Archive for Thursday, August 21, 2008

KU’s Releford eligible; twins waiting on clearance

Self says Collins a month behind in conditioning

On Thursday, one of the three missing pieces for the Kansas basketball team has been filled.

August 21, 2008, 8:03 p.m. Updated August 21, 2008, 9:10 p.m.


Kansas University freshman basketball player Travis Releford has been deemed academically eligible by the NCAA Clearinghouse, KU coach Bill Self said Thursday.

Freshmen Marcus and Markieff Morris, however, were not cleared Thursday, thus they did not participate in a 5:30 p.m. practice, KU's first workout in preparation for a three-game, Labor Day weekend trip to Canada.

Self said there was no way the twins would practice in Friday's 6:45 a.m. session, but he remained hopeful they'd be cleared in time for an afternoon practice.

"We didn't hear anything today so I'd assume it's day to day (in hearing from the Clearinghouse)," Self said. He reiterated that he believed the twins would be deemed eligible in the near future.

Also, junior Sherron Collins did not practice.

Self said Collins, who had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee April 22, did not report back to school in good physical condition following a three-week trip home to Chicago and was not close to being ready to practice with the team.

"Sherron will not practice for a while," Self said. "His conditioning isn't such where he can do that. I'd be surprised if he's able to do much at all this period (nine days of practice leading up to trip to Canada).

"He is a month behind where I thought he'd be at this stage," Self added. "He is not at the point where he is close to practicing."

Self did not completely rule out Collins playing in the three games in Canada.

"Unless he makes a great recovery and our training staff and doctors feel comfortable putting him out there, he won't play," Self said.

He did not hide his displeasure with Collins in his meeting with the media after Thursday's two-hour, 20-minute practice.

"He is just in bad shape. He reported back in bad shape," Self said. "He didn't report back in condition. You can't take four months off (during required rehab) and just start practicing. It's a gradual process the doctors said he has to go through. Based on conditioning he's not to that point. Based on his conditioning, he cannot practice. I don't know when he can, hopefully in the next week or so. I am not banking on it."

Self said Collins was cleared to begin conditioning three to four weeks ago. At that time, Collins elected to return home instead of remaining in Lawrence. Apparently, he didn't do much working out back in Chicago.

"I'm not throwing him under the bus because he's had a rough three to four months. It's not his fault he had surgery," Self said. "I expect more (out of him). A lot more."

He questioned whether Collins can be the team leader this season.

"I don't know if he can be that. I'd like him to become that," Self said, "but based on him not reporting back in shape, it doesn't go very far in him becoming that with me. That's the way I see it."

Self said, "I don't know," when asked how much Collins weighed. "Not 195," he added, referring to last year's listed weight for the 5-foot-11 point guard.


nobody1793 9 years, 6 months ago

Wow. You'd think Collins would have learned something from seeing how hard Rush worked in rehab...

pimp11 9 years, 6 months ago

Sounds like a rough start for the defending champs. Will hurt a ton if the twins dont get thier sh!t together and cleared.

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