Archive for Tuesday, August 11, 2009

KU’s Self eager to begin 2009-2010 campaign

KU men's head coach Bill Self addresses a packed Allen Fieldhouse on Friday, Oct. 17, 2008 during Late Night in the Phog.

KU men's head coach Bill Self addresses a packed Allen Fieldhouse on Friday, Oct. 17, 2008 during Late Night in the Phog.

August 11, 2009


Bill Self, who spent most of the month of July on the recruiting trail, is refreshed and ready for the 2009-10 school year to begin.

“We’ve not hit it too hard since recruiting’s been over. We’ve had a chance to do a couple fun things,” Self, Kansas University’s seventh-year basketball coach, said Monday. “But summer’s officially over now. It’s time to get busy.”

Self didn’t say where he and his family vacationed in early August and can’t say much about his July recruiting trips to Las Vegas, Orlando, Fla., and other sites of AAU tournaments.

Remember, he’s not allowed to discuss specific prospects in accordance with NCAA rules.

“I don’t know how we’re doing. We’ve got one commitment. We could get as many as three more. We want a tall guard, a big and then a point would be our immediate needs,” Self said.

KU in May of 2008 received an oral commitment from Royce Woolridge, a 6-foot-3 senior from Phoenix’s Sunnyslope High. The Jayhawks will have between two to four scholarships to award to players in the Class of 2010.

KU loses seniors Sherron Collins and Mario Little, with Cole Aldrich expected to leave for the NBA after his junior year and Xavier Henry to do the same after one season.

All the Jayhawks — including Xavier and C.J. Henry, who did not attend summer school — likely will be on campus Monday as the Jayhawks begin arriving for the start of first-semester classes on Aug. 20.

“They (Henrys) came up last week to get C.J. situated in his apartment,” Self said.

C.J. will live off campus, Xavier in Jayhawker Towers.

“I encouraged him to live off campus. He’s 23 years old and been living on his own for years. At 23 years old, I don’t have an issue with that at all,” Self said of C.J., who played minor-league baseball for the Yankees for three seasons.

Self said the Henrys have been working out hard on their own in Oklahoma City. He said 6-6 Xavier weighs “in the vicinity of 220 pounds” and 6-3 C.J. around 208.

“They have had their own trainer working with them in the gym,” Self said. “They’ve been doing two-a-days most days and should report in very good condition based on what I’ve been told. They work on conditioning twice a day and get in the gym and work on their game together.”

Self said the broken bone in C.J.’s foot has healed.

“He’s been released to be basically full speed the last month or so. He hasn’t done too much. We’ve encouraged him to go slow,” Self said. “He’s done work in the pool and treadmill as well as other things.”

As Self reported a couple of weeks ago, the previously injured Jayhawks (Elijah Johnson, knee; Brady Morningstar, foot; Mario Little, lower leg; Jeff Withey, thumb) all have been cleared for workouts.

“I think everybody will report back and be in good physical condition from an injury standpoint,” Self said. “I don’t think we have any issues. We had a summer in which we were pretty beat up.”

He said Morningstar, who spent a month working out with former KU assistant coach Bob Hill, trainer Frank Matrisciano and college and NBA players in San Francisco, “will probably be the best conditioned guy on the team as well as Tyrel (Reed).”

As far as KU’s facilities ... the Jayhawks should be able to start working out in the new indoor practice facility on Aug. 24. The coaches also should move into their renovated offices in about two weeks.

“It’ll be nice when we get moved into the offices and obviously the facility,” Self said. “The first couple months of the school year will be makeshift (with fieldhouse renovations to be complete by the Oct. 16 Late Night in the Phog).

“It’ll be worth it,” he added.

KU, two others on Jackson’s list

Joe Jackson, a 5-foot-11, 150-pound point guard from White Station High in Memphis, has narrowed his list of schools to Kansas University, Memphis and Tennessee, according to He is’s No. 18-rated player nationally.

Meanwhile, future Kansas University basketball guard Royce Woolridge will make his official visit to KU for Late Night in the Phog, Rivals reports. KU has two other confirmed visitors: Josiah Turner, a 6-3 junior shooting guard from Sacramento (Calif.) High School, and J.P. Tokoto, a 6-5 freshman small forward from Menomonee Falls (Wis) High.

Thomas has surgery

Las Vegas — Former Kansas University basketball forward Quintrell Thomas, who has transferred to UNLV, had surgery on July 31 to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, the Las Vegas Sun reported.

The 6-foot-8 New Jersey native will be out the next six months. He cannot play in games this season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules.

Thomas averaged 1.5 points and 2 rebounds per contest in his freshman season at KU. He will have three years of eligibility remaining starting with the 2010-11 season.


puddleglum 8 years, 5 months ago

yeah! now we can look forward to whipping-time for allen fieldhouse west a.k.a. bramlage

Jim Williamson 8 years, 5 months ago

Today is football media day, we're less than a month away from football and the lead story on the sports page is about basketball.

Fricking surreal.

Martin Shupert 8 years, 5 months ago

Phogfan You want football stories? Go root for a football school like Nebraska. Oh yeah, that's right. We're better than they are. Well, maybe K-State... oh right... we're better at football too. Yeah, we could get a few more stories about the football team. It's going to be a fun, fun year in both sports. Like Mangino and Self both said, they looked it up and were happy to report that they are not on each other's schedules.

jonas_opines 8 years, 5 months ago

Clearly you don't Seamus, or you wouldn't have phrased it that way.

Raider 8 years, 5 months ago

Phogfan86 (Anonymous) says…

Today is football media day, we're less than a month away from football and the lead story on the sports page is about basketball.

Fricking surreal.

Phog: well said. It amazes me how football seems to be passed over even though they've become a good team. They football version of the Jayhawks are set up for a run at the division title, and on media day all you see are stories about basketball.

fuel_for_the_fire 8 years, 5 months ago

Bill Self is not a state employee. He is employed by Kansas Athletics, Inc.

Do not mistake this for an opinion about the state of college athletics in this country. I'm just pointing out an often misunderstood fact.

GardenMomma 8 years, 5 months ago

Bill Self is not a University of Kansas employee? Who signs his paycheck?

G_E 8 years, 5 months ago

"Bill Self is not a University of Kansas employee? Who signs his paycheck?"

KU Athletics. They're a separate (private) entity from the University, so Bill Self, Mark Mangino, and any other employee in Athletics are not being paid by the state.

maxcrabb 8 years, 5 months ago

Seamus, there is no "if". KU Athletics is a private company. I do agree with your follow up comment.

password 8 years, 5 months ago

{{{{{{{{GO JAYHAWKS!}}}}}}} both coaches are doing the right thing - can hardly wait for it all to begin!

Matt Lacey 8 years, 5 months ago

Seamus, post some links to back up your opinions. They are all false and reactionary.

Leprechaunking13 8 years, 5 months ago

Seamus- Get over it and go pout somewhere else. Better yet go attack the public that goes to the games that helps to make the money for KU Athletics, instead of crying on blog entry. Its a joke that you would get on here and b**ch about someone elses job, can you say jealous?! Aside from that can not wait for both seasons, should be an exciting year in KU sports!!!!

Leprechaunking13 8 years, 5 months ago

HAHAHA why would I go apoligize for anything about this?! BOO HOO Seamus! Cry yourself to sleep over it, cause it aint gonna change! Bill Self works damn hard and is damn good at what he does. He will continue to make millions year after year until he retires!

riverdrifter 8 years, 5 months ago

"...these are merely teams playing games— nothing more. The fact that so many adults adopt a tribal mentality over these things is really quite shameful. Grow up."

Another anti-athletics nerd. Eh, so what? zzzzz.................

jonas_opines 8 years, 5 months ago

"I'd like to see a full accounting of the costs these programs to see if they really are self-funded."

Then go look for them. Contact the Beast itself and odds are they'll provide you their public books. The idea that you can make assertions and then expect the people who disagree with you to do your research for you is laughable. If you wanted to have an honest conversation you would have already known those things for sure. But we've been over that, haven't we?

Jeff Kilgore 8 years, 5 months ago

To those complaining about the coaches' salaries: go cry somewhere else. To those whining about the lack of football coverage: go cry somewhere else. The JW is doing a very good job keeping us updated, and if you don't like it, get a life! Get something else to do in your spare time! Yeah, we're all excited about both sports!

TopJayhawk 8 years, 5 months ago

I don't know, I just read three football stories.

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