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Gary Bedore’s KU Basketball Notebook

June 6, 2008

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Long gone

Darrell Arthur, who at last week's NBA pre-draft camp indicated he had played his last game at KU, confirmed his decision to stay in the NBA Draft to coach Bill Self on this week's trip to Washington, D.C.

"We've known all along this would be the case. He didn't want to do anything (with regard to hiring an agent) in case of injury," Self said. "He's definitely going (to NBA)."

The 6-foot-9 Dallas native worked out for the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday. He'll be in Charlotte today and Denver on Saturday.

Chalmers in Phoenix

Mario Chalmers, who has entered his name in the draft but has not yet signed with an agent, will work out for the Phoenix Suns today and Denver Nuggets Sunday.

Chalmers, who is expected to remain in the draft, has until June 16 to withdraw his name if he wants to play a final season at KU.

"Mock draft projections for Chalmers fluctuate between the late-first and early-second round, but one player-personnel director said this week that his team's board had Chalmers ahead of Ty Lawson (North Carolina), and solidly into the first round," SI.com's Luke Winn said.

Rush in Toronto

KU's Brandon Rush, who worked out for the Orlando Magic on Wednesday, had an individual workout with the Toronto Raptors on Thursday. He'll be in New Jersey today.

He made it to the Toronto workout in time despite some travel problems caused by stormy weather in Florida.

"You've got to bring your best every time you step on the court," Rush said in an interview on the Raptors' Web site.

"My knee (repaired last spring with ACL surgery) is doing great. "They (teams) bring me in early. They X-ray it, pull on it. Every time it happens they say, 'Perfect.' I get it everyplace I go."

Mock draft

Draftexpress.com, which is considered by many the best draft Web site, updated its projections on Thursday.

Rush, according to the site, will be tapped No. 15 overall by Phoenix and Arthur No. 16 by Philadelphia. Chalmers will be tapped seventh in the second round by Milwaukee and Sasha Kaun 23rd in the second round by Utah.

Boogie fever

Tickets remain for Bill Self's basketball boogie, set for Saturday night at Kansas Speedway. About 1,200 fans are expected to attend.

Fans will be able to pose with the national-title trophy. There will be both live and silent auctions and free-throw contests involving Self and KU players past and present. Music will be provided by Sawyer Brown as well as Disco Dick and the Mirror Balls.

There also will be a disco-dancing contest late in the evening with Self and his wife, Cindy, expected to be decked in disco attire.

It should be noted there will not be a celebrity basketball game in Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday. The game instead will be held at a later date as a separate Assists Foundation fundraiser.

For information on Saturday's events go to basketballboogie.org.

Elite camp

Self will hold a two-day Elite Camp for top high school prospects today and Saturday. It will be closed to the public and media. Xavier Henry, the No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2009, is expected to attend, as well as No. 29 Elijah Johnson and No. 121 Stephan Van Treese plus unrated Jeff Reid of Topeka Hayden and Dorian Green of Lawrence High. Royce Woolridge, a 6-1 junior-to-be from Sunnyslope High in Phoenix, who has orally committed to KU, also will attend.

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