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KU basketball’s Conner Teahan gearing up for senior season

Kansas guard Conner Teahan looks to pass as Jayhawk team members run through drills during Bill Self's basketball camp Tuesday, June, 15, 2010 at the Horejsi Center.

Kansas guard Conner Teahan looks to pass as Jayhawk team members run through drills during Bill Self's basketball camp Tuesday, June, 15, 2010 at the Horejsi Center.

June 13, 2011


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Conner Teahan is serious about making an impact his senior season at Kansas University.

The 6-foot-5, 215-pound product of Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst High who red-shirted a year ago, not only is lifting weights and playing in regular pick-up basketball games while enrolled in summer school, but also heading to K.C. several times a week for individual workouts with former Oklahoma State/Illinois State player Victor Williams.

“A lot of it is kind of instinctual stuff, shifting side-to-side-type movements, more fast-break-type stuff,” Teahan said Sunday after signing autographs for 21⁄2 hours for Bill Self’s basketball campers. “It’s a lot of ballhandling and working on my overall game.”

Teahan, who first met Williams five years ago, believes he can be more than a three-point bomber in 2011-12. He has made 27 of 71 overall shots (.380) in three seasons, 17 of 46 (.370) from beyond the arc.

“I’m trying to help the team out in whatever way possible, rebounding, getting assists, defending and everything like that,” Teahan said.

KU coach Bill Self, who loses seven players off last year’s 35-3 team, might have surprised more than a few of his 700 campers Wednesday when he told them he expected Teahan to be part of the regular rotation in 2011-12.

“I heard that. I very much appreciate him saying that, but I always just let it play out,” Teahan said. “I am going to wait until the season and work. I always felt I could be in the rotation, so that’s something I heard, and I’m happy he said it. It’s not something I wasn’t wanting in the first place.”

Teahan acknowledges he made the correct call in practicing but not playing in games last season.

“I am definitely happy to be here another year, and I felt the red-shirt year was a good year for me, not even just the sense of basketball, but me maturing as a person,” Teahan said. “I am very happy I did it. I’m kind of anxious to get out there and show I can help this team win.”

Teahan said he has not reflected on the fact the Jayhawks will be without Tyrel Reed, Brady Morningstar, the Morris twins, Josh Selby, Mario Little and Royce Woolridge this season.

“I don’t think it’s completely sunk in because I’m still living with Brady, but it’s definitely going to be a little bit different,” Teahan said. “Not that I didn’t get along with these guys (returnees), it’s just that I hung out with those guys a little bit more. I like the guys we have on our team. I think it’ll be a fun year.”

He likes what he has seen of newcomer guards Naadir Tharpe and Ben McLemore.

“Naadir is very good. Ben is very good. I love to see what they will do in our system,” Teahan said.

Self said freshman forwards Braeden Anderson and Jamari Traylor, who are completing some high school academic coursework, should be in Lawrence by next Monday for the second half of summer school. Traylor, who is originally from Chicago, is working out at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla. Anderson is in back in his hometown of Okotoks, Alberta, Canada.


Larry Evans 6 years, 11 months ago

Lets get real here. Teahan is maybe a div 3 player ,but more likely a NAIA player. He is slow ,not much of a dribbler,can't jump very high and can only shoot if he is not guarded.

He is only a practice type player .Has it reached this point in Self's career that the type of player as a Connor will be sucking up minutes in a game? I wouldn't doubt Self playing him ahead of the new kid from Louie,,,like Self did with BM sucking the minutes from Selby and Releford.

And where did that get the team ? A lost to VCU.

Robert Rauktis 6 years, 11 months ago

Do you have a space between your teeth like between the punctuation marks?

rtwngr 6 years, 11 months ago

Oh? Exactly how many championship teams, of any kind, have you coached, mister expert?

BrodyR 6 years, 11 months ago

Sounds like Teahan is working hard, he deserves a decent year b/c we need that 3 pt. threat off the bench! In Self we trust!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 11 months ago

You'd say that even if KU could give a scholarship to and get a year of eligibility for everyone on the Dallas Mavericks' team.

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