Archive for Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Allen Fieldhouse floor getting spruced up

August 10, 2011


Kansas University’s men’s basketball players are back in their hometowns for a much-needed break before the start of first-semester classes Aug. 22.

The women’s players are off to Italy for a foreign tour of exhibition games.

In other words, there’s no better time than now to spruce up the Allen Fieldhouse floor for the 2011-12 season.

Workers started their current project July 28 and will be finished the first week of September.

“That floor was put down in 2005. Every year we’ve refinished it,” noted Jim Marchiony, KU associate athletic director for communications/media relations. “When you refinish it year after year, the paint starts to be affected. What we did this year was strip it all the way down to the wood, repaint and refinish it.

“Right now, it looks like a hardwood floor, basically. They’ll repaint everything.”

McGary’s final list

KU has not made the final cut for No. 5-ranked Mitch McGary, a 6-foot-10, 260-pound senior power forward from Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H.

McGary told’s Dave Telep his final six schools are: Kentucky, Duke, Michigan, Maryland, North Carolina and Florida.

The Chesterton, Ind., native was asked if any other schools could remain in the mix.

“Maybe if another school stays in contact, but I kind of wanted to narrow it down to these six,” McGary said. “I’ve got strong feelings about these six schools."

KU’s No. 1 big-man priority is No. 12-rated Kaleb Tarczewski, a 7-foot, 220-pound senior from St. Mark’s High in Southborough, Mass., who has a final four of KU, Arizona, North Carolina and Kentucky.

Smart to visit A&M;

Marcus Smart, a 6-4 senior from Marcus High in Flower Mound, Texas, will make an unofficial visit to Texas A&M; this weekend, Vype Magazine reports. The No. 24-rated Smart is considering KU, Texas, North Carolina and others.

Jones to visit KU

Matt Jones, a 6-4 junior shooting guard from DeSoto (Texas) High, plans to make an unofficial visit to KU in September, according to The No. 27-rated player in the Class of 2013 is considering KU, Duke, Memphis, Florida, Texas, Baylor, Texas A&M; and others.

Markieff to Greece?

Marc Spears of Yahoo!Sports reports that Markieff Morris is in “advanced negotiations with Greek team Panthianakos.” Morris was drafted No. 13 in the first round of the 2011 Draft by Phoenix. The current NBA lockout and belief that the entire 2011-12 season will be canceled reportedly has hordes of NBA players looking for landing spots overseas for the upcoming season.


blindrabbit 6 years, 9 months ago

Please do not repaint that GIANT garish Jayhawk; one much smaller looks much better. As it existed, it looked bush league, something that a first class BB program would avoid!

Shawn Van Ross 6 years, 9 months ago


Rick Hird 6 years, 9 months ago

I believe the large Jayhawk was added to serve as a constant advertisement for KU during televised games. It replaced a small map of the state of Kansas. I like it.

1029 6 years, 9 months ago

I think they should just paint hundreds of small Jayhawks so that the floor almost looks polka-dotted from a distance. That would be totally awesome!

Jim Williamson 6 years, 9 months ago

Paint the entire floor blue, with crimson sidelines, baselines, circles, 3-point arcs, etc. Make the Jayhawk in the middle white and even bigger. We would be the Boise State of college basketball.

And a moat around the floor filled with sharks with laser beams on their frickin' heads.

Robert Rauktis 6 years, 9 months ago

I think they ought to have Lew Perkins real head in the floor. Blood red and suffocated blue.

Replace the Jayhawk with rotating signs for advertisers of Jim Marchiony's choice.

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