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Reed reminisces at camp

Sophomore guard sees opportunity for playing time

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self talks with campers. Self spoke at his second camp of the summer Tuesday in Horejsi Center.

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self talks with campers. Self spoke at his second camp of the summer Tuesday in Horejsi Center.

June 18, 2008

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Bill Self watches a show of hands after asking his campers if they thought KU had a good team this last season. Self answered questions from the campers and talked about what he looks for when he prepares to recruit a player Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at the Horejsi Center.

Bill Self watches a show of hands after asking his campers if they thought KU had a good team this last season. Self answered questions from the campers and talked about what he looks for when he prepares to recruit a player Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at the Horejsi Center.

It's easy for Kansas University sophomore Tyrel Reed to relate to the 1,000 or so youths in town for Bill Self's basketball camp.

Reed made the short trip from Burlington many times during his grade school and high school years.

"Probably six years - one when coach Self was here, the rest when coach (Roy) Williams was here," Reed said Tuesday.

"It's good for young kids, teaching them the game and having a good time. It's just a good camp," added Reed, who years ago never imagined he'd win a national championship at KU.

"I'm truly blessed to be in this position. Hopefully it just keeps getting better."

The 6-foot-3 Reed, who played sparingly his freshman season, is one of just four returning scholarship players from KU's national-title team.

Five seniors have departed as well as NBA-bound Darrell Arthur, Mario Chalmers and Brandon Rush.

Chalmers on Sunday made his departure official, indicating he would sign with an agent and remain in the June 26 draft.

"We all knew Mario had a good opportunity to pursue his career in the league. He's going to be a great player there," Reed said. "We've known we could be losing all those players. We've been prepared for it.

"I think there's always (playing) time available no matter who is here. I think it's who is playing well at the time. You just have to show people (coaches) who is the best. I think coach Self will determine that."

Self said Reed should consider himself a prime possibility for meaningful minutes during the 2008-09 season.

"He is getting better. He and Brady (Morningstar) have both gotten a lot better," Self said. "Cole (Aldrich) and Sherron (Collins) will be two of the better returning guys in the league. Tyrel and Brady will need to step up and be players for us. Both have that window of opportunity to step in and contribute. Nobody will out-work Tyrel, so I anticipate him being right in the mix."

Reed said incoming guards Tyrone Appleton (Midland College) and Tyshawn Taylor (St. Anthony High, New Jersey) had fared well in pick-up games.

"Tyshawn is very athletic. Tyrone is a great defender. I think they'll be fine," Reed said. "It'll be an adjustment like any player has, but with time, they'll be fine."

¢Little en route: Self is expecting the arrival of incoming guard/forward Mario Little today. Little, 6-foot-5 from Chipola Community College, completed his final course at the Florida school and likely will play in this afternoon's camp game between current and ex-Jayhawks. Self believes twins Marcus and Markieff Morris of Philadelphia will be in town within a couple weeks. Self does not expect the duo to have problems attaining collegiate eligibility.

¢Tickets to cost $55 apiece: A KU men's basketball ticket will cost $55 during the 2008-09 season, an increase of $10 per ticket from last season. Parking will be $346 total or $17.30 per game, compared to $15 a game last year. Parking prices are set by KU's parking department, not the athletic department.

"We have the premier basketball program in the country, and we want to keep it that way," KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony said, asked about the price increase. "Not only do we have a great basketball program, but we have many exciting things about to happen to Allen Fieldhouse and our facilities, and it's important for us to give our fans their money's worth. We think we've done that and will continue to do that."

¢Macneill leaving KU: Brandon Macneill, who has worked for KU's athletic department since October 2003, has accepted a job as senior associate AD at his alma mater, Tulane University.

Macneill has been KU's associate AD for administration since July 2004. He started as KU assistant AD for strategic planning in 2003.

"I think it is something he is ready for. He has been a terrific member of our staff. He's worked for me for almost five years. I've given him more responsibility than I've given any employee ever. He's handled it terrifically," Marchiony said.

¢Collins update: Sherron Collins, who is likely to appeal, currently is responsible for a $75,000 judgment in a civil suit. One is left to wonder how a college junior might come up with $75,000.

"How any student reacts to a judgment like this is based on what the final judgment is, how the decision is rendered. We are a long way from that. It is way premature to even discuss that," Marchiony said.

He was asked if students may take out loans to pay for such judgments.

"Any student can get a loan from someone through a normal process," Marchiony said. "It is way too early to project what might happen."

In some cases, the legal system can seize the property of individuals unable to pay large judgments.

Marchiony said the university can not pay Collins' legal fees. The athlete has to come up with any attorney fees on his own.

As to whether KU would work with Collins' legal representation, Marchiony said: "Again, it's up to his attorney, whether he or she wants to involve somebody from Kansas Athletics in this process."

¢Langford to Raptors camp: Former KU guard Keith Langford, who will play NBA summer league ball for Chicago and Denver in July, will attend free-agent camp of the Toronto Raptors this weekend.

¢NBA Draft bonanza: KU coach Self on Tuesday said he thought five Jayhawks would be selected in next week's NBA Draft. Rush, Chalmers and Arthur are said to be locks for Round One. He said Sasha Kaun and Darnell Jackson are likely second-round picks. He did not discount the possibility of Russell Robinson being selected by a team looking point guard from a winning background.

Comments

Woodstein 6 years, 1 month ago

KU has the greediest athletic program in the country. I've been a season ticket purchaser for football and basketball for the past 23 years, and I'm steamed over this latest slap in the face over ticket price increases. A 22 percent increase is not justified in this economic marketplace! Mr. Marchiony please take some of that extra cash earned on the interest collected from July to November after ticket holders pay for your 'premier' seats July 11 toward fixing the sound system for Sec 10, upper reaches of the Field House so we can hear you ask for more money during commercial timeouts.Not even North Carolina, Kentucky and UCLA come close to KU's ticket prices. For the cost of two season tickets and parking, I can purchase a great High-Def flat screen and watch KU basketball from my personal skybox at home, and not get my wallet soaked!This is gouging at its finest!

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TopJayhawk 6 years, 1 month ago

I find it hard to believe that KU tickets are more than UCLA where everything is more expensive. And I would say "don't look now." Because Kentucky isn't in the same class right now as KU is. I think we need some data to back up these outrageous claims. LOL...

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 1 month ago

""We have the premier basketball program in the country, and we want to keep it that way," KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony said, asked about the price increase."Translation-- Everyone in the Athletic Corporation is expecting a hefty pay increase, and the money has to come from somewhere. Soaking the fans is the best solution we could come up with.

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Eride 6 years, 1 month ago

If you don't want to pay it... don't. There are plenty of other people who are willing to and that is why there is nothing wrong with increasing the price of the tickets.

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MIke Mallory 6 years, 1 month ago

Hey Woodstein, just give the tickets back, you are not forced to buy them, or better yet, contact me and i will buy the season ticket package from you at full price.

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Woodstein 6 years, 1 month ago

Here are tickets prices for the top four all-time winning Div I mens' programs:Kentucky $33 2007-2008 seasonNorth Carolina $28 2007-2008 seasonKU $55 2008-2009 seasonDuke $54 2008-2009 season + $7,000 donation UCLA is Number 9 all-time and charged $41 a seat in 2007.As a consumer, I have every right of refusal to purchase tickets but in today's marketplace a 22 percent price increase is not justified. This is just pure greed and leveraging a national championship beyond reason. I can remember sitting in the Field House during the end of Ted Owens' reign and counting empty seats. For now, KU basketball is the cool place to be but if a dry spell of winning occurs, there will be empty seats.In all things marketing, up and down cycles are a given but never forget your loyal customers that helped support the brand.

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Bone777 6 years, 1 month ago

Boneheads, These ticket prices are outrageous. The team also makes tons off of sponsorships and television to name a few. Considering that there are no multi-million dollar player salaries to cover, these shouldn't be priced like pro tickets. As these ticket prices continue to rise, watch the atmosphere of Allen Field House die. The really rich will own all of the tickets, and will only come to the rivalry games, leaving lots of seats empty. If you don't believe it, watch any pro game and look at all the empty seats during a normal season game. When there is this much money involved, it's time to start paying the athletes (above the table).Also, about Kentucky not being in the same class, not so fast. Great programs ebb and flow. KU, most likely, is going to ebb this next year...

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