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Bill Self tees off for Scouts

Coach happy to help cause, but ‘I hate golf’

August 28, 2012

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Bill Self had modest expectations as he teed it up in the 15th-annual Boy Scout Classic on Monday afternoon at Lawrence Country Club.

“I’ve gotten to the point where I hate golf,” Self, Kansas University’s 10th-year basketball coach, said with a smile. “It’s not because I haven’t played a lot. It’s because when I do, I’ve been awful. I’m going to spend about six months regrouping, then get ready for a stellar 2013.”

Self said he was pleased to lend his support to a tournament that was run by former KU football great John Hadl before Self’s arrival in Lawrence.

“This is a great event that goes to a good cause,” Self said. “Any time you can benefit youth in our community, it’s always a positive.”

Baseball Hall of Famer George Brett was one of the 104 participants.

“I know one thing: If anybody can hit it further than him, I’d like to see it because he can bomb it,” Self said.

Money raised through the event and silent auction benefit the Heart of America Council of the Boy Scouts of America serving northeast Kansas and northwest Missouri. Proceeds specifically go to camp scholarships and outreach support (membership fees, equipment, books and materials) for the Boy Scouts in the area. Douglas County is part of the Pelathe District of the Heart of America Council and has more than 1,100 young men and women involved in Boy Scouts of America.

Ben’s back: Self said red-shirt freshman Ben McLemore (hip flexor) is back on the court practicing. “He should be full speed by next week,” Self said.

Upcoming schedule: Here’s the upcoming schedule leading up to the Oct. 12 Late Night in the Phog.

“We’ll be practicing our two hours a week (in accordance with NCAA rules) and doing individuals (workouts),” Self said. “Beginning Sept. 15, we can do that with our entire team. Boot Camp starts the fourth week in September.

“The bottom line is this: They are going to spend more time than ever in the weight room,” he added. “I felt we probably didn’t spend as much time in the weight room this summer as what I would have liked because we were practicing those days (for European trip). You are limited on hours. We are going to really get after the guys physically here the next six to eight weeks.”

Self said he had no complaints about the players’ bodies.

“Our guys look good,” he said. “With freshmen, though, they can’t just look the role, because we’ve got a lot of guys who look the role. There’s something about the weight room that just develops toughness and an attitude. We need to get more of that.”

Recruiting: No. 2-ranked Julius Randle, a 6-9 senior from Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas, has cut his list of schools to 10, Rivals.com reports. They are: KU, Baylor, Duke, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, N.C. State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas. Randle will visit Florida on Oct. 6 when the Gators meet LSU in football. He will not sign until the spring. ... Chris Jones, a 5-foot-10, 195-pound sophomore point guard from Northwest Florida State college in Niceville, Fla., tells Rivals.com he has a list of KU, Baylor, Florida State, Louisville and Oklahoma State. The Memphis native said he will visit KU for Late Night. He said he has been offered a scholarship by the KU staff.

“They’re ready to put the ball in my hands and let me rock. The coaching staff at Kansas wants me and they want me to help win another national championship,” Jones told JayhawkSlant.com. “I really like the style of play at Kansas and I like coach Bill Self as a person.”

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