff Hawkins. "It's the reason I didn't play him."

Usually players enter when beckoned by coaches, so Self was asked if he had a problem with Robinson's decision to sit the last two minutes.

"No, it's not a problem," Self said. "I said, 'Russell, do you want to go in?' He said, 'Nah, coach.' I don't hold that against him. I said, 'You want to go in the last few minutes?' He said, 'Nah, coach, play the other guys.'''

Self stressed that the freshman from New York did not have an injury. He simply hasn't been one of the top five players on the perimeter the past three weeks.

Freshman C.J. Giles, who likely will miss at least another week because of a badly bruised right foot, didn't make the trip. Just 15 players can suit up, and Self said there was no reason to bring Giles since he couldn't play. KU has 18 players on the roster.

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