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Archive for Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook

October 21, 2008

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Tyshawn Taylor knows the tradition #15 holds

It's a number that will always be connected with Mario Chalmers' miracle shot in the National Championship. But this season the torch and the number 15 will be passed to freshman Tyshawn Taylor. Enlarge video

Welcome back

Barbara Adkins, mother of Kansas University recruiting target Xavier Henry, played for KU's women's team from 1982 to '85. She enjoyed her weekend in Lawrence, when Henry visited for Late Night in the Phog.

"It was great. I actually had never been to Late Night," she said, indicating her son also, "thinks it (Late Night) was great."

Snaer ponders final five

Elvert "Kool-Aid" Perry, the AAU coach of No. 11-rated player Michael Snaer, tells Rivals.com Snaer will take the next week to think about his five finalists - KU, Marquette, Missouri, UCLA and Florida State. If he can't decide after a week or so, he still may visit Cal, Stanford and/or Memphis unofficially. Snaer is looking for significant playing time as a freshman.

Stephenson denies charges

Lance Stephenson, the country's No. 9-rated prospect, has denied allegations that he groped a female student at Brooklyn's Lincoln High earlier this month, the New York Daily News reports.

Stephenson was charged with a Class B misdemeanor. His attorney told the Daily News Stephenson turned himself in to police on Friday and was released on his own recognizance after appearing in court Saturday.

Stephenson, who is said to be favoring St. John's, also has KU, Memphis, Southern California and UCLA on his list. He had said he wanted to visit KU's Late Night in the Phog, but remained in New York to play in the is8 tournament, in which he scored 30 points in a semifinal victory and 22 in a title game loss.

He will sign with a college during the April signing period or possibly play in Europe a year before heading to the NBA.

Practice update

KU junior Mario Little, who was bothered by a stress fracture in his lower left leg during KU's Labor Day weekend trip to Canada, is not being rushed back into action. He's taken part in two-thirds of live drills at KU's first three practices, KU coach Bill Self says. ... Tyrone Appleton continues to receive treatment on his hip-flexor injury and has not taken part in live drills.

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