Archive for Thursday, May 31, 2007

Gary Bedore’s KU athletics notebook

May 31, 2007


As reported Wednesday, KU's medical team will perform the right ACL surgery on Brandon Rush.

The member of the team who has performed knee surgeries in the past (including the school's all-time sixth-leading scorer Keith Langford) is Jeff Randall, who is expected to perform the surgery on Rush. There has been no official confirmation from KU he'll perform the surgery, however.

KU head team physician Larry Magee explained KU's stance: "The policy of our sports medicine people is we do not talk to the media about surgery of student-athletes," Magee said. "I cannot release that information," he added of the specific doctor.

KU coach Bill Self said it was a slam-dunk decision to have a KU team doctor perform the surgery in Lawrence.

"We've got the best (in the country) right here with us. Brandon feels the same way," Self said in praising KU's medical team.

¢Big 12 watch: Oklahoma State's JamesOn Curry was reportedly not invited to attend the pre-draft camp, meaning it's likely the senior-to-be will return to the Stillwater, Okla., school for his senior season.

Meanwhile, Texas A&M; senior-to-be Joseph Jones is at the camp. He has not yet hired an agent and could return to school. reports Jones told new coach Mark Turgeon "that he wants to follow his dream but said if it doesn't work out, he'll come back and 'have a great season.' Jones said he needs to hear from teams that he has improved and is projected high enough (he declined to say if that meant first or second round)."

¢KU's Scott honored: KU freshman pole vaulter Jordan Scott and Baylor sprinter LeJerald Betters have been named Big 12 Outdoor track and field co-freshmen of the year.

Watkinsville, Ga., native Scott is the first Big 12 athlete to win both indoor and outdoor freshman of the year since Texas' Leonel Manzano in 2005. Scott was named the Big 12 Indoor Freshman of the Year after clearing 17-51â2 to win the pole-vault title at the league indoor.

Betters ran 45.33 in the 400 at the league outdoor in Lincoln, Neb. Scott tied a Big 12 meet record by clearing 18-21â2 to win the league vault.

"I am honored to receive the award," said Scott. "My performance this year has been nothing short of a dream come true and a testament to the hard work I have put in since September. I want to especially thank my coach, Tom Hays, my pole vaulting group and my family for all their support throughout the season. They have been instrumental in my development."

Scott also won the 2007 Midwest Region pole vault title at last weekend's NCAA Midwest Regionals in Des Moines with a leap of 17-5. He ranks second in the country in the pole vault entering the NCAA Outdoor June 6-9 in Sacramento, Calif.


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