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Arthur soars at scrimmage

June 15, 2006

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Darrell Arthur caught a pair of well-timed alley-oop passes and slammed the basketball through the Horejsi Center goal with force.

Arthur, Kansas University's highly acclaimed freshman forward from Dallas, also swished a 15-foot jump shot from the corner, an 18-footer from the side and a breakaway layup off his own steal, highlighting the Jayhawks' intrasquad scrimmage Wednesday.

"I was kind of excited to get out there in front of the kids and give them a show - give them what they want to see," Arthur said after his Blue team lost to the Red squad, 61-58. The Bill Self basketball camp game was decided by the first team to score 60 points.

"They expect me to go out there and dunk," Arthur added of the 700 campers and 300 parents and fans.

Arthur finished with 14 points off 7-of-9 shooting with five rebounds, his frontcourt teammate Sasha Kaun tallying an identical 14 off 7-of-11 shooting.

Brandon Rush scored 20 points off 8-of-11 shooting, including four of four threes, to lead the Red team, which won on a Darnell Jackson alley-oop slam off a feed from Russell Robinson.

Players watch as Kansas University newcomer Darrell Arthur throws down a dunk during a scrimmage. The players squared off Wednesday at Horejsi Center.

Players watch as Kansas University newcomer Darrell Arthur throws down a dunk during a scrimmage. The players squared off Wednesday at Horejsi Center.

"I was feeling good. I was in the zone for a minute. I guess I was feeling it," Arthur said. "My teammates told me to keep shooting, so I did. I was getting the dunks in transition."

Arthur's performance impressed sophomore Mario Chalmers, who scored just four points but had a batch of assists, including two lobs to Arthur.

"The new guys did excellent. Shady (Arthur's nickname) came in and hit a couple of big shots. He's just trying to get within the flow, trying to figure out how we play," Chalmers said. "He's got a good shot from the outside. I figure we're going to need that."

Freshman Brady Morningstar converted two of three shots - a driving layup and 15-foot jumper. Frosh guard Sherron Collins did not play. He returned to his hometown of Chicago on Wednesday to tend to a family matter and will return to Lawrence on Sunday.

Matt Kleinmann, who had a test on campus, also did not play. Neither did C.J. Giles, out three weeks with torn ligaments in his right thumb.

The Jayhawks played hard, evidenced by Julian Wright grabbing 11 rebounds to go with eight points, and Jackson clicking for 16 points and several boards.

"We are out there trying to get better. We got a nice sweat going today," Robinson said. "We try to be competitive in everything we do and the way it ended like that (on the lob to Jackson) was pretty good.

"It's a big deal, 'cause Mario is going to hear about it in the locker room for losing," Robinson added with a laugh. "It's one way we push each other and try to get better."

"The best team won today," Chalmers responded. "It's going to be a big game for us next week because it's going to be our first time playing together. We're just going to go out there and see how we fare up against the NBA players."

Ex-Jayhawks such as Scot Pollard, Billy Thomas and Greg Ostertag normally show for the second session of Self's camp and the Wednesday scrimmage.

¢ Ticket price update: KU has raised ticket prices $5 a game ($45 per ticket) for next basketball season, the first ticket price increase in three seasons. Total cost for a season ticket will be $945 for 21 home games. The past two seasons it was $760 for 19 home games. There also is a $45 handling fee for tickets.

"We did have a lot of discussion about it," KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony said. "We felt it was appropriate based on the fact it had not increased in either of the past two seasons. With the team we are going to have and the schedule we'll have we think our fans will certainly get their money's worth."

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