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Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook

October 20, 2009

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Little planning to compete for playing time

Mario Little missed most of last season with injuries. This season, he's looking to remain healthy and compete for minutes on the Jayhawks squad. Enlarge video

Miles returning to Greece

Aaron Miles will play pro basketball in Greece once again this season.

The 26-year-old former Kansas University point guard, who competed for Panionios on Telecoms Athens in 2008-09, has signed a one-year deal with Aris BSA — a franchise located in Thessaloniki.

Terms were not disclosed.

“Aaron is thrilled at the opportunity. He’s on one of the top three teams in Greece,” said Chris Emens, senior director of Octagon Basketball, an agency that represents the 6-foot-1 Miles.

“Aaron had a great experience in Greece last year (emerging as a Greek League all-star). We’re very pleased at the offer he received.”

Miles was cut by the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks last week after scoring seven points in his only preseason game.

“In talking to the Hawks ... they stated how much better Aaron has gotten in a year,” Emens said, noting Miles hasn’t given up his dream of returning to the NBA.

He played in 19 games for the Golden State Warriors in 2005-06.

“He still needs things to line up for him. A lot depends on economic issues, how many spots will teams keep (on rosters) in the future?” Emens added.

He noted that some teams may keep just 13 or 14 players instead of the maximum allotment of 15.

The Jayhawks’ all-time assist leader averaged 11.3 points off 45.4 percent shooting with 3.5 assists in 27 games in the Greek League last season.

He averaged 10.2 points off 42.7 percent shooting, and 3.3 assists in 10 games in the Euroleague.

Collins No. 2

Gary Parrish of cbssportsline.com, who was in town for last Friday’s Late Night in the Phog, on Monday released his rankings of top point guards in the country.

He listed Kentucky freshman John Wall No. 1; KU senior Sherron Collins No. 2.

“Let the record show that Sherron Collins does not like my opinion,” Parrish wrote.

“It bothers me a little bit,” Collins told the writer, “I think I’ve established myself, and he’s coming out of high school with a lot of hype. But I’m the old guy, and I ain’t gonna let no young boy get the best of me.”

Parrish suggested a KU-Kentucky national title game might yet happen.

“It would be a good matchup: Kansas vs. Kentucky,” Collins said. “I’d like to play him.”

Goodman’s take

Foxsports.com’s Jeff Goodman also attended Late Night in the Phog. He had this to say on his Web site blog:

“One thing that struck me watching Kansas is how the gap from the Jayhawks — the consensus, maybe even unanimous top team in the country — to the rest of the legitimate national title contenders isn’t much at all. Sure, the Jayhawks have Collins and Cole Aldrich — two legitimate Player of the Year candidates. They also have terrific depth.

“But the key is freshman Xavier Henry, who will start at small forward.

“Henry admitted to a case of nerves last night, but the 6-foot-6 McDonald’s All-American hardly had the appearance of a one-and-done player.

He looked ordinary.

And if he’s ordinary, the Jayhawks probably won't be special,” Goodman wrote.

Henry scored six points off 1-of-4 shooting with three steals in the 20-minute scrimmage, which coach Bill Self annually says is meaningless. He hit one of three from three.

Robinson update

Former Kansas University point guard Russell Robinson remains on the roster of the Cleveland Cavaliers with one week remaining in training camp.

Robinson — he played for Reno (Nev.) in the NBA Developmental League last year — scored nine points off 3-of-11 shooting and dished eight assists against five turnovers in Saturday’s 93-82 loss to Dallas. He started and played 41 minutes in the contest, hitting one of five three-point tries.

Former KU power forward Darnell Jackson scored 10 points and grabbed eight boards while also starting and playing 34 minutes for the Cavs.

Second-year pro Jackson has been slowed by the flu.

The team is awaiting test results on Jackson, LeBron James and Coby Karl, to see if they had the H1N1 strain.

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