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Kansas guard relishes ’Frisco

Morningstar working out in City by Bay

Kansas guard Brady Morningstar pulls up for a shot during warmups before tipoff against Iowa State, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.

Kansas guard Brady Morningstar pulls up for a shot during warmups before tipoff against Iowa State, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.

July 28, 2009

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Brady Morningstar, who has spent a vast majority of his life in Lawrence, decided to check out another part of the country this summer.

“A lot of the guys on the team get to go home once in a while. I stay in town for the holidays. Summer’s a good time for me to get out of Lawrence,” said Kansas University junior basketball guard Morningstar, in a phone interview Monday from San Francisco, where he has been working out with college and NBA players since July 6.

The Bay area is where former Kansas University assistant and NBA head coach Bob Hill — as well as trainer Frank Matrisciano — run summer workout sessions.

It’s a grueling five-day-a-week schedule for Morningstar, who is living in a 10-story apartment building in downtown San Francisco.

“There’s 19 guys here. We get picked up at 7:15 (a.m.) and go to the gym,” said Morningstar, who is joined by the likes of the Boston Celtics’ Gabe Pruitt, New Orleans Hornets’ Hilton Armstrong and Denver Nuggets’ Nick Fazekas, as well as Kentucky’s Patrick Patterson and Daniel Orton, Cal’s Patrick Christopher and others.

“Coach Hill puts us through skills workouts. There’s some up and down stuff. We do it two hours.

“We take a break, then at 3:15 (p.m.) we go do a workout outside in San Francisco with coach Matrisciano, whether it’s running hills or stairs or going to a playground and working on pullup bars or pushups. It’s all about mental toughness with him. Your body will think it wants to shut down, but you can push through it.”

The summer Boot Camp also includes two nights of pick-up basketball action, where the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Morningstar has seen improvement in his game.

“We play four, 12-minute quarters with a 24-second clock. Coach Hill likes to put us through an NBA-type game,” Morningstar said. “I’ve been playing point guard to work on my ballhandling. It’s a part of my game I need to improve, seeing the floor and creating shots for others. We’ve got a lot of scorers on our (KU) team this year. I need to get them the ball.

“This is a big year for me and everybody else on the team. There are big expectations. I have something to prove. I had an OK year last year. I expect more out of myself so I’m trying to improve this summer.”

He says he hasn’t weighed himself in a while, but drinks protein shakes after his afternoon workout and before going to bed and knows he’s put on some “good weight and muscle.”

Morningstar says he’s completely recovered from June 9 surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot.

“I made a quick recovery from the surgery,” Morningstar said. “The main deal with surgery is the healing process for the wound. That’s why I was on crutches. We have such a good staff at Kansas. They know what they are doing.”

As far as fun in ’Frisco, Morningstar, who will return to Lawrence in a week or so, recently took a personal tour of the city — by air.

“It’s a cool city,” he said. “I don’t know if I’d ever live out here, but would come out for a long extended workout or vacation.”

Comments

Robert Rauktis 5 years, 9 months ago

Kid, to live out there you'll need a lot of money. You can tell the room is provided!

Nick Adams 5 years, 9 months ago

"Yes, because his parents were willing to pay all his expenses for college if Self needed his scholarship."

This is not true and needs to stop being thrown around. Brady is deserving of his scholarship and his parents should not have to come out of pocket and they won't.

cg1029 5 years, 9 months ago

If Brady sees more then 5 minutes of playing time a game this year something will have gone really wrong with this season.

KANSTUCKY 5 years, 9 months ago

"If Brady sees more then 5 minutes of playing time a game this year something will have gone really wrong with this season." Brady is a really good player and would start on over half the teams across the country. I see no reason for him not to come off the bench when the knucklehead frosh aren't doing their jobs or hustling. If the season started today, he would be out there.

Bobo Fleming 5 years, 8 months ago

Dont count out Morningstar. He's always been with a winner and has a winners mentality. I like the look on his face when he plays. Reminds me of Heinrich. Maybe not as good but a gym rat just the same with that experience as a plus.

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