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Bill Self live from Allen Fieldhouse previewing the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament:
• Self on the small setting of the court in the Bahamas: I got a picture of the court today and it looked pretty cool. Says it's in a large ball room and seats 3-4 thousand.
• Self on Frank Mason: He's a PG size and you can list him as a PG but he's never played point. He's a sponge, though, and he's so unselfish. He cares nothing about scoring, but we do want him in attack mode. He's done a nice job so far and was really good vs. Duke.
• Self on the Atlantis field: The field's good. Wake Forest is 5-0, USC & Villanova have talent and could be tournament teams. Tennessee's definitely a tourney team, Iowa's definitely a tourney team and Xavier should be as well. Said he saw where it was ranked as first or second in terms of collection of talent of all the preseason tourneys.
• Self said the Wake team under Jeff Bzdelik does not resemble the Colorado teams he coached. At least not through first five games. Wake Forest more conventional than those CU teams. Wake can score inside and out.
• Self: We haven't taken that many guarded looks, which has been a good thing. Mason, Tharpe Embiid and Selden are four best passers on team right now.
• Three-point shooting needs to improve. Self says team hasn't been very aggressive shooting them. Self: I can understand why they haven't. We've been good attacking the lane and good in transition, but I know there are going to be games where teams zone us and we're gonna have to step up and make shots.
• The way KU plays, they'll have, at most, three three-point shooters in the game. Self: Andrew White, Brannen Greene and Conner Frankamp are best three shooters, but if you play all three of those guys, you're taking minutes from someone else. Those guys could be good, especially shooting it, in spurts.
• Self said statistically the Jayhawks have been good rebounding but he doesn't see it as much in practice. Not a naturally gifted box out team. One reason could be the fact that teams are so scared of KU's transition that they don't attack the glass as hard and that makes KU look better in defensive rebounding numbers.
• Self on individual defensive grades: If you don't look strictly at stats and what the guy who they're guarding does, you look at these: Does he play to scouting report, can he use length to contest shots, can he make plays away from his own man, off the ball (Mario Chalmers), does he lock down his man and frustrate him (Travis Releford)...
• Self says he thinks Wiggins can become a guy that KU puts on other team's best scorer down the stretch when it counts.
• Self says depth can be a little bit overrated but it can help a ton this week in the Bahamas.
• Self on KU's defensive strengths: Not great at team defense yet and no lockdown guys on perimeter or in the post. Jack of all trades, master of none is the phrase he used.
• Self on the KU volleyball success and their game at Allen Fieldhouse: They've had a great year and they deserve support. Hope people turn out Tuesday night to watch them play Denver.
• Self again was asked about "Home of the Chiefs" during national anthem. Reiterates that he's not a fan because it's disrespectful to men and women of military and "We're not the Chiefs."
• Self on player free time in Bahamas: We'll give 'em some time on Wednesday and Sunday and Tuesday night when they get there, they can hang out. it's a business trip, though, and they're not concerned about anything other than winning games.
• Self on if going somewhere tropical is different: Oh yeah. Warm weather's always good when you live somewhere you don't have it. I think there's something nice about going somewhere warm, where you can hang out outside, walk around wearing shorts and all that. Doesn't think the climate has much to do with becoming a team or outcome of the games.
• Self on what he hopes defensive philosophy will become: One shot or less per possession; low FG percentage and toughness. Because teams that do well at the end when it counts usually hang their hats on those things.
Here's a quick video of a few of the Jayhawks answering some random questions at today's media day at Allen Fieldhouse:
Here's our media day photo gallery:
Complete Bill Self audio from today's media day news conference:
KU coach Bill Self, dressed in a suit and tie, is addressing the media at Allen Fieldhouse right now.
Players will speak to the media on the Fieldhouse floor at 3:55 and we'll have photos, video and stories from that later on.
For those following along below, I just tried to go as fast as I could with these notes, so everything you're reading is being said by Self. I'm not adding any of my thoughts into this, so when it says "I" that's Self talking. Hopefully that's not too confusing.
Self on the hype for this season:
From what I can tell, this is the most anticipated start of the season we've had since I've been here. Based on what people have told me, there seems to be no shortage of anticipation and ticket sales were hot. In large part, Self believes the hype is because of the unknown with the quality recruiting class.
What he knows about this team:
This team is different than all the teams we've had. We're as deep as we've ever been, we're got as many good players in the gym as we've ever had and we're very long. Can play with five or six bigs if need be. Haven't had that in the past. Self says the team could play with more intensity because of depth, especially defensively. We are talented but by no means do we know how to play or are we ready to play.
Self on Joel Embiid:
He's got the best feet. When you watch him play, you'll think you're watching a 6-footer, almost like a young Hakeem Olajuwon. Long ways to go from strength and toughness standpoint to be able to play a ton of minutes, but he can move.
Self on Andrew Wiggins
Adding Wiggins brought instant attention to the program, especially nationally and for the people who wondered if KU could land the top-tier guys. Wiggins is still a freshman, though. He has a chance to become a great player, but he's not a great player yet. He's a great prospect and hopefully he can develop and becoming a great player very quickly.
Self says Wiggins has shown flashes of dominance in high school but not consistently and as reliably. He needs to learn how to bring that vibe all the time instead of turning it on and off throughout a game. He could be our best defender, our best shot blocker, our best lane runner, he could be a lot of things. But if he doesn't do it every possession, he won't be any of those things.
He's a 10. All of our young kids have been 10s. If there is stubbornness, it's strictly from a competitive standpoint.
Self on Conner Frankamp:
He's a shooter even more than a scorer and he'll certainly have the green light for us, but he could labor more in college to get his shots off as often, which could make the adjustment a little tougher.
Self on early start to this season:
I'm a fan of it this year. If we have a bunch of guys returning, I won't be as big a fan of it. But he likes it because it allows the coaches to ease the new guys into the flow -- a couple days on a couple days off. There's no reason to have 3.5 hour practices in September. The early start allows KU to teach more early and then the guys will be in a better position to be ready for practice 1 in November.
On Frank Mason pushing Naadir Tharpe
There's no question he can push Naadir and Naadir knows that. He's tough, he's a pit bull, but does he know how to lead a team and all that stuff? He's in a battle for playing time with Naadir but he has to prove he can lead a team.
Self on Perry Ellis:
He could easily be our leading scorer this season, but he could also be our fourth leading scorer. He's been great this offseason and I think he'll be ready to take the next step. He was great last year from February on, after being a really, really good high school guy and struggling early on.
Self on this team's vocal leaders:
I'd said Naadir and Tarik Black are probably our best vocal leaders. Everybody can do it in some way on this team, but I don't think guys can be great leaders unless they're vocal and can talk.
Self on Wayne Selden:
He's probably as versatile as any guy we have. Can play 2 maybe 3 spots and even could be an emergency point guard if need be. Wayne's a guy that physically can use his strength to offset other peoples'. He's probably as strong a freshman guard as we've had here.
Self on living up to the hype and expectations:
That's not something we've really labored with in the past because we haven't had as many people saying as many good things about a bunch of guys they've never seen play. If we can focus on us begin good, it'll work. And that has to be a priority over individuals being good. That's not how it works here.
Self on pressure:
Since I've been here, I've never felt any pressure (he laughs).... I think there's always pressure at a place like this, both to win and to develop guys, but I don't think there's any extra pressure this year by any means. Is there pressure for us to be good? There is every year. But the ultimate responsibility for these guys to be good falls on the individuals. They have to want to work. And if this group wants to work I think they have a chance to be very happy at the end of the season.
Self on Tarik Black's role:
He'll have a chance to start and play a lot. Not very often you recruit a senior who comes in and is already respected enough to be the leader of the big guys. I'm expecting a big year from him.
Self on this team's ceiling:
We've had some pretty good teams. The last 7 years we've averaged 33 wins and if this team gets to 33 wins that would be unbelievable given how tough the schedule is. Right now, I don't think we're even close to being in the same conversation with some of the best teams to come through here, but if they work and develop, they could get into that conversation.
Self on the tough early season schedule:
I do like the fact that we're playing a hard schedule. Hard schedules expose some things so you can't get by with hiding things. I don't think any team in America has a schedule like we have, especially early.
Self on Perry Ellis and Andrew Wiggins' quiet nature
Perry takes quiet to a whole different level. You could be a room with Perry and it's possible that nobody would talk in 24 hours. Andrew is definitely more laid back, but he's not quite on the same quietness level as Perry. Everybody on the team needs to work on becoming better communicators.
Self joked that Perry feels comfortable around him now and says, "He'll come into my office and we'll have a 30 or 45 second conversation, which is way longer than most we had last year."
Self on red-shirt possibilities:
I wouldn't be surprised if one guy does. It won't be because we tell anyone he has to, but if it's best for them and their family, that could happen. Did not say who that might be but said after seeing how it worked out for Jeff Withey and Travis Releford, he thinks more should want to do that.
Self on Landen Lucas:
He got much more athletic during his red-shirt year and he's going to be a solid player here at KU. I could not be more pleased with where he is at this point in his career compared to where I thought he'd be.
Self on freshmen:
Wayne Selden's ready to be a player because he's physically there. Greene and Frankamp also are ready because one is athletic as all get-out and the other is probably as good a pure shooter as their is anywhere in America. This would've been a great class even without Andrew Wiggins, but that certainly was icing on the cake.
Self on Frank Mason:
Here's a guy that signed with Towson out of high school but he didn't qualify and had to go to prep school and then we're begging him to come here. He's got a lot of fire in his belly and he's excited to be here. He's without question one of the two or three most athletic guys on our team and you guys will see that.
Self on team's depth and how many he'll play:
It could be a year where we play a solid nine in every big game, which we haven't done is season's past. And it could be a different nine from time to time depending on how things play out.
Good afternoon KU fans and welcome to our coverage of this year's KU basketball media day.
Tom Keegan, Gary Bedore and I are at Allen Fieldhouse today to find out as much as we can about this year's very new and very young team.
Follow along throughout the afternoon for updates from media day, including notable quotes and audio from head coach Bill Self, notes from the players and photo galleries of all the fun.
Self is scheduled to speak to the media at 3:25 p.m. so check back any time after that for all of the day's news and notes...
Here's video of that Andrew Wiggins dunk that Jesse Newell was in perfect position to capture just seconds into today's game.
And Nick Krug's photo gallery of the fun.
Final Score: Red 66, Blue 61
Tyrel Reed led the Red team in its revenge victory over the young guys.
Andrew Wiggins played about 14 minutes, wowed the crowd with a couple of monster dunks and hit one of two three-pointers for a total of 7 points.
The stats weren't all that impressive, but the game's there. This guy is on a different level.
We'll have scoring totals, video, a photo gallery and much more throughout the afternoon.
4:20 p.m. Update:
Red goes back up 12 after a sweet lull-em-to-sleep and no-look pass from Collins to Aldrich for the easy dunk.
4:19 p.m. Update:
Old guys putting on a clinic right now. Reed with another three and Blue trails 62-50 with 2:00 left.
4:17 p.m. Update:
Wiggins checks back in with Red leading 57-50. 3:35 to play.
4:16 p.m. Update:
Tyrel Reed with a couple of buckets in a row and Red leads by 6. Reed now has 14 points.
4:13 p.m. Update:
Frank Mason for three pulls Blue to within one.
4:11 p.m. Update:
Wiggins to the bench. He's played 10 minutes and has 7 points. Hard to say if he'll come back in today, but I'd guess so.
Greene with another three pulls Blue to within one, but Reed answers and Red leads 46-42.
4:09 p.m. Update:
Aldrich with a couple of uncontested dunks pushes the Red lead to seven, 43-36.
4:06 p.m. Update:
Wiggins shows the range early in the second half, stroking a three-pointer from the wing with Brady Morningstar right in his face. Wiggins has 7 points now, but Blue has fallen behind Red, 36-32 with 13 minutes to play.
4:01 p.m. Update: HALFTIME, Blue 29, Red 27
A tip-in by Justin Wesley at the buzzer pulls the Red squad to within two at the break. The tip came after a sweet one-on-one battle between Sherron "Showtime" Collins and, of all people, Perry Ellis.
Ellis did a good job of staying with all of Collins' dancing, but the former KU guard still got the shot off and led to the tip-in.
Three-minute halftime and then it's back to the action.
Leading scorers for both sides:
3:59 p.m. Update:
Two-point game with a minute to play in the first half. Selden hit a deep, fade-away jumper to help the Blue squad keep its lead. Every time I see him I can't help but think how much Coach Weis would love to get him on the football team. Dude is built like a monster.
3:56 p.m. Update:
Brannen Greene, who didn't make it into the updates last week until the very end (despite leading everybody in scoring) just stroked a three to give the Blue a five-point lead again.
3:55 p.m. Update:
The shooting display is not even close to what it was last week, but Tarik Black did just step out and hit a three-pointer from the top of the key.
Blue leads Red, 19-17 with 4:40 to play first half.
Wiggins played the first five minutes and has four points.
3:51 p.m. Update:
Tyrel Reed with a three-pointer to cut the Blue lead to 15-9. 8:30 to play 1st half.
A lot of the Blue buckets have come right at the rim, with Jamari Traylor, Landen Lucas, Wayne Selden and Joel Embiid all scoring inside early. Selden and Embiid's buckets came off of alley-oop passes. One from Frank Mason and the other from Selden.
Embiid warmed up with the Red team but is not playing with them.
3:45 p.m. Update:
After a Sherron Collins turnover on the game's first possession, Perry Ellis pushed it ahead to Wiggins, who went right at Cole Aldrich and threw down a monster jam that electrified the crowd. It was as if everyone here was sleeping and then had water thrown on them at the same time.
For the record, Cole did not challenge the dunk.
Two possessions later, Wiggins got another breakaway dunk and threw it down with two hands this time.
8-2, Blue early on.
3:44 p.m. Update:
Ball's up, Red wins the tip. Here we go.
3:36 p.m. Update:
Scot Pollard is here today but is not playing. Brady Morningstar is also back this week for the Red squad.
Aaron Miles is here this week, too.
Pretty wild to see that it took the introduction of Sherron Collins to match the one that Andrew Wiggins got.
As you probably guessed, the Red squad has a few current Jayhawks playing for it today. Tarik Black, Justin Wesley, Joel Embiid, Tyler Self and Evan Manning are playing with the alums.
7 minutes to tip-off.
3:31 p.m. Update:
The first signs of Wiggins-Mania showed up in a big way in the gym today. Before the guy even came onto the floor, the campers who filled the south bleachers broke out chants of "We Want Wiggins," and "An-Drew, An-Drew, An-Drew."
It's going to be a wild year.
One quick note about today's scrimmage... Andrew White III will not play again this week. He's dealing with a minor knee injury. As was the case last week, it doesn't sound like the injury is a big deal at all.
3:27 p.m. Update:
Almost wrapped up with the game between the campers and the counselors and then we'll be on to the main event. I'm guessing it'll start somewhere around 3:40-3:45. Coach Self will introduce his current team and the players will warm up and then it'll be game time.
In the meantime, Sherron Collins is here again today, as are Jeff Hawkins and Tyrel Reed.
More alums and updates to come...
3:00 p.m. Update:
Last week, a handful of former KU players returned to Bill Self basketball camp to take on the current batch of Jayhawks, which topped the old guys, 91-76, in a game that featured an incredible display of three-point shooting from just about everybody in the gym.
Today, it's time for Round 2 and this time top overall recruit in the Class of 2013, Andrew Wiggins, is expected to make his unofficial KU debut.
It remains to be seen who else will show up for the alums today, but I have already seen Cole Aldrich in the building.
Gary Bedore's here to do his thing, Nick Krug has like 12 camera lenses with him today and Jesse Newell is here to capture some video of Wiggins, which he's hoping to get up on our site before anybody else. Cross your fingers for technology to work on that and stay tuned for updates throughout the scrimmage, which should start sometime around 3:30 or 3:45.
I'll get you a list of alums as soon as they start filtering in.
Here's a video of highlights from the scrimmage, taken by Jesse Newell:
And here are Nick Krug's photos of the action:
FINAL: Blue 91, Red 76
Thanks to a big second half, freshman forward Brannen Greene led all scorers with 21 points in the Blue's come-from-behind victory over the alums.
Tyshawn Taylor added 19 points and Sherron Collins 16 for the Red, while Perry Ellis chipped in 14, Landen Lucas and Conner Frankamp added 12 apiece and Jamari Traylor added 11 for the Blue squad.
Gary Bedore will have much more on the camp and the scrimmage in Thursday's Journal-World.
4:27 p.m. Update:
The shooting clinic continues as players in both colors of jerseys are knocking in three-pointers on both ends and Blue leads Red 71-69 with 3:20 remaining.
Perry Ellis also drilled a three and darn near everybody but some of the walk-ons have nailed three-pointers in this game today. Incredible to see the shooting display they're putting on. It's like San Antonio studs Danny Green and Gary Neal are in the building.
4:24 p.m. Update:
Brady Morningstar shows he can still play a little D, staying with Frank Mason on a drive to the hole and then swatting a lay-up attempt. Evan Manning and Tyler Self got the Free State connection going on a couple of three-pointers and the Blue squad has taken the lead, 64-62, after a three-point play by Frank Mason.
6:45 to play.
4:21 p.m. Update:
Just as one of our commenters asked whether Perry Ellis was playing, the sophomore forward connected on the finishing end of an alley-oop to pull the Blue within seven points. Tarik Black followed with a steal and dunk in transition and the current squad pulls to within five at 60-55, with 9:04 left.
4:19 p.m. Update:
Blue had pulled to within six on a Wayne Selden three but Taylor answered it on the other end and then got to the free throw line to put Red up double digits.
Red 60, Blue 49, 10:43 to play...
4:17 p.m. Update:
Tharpe three-pointer (his first) pulls Blue to within seven at 51-44 early 2nd half.
4:14 p.m. Update:
Second half under way. Blue ball.
HALFTIME at the CAMP SCRIMMAGE:
Red alums lead Blue current players 43-39 at the break.
Here's a quick look at the first-half scoring leaders:
Conner Frankamp 12
Tarik Black 8
Jamari Traylor 7
Sherron Collins 8
Landen Lucas 8
Tyshawn Taylor 8
4:10 p.m. Update:
Even big man Joel Embiid got in on the fun, knocking down a three-pointer from the top of the key and then knocking on his head all the way back to the other end. (No idea why!)
Red leads Blue 43-39 late in the 1st half.
4:06 p.m. Update:
It's become a three-point contest here in the gym as Tyrel Reed just got in on the act and Conner Frankamp hit his third triple in limited minutes.
Red leads Blue, 34-27 with 5 minutes to play in the 1st half.
4:04 p.m. Update:
Mario Little with a couple of threes for the Red squad and Landen Lucas has added a couple of easy dunks.
Red leads 31-24 with 6:00 left in the 1st.
Conner Frankamp hit his first two three-pointers — one from deep with Jeff Hawkins up on him — and Jamari Traylor also threw in a three-pointer and looked surprisingly good doing it.
4:01 p.m. Update:
Red has stormed back behind a three-pointer and a couple of sweet dishes from Taylor and now leads Blue 14-10 with 9:29 left in the first half.
First substitutions of the game have been made.
Frankamp, Garrett and Mason in for Blue and Little, Reed, Lucas and Hawkins in for Red.
3:58 p.m. Update:
Blue leads Red early, 8-5, and there have been a few noteworthy things early.
Naadir Tharpe looks bigger and is wearing No. 10 now (instead of No. 1). Wayne Selden wears No. 1 and he's got an incredible frame and some crazy athleticism.
Sherron looks to be in the best shape he's been in in a while and it shows in his game.
And, as advertised, Tarik Black takes up a lot of space and is tough for smaller bodies to handle.
It's also been pretty fun to watch Tharpe and Taylor guard each other... Former teammates who participated in an unofficial passing of the torch at the PG spot.
3:54 p.m. Update:
Warm-ups are finished and it's time to go. A few nice dunks from Traylor, Selden and Mason in the warm-up but the highlight was Tyshawn Taylor tossing the ball to the other end from beyond halfcourt and watching it bounce in off the floor from just inside the free throw line. The campers went nuts.
Here we go.
3:48 p.m. Update:
A copule of the current players went to join the Red squad to help out down low. Joel Embiid, Landon Lucas and Justin Wesley are playing for the Red. So, too, are Christian Garrett and Niko Roberts.
3:45 p.m. Update:
Self saved the newcomers for last and they all got pretty good ovations after Self called them "one of the best recruiting classes we've had here."
As for the returning guys, Jamari Traylor got by far the biggest cheer from the campers when Self introduced him.
About game time. Brady Morningstar has also joined the Red squad.
Tyshawn probably got the biggest cheer of all, which makes sense seeing how he's a current NBA guy. One more interesting note: Tyrel Reed is wearing the blue adidas camo game shorts that created such a stir last March.
9 minutes to tip.
3:41 p.m. Update:
Bill Self introducing his current players. Sherron Collins and Mario Little have since filed in. Current guys will wear Blue and the alums will wear Red. More to come...
3:37 p.m. Update:
Camp game is over and the current squad is now warming up. Haven't seen too many alums yet. Jeff Hawkins, Tyshawn Taylor and Tyrel Reed so far. We'll keep adding to the list as the players file in.
3:30 p.m. Update:
The camp counselors are currently putting it to the campers. Of course, they do have former KU women's player Carolyn Davis on the squad, so that helps.
3:23 p.m. Update:
Camp game still going on, but we just heard some more news of interest. Andrew White III will not play in today's scrimmage because of a sprained knee. Gary Bedore, the writer not the doctor, says he was told it's nothing serious but White will not play today.
3:09 p.m. Update
Just got word from KU that Andrew Wiggins will not be in attendance today. The wait continues, but he is working his way to town and is still expected to arrive sometime this week.
Coaches talking to the campers right now. Then there's a quick manager vs. campers game and then the main event.
Keep it right here.
It's that time of year again, time for the annual Bill Self basketball camps to dominate Lawrence's hoops scene for a few weeks.
Every summer, Self, with the help of current and former Jayhawks, welcomes hundreds of young hoopers to town for several days of instruction, entertainment and, of course, autographs.
In addition to featuring the fundamentals of basketball and some of the ins and outs of the KU program, the camps often include some of the more entertaining alumni games in college basketball.
Today, sometime after 3 p.m., will be the first such game and its lineup figures to be as impressive as any we've seen in a while thanks to its proximity to the Rock Chalk Roundball Classic, which is set for 7 p.m. Thursday night at Free State High.
Each year that game, which, in the past, has included a ton of big names from KU history, treats fans to a fun night of good memories and laughable moments. With a lot of those guys being in town for that game tomorrow night, it ought to be interesting to see how many of them make it to today's camp game, which usually pits the current crew against the alums.
We'll be up there throughout the afternoon to keep you updated on who made it to camp and I'll also be doing a live blog of the camp scrimmage, while Gary Bedore tracks down past greats for interviews, Tom Keegan scours the room for column ideas and Jesse Newell shoots video highlights which he'll post on the site as soon as possible.
The latest reports from Twitter say that Andrew Wiggins, the top recruit in the class who recently chose KU over both Kentucky and North Carolina, is expected to be on campus sometime today. That word supposedly is coming from his father. But whether that means he'll be in town in time to be at camp or if he'll be able to play even if he is there in time, remains to be seen.
Be sure to check back around 3 p.m. for all the fun.
The Cincinnati Bearcats officially broke them in for the rest of the world to see earlier Wednesday during their 61-44 victory over Providence in the Big East Tournament, and the expectation is that the Kansas University men's basketball team will do the same during its opening game of the Big 12 Championship on Thursday.
We're talking the uniforms that sent the college basketball world into a frenzy a few weeks ago, of course, as the odd and somewhat bold pattern dreamed up by the folks at adidas certainly has changed the way college basketball teams look on the floor.
As the top seed in this year's Big 12 tourney, the Jayhawks will wear the white version of the wild look. According to most — fans I spoke with, Twitter-dwellers and other writers — the white uniform is the less outlandish of the two, with the blue version bearing the brunt of most of the criticism.
While the initial fan reaction, at least according to Twitter, seemed to reveal that the new look was universally despised by KU fans, a couple of quick phone calls on Wednesday painted a much different picture.
First, I called Jock's Nitch in Downtown Lawrence to find out just how well the uniforms had been received by the public. What I was told surprised me. According to general manager, Ryan Owens, the store sold out of all of its shorts — both white and blue — and even sold more than a few of the jerseys.
Wait. There's more. Somewhere around 15-20 folks even put their name down to snag dibs on the first batch of shorts in Owens' second order. One of them was someone many of you might know — Mario Chalmers.
Chalmers, through Twitter, asked Owens to hold a pair of the white shorts for him.
Overall, Owens said he believed the younger generation liked the look a lot more than most, but also said that he was surprised by the reaction to the blue uniform when people saw it in the store.
“They're different, there's no doubt about that,” he said. “It's definitely something out of the box. But when people get into the store, they actually wind up liking the blue more.”
Rather than stopping there, I thought I'd make a quick call to KU, too, to find out how the new duds had been received on campus. It turns out the reaction was nearly the same. The KU Store, which is connected to Allen Fieldhouse, sold through all of its shorts, both colors, and has made a dent in the re-order, as well. KU Store also sold most of its youth jerseys in both blue and white.
According to the people at adidas, the motivation behind unveiling the wild look was to shake things up during the most fun time of year for college basketball.
After dabbling with something different during last year's postseason with the fluorescent colors worn by schools like Baylor and Louisville, adidas simply wanted to be make another splash in the market and show off something fun on a huge stage.
One person I talked to at KU said they had heard that this specific style of uniform had been selling like crazy across the country, too, with Cincinnati, Notre Dame, Baylor, UCLA and Louisville — all adidas schools — joining the Jayhawks in wearing the wild look this postseason.
The whole thing is part of a huge marketing campaign by adidas, complete with mannequins in the windows of Dick's Sporting Goods stores as well as spreads in the East Bay retail magazine as well as Slam Magazine.
KU coach Bill Self said the Jayhawks' plans were to wear them for one game and that he didn't think it would go beyond that. He did leave the door open for an encore performance, though, by saying that it depended on how well they played in them.
It did seem pretty certain that KU would not be wearing them in the NCAA Tournament.
KU will open postseason play tomorrow at 2 p.m. in Kansas City, Mo., against the winner of tonight's West Virginia-Texas Tech game.