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contents 08 Baby Jays 12 2013-2014 Team


Newcomers Welcome Back Veterans Walk-Ons

44 Head Coach Bill Self 42 Top Moments in Allen fieldhouse 54 Season by Season

A record of KU Basketballâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatness


56 Bill Self: Recruiting Map

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Andrew Wiggins’ wicked drives and dunks, Wayne Selden’s slashes and slams, Joel Embiid’s blocks, Conner Frankamp’s and Brannen Greene’s threes and Frank Mason’s pinpoint passes and steals figure to have Allen Fieldhouse rocking and rolling once again this winter. 8 | Men’s Basketball 2013/2014 Season

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Those highlights will be courtesy of Kansas Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s incoming freshmen, who, along with 12 other hungry basketball players, should most definitely warm-up the Jayhawksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tradition rich building on cold winter nights. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This could be about as entertaining a team as Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had to coach. This is without question the most athletic team weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had,â&#x20AC;? 11th-year KU coach Bill Self said. He is as elated as anybody over the arrival of his Sensational Six freshmen recruits, whose performances figure to determine whether KUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013-14 college basketball season is a runaway success or not. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is about as excited Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been in coaching a young group of kids. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got length. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got height. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got strength. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got depth,â&#x20AC;? Self added. There is a caveat, however. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how to play. After being around the guys all summer ... weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a long way to go,â&#x20AC;? Self said. Now in his 21st year as a head coach, Self knows full-well a team this young â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sophomore Perry Ellis and junior Naadir Tharpe are the veteran returnees off a 31-6 team that lost its five leading scorers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will have its ups AND its downs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re better yet,â&#x20AC;? Self said of the Jayhawks, who last season won the Big 12 for a ninth straight year, claimed

the Big 12 postseason tourney title and reached the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On paper we could have a chance to have a great run. To go 31-6 with our schedule (games against Duke, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico, San Diego State, Georgetown in non-conference season) will be really hard to do. Ultimately we could have a team that could play for high stakes. That would be our goal every year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not often you lose five starters, a top pick (Ben McLemore, No. 7 overall, Sacramento Kings), another NBA player (Jeff Withey, second round, New Orleans Pelicans) and from a talent standpoint be comparable. I do think this team has a chance to do that,â&#x20AC;? Self added. KU, which says goodbye to McLemore, Withey, Elijah Johnson, Travis Releford and Kevin Young, brings in seven newcomers who are eligible to play. An eighth, 6-10 Hunter Mickelson of the University of Arkansas, must sit out the season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules. One of the newcomers has extensive playing experience. Tarik Black, a 6-9 senior forward from Memphis, took advantage of the rule that allows a player immediate eligibility at a transfer destination if he has received an undergraduate degree. The U of M grad averaged 8.1 points and 4.8 boards a game his junior season at Memphis.

The other newcomers constitute the highly publicized Sensational Six. Wiggins, 6-8 from Thornhill, Ontario, enters as Rivals.comâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s No. 1-ranked player nationally. Selden, 6-5 from Roxbury, Mass., is No. 12; Embiid, 7-foot from Cameroon, No. 25; Greene, 6-7 from Juliette, Ga., No. 29; Frankamp, 6-0 from Wichita North High School No. 34 and Mason, 5-11 from Petersburg, Va., No. 76. Wiggins is the guy who arrives with all the hype. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an alpha dog, a take-charge guy, a leader, a unique guy,â&#x20AC;? Self said of Wiggins, expected to be No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is humble, still yet he wants the moment. He lives for the moment. Athletically heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s different. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also what gives him a chance to really stand out. He doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just play on athletic ability or talent alone. He plays with a competitive spirit that I think gives him a chance to be different. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just going to be a freshman. He will make mistakes. Would I sell out right now for him averaging what Ben (McLemore, 15.9 ppg) averaged last year? Absolutely. I do think he has a chance to be as all-around as anybody that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had, certainly the most all-around player Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve coached.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to envision a scenario in which all six freshmen play a lot.


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“He [Ellis] will be a stud. He showed what he can do late in the season.” — Bill Self “Wayne has a college body right now,” Self said. “He’ll probably be our most versatile guy, kind of a jack of all trades. I’m excited about Frankamp and Greene. They are good players. Frank will be a very good point guard. The big kid up front, Joel Embiid, has a chance to be as good as any big kid we’ve ever had. Getting the tweet that we got Andrew and following that up with Tarik (last spring)... I think we went from a team I thought had a chance to be pretty good with kids we signed in the fall to a team that may have a chance to be really good.” KU’s leading returning scorer is McDonald’s All-American Ellis, a 6-8 soph forward who averaged 7.8 points and 6.8 rebounds while playing 13.6 minutes per game his freshman season. Tharpe, a 5-11 junior point guard, returns after averaging 5.8 points with 113 assists against 51 turnovers in 19.4 minutes a game. Soph forward Jamari Traylor averaged 2.1 ppg while averaging 9.6 minutes in 37 games. “We’re counting on him to be an

upperclassman,” Self said of Wichita Heights’ Ellis. “He’s maybe the most heralded high school recruit from Kansas going back to the Darnell (Valentine) days, before that with the Lucius Allen days at Wyandotte. He will be a stud. He showed what he can do late in the season (23 points versus Iowa State and making Big 12 all-tournament team). He has a natural gift of getting the ball in the basket. He’s repetition and minutes away from being an excellent player.” In a perfect KU world, Tharpe will be able to direct/lead/inspire the six freshmen, who will have to play well early for KU to have a strong non-conference season courtesy of a killer schedule. “I thought his shot against Oklahoma State was the biggest shot of the year for us; it gave us a chance to win league,” Self said of Tharpe’s shot in the lane late in the second overtime that propelled KU past OSU, 68-67, in Stillwater. “We’ll put the ball in his hands.” Of Chicago native Traylor, Self said: “Jamari’s learning as he goes. As far as

energy and running and jumping and doing things like that, he’s been an added boost. He’s going to be a heck of a player. He just needs time.” Also back is 6-10 freshman Landen Lucas, who drew rave reviews for his work in practice during his red-shirt season as well as 6-9 senior Justin Wesley (seven points total, 20 rebounds in 19 games). Sophomore Andrew White III, 6-6 from Richmond, Va., will be hoping for rotation minutes after hitting 10 of 36 threes last year and averaging 2.2 points a game in limited duty in 25 games. KU also brings back walk-ons Christian Garrett, Evan Manning, Niko Roberts and Tyler Self. The whole crew will be trying for a 10th-straight league championship then hope for a long, long postseason run with a young team that could lose several underclassmen to the NBA. “As far as the best roster ... going into the summer Oklahoma State has the best roster,” Self said. “The league is as good as it’s ever been. We’ll see how it all plays out.”


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Height Number 22 6' 8" Position Guard Weight 200 Freshman Hometown Thornhill, Ont., Canada Year

“I just followed my heart. Kansas had my heart so that’s where I wanted to go.” — Andrew Wiggins




Story by Gary Bedore | Men’s Basketball 2013/2014 Season

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A handful of Kansas University basketball fans, who tracked Andrew Wiggins’ flight on the Internet, greeted the Canadian high school sensation at KC International Airport upon his arrival for summer school on June 15. Shortly after confirmed touchdown, another group of hoops junkies stalked the parking lots at Allen Fieldhouse and Jayhawker Towers for a glimpse of the 6-foot-8, 200-pound shooting guard, who is expected to follow his one season at KU as certain No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. For now ... it’s Wiggins-mania gripping Lawrence ... if not the entire Big 12 region. “It’s going to be ridiculous. It’s already ridiculous,” KU coach Bill Self exclaimed of the runaway interest surrounding Wiggins. “It’s one of those things I think he should embrace it, but I don’t think we should do anything else to encourage it. What I’m concerned about with him more than anything, and this would probably be a good problem to have, is kind of the rock-star status so to speak. “He is not bringing one thing on to himself, but how could you not be human and turn on the TV and watch the NBA Draft and all they are doing is talking about, ‘Wait ‘til next year’s draft when Wiggins comes out?’ “To stay grounded and humble ... he’s off to a remarkable start doing those things,” Self continued. “To just want to be a teammate and a good teammate and want to fit in ... he’s a 10 in those categories. He’s been great. We’ve got good players here and he’s got to compete every day. I think this is a good situation for him.” Wiggins, who leads a six-player, No. 2-ranked (by freshman recruiting class, seriously considered committing to Kentucky where he’d have become the seventh McDonald’s AllAmerican to join the Wildcats’ No. 1 rated recruiting haul. He also pondered announcing for Florida State, where his dad, Mitchell Wiggins, played basketball prior to an

NBA career and mom, Marita PayneWiggins, ran track prior to berths in two Olympic Games. But on a mid-May day at Huntington (W.Va.) Prep, the prep phenom ultimately decided to play hoops at KU, a program, that along with North Carolina, had been considered longshots in the recruiting derby for the most publicized high schooler since LeBron James. “I just followed my heart. Kansas had my heart so that’s where I wanted to go,” Wiggins said. KU’s legion of fans definitely enjoyed watching a highly touted high school player handle the recruiting process with such humility. Reporter Grant Traylor of the Huntington Herald-Dispatch was the only media member invited to a private ceremony on Wiggins’ D-Day, that is, Decision Day. Traylor — not the cameras of ESPN — tweeted Wiggins’ decision to the world. “When he announced it,” Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford said of a Tuesday morning ceremony in which Wiggins said he was attending KU, “it was kind of fun being part of that. Myself, our staff and his teammates, we didn’t know. I never asked him where he was going.” KU coach Self and assistant Kurtis Townsend also had no idea, learning from a reporter that Wiggins had announced for the Jayhawks. Hours later, Wiggins spoke with Self. “He was shocked, just like all the people in the world ... they were shocked,” Wiggins said. “I didn’t give any clues I would commit to Kansas. When I did, it was a surprise to everybody. He told me how excited he was and how when I got there how good we’d be.” “There wasn’t jubilation,” Self noted of the moment he learned Wiggins was KUbound. “It was kind of a surreal feeling. I was so happy. It was a humble happiness. I was so proud we were able to land Andrew. There were some high fives, but not that much celebration. There will be a time we do celebrate. Hopefully that’s after we win a lot of games.”

Self admitted he went to bed the night before Wiggins’ announcement apprehensive. “I didn’t think it was great,” Self said of KU’s chances. “I kept texting him. I couldn’t get him to respond. In the morning I texted him and said, ‘Hey man, have a great day today.’ He texted back, ‘Thank you.’ That was my limited contact with him because he shut it all down and wanted to think about everything. We had no communication with the family until after he signed the papers. “I thought it was the longest long shot,” Self said, “at least when we first got involved and everything. The more we hung around, the more we felt he liked us. There was a little bit of a connection. Kurtis played a huge role in making sure that occurred.” Ultimately, Wiggins said a big reason for his choosing KU over three others was the fact his brother Nick, is a junior at nearby Wichita State. “It’s a great feeling,” Andrew said of big brother being a short drive from Lawrence. “We are really close. I’ll be able to see him a lot this year. When my family comes down (from hometown of Thornhill, Ontario) they won’t have to travel a lot to see both of us. We’re an hour and 30 minutes away from each other. It’ll be good.” Of course there were other reasons Wiggins decided to join Wilt Chamberlain and Danny Manning as one of KU’s most ballyhooed recruits of all-time. “I’ve always liked Kansas and I like their style of play,” said Wiggins, who averaged 23.4 points and 11.2 rebounds last season for 30-3 Huntington Prep. “Coach Self is a great guy, funny. He loves all his players. He’s a players’ coach,” Wiggins added. “Also the fans here are amazing. They are so loving to all the players. I can tell they are loyal fans because after the (Texas Tech Senior Night) game the players were talking for maybe 30, 45 minutes and no one left the building at all.” So now, KU inherits a one-and-done player with amazing athletic ability. “I think we can plug Andrew in and utilize him similar to Ben (McLemore) plus some, and I think that’s something he was attracted to,” Self said. “All he has to do is come in here and just want to fit in. The bottom line is he could be as talented as anybody and average 13 points a game because he can do so many things. I don’t know how it’s going to play out. He just wants to be part of a team. He just wants to win.” 17

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Height Number 1 6' 5" Position Guard Weight 230 Freshman Hometown Roxbury, Mass. Year

“My journey has led me here. I’m thankful.” — Wayne Selden

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Story by Gary Bedore | Men’s Basketball 2013/2014 Season

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Lavette Pitts, the mother of five-star basketball player Wayne Selden Jr., figured big things were ahead for her oldest son the day he was born. “He was 11 pounds, 4 ounces at birth,” Lavette said of the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Kansas University freshman forward from Roxbury, Mass. “He’s a genuinely sweet kid, giving, respectful of others, real funny and so focused,” Pitts added of the combo guard, who was ranked No. 12 nationally in the recruiting class of 2013 by “He’s been that way from the time he was 4 or 5 years old.” Selden, who chose KU over Ohio State, Florida, UCLA, Syracuse and Missouri, committed to KU shortly after attending Late Night in the Phog, the highlight of his campus visit to KU last October. “I felt it was the right fit for me as a person and player,” said Selden, a McDonald’s All-American who averaged 24.8 points, 10.1 rebounds and four assists last season at Tilton (N.H.) School. “It’s like a family here.” He was swayed by the 28th-annual Late Night. “It blew me away,” he said. It also thoroughly wowed his family members, including mom, dad Wayne Sr. and godmother Edie Janas. His 12-yearold brother, Andrew, did not attend Late Night, staying home so he could play tight end in a youth football game. “I loved Late Night. I was more looking at it from a parent standpoint,” said Pitts, who works as a program director for “The Home for Little Wanderers,” which counsels inner-city youths in Roxbury, which is about an hour from Tilton School’s campus. “After I first walked in (to Allen Fieldhouse) I was overwhelmed by it. I said, ‘This is serious business here.’ As we sat there, the facility seemed to get smaller because of the family-type atmosphere.” Meeting KU’s players and many of the players’ parents reinforced what Pitts felt on an in-home visit with KU coach Bill Self and assistant Norm Roberts: that KU might be a special place. “As the mother of an elite athlete, I had to deal with some people not necessarily on the up and up,” Pitts said. “To talk with coach Self and Norm ... I said after the visit, ‘Listen, I think that’s No. 1 at this point.’ We did know this is a process and wanted to go through the process. But as soon as he walked in there (Allen), looking so calm, I knew inside this is where he wanted to be and should be.

My whole thing became, ‘Why continue to look?’ He loved the camaraderie of the team and coaches. I said, ‘If I’m not around, my child will still feel this nurturing feeling.’ I was in awe.’’ So she and Wayne Sr., gave their approval to end the recruiting process with Wayne Jr., making just the one official visit. “Going into the visit I knew it was my leader,” Wayne Selden said of KU. “After I talked to everybody I knew it was the right school for me.” As far as the basketball part of the decision. ... “I think I fit in well with their style of play,” he said. “My strengths would be able to initiate offense, be able to play well in the open floor. My weakness right now is probably rebounding and off the ball defense that I will continue to work on.” As far as playing point guard or shooting guard, Selden said: “Wherever the coaches want me to play, I’ll play.” His high school coach, Marcus O’Neil used him at various positions last season, including the point. Selden averaged 16.0 points (off 55-percent shooting), 5.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds a game his junior year. “He has a unique combination of strength, speed and skill. He is a triple threat. He can shoot, drive and pass the ball,” O’Neil said. “He’s played point guard to power forward for us. He is a dangerous guy wherever he is on the floor. “He’s a very good student and citizen on our campus. We think Kansas is getting an outstanding young man and extremely talented player, somebody who can contribute in a variety of ways. I like his versatility. He can put points on the board.” As far as Selden being known as a physical guard, O’Neil acknowledged: “He does a lot of pushing people around.” Of Selden, Self said: “Wayne is one of the most powerful wings in high school basketball. He’s got a great frame. He’s explosive. He can play the 2 (shooting guard) or 3 (small forward) and maybe even play some emergency point. He’s big enough to post and defend the 4 (power forward) if we decide to go small and he can make shots. He’s a strong kid. He has an NBA-type body,” Self added. “He’s explosive. He can put it down on the deck, make threes.” Selden, by the way, during the summer of 2012 decided to reclassify back to the Class of 2013 after deciding to be in

the Class of 2014. “Originally it was me who asked him to reclassify,” his mom said. “I was concerned whether he could keep up academically. He got there (Tilton after attending Roxbury’s O’Bryant High in 2009-10) and excelled and continued to do better and better. We decided to evaluate the situation and decided to go back to his original class of 2013 because he was academically ready and physically ready. He dominates a lot of times, especially high school kids.” Following his freshman year, Selden left Roxbury, Mass., to attend the Tilton School, a New Hampshire prep school which produced Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel. “I lived in Roxbury my whole life,” Selden said. “When I moved out to New Hampshire as an inner-city kid, it was a real difficult transition. But I love it. “It opened up my eyes to a lot of things. It has helped me become a better person, helped me speak and communicate better, and it opened doors for me that wouldn’t have been opened in the inner city. College coaches in the gym? There was no such thing as that.” His demeanor on and off the court suggests he’s ready for college basketball. “I feel like I was going to be a leader regardless,” he said. “That’s the role I like to play. Naadir (Tharpe) is going to be the point guard. He is going to lead the team, and he is going to need a wingman to help lead the team. I feel like that should be me.” He admits his reputation as a slasher rather than a shooter is well-deserved but is confident the Jayhawks are getting a complete offensive player. “I knew that going into my senior year I had to develop my outside shot,” Selden said. “It is all about repetition. I took a lot of threes. I had eight in one game. It is all about developing and getting better. “I came here to develop. I came here to get better. I came here to win,” Selden added. “That’s the big thing. Practice will be real competitive with all the new guys and returning guys. With the older guys like Tarik (Black, senior transfer from Memphis) coming in ... we all came in to develop and win games.” Selden said his goal is to blend in and help win a batch of games. “I’m thankful I’ve been able to get this far, coming from the inner city, coming from Boston, going to prep school in New Hampshire. My journey has led me here. I’m thankful,” he said. 19

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Height Number 21 7' 0" Position Center Weight 250 Freshman Hometown Cameroon/Gainesville, Fla. Year

“He, in my opinion, has a chance to be as good as any big guy we’ve recruited.” — Bill Self

Photo by Nick Krug




Story by Gary Bedore | Men’s Basketball 2013/2014 Season

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There aren’t many, if any, high school basketball players who have had as quick a rise to fame — and acclaim — as Kansas University freshman center Joel Embiid. Consider this. The 7-foot, 250-pounder from Cameroon, who last spring completed his second season of organized basketball in the United States, started his senior season at The Rock School in Gainesville, Fla., unranked by both and The Gainesville Sun’s co-Florida player of the year finished his final campaign as the country’s No. 6-rated player by ESPN and No. 25 by Rivals. Simply amazing considering Embiid, who grew up playing soccer and volleyball in Yaounde, Cameroon, didn’t discover basketball until after his 15th birthday. “He is literally just getting started,” KU coach Bill Self said of Embiid, who averaged 13.0 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks a game for The Rock, which went 33-4 last season and won the school’s first Sunshine Independent Athletic Association state title. Embiid had 14 rebounds and 10 points in the title contest. “His potential is untapped,” Self added of the player who chose the Jayhawks over Florida, Texas, Marquette and Virginia. “I think he’s just now starting to figure it out and get confidence. He will develop and be one of the very best tall guys in college basketball in just a year or two. He, in my opinion, has a chance to be as good as any big guy we’ve recruited.” Embiid — he played in the McDonald’s All American and Jordan Brand Classic games as well as the Nike Hoops Summit — exploded for 27 points and 10 rebounds last season versus Our Saviour New American. In a story that will be told and retold between now and the day he’s tapped in the early stages of the NBA Draft, Embiid was discovered by fellow Cameroon native and current NBA player Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. Mbah a Moute, who played for the Milwaukee Bucks last season and now is with the Sacramento Kings, noticed Embiid at one of his camps in Africa and introduced the tall, lanky youngster to Basketball Beyond Borders. The organization helped him enroll at Montverde Academy in Florida where he attended high school his junior year. That’s where Mbah a Moute attended high school. His playing time taken by countryman and Clemson signee Landry Nuoke his junior year, and his minutes likely to be gobbled up by Dakari Johnson his senior year, he decided to transfer to The Rock in Gainesville for his final prep season. “He has so much to learn and he’s just now getting it. I just think he’s going to continue to get better and better at an accelerated rate,” Self said.

Embiid’s high school coach, Justin Harden, said Embiid showed great improvement in a short period of time. “I definitely think that Joel has every ounce of potential of what the experts say he has. He can go to any school and make it to the NBA, probably, but it’s a matter of, his hard work is what’s going to determine whether or not he actually makes it to the NBA. He’s got a great coach in Bill Self, along with the rest of the staff,” Harden said, noting KU aide Norm Roberts did a great job recruiting Embiid. Harden further pointed out that this past season Embiid, “graded out as our top player. I do grades for our players based on a calculation, and it just takes all of their stats, throws it in a formula and the formula generates a number, and then that number is associated with a grade — like A, B, C. He’s the only one in five years of us doing this to ever grade out at an A. He had an A-, which is really good. “The highest we ever had before was a B, so to even get past a B-plus was phenomenal. We had two guys get B-pluses this year, so it was a great year for us. Certainly, Joel had a phenomenal year.” Embiid was sold on KU during his recruiting trip to Late Night in the Phog. “When I was visiting schools, I wanted to go and see what they’ve got. After my visit, I knew that Kansas was good. Luc talked to some people in the NBA, and they said that the player development was good at Kansas,” Embiid said. KU has had amazing shot-blockers in Cole Aldrich and Jeff Withey in recent history. Embiid had a game-high five blocks at the Jordan Classic. “I go straight up and block the shot. That’s how I do it,” said Embiid, who had seven points, seven boards and a block in the international team’s Hoop Summit victory over a U.S. squad. “I mean there’s no technique to block shots. I am already tall. I just have to jump straight up to block the shot. When I went to spike the ball (in volleyball as youth) I had to jump straight up. Blocking is the same thing.” Embiid, who speaks three languages — French, English and a dialect language of Cameroon — said he feels right at home in Lawrence. “Since I’ve been in Kansas, I love everybody, what everybody is doing for me, I love it,” he said. “I’m here to work hard, trust coach Self, listen to what he says every day. “My teammates ... right now we have a pretty good group. We can go all the way. Practices are really intense. Everybody loves to compete. It’s really fun.” He said he misses his mom and dad — who last spring were in the States for his graduation from The Rock — as well as his brother and sister, but “it’s not a big deal. I’m here now. I don’t know when, but I think they will come,” he added of his family watching him play a game in Allen Fieldhouse. “Right now I’m excited about continuing my development at Kansas.” 21

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“I am excited to consider myself a Jayhawk. I take a sense of pride in that.”

Number 14 Height 6' 7" Position Forward Weight 215 Year Freshman Hometown Juliette, Ga.

— Brannen Greene




Story by Gary Bedore | Men’s Basketball 2013/2014 Season

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There’s a video of one of Kansas University’s newcomers entitled simply: “Brannen Greene Has The Smoothest Jumper In the Nation.” Nobody who has seen the 6-foot-7, 215-pound small forward from Juliette, Ga., play the game of basketball would argue with the headline over the “Home Team Hoops” production. “He can shoot it,” KU coach Bill Self said, succinctly of’s No. 29-ranked player in the recruiting Class of 2013, who averaged 27.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 2.0 steals a game his senior season at Tift County High. Greene has been sinking jumpers from all over the court for a long, long time. “He was born with natural ability to stroke the ball. We’ve enhanced it (shot) since he was 2, 3 years old. His range is easily 24, 26 feet,” noted Brannen’s dad, former Pittsburg State standout Jeff Greene. “He is a very heady, high-IQ wing guard that is able to score when called on in any given time, but also a playmaker who involves his teammates well. He’s an exceptional shooter,” dad added. Brannen Greene has put in countless hours of work on his shot, dating to his days as a pre-kindergartner. “Ever since I was born I always had a basketball in my life, a play ball in my bedroom. My dad always enforced it was part of life,” Brannen said. “He grew up playing basketball. I guess he wanted me to play basketball. I grew up loving it.” Of course, KU’s Self will demand Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year Greene do things besides fire it up from long distance. “Brannen is one of the most skilled 6-foot-7 guys in the country,” Self said. “He can put it down. He’s got good vision. He’s a guy that should have a smooth transition from high school to college, in large part because he is a big guard. He’s not a guy that has been playing inside a lot.” Greene, whose mom and dad both played college basketball (6-2 1/2 Lori at Missouri Southern; 6-5 1/2 Jeffrey at Pitt State), is blessed not only with a

high basketball IQ ... but smarts in the classroom, too. He graduated high school as an A student. “I’m a a long, versatile wing who can score the ball and handle the ball, who can handle the 1 through 3,” he said of point guard, shooting guard and small forward. “I just try to make people look bad because I know they are trying to make me look bad. I try to attack the rim first.” He is an assassin on the court, even going after his dad in competitive situations. “We have a ton of 1-on-1 games, H-OR-S-E games. You come up with some crazy shots and ways to win,” Brannen Greene said. “We have had a lot of battles out there,” noted Jeff, Pitt State’s single-season scoring leader (716 points in 29 games in 1988 for 24.7 ppg average) and eighth on the alltime school scoring list (1,292). “He has gotten a few wins against me. He has. He dominates, but I beat him up and foul him, make sure it’s physical. When you are dealing with somebody 6-7 1/2, almost 6-8 now, he’s strong. He can think the game now. “He takes a cerebral approach to the game of basketball,” Jeff Greene continued. “He understands the dynamics of positioning and he knows each player, what their role is. He is assessing that two to three plays ahead. He is under control because he knows what is going to happen next.” Greene chose KU over UConn, Louisville, Harvard, Memphis, Ohio State, Florida State and many others, actually committing to the Jayhawks in December of 2011. “I just feel Kansas is a place I could excel not only athletically, but academically, socially. It’s a perfect environment,” Greene said. “I am excited to consider myself a Jayhawk. I take a sense of pride in that.” Jeff has no regrets that his son made his college choice so early. “He’d been recruited since eighth grade. At some point, as a family we said, ‘We need to decide because we

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have tremendous programs here that have offered scholarships. We need to be respectful of their time.’ It humbled us,” Jeffrey said of recruiting. “We saw no need to drag it out. It behooved us to come to a decision. “We felt like Kansas offered the perfect environment for Brannen. He is a young, energetic, very talented, very smart kid with a 4.0 GPA, a very disciplined kid. We felt that environment fosters integrity and family and all the things we pride ourselves on. Coach Self and his spirit and enthusiasm and excitement for my son was unquestioned. He believed in Brannen and was going to continue to enhance Brannen’s life toward success. I believe it to my core. They’ve shown tremendous desire to have him there. Our family couldn’t be more thrilled.” 23

Hard to believe, but in the past two recruiting classes, Kansas University’s basketball program has added the two most prolific scorers in Wichita City League history. Just a year after Perry Ellis of Wichita Heights cashed his 2,231st point, Conner Frankamp of Wichita North topped Ellis’ mark, going for 2,275 career tallies. “It’s a blessing to be the top scorer in the City League,” said Frankamp. “There was a lot of pressure to get that done. It was lot of relief and pure joy.” One thing about Ellis and now Frankamp ... Both are soft-spoken youths who have been in the public eye a long time. Ellis was chronicled in Sports Illustrated in eighth grade. Frankamp during his own eighth-grade year, at the age of 13, received an invitation to work out with the Kansas City Pump N Run AAU team, now KC Run GMC. “There was a big buzz about him his eighth-grade year, how special he was going to be,” Run GMC coach L.J. Goolsby said of the 6-foot-0, 165-pound combo guard. “He looked like he should be playing for our 16-and-under team. We were already full. We didn’t want to step on any of our guys’ toes. We told him to be patient and sooner or later he’d be a part of it.” Frankamp wound up being a two-year player for Goolsby’s squad and made a name for himself not only in Wichita, but internationally as he starred for USA Basketball’s Under 17 team that won gold at the FIBA World Championships in Kaunas, Lithuania. Frankamp led the Americans in scoring by averaging 14.1 points per game during the FIBA Championships, held before the start of his senior year of high school. Frankamp’s secret? “I think to be as good as you can be, you have to put in extra work,” Frankamp said. His whole life has revolved around work with a basketball in his hands. Dad, Marty, pointed out that Conner was the 3-year-old who would shoot on his Little Tikes goal for hours. And, when Marty was coaching his oldest son Kevin at AAU tournaments, Conner would be the first one on the court during breaks in the action, getting the opening shot up to the rim. “He didn’t care about anything when he was little,” Marty said, “except for a ball.”

“It’s crazy. It really is a dream come true. I am a pretty big Kansas fan. I have been my whole life.” — Conner Frankamp

Number 23 Position Guard Year Freshman

Height 6' 0" Weight 165 Hometown Wichita, Kan.

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Story by Gary Bedore | Men’s Basketball 2013/2014 Season

Conner learned to shoot with his dad in their garage, hoisting up shots on an eight-foot goal. Playing Biddy Basketball in Wichita at age 8 — the league uses shorter hoops and slightly smaller basketballs to promote work on fundamentals — Conner was named Mr. World Biddy after leading his team to an all-star championship in Louisiana. When he was 12, Conner also learned about work ethic from native Kansan and former Missouri State guard Jackie Stiles, who helped him for about six months while she worked as a trainer in Wichita. Stiles, the all-time leading NCAA women’s scorer, coached Conner on which shots to take and also stressed quality over quantity when it came to shooting after she suffered through so many injuries following her career. Marty has coached Conner’s shooting from his seventh-grade year on, helping him through daily workouts that had Conner making between 300 and 500 shots in the gym each and every day. Conner also for years worked with a personal strength and conditioning coach — Marty’s former basketball teammate at Coffeyville Community College, Roy Birch. “I’ve made 400 out of 410 (shots) in one workout. That was my best workout ever,” Frankamp said. “We shoot all different types of shots. That includes free throws and everything, too. I’ve had some others pretty close to that. We just (called it a) fairly good shooting day and moved on.” Frankamp’s work showed in his high school accomplishments. A two-time All-State selection, Frankamp last season led North to a 20-3 record and a secondstraight Class 6A berth. Frankamp, who was often double-teamed, averaged 31.1 points, 3.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals a game. He made 93 three-pointers, shot 49.2 percent from three-point range and 91.7 percent from the free-throw line. Frankamp had 14 games of 31 or more points and five of 40 or more. He broke the 33-year-old city league scoring by potting 52 points as a sophomore against Northwest. In that game, was 18of-38 shooting (he made eight threes and was 8-of-8 from the line). After one of his amazing shooting displays last season, he was given the nickname “The White Mamba.”

“Some reporter on the news said something about it. It kind of went on from there. Everybody picked it up from there,” said Frankamp, who doesn’t mind being nicknamed after one of the world’s most venomous snakes. “It’s all right,” he added of the moniker, “because I like Kobe (Bryant) a lot and he’s the ‘Black Mamba.’ It works out pretty well.” Frankamp’s range is well beyond the three-point arc. He hit four deep threes in KU’s campers game in June. “In high school they played a lot of defense on me, so they had guys on me a lot. I had to learn to shoot from farther distances,” Frankamp said. “I kind of adapted to that, worked on that and practiced everything, getting used to defense and everything. “Probably winning the threepoint contest (at 2013 Final Four) in Atlanta,” Frankamp said, asked which of his three-point displays was most memorable. “That was pretty cool. There were some really good shooters there and everything. I felt there was good competition. I shot pretty well, so that helped.” Of Frankamp, who hit 22 of 25 threepointers in the final round to defeat current KU teammate Brannen Greene, UCLA’s Bryce Alford, Michigan’s Zak Irvin, Memphis’ Nick King and others at the American Family Insurance threepoint championship, KU coach Bill Self said: “I think Conner is one of the best guards we have recruited since we’ve been here. He can score. He’s sneaky athletic and can play the 1 and the 2 and will be a great combo guard in our system. He can play point, but I don’t think he needs to be your primary point guy. I think he needs to be a guy that’s off the ball that can shoot it and do some different things.” Frankamp committed to KU in July of 2011 before Frankamp’s junior season. He chose KU over Oklahoma, Texas, UCLA, Boston College, Kansas State, Missouri, Wichita State and others. “It’s crazy. It really is a dream come true. I am a pretty big Kansas fan. I have been my whole life. I’m just really excited to be going there,” Frankamp said. “This is a relief to have a dream come true and just happiness that it is actually happening.” Jesse Newell of the Journal-World contributed to this story.

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“My goals my first year are to compete every day, work hard and do what I can to help the team win.”

Number 0 Position Guard Year Freshman

Height 5' 11" Weight 185 Hometown Petersburg, Va.

— Frank Mason




Story by Gary Bedore | Men’s Basketball 2013/2014 Season

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Kansas University freshman point guard Frank Mason doesn’t mind being compared to former Jayhawk great Sherron Collins. In fact, chances are if others don’t mention Collins’ name when discussing the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Mason, he just might do it himself. “I think I can do as well as Sherron did at KU. I do,” said Mason, a graduate of Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, Va. “I’m ready to come in and be point guard on a national championship team,” Mason added. Mason chose KU over Alabama, Maryland, South Carolina and Virginia Tech. “He’s a jet,” KU coach Bill Self said of Mason, who played at Petersburg (Va.) High School where he led the state in scoring in 2010-11 at 27.4 points per game and in 2011-12 at 27.1 points per contest. During his Petersburg career he scored 1,901 points and the Wave went a combined 78-4. Last year at (30-4) Massanutten he went for 17 points and eight assists per contest. “Frank is a really, really quick guard. He’s a true point. He can get guys easy baskets. He can break people down, very similar to the way the fans saw Sherron (Collins) break people down off the bounce,” Self added. Former Massanutten coach Chad Myers has noticed that Mason “has that stocky strong build like Sherron Collins. I don’t know if he shoots it as well from deep, but he might be a little bit quicker even. He’s fast with the ball and really a good defender. With his size and stature, that’s one of the guys who comes to mind.” Collins was a top-20 national recruit, while Mason enters college ranked 76th in the Class of 2013 by “I don’t pay attention to rankings,” Mason said. “I just play my game and believe in my strengths, believe in my coaching staff and coach Self who is a great coach and everything else falls into place.” Asked if he has anything to prove, he said: “We have something to prove to every other college team and every other program. That’s about it. I don’t have anything to prove personally.” Self doesn’t study the rankings, but is surprised Mason checks in so unheralded. “Frank is one of the best-kept secrets in high school basketball,” Self said. “I really believe even though his high school ranking is not much, he’s a guy that is as good as any guard out there.” Noted Myers: “I think he is very underrated. That’s my honest opinion. He’s very, very fast and can get pretty much anywhere he needs to get on the floor. He’s a lights-out shooter but can also get to the rim and make shots. He can put up points in bunches and put up points in different ways. He’s a true point guard, one of those guys that can set up and make everybody better on the floor. He actually makes all the right plays and right decisions.

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“I think (because of rankings) the kid has a little chip on his shoulder. He’s not worried about the rankings, but he’s going to go out and prove to everybody he’s pretty good, which I like in him. He uses that to motivate himself a little bit.” Mason signed a letter-of-intent with Towson University out of high school, but failed to qualify academically, so he headed to military school. Mason’s stock grew two summers ago when he posted 50 points off 16-for-21 shooting in the 804 All-Star Game in Richmond, Va. He received interest that summer from Tennessee, Louisville, Seton Hall and UConn. KU offered Mason a scholarship in July of 2012 after watching the lead guard’s AAU team win a tournament in Las Vegas. “Well my 50-point game in the all-star game was a great experience. I didn’t know I was close to 50 until the end,” Mason said. “It was surprising.” Mason said he chose KU “because of its tradition, coach Self’s winning percentage and the type of players they have there. I want to align myself with players of that ability and character. They are all the type of people I want to be around. “It’s a great program, from academics to basketball. It’s a great program. They’ve won a lot of Big 12 championships, made a lot of Final Four appearances and have multiple national championships.” He’s looking forward to teaming with KU sophomore Andrew White III, a fellow Virginia native. “We are very close. We play summer ball together,” Mason said. “Andrew is a great kid on and off the court. He can shoot, attack and finish.” He rooms with fellow freshman Brannen Greene of Georgia. “My goals my first year are to compete every day, work hard and do what I can to help the team win,” said Mason. ”I have wonderful teammates. Everyone loves to compete. We are going for the national title and no less — Big 12 champs and more.” For now, Mason is just happy to be here. “I absolutely love this place. I love the program, everything about it,” he said. 27


Story by Gary Bedore Jonesboro, Ark., native Hunter Mickelson considers himself a country boy at heart. “Hunting, fishing, playing basketball and going to school,” the 6-foot-10, 245-pound Mickelson said, describing the activities that took up all his time in his two years as a University of Arkansas basketball player. He announced plans last April to transport his outdoor gear to Lawrence and Kansas University for the final three years of his college | Men’s Basketball 2013/2014 Season

Photo by Nick Krug career. He must sit out a season — practice but not play in games — in accordance with transfer rules, then will be eligible for competition in 2014-15 and ‘15-16. “Just because of the tradition they have ... the opportunity to get to play in a national championship or play deep in the tournament ... that’s all I want,” said Mickelson. Mickelson averaged 5.4 points and 3.5 rebounds his sophomore season (16.6 minutes/game) after setting Arkansas’ all-time

A recent University of Memphis graduate in the field of organizational leadership, 21-yearold Tarik Black plans on leading Kansas University’s young men’s basketball team this season. “Even though I’m new to this program, I’m not new to college basketball. I’m not new to big games. I’m not new to taking over games. I’m not new to anything that has to do with the college level,” said Black, a 6-foot-9, 260-pound senior, immediately eligible after transferring from Memphis because he’s armed with an undergraduate college degree. “I have experience to spread. I’m already spreading it. I’m not saying I’ll step into the gym as a leader. I have to earn that role and earn my keep. I have to earn guys’ respect for me and coaches expect to trust me, that I’ll be a leader and not steer guys wrong, which I plan on doing.” Black averaged 8.1 points and 4.8 rebounds while coming off the bench in 27 games and starting five his junior season for the 31-5 Tigers. “He’s powerful. He can go get the rebound. He’s strong,” assessed KU freshman guard Wayne Selden Jr. Black, who signed a financial aid agreement with KU on May 20, choosing the Jayhawks over Duke, Oregon, Ohio State and Georgetown, hit 58.9 percent of his floor shots (103 of 175, second-best mark on team) last season while logging 20.8 minutes a game. He hit 52 of 116 free throws for 44.8 percent. “Tarik has played in a ton of big games and certainly has had a good experience at Memphis,” KU coach Bill Self said of the Memphis Ridgeway High graduate who was ranked No. 54 in the Class of 2010 by “He’s used to winning and can help us in both of our big positions. He can play the 4 and the 5 and we look forward to moving him around. He’ll be an impact player that certainly changes the outlook of our team and makes us more versatile.”

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Black, who is a Memphis native, played against KU as a freshman. He scored eight points off 3-of9 shooting (2-2 from line) with four rebounds and four fouls in 21 minutes of the Tigers’ 81-68 loss to the Jayhawks in New York’s Madison Square Garden. “Tarik had a very good experience at Memphis playing for Josh Pastner,” Self said of Black, whose best season at Memphis came in 2011-12 when he averaged

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10.7 points off 68.9 percent shooting. “He was a great high school player under Wes Henning at Ridgeway (High, Memphis) and I think his transition will be smooth.” Black was named second-team all-Conference USA in 2012 and was also named to Conference USA’s all-defensive team. In 2011, Black was named to the league’s allfreshman team after he averaged 9.1 points and 5.0 rebounds.




freshman shot block record (72) two campaigns ago. “They always play tough. They have great home games, great road trips. They’ve won a bunch of conference titles back to back. I wanted to be part of that,” said Mickelson, whose career high in points is 16 versus Robert Morris and rebounds 13 against Northwestern State. He seriously considered KU out of high school, but chose coach John Pelphrey’s Razorbacks over KU, Florida, Baylor, Arizona, Kentucky and 19 others that offered scholarships. Pelphrey was fired before Mickelson’s freshman season, the big man turning out to not be a good fit with new coach Mike Anderson’s pressing style of play. “He is a great coach. It probably is a good style for big men, but it just wasn’t for me,” said Mickelson,’s No. 100-rated player in the high school recruiting Class of 2011. “It (transfer) happened fairly quick (last spring). We talked about it a little while, me and my family, discussed the options and decided Kansas was the best place.” Hunter’s dad, Darien, is pleased that his son is moving over to KU. “KU was my No. 1 choice out of (Jonesboro Westside) high school, but he is a homestate kid and wanted to play for the Razorbacks. We gave that a try even though we knew the system and style probably wasn’t the best one for him,” said Darien. “KU is a good fit with the type of players he (Bill Self) turns out as far as the Cole Aldriches and Jeff Witheys,” Darien added. “The storied tradition of KU basketball .. it is like Notre Dame football. It doesn’t get any better than that. The biggest factor is KU really recruits itself, but just being on the court with three or four other high quality talented kids makes everybody better. You can’t have the success and history and expectations maintained that many years by not doing it right.”

Number 25 6' 9" Height Position Forward Weight 260 Year Hometown Senior Memphis, Tenn.

Number 42 Height 6' 10" Position Forward Weight 245 Year Junior Hometown Jonesboro, Ark.

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“He has a natural gift of getting the ball in the basket.”

Number 34 Height 6' 8" Position Forward Weight 225 Year Sophomore Hometown Wichita, Kan.

— Bill Self




Story by Gary Bedore & Tom Keegan | Men’s Basketball 2013/2014 Season

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Kansas University assistant basketball coach Kurtis Townsend strolled by the home team’s bench in Allen Fieldhouse last spring — a bench occupied by Bill Self Fantasy Camp assistant coach Perry Ellis. “Hey Perry, calm down,” cracked Townsend, needling Ellis, who sat silently as extrovert head coach Norm Roberts did all the barking of orders to the middleaged players. The moment was a funny reminder of the low-key nature of Ellis, a 6-8, 225-pound sophomore from Wichita, who spoke softly, but was solid his freshman season, evidenced by his 5.8 points and 3.9 boards a game. Ellis came on strong as 2012-13 progressed. Who can forget his 23-point effort against Iowa State in the Big 12 tournament and the fact he made the alltournament team? Not former KU center Jeff Withey, who helped awaken Ellis during a mid-season game. “I’m not a guy who is going to grab you by the neck or anything like that, but I was like, ‘Dunk the ball!’ I just got in his face and told him to be aggressive,” said Withey, now with the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans. “I think everybody on the team has done that with Perry at one time or another.” Withey was itching to see Ellis’ athletic ability translate into bundles of points and rebounds. “He runs like a guard. He’s just an athlete, and it’s annoying when he doesn’t put it into play,” Withey said. Seemingly everybody in Kansas knows Ellis’ story. He led Wichita Heights to four consecutive state championships and set the City League career scoring record since broken by KU freshman guard Conner Frankamp of Wichita North. Often during the first few months of the 2012-13 season, Ellis looked like just another freshman struggling to find his way. He dunked the ball twice in his first 34 games, but four times in the next two.

Early in their KU careers, Marcus and Markieff Morris drew the ire of Self for not dunking close shots, but in their case it was more a case of not wanting to exert the energy. In Ellis’ case, his mind was so cluttered with information he didn’t see the simple plays. “The hardest part adjusting from high school to college was just mentally,” Ellis said. “It’s just a lot more. There are just a lot more details, a lot more specific details. It can be overwhelming as a freshman. Just getting over that was the best thing for me. You kind of get used to what you have to do and know what you have to do, and it makes you feel comfortable.” Junior guard Naadir Tharpe, who had his own growing pains as a freshman, enjoyed watching Ellis emerge late last season. “He wasn’t dunking as much as he should,” Tharpe said. “He would lay it up at times when we would prefer him to dunk it. I’m seeing him trying to dunk everything now, and that’s how he should be because he’s a great athlete, and he’s a great player.” Tharpe said he saw a change in Ellis in the practices leading up to the Big 12 tourney. Withey saw him begin to blossom then as well, but even at that Ellis exceeded Withey’s short-term expectations. “He just started being more aggressive. You could see him going after the ball with two hands. He was getting more rebounds and stuff, but honestly it wasn’t until that breakout game (versus Iowa State) that I saw him put everything into play, be ultra-aggressive, finally dunk the ball, do everything we wanted him to do early on,” Withey said. “It just clicked, I guess.” Ellis explained the change by saying in practice and post-practice shooting/ dribbling sessions, he “worked on attacking the rim, and it’s really benefited me.” Withey said the key is to dunk so much in practice it “becomes a habit. You do have to put in a little extra effort to get up there and make sure you slam it down. The

outcome is you get more energy because of it.” Ellis is an intriguing prospect in that he brings a little bit of everything from the forward position, and he shared which former KU players’ games he has tried to model. “I like the twins’ game,” he said, meaning Marcus and Markieff Morris. “I watched a lot of them when I was in high school.” Ellis said he incorporated “short jump shots” into his game after watching them score so many points with them: “They really had a nice touch. That’s something I’ve really been working on since seeing them, and I feel like I have some of that.” What else? “When they had a bigger defender on them, they could pull it out and shoot some jump shots on him,” Ellis said. “When they had a smaller defender on them, they could take him to the hole and post up.” And they came to appreciate the joy in dunking, as has Ellis, who is fired up about Year No. 2 in college. “We’re counting on him to be an upperclassman,” KU coach Self said. “He will be a stud. He showed what he can do late in the season. He has a natural gift of getting the ball in the basket. He’s repetition and minutes away from being an excellent player.” Ellis said he’s been impressed with KU’s newcomers. “Wayne (Selden) and Joel (Embiid),” he said, asked who has caught his eye. “Right now they all are doing well. They’ve got to keep pushing and get through it. It’s really different your freshman year. You’ve just got to keep working.” Of senior newcomer Tarik Black, Ellis said: “He’s good. He’s strong. He’s big. He’s doing well out there. He has a big, strong body.” Fellow Wichita native Frankamp is “shooting it well,” Ellis said, noting Self jokes about the former Wichita North combo guard last season breaking Ellis’ alltime Wichita City League scoring mark. “He doesn’t say anything too much. Coach likes messing with me about it,” Ellis added with a smile. “I never played with him before. We’re getting to talk a lot. It’s great having him here. He’s a good kid.” And of the addition of Andrew Wiggins, Ellis said: “I was definitely excited (when KU signed him). It’s always great to play against great players. The more great players you are playing against, the better you get. It’s great.” 31

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Number 10 Position Guard Year Junior

Height 5' 11" Weight 170 Hometown Worcester, Mass.

— Bill Self




Story by Gary Bedore | Men’s Basketball 2013/2014 Season

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Naadir Tharpe, who had a four-game stretch last season in which he dished 22 assists against no turnovers and hit a floater to win a double-overtime road thriller against Oklahoma State, definitely showed vast improvement from his freshman to sophomore seasons. The 5-11, 170-pounder went from a non-rotation player to a huge factor, so much so he was asked one game by a media member if he’d compare himself to another height-challenged point guard, Allen Iverson. “I don’t compare myself to anybody ... Iverson shot the ball 20 times a game,” said Tharpe, who has had some amazing games like a 12-assist, no turnover performance in just 20 minutes against American University. “If anybody, I’d say more like Chris Paul, maybe ... Steve Nash,” he added. Tharpe’s become such a good distributor, nobody would be shocked if in the next two seasons he breaks Tom Kivisto’s KU record 18 assists in one game, dating to 1973. “I definitely played better than this in high school, but I’m not going to compare high school to college. I had a game where I had 16 assists, close to 20 (at Brewster Academy),” said Tharpe, a Worcester, Mass., native. Tharpe said the reason for his improvement was hard work. Also ... “I would say I’d credit mostly my older brother, Tishaun,” Tharpe said. “We sat down and talked to each other a lot, as well as coach (Bill Self) and my teammates encouraging me.” Tharpe, who lost his dad, Ronald Edward Tharpe, to cancer in 2006, has a mentor and role model in 34-yearold brother Tishaun Jenkins, who was a first-team NCAA Div. III All-America point guard at Salem State University in Massachusetts. Jenkins led Salem State to its first and only Final Four appearance in 2000 and was recently named to the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame. “I talk to him after every game I play,” Tharpe said. “He always tells me what I need to do better. He tells me I need to take a different mind-set out here. You have to be everywhere on the court. That’s what I’m trying to do.”

Jenkins explained his “be everywhere” philosophy. “That is my thing,” said Jenkins, a former school teacher who works for Verizon in Worcester, Mass. “I said, ‘Naadir, you have to have the will to make every play ... to say I want to make the shot, grab the rebound, outlet it. I want to get it going and finish it right. I want to play defense, do everything, whatever it takes, do everything, be everywhere.’ “Right now, I think he’s just figured some things out. He’s more comfortable,” Jenkins added of the main reason for his brother’s success. The success came out of nowhere his soph season. Naadir was at the nadir after playing poorly in a victory over Saint Louis on Nov. 20. He had three points and two assists, missing four of five shots in 22 minutes. “He was down, almost to the point, ‘I don’t know if I can do this, Ti,’” Jenkins said. “I was like, ‘You don’t quit. When the going gets tough, you get tougher. When it gets tougher you get tougher and tougher. That’s how it goes. You take that motivation to get better and show what you are about. Meet the challenge.’” Sensing a need to catch his brother’s attention further, Jenkins after the Saint Louis game told Tharpe of a conversation he had with coach Bill Self last January. “Last year, coach said, ‘Tishaun, let’s be honest. Naadir is not going to go and dominate a basketball game,’” Jenkins said. “I am one of those guys … my coach told me as a junior in college that I reached my pinnacle. I put signs everywhere in my dorm room to stay motivated because this guy thought I was as good as I was going to be. I told my brother, ‘Coach Self said you can’t dominate a game.’ I don’t know if that put a little fire under his butt. It seems it has. “I think coach Self is one of the best coaches in the country. I said to him (Tharpe), ‘If he thinks you can’t dominate, either that’s a lack of effort in practice or you are not showing him what you can do. On the court, you are definitely not showing him what you can do.’” That was about the time Jenkins asked Self if KU could provide a counselor to help Tharpe work on some issues regarding his dad’s death.

“He spoke to someone the course of the whole year,” Jenkins said, expressing thanks to KU and Self for the forum for Tharpe to speak about his dad. “When you lose your father, you lose your sense of security. You could talk to him. He didn’t make decisions for you but gave you options, methods, ways to go. When you lose that, it’s on you.” Speaking about reasons for his improvement, Tharpe said ... “I just feel like I’m going out and playing basketball. It’s something I’ve been doing my whole life. I know what I need to do on the court — that’s find people and get them when they are open.” Tharpe averaged 5.5 points a game his soph season off 34.3 percent shooting. He hit 35 of 106 threes (33 percent) and dished 113 assists to 51 turnovers. “A lot of coaches that coached me always said I was a good shooter. Growing up, my brother always told me, ‘You’ve got a nice stroke,’” Tharpe said. “Coach Self says the same thing. He gets mad if I don’t shoot open shots so I know I’ve got to shoot the ball when I’m open.” Self is pleased with Tharpe’s progress. He always has been a fan of Tharpe the person, who showed up for his recruiting visit wearing a tie. “What a great kid,” Self said, adding of his game, “He’s gotten more comfortable. He’s more aggressive defensively. He’s getting where he can facilitate really well. He gives us a boost every time he comes in the game.” Tharpe said the key to be a contributing rotation player in college is “timing.” “When it’s time for you and coach calls your name, you gotta be ready to step up and take on the challenge,” he said. Remember, back in 2012 Tharpe did not even play during the final four games of KU’s run to the national title game. He logged just 17 minutes of combined court time against KU’s first two opponents. “I was sitting on the bench, and I felt like I was useless to my team. At the end of the day, I tried to keep a good attitude, but I definitely think about that all the time, being on that bench. I don’t want that to ever happen again,” said Tharpe, on the court during crunch time in the final game of the 2013 postseason, a Sweet 16 loss to Michigan. “It’s definitely fun,” he said. “It’s what I wanted to do and why I came to this school. Just getting the chance to come out on the court and play, I’m just excited about that and try to produce as much as I can.” 33

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“He works hard at it. He has three years left. He’s going to be a terrific player.” — Bill Self




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Kansas University sophomore Jamari Traylor proved to be a hit on the speaking circuit last summer. Traylor, the Jayhawks’ 6-foot-8, 220-pound power forward from Chicago, was guest speaker during both sessions of Bill Self’s camp in Horejsi Center. That meant standing before 800 youths with microphone in hand on successive Wednesday afternoons. During the first of two sessions, Traylor had to wipe away tears as coach Self used words such as “there’s not a bigger stud in the world,” and “I’ve never been prouder of a kid I’ve coached” in reference to Traylor, who survived about a year of homelessness on the cold, mean streets of the Windy City during his freshman and sophomore years of high school. “Listen,” Self exclaimed to the campers, bringing them to attention. “Jamari lived on the streets for almost a year and in homeless shelters and on his own sleeping in abandoned cars with no heat. The only reason he went to school was to get a free lunch. A bad day for him is a little bit different than us,” Self added. “Try to go three to four days without eating. That’s a real bad day. That’s why he’ll be an unbelievable father and husband, provider and play pro basketball someday — because he cares so much.” Traylor moved out of his mom’s house near 27th and State St., losing his motivation for high school after his dad was imprisoned. With the help of his mom and a mentor, he was able to return to school and eventually surface at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., for his senior year. That’s where he caught the eye of KU’s coaches (initially recruiting IMG’s DeAndre Daniels), accepted a scholarship and has been here the past three years. Revisiting his life path — and listening to the approving words of coach Self — proved a bit emotional for Traylor at Self’s camp. “That’s coach Self. He knows me. He’s proud of me. It’s good for him to share that with the kids, so I understand,” Traylor said. “Sometimes you just get emotional in talking about it. It’s crazy. Little kids look up to me. My life can inspire other people, so it’s a little touching to me.” Self said Traylor’s big heart and toughness on the court will enable him to someday play professional basketball and make a good living for himself and his loved ones. “Some of the things I went through definitely made me a lot tougher, made me a lot smarter, made me appreciative,” Traylor said. “Anything I do, I appreciate it. I always say, ‘Thank you.’ It’s made me more humble. “It was tough,” he added of a year roaming the streets at night. “No shoulder to lean on as much. I’m in a good situation now. It was pretty much a life lesson, helped me get to where I am today. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. It’s definitely made me a lot better.”

Traylor — he averaged 2.1 points and 2.1 boards while blocking 28 shots in 37 games a year ago — put in overtime in the gym during the offseason. He knows he has to expand his game in battling the likes of soph Perry Ellis, freshmen Joel Embiid and Landen Lucas, senior Tarik Black and others for precious inside minutes. He averaged 9.6 minutes per contest his red-shirt frosh season. “I can definitely get a lot better. I think I have a lot of potential,” said Traylor. “Like coach said (to campers), I haven’t been playing that long (since junior year of high school). With a good coach like that teaching me, I know I can do anything. “I’ve been working on my jump shot. It’s what I’ve been working on the most. You’ll see me putting up a couple jumpers,” Traylor added. Of KU’s inside players, he said: “Pretty much everybody looks good. We’re stacked. We are going to look good, do our thing. We are going to compete. Teams going against us ... we’re going to be a force to be reckoned with.” Traylor, who red-shirted his freshman year, has three years of eligibility remaining, but is in year No. 3 in Lawrence. “It’s kind of crazy ... all these guys (eight newcomers) coming in, it’s like I’m the oldest person now as opposed to when I came in,” Traylor said. “I remember my first workout and dead tired, Thomas (Robinson) was showing me around, telling me, ‘Run this way.’ I was following him the whole time. Now I’m giving guys directions, helping other guys out. That’s what the crazy thing is this year.” Self has big plans for Traylor. “Offensively he has to get where he can score consistently. He can be a great defender and is an exceptional athlete. He’s not real big for the position he plays so he has to get a little more skilled where he can step away from the basket and do some things,” Self said. “He works hard at it. He has three years left. He’s going to be a terrific player.” 35

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Number 3 Height 6' 6" Position Guard Weight 210 Year Sophomore Hometown Richmond, Va.

“It just so happened I picked (No.) 3, I’m the third, and I shoot three-pointers. I guess there can be some fun in that.” — Andrew White III

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Story by Gary Bedore | Men’s Basketball 2013/2014 Season

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Prior to last November’s exhibition opener against Emporia State, Kansas University shooting guard Andrew White had never played in a game with his name on his uniform. That made it even more significant that he decided to add an extra tribute — a “III” following “White” — just a few weeks before the season began. “Not everybody can do this, because not everybody is third generation,” said White III, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound sophomore from Richmond, Va. “So I thought it was a good opportunity to show off my family. It’s a great feeling to carry my dad and my grandpa’s name.” White — his full name is Andrew Jackson White III — came up with the idea early his freshman year, contacting KU men’s basketball publicist Chris Theisen to see if it would be possible. Theisen passed the idea to assistant athletic director for equipment Larry Hare, who received approval from KU coach Bill Self. By the end of that day, White was able to phone his parents, Andrew Jr. and Sheryl, to let them know that “White III” would adorn the back of his jerseys, home and road. A few weeks later, when White received his uniform, he sent a picture to his father, a housing developer back in Chester, which is close to Richmond. “He doesn’t have a whole lot of emotion, but I know he liked it,” White III said. “He said it looked good.” Indeed, Andrew Jackson White Jr., and Andrew Jackson

White Sr., were humbled by what was much more than a fashion statement on a jersey. “He carries that legacy and is proud of it,” Andrew’s granddad, an 80-year-old retired Baptist pastor, said last season from his home in Petersburg, Va. “The way he carries himself and goes about things ... he has an appreciation for the legacy. He accepts it, appreciates it and wants to extend it. He is family-oriented, and our family has been familyoriented. We take great pride in the name and what it means, what it stands for. What he has on his jersey carries that family tradition.” The name Andrew Jackson White is huge in Petersburg. The football field at Petersburg High is named in honor of Andrew’s granddad, as well as a wing in a children’s home in Chesterfield, Va., and an endowment at Virginia Union University. “We’ve always tried to teach him to do the right thing, to be considerate of others. This might be an offshoot of that,” said Andrew Jr. “He ran it by me about the time they went to Europe (last August). I said, ‘If that’s what you want to do, whoever you want to be.’ His mom got a kick out of it. We all did.” White III credits his father — a shooting specialist in his college days at Div. II basketball Morehouse College — for helping him grow as a player. Andrew and dad have spent countless hours in gyms. “That’s just the kind of influence he’s had on me to play ball,” White III said of his papa. “I think this ‘third’ on my jersey is the least way I can show some respect to my dad.” White III, who has impressed reporters with his polite demeanor since his arrival to KU, heeds the family mantra. “Our basic philosophy is, ‘Life is God’s gift to us. What we do with that life is our gift to God,’” the oldest White said. “We believe in that. Whenever we climb, we lift somebody else, too. We are dedicated to helping people. It’s the philosophy of our family.” By the way, White’s two siblings are: Andrias Jackee White, a 22-year-old magna cum laude graduate of George Mason University, and Andrien Jaire White, 15, the names all related to the family legacy. Andrew Jr.’s sister is named Andrea. On a humorous note, White III admits the Roman numerals on his back have only added to his No. 3 theme. “It just so happened I picked (No.) 3, I’m the third, and I shoot three-pointers,” White III said. “I guess there can be some fun in that.” Andrew’s granddad was nicknamed ‘Trees’ in high school because he stood 6-foot-2. Andrew Jr. is 6-4 and KU’s Andrew 6-6. “We just want him to be responsible to who he is,” Andrew Jr. said, noting the White family now consists of “all Jayhawk fans.” 37

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Kansas University freshman Andrew Wiggins might have some competition for the top vertical jump on the team. KU senior forward Justin Wesley says his vertical has been measured this year at 45 inches —up from 42 inches a year ago. “I don’t know what Wiggins’ is. We’ll see,” Wesley said with a smile. “But I’d still say I jump the highest on the team.” Athleticism hasn’t ever been the problem for the 6-foot-9, 220-pound transfer from Lamar. He was limited to just 68 minutes a year ago, partly because of injuries and partly because of a limited offensive arsenal. In his fourth year at KU —he redshirted in 2010-11 — the Fort Worth, Texas native says he’s working hard to become a more complete player. “I’ve been in the gym working on my shot, trying to get that better,” Wesley said. “Just having the mentality that I can score and that I can play, that’s helped me a lot. Confidence takes you a lot further than you think.” The lack of faith in his offensive game showed in last year’s statistics. According to, Wesley attempted just 4.3 percent of KU’s shots when he was on the floor. To compare, the average shot percentage for a player is 20 percent; forward Jamari Traylor had the second-lowest shot percentage on the team, and he was still at 12.9 percent. In this past offseason, Wesley made 250 shots per day — both mid-range and long-range, which includes three-pointers — in addition to the reps during individual drills with coaches. His improved skillset was evident in the second Bill Self campers scrimmage last June 19, as he scored 14 points for the Red squad, with many of those points coming on jumpshots. “I just wanted to come out and be aggressive,” Wesley said. “Honestly, I didn’t know that I played that well.” Wesley also has been motivated by his older brother, former KU guard Keith Langford. The two talk

Story by Jesse Newell on the phone often. “He’s just told me, ‘You’ve been there four years now, going into your fifth year (of college). There’s nothing that’s going to get thrown at you that you haven’t encountered before,’” Wesley said. “‘You’re one of the older guys in the game right now. Just enjoy it, have fun and be confident. Just know that you can play the game.’” In summer scrimmages, Wesley enjoyed battling KU’s talented newcomers, including Tarik Black, Joel Embiid and Wiggins. All three have the chance to be future NBA pros. “Since I’ve been here, this is the most athletic team I’ve been on,” Wesley said. “I don’t know exactly who we’re getting compared to, but I’m very excited about this year. I don’t think there’s very many teams out there as athletic as us. “As long as we come together as a team and play unselfishly

Photo by Nick Krug together, I think we’ll be pretty good.” Wesley also knows the reality of the situation. Because KU coach Self has brought in so much frontcourt talent, the opportunity to get minutes might be limited. “However coach Self plays me, or whatever he does, I trust him,” Wesley said. “He’s very successful. Right now, I’m just trying to get better in all areas. However he sees how I fit the puzzle, then I’m OK with that.” Wesley knows — on the court or not — he has a valuable role to play for this year’s team. “The least (that) I want to do now is help the younger guys and try to be a leader, either by example or vocally or whatever it takes to be a leader,” Wesley said. “I’m a senior, last go-around, so I want to leave with an impression on these guys, and I want to help them be the best they can be.”




stuff like here. You start feeling homesick or something, well this is not even close to being in a different country. I’m only in a different state.” The idea of exposing Lucas to the country in which he was born belonged to Lucas’ mother, Shelly. Her flexible job and worldly perspective led to the idea that taking her son back to Japan would open opportunities unavailable to most boys growing up in America. “It was a last-second decision, pretty much,” Lucas said. “We sold everything we owned and when we went over there we didn’t know how long we were gonna be there. She took me to some small town in southern Japan where they didn’t speak any English. She put me in school there and I had to become fully fluent.” It worked so well that the young Lucas often spoke on his mother’s behalf during job interviews. “I had to translate for her when we went over the second time,” he said. “That’s when I was really fluent. Any kind of translation she needed, I was there for her.” Living on the other side of the world enabled Lucas to grow up at a different rate and in a different way than his American friends. But even half a world away, he still had basketball. The game was a little different over there, but not necessarily in a bad way. “Whenever they commit to something, they commit to something 100 percent,” Lucas said. “We would have practices that sometimes would last all weekend long. We would have breakfast, lunch, dinner and sometimes sleep in the gym.” Although the intense practice regimen was new to Lucas, the game itself was not that different. A pick and roll was still a pick and roll, a good jump shot was still a good jump shot and a guy who was willing to work the way Lucas was always found a place on any team. That work ethic was something he picked up from his dad, Richard, who played basketball professionally in Japan and knew enough of the language, Lucas said, “to be in the huddle of the game, understand what they Story by MAtt Tait Photo by Nick Krug were saying and order something at McDonald’s.” “I talk to my dad after every practice,” Lucas said. “He’s been through everything. Maybe not as high of a level, but he played at Oregon, he was a coach after that and he’s been through it all. He enjoyed doing the Like most up-and-coming high school basketball things people don’t enjoy doing. The great thing about players, Landen Lucas spent his formative years that is, at every level, no matter what, you’re always dreaming of playing at a big-time college and, going to find a spot for yourself if you play like that.” eventually, in the NBA. As the years have gone by and Lucas’ childhood However, long before visions of venues like Allen memories of life in Japan — not to mention the Fieldhouse filled his head, Lucas’ dreams actually language itself — have begun to fade, he has leaned played out in Japanese. on his past experiences to handle anything life throws Lucas, a Kansas University red-shirt freshman center, at him, be it at school, in his social life or on the was born in Tokyo, lived the first three years of his life basketball court. in the Land of the Rising Sun and, later, spent most of “It helps with so much,” he said. “Just trying to his sixth- and seventh-grade years mastering the first adapt to situations. I’ve gone through so many life language he learned while living in Fukui, a city of experiences.” more than 800,000 people southwest of Tokyo. “He’s become more explosive. He’s probably the “There were definitely a lot of ups and downs,” toughest kid we have inside without question. He is a said Lucas, a 6-foot-10, 240-pounder out of Portland’s presence,” KU coach Bill Self said. “He needs to get a Westview High School. “You have times where you’re little more athletic, quicker twitch in some areas, but just homesick or at school you don’t understand half of he’s really gained on that. I think he’ll be a load. I think what they’re saying, but I eventually just had to adapt he’s going to be a really nice player.” and get the hang of it. And what that helps me with is

Number 4 Height 6' 9" Position Forward Weight 220 Year Senior (RS) Hometown Fort Worth, Texas

Number 33 Height 6' 10" Position Weight Forward 240 Year Freshman (RS) Hometown Portland, Ore.

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Kansas University’s five basketball walk-ons definitely have a high basketball IQ. Three of the walk-ons — Niko Roberts, Evan Manning and Tyler Self — are sons of coaches. Another — Justin Wesley — is brother of former KU great and current international star Keith Langford. And the fifth, Christian Garrett, has been in coach Bill Self’s system for last three years. Here’s a look at four of the walk-ons. Evan Manning, 6-3, 170 sophomore point guard, Lawrence: Manning, the son of Tulsa coach and former KU great Danny Manning, scored eight points off 3-of7 shooting in 12 games his freshman season. He hit two of six threes and had one assist to four turnovers in 34 total minutes. “I love Evan. Unfortunately for us, and for Evan, he missed two months straight of practice (last season because of foot injury),” Self said. “I think he will eventually become a guy who we can put into the game. I just think he needs to get a little more comfortable. He is a terrific kid and a great teammate to everybody.” Evan grew up a KU fan. “It is cool to be able to wear ‘Kansas’ across my chest, it’s always been a dream of mine,” Manning said. “KU has always been home to me. My dad was a part of the program and I spent the last 10 years around here (with Danny on staff before heading to Tulsa as head coach). I got a chance to know coach Self and I was able to fall in love with this program at a very early age.” Of KU’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder, Danny, Evan said: “My dad is my No. 1 supporter and has definitely been the biggest inspiration in my life. He’s always been there for me and he has been coaching me for a long time. He is just an overall great person to look up to both on-and-off the court. I call my dad all the time for advice,” Manning added. “I’ll ask him questions about our offense because he is running some of the same stuff over there. He always has been and still is a big help to me.” Manning has been an effective practice player in his still-young KU career. | Men’s Basketball 2013/2014 Season

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“Right now in practice my goal every day is to go out there and work as hard as I can,” Manning said. “By me playing at my highest level I am doing all that I can to help everyone else get better. In the long run I am hoping to work my way into the rotation and play valuable minutes.” Of coach Self, he said: “Coach Self is a basketball genius. I listen to everything he says ... all the time.” Niko Roberts, 5-11, 175, senior point guard, Saint Anthony’s High School, Huntington, N.Y.: Roberts, the son of KU assistant and former St. John’s head coach Norm Roberts, scored four points while dishing three assists against five turnovers in 15 games his junior season. He was 1-of-7 from the field in 34 total minutes. “I’ve known Niko since he was a baby, when he and Lauren (Self’s daughter) were fighting every day,” KU coach Bill Self said. “It’s so cool for him to be part of our team. He’s improved so much.

“He has become a very good practice player,” Self added. “He has worked so hard in the weight room, his body is strong. His game has improved and he’s become a terrific practice player. He’s tough and wants to help the team in any way he can.” Niko enjoyed getting to play for his dad last season. Norm Roberts, who worked for Self at Oral Roberts, Tulsa and Illinois, returned to Self’s staff after one season at Florida. “This is the first time my dad has really coached me,” Niko said. “When he could, he would always come to my games (in high school). On his off days, he would work me out. Maybe not

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as much as I wanted because his schedule was so busy, but he was definitely always there.” Niko went to as many practices and games as he could as a child, watching dad work while shooting on the side. “I stayed away from coaching him (in youth basketball),” Norm Roberts said. “I let other people coach him and stayed out of their way. I would coach him when he came home. I would always be upfront and honest with him. I would say to him, ‘OK, I have my coach’s hat on now and then I have my daddy’s hat on now.’ I would always try to separate the two. “I get on him at practice just

like I get on everybody else. He takes it. He understands it. He knows his role and what he needs to do to help our team. It’s really been fun to be around him every day.” Niko said he’s glad his dad is at KU “because I like being around my family a lot more,. It’s actually let me and my dad get closer. He was coaching 24-7 so we weren’t together. Now we’re together more. I’ve spent more time with him than a lot of times when I was at home.” Roberts has enjoyed his role as mainly a practice player on the Red team, the scout team. “I’m here to get our players better, to get them ready for the





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Christian Christian Garrett, 6-3, 185 junior shooting guard, Los Angeles: Garrett, who played in seven games his freshman season and 14 last year, still is looking for his first point as a Jayhawk. He had one assist, four turnovers and four rebounds last season while logging 27 minutes. “My role is to help the team any way I can,” Garrett said. “Whatever they need whether it is in practice, or anything else, I just have to work hard and help the team. The goal is to be the hardest working person on the team. Being a walk-on you really have to develop, especially if you want to play. You have to earn everything.” Garrett has earned the respect of KU coach Self. “Christian is a guy who hasn’t played much, but has improved as much as anybody in our program,” Self said.  “Sometimes the term ‘walk-on’ is used in a way that indicates those guys maybe aren’t as important as scholarship players. That’s not the case at all. Everybody on this team has value. Everybody has a role. Christian makes practice better every day with his attitude and work ethic. He is a leader for us that certainly deserves credit when you talk about the leadership on our team.”

Garrett, who has international experience playing for Athletes In Action summer teams, has become quite comfortable at KU. “There’s a huge difference between the first year and your second year,” Garrett learned last year. “Once you get that first year under your belt, it’s so much easier to focus on other things and be more confident.” He said his faith is most important to him. “Basketball is just a vehicle that God wants to use in my life,” Garrett said. “It’s one of my favorite things to do and I love it. I want to be good at it. I just enjoy playing.” “As a person he was starting to get spiritual when he first got here,” former KU guard Elijah Johnson said. “I think that developed his game as a player because his personality off the court definitely carried onto the court. He is so open-minded and positive all the time. He’s gotten better as a person and a basketball player. I think Kansas has been a good experience for him.”



Tyler Self, 6-2, 165 sophomore, Free State High: Self, the son of KU coach Bill Self, scored four points off 2-of-6 shooting with two assists against three turnovers in 11 games. “He’s maybe the best floater shooter on our team,” Bill Self said. Tyler’s first bucket at KU was a driving layup off the glass versus Colorado in Allen Fieldhouse. “I enjoyed coaching that team (2012-13) as much as any we’ve had. The biggest reason is I get a chance to see my son every day,” Bill added. Tyler has been around the game all his life. “I just always loved basketball,” said Tyler Self, who played at Free State High in Lawrence. “All my earliest memories were formed around basketball and it’s always been something I’ve loved to do. I was involved in it just through my dad’s job, but it was never forced on me to play — it just got me to know the game more and therefore, like it more.” He likes playing for his dad, who has won nine straight conference titles, with one national title and one runner-up finish at KU. “I’ll always think of it as just being another player out there,” Tyler said. “I think that he has to be a little tougher on me at times just to show that I’m not getting the easy way out.” Tyler chose KU over dad’s alma mater, Oklahoma State. “I was thinking about going to Oklahoma State,” said Tyler Self, who was born in Tulsa. “But after sitting down and thinking if I had the opportunity to play basketball at Kansas, that’s anybody’s dream, so it was hard to pass up that opportunity — I couldn’t do it. “I would say playing at Kansas is what you come here for,” Self added. “Not necessarily to play for my dad, even though I think he’s a great coach. My dad’s work ethic and passion truly separates him from other coaches. He loves the game and he loves to win. To him, anything other than winning is not acceptable. I think that’s what pushes him to the top.” His sister, Lauren, is a 2013 KU graduate. “They’ve always been really supportive of me and really been good influences in my life,” Tyler said of mom, Cindy, dad Bill, and sister Lauren. “I’d say they are different support than my dad because he keeps it so real, but my mom and sister are always so loving and supportive. They are always encouraging me and making me feel good.” He considers it a privilege playing here. “You owe it to everyone who’s played here and coached here before to give it your all and work hard every day,” Self said. “I would say you just owe it to the university to give it your all and keep the legacy going.”

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games,” Niko said. “If we don’t play well, then I feel responsible. I feel like we didn’t prepare them enough like learning other team’s offenses, their tendencies. That’s really important so we can get them as ready as possible.”

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“Recruiting is a neverending process. Not a day goes by you don’t do something recruitingrelated with prospects you are seriously interested in.” — Bill Self

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Bill Self’s amazing .836 winning percentage in 10 seasons at Kansas University and .756 overall mark in 20 campaigns as a head coach have him headed toward eventual induction into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame and National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. “I would tell you, ‘Complete Package’ is a great description of him,” KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger said of Self, who is an even 300-59 at KU and 507-164 overall. “Not only do I admire what he does with the X’s and O’s, how he handles the young guys, interacts with them, the constituent groups and for us that work with him on a day basis ... it’s safe to call him a celebrity coach. But he acts like anything but a celebrity coach. He’s absolutely a joy and pleasure to work with,” Zenger added. Self’s three crowning achievements would have to be his 2008 NCAA title, 2012 runner-up finish and current streak of nine straight Big 12 regular-season championships. As to how he’s been able to lead so many teams to net-cutting ceremonies, Self said: “I think the biggest thing is we’ve had really good players. A lot of times players don’t get the credit they deserve — how good they are.

“We’ve had good players. They expect to win. We’ve won nine in a row, six conference tournament championships, had some success in the NCAA Tournament and a couple memorable losses, too. The biggest thing is we’ve had good players here,” Self added. Those are players Self and his assistants have tirelessly pursued on the recruiting trail. “Recruiting is a never-ending process,” said Self, who has signed top 15-ranked players in Andrew Wiggins (1), Josh Selby (1), Joel Embiid (6 by ESPN) Xavier Henry (8), Julian Wright (8), Wayne Selden (12), Mario Chalmers (12) and Brandon Rush (13). “Not a day goes by you don’t do something recruiting-related with prospects you are seriously interested in. “With Kurt (Townsend), Norm (Roberts) and of course Joe (Dooley) just here, Danny (Manning) here last year and Jank (Tim Jankovich) before that (plus new assistant Jerrance Howard), you’ve got so many guys who have played a huge role in representing our school and selling it well. We love the product we are selling, but the product alone doesn’t sell it. We have to work and I have a staff that does it as well as anybody.” Recruiting just might be the toughest part of the job. “Recruiting is hard everywhere. Whoever

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says recruiting is easy is wrong,” Self said. “There are some jobs out there you’d think on paper would be the easiest to recruit to, but it’s not easier, just easier than some others. “One of the great things about recruiting,” he added, “is it’s about relationships. When you recruit nationally like we do, it’s harder to have those relationships because you are not in those (high school) programs year in and out recruiting. You have to treat people right over time and hopefully they’ll want to help you over time.” KU’s coaches recruit all over the country. “It’s quite a bit more difficult going into somebody else’s turf to get guys because I still think the majority of players out there in a perfect world would enjoy playing close to home if at all possible,” Self said. “We don’t have that luxury, because we live in a pretty rural area, but there are good players in our area. We’ve got to try to get those kids, but then we have to go dabble in other places. “It is hard. We’ve gone to Alaska, Seattle, Portland, the Bay Area, San Diego, the Bronx, Newark, D.C., Baltimore, Florida, Chicago, St. Louis, Dallas, Houston. We’ve had guys from all over the place. I do think we have a brand and national name we can get in most doors.” Sometimes Self and his assistants follow players — such as Wichita’s Perry Ellis — when they are are young as eighth 46

grade. Other times they start recruiting players, such as this year’s prize — Wiggins — as late as the summer before their junior seasons of high school. The specific pitch to Wiggins, a 6-8 forward from Huntington (W. Va.) Prep, who signed with KU over Kentucky, North Carolina and Florida State in May, went something like this: “The opportunity, the need, the exposure, the style of play, the success we’ve had of late,” Self said. “The programs he considered (Kentucky, Florida State, North Carolina) have all got it going and others have it going as well. “We’ve had it going pretty well, too. We’ve been able to sell what we’ve done and been able to sell a track record. That said, you have to have a connection with people and Kurtis Townsend did a great job with he and his family. I’d like to think he (Wiggins) has a comfort level with our players and recruiting class coming in. It was a team effort without question.” Self has some stats ready for his recruits. “We have won as many or more games than anybody of late. We’ve won the league (Big 12) nine years in a row,” Self said. “We’ve had lottery picks in the league (NBA). We’ve graduated every kid we’ve had here as a senior except one. I think we’re 27 out of 28 now. We’ve not played to less than a sellout in 12 years. “There are a lot of things we can sell.”

Self sometimes gives a history lesson to recruits. “Dr. (James) Naismith was our first coach. Adolph Rupp did play here. Dean Smith did play here. Ralph Miller was here and John McLendon was from here and Wilt (Chamberlain) was from here. Start adding that all up, there’s a lot of positive things that have taken place here,” Self said, proud of KU’s tradition and tree of coaches. “There are so many people that impacted our game historically that basically got their start here. It’s an easy sell, a great product. Still yet with players in today’s time and immediate gratification and things like that, you have to be able to sell opportunity too.” In a perfect world, Self would be able to coach players such as Wiggins, Ben McLemore, Selby, Henry and Wright for four years, not just one or two. But that’s just not the way it is. Wiggins will be here one year and one year only. “I’m OK with the one and done. I don’t think it’s a good rule. I think kids should be able to go right out of high school if they meet a certain criteria, (if) an NBA selection panel says they are definitely a first-round draft pick,” Self said. “I don’t think the fact the way rules are set up that you’ll probably be losing a youngster after one year is a bad thing. There’s been many one and dones out there the way the rule is set up. “Even though I don’t like the rule, it has really benefited our sport in that they (one and dones) have been great ambassadors for different reasons. “I certainly believe if Andrew comes in and does what he is capable of doing he can certainly fall into that group and be a great role model and ambassador for college athletics. I wish kids could go out of high school if that’s where they should be as far as the people looking at them a certain way, but it would be nice to see the kids stay longer than one year in college as well.” It’s interesting that as Self begins his 11th season at KU, he has perhaps his top recruiting class. Complacency has not set in the coaches’ offices on KU’s campus. KU’s class consists of No. 1 Wiggins, plus No. 12 Wayne Selden, 6-5 shooting guard, Tilton (N.H.) School; No. 25 Joel Embiid, 7-0 center, Rock School,

Gainesville, Fla.; No. 29 Brannen Greene, 6-7 small forward, Tift County High, Tifton, Ga.; No. 34 Conner Frankamp, 6-0, combo guard, Wichita North;  and No. 76 Frank Mason, 5-11 point guard, Massanutten Military Academy, Woodstock, Va. Also, KU has landed former Arkansas center Hunter Mickelson, 6-10, who will sit out next season then have two years of eligibility remaining and transfer center Tarik Black, 6-9 from Memphis who is eligible this season. “We had an unbelievable class when we signed Brandon (Rush), Mario (Chalmers), Julian (Wright) and Micah Downs (2005-06). That’s a big-time class,” Self said. “This one has more upside. Andrew (Wiggins) has a chance to be the first pick in the draft. Joel Embiid goes from being an unranked player to being the top center prospect in the class. He’s raw but so gifted physically. Wayne Selden is a McDonald’s All-American and top15 guy. Everybody knows about those three, but they are sleeping on are the other three. Conner Frankamp can play for anyone and so can Brannen Greene. Frank Mason is about as underrated of a point guard as there is in the class. It’s been a great recruiting class, but we need to have a great recruiting class because we lost so many guys on a team that did pretty well (last) year.” | Men’s Basketball 2013/2014 Season C1-435754

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Allen Fieldhouse Kansas University’s next men’s basketball victory in Allen Fieldhouse will be its 700th in history. The Jayhawks are 699-108 in Allen. To commemorate the feat, the Journal-World has stretched its memorable moments in Allen, last printed in 2007, from 50 to 59. The fieldhouse turns 59 years old in March. The J-W encourages fans to send their own memorable moments lists, encompassing all events that have taken place in Allen, to Gary Bedore at gbedore@ TOP MOMENTS IN ALLEN FIELDHOUSE In no particular order as chosen by the Journal-World staff. 1. Wilt Chamberlain scores 52 points in his college debut, an 87-69 victory over Northwestwern on Dec. 3, 1956. Chamberlain converts 20 of 29 floor shots and 12 of 20 free throws. He also had 31 rebounds. 2. Bud Stallworth drops in 50 points, many from long-range, in a 93-80 victory over Missouri on Feb. 26, 1972. Stallworth’s explosion is witnessed by KU’s 1952 title team in town for a 20th reunion. 3. Down by 19 points in the second half, KU rallies to beat Missouri, 87-86, in overtime on Feb. 25, 2012. Thomas Robinson scores 28 points and Tyshawn Taylor 24 points. It turned out to be the final game in the KU-MU series, with the Tigers leaving the Big 12 for the SEC the following season. 4. KU registers an astonishing 150-95 romp over Kentucky on Dec. 9, 1989, in a game in which the Jayhawks lead 80-61 at the half. Terry Brown finishes with 31 points while nailing seven of 10 three-point shots. 48 | Men’s Basketball 2013/2014 Season

5. Wilt Chamberlain returns Jan. 17, 1998, as part of KU’s 100th anniversary of basketball. Wearing his old letter jacket, Chamberlain charms the fans with an emotional speech and stays two hours after the game to sign autographs. 6. Allen Fieldhouse opens with a 77-66 victory over Kansas State on March 1, 1955, as Gene Elstun scores 21 points. 7. Texas’ Kevin Durant stuns a fieldhouse crowd by scoring 25 points the first half, however, the Jayhawks, who trail by 16 points, rally for a 90-86 victory on March 3, 2007. Durant scores just seven points the final half as KU wraps up the Big 12 championship. 8. Kansas wins the last meeting between Phog Allen and Oklahoma State’s Hank Iba, 56-55, on Jan. 31, 1956, giving Allen a 1716 edge in head-to-head matchups between the legendary coaches. 9. Oscar Robertson scores a fieldhouserecord 56 points, lifting Cincinnati to a 9762 NCAA Tournament victory over Arkansas on March 15, 1958. 10. KU thumps Oklahoma State, 75-57, on March 5, 1988 in the final home game for seniors Danny Manning, Chris Piper and Archie Marshall. OSU coach Leonard Hamilton agrees to allow Marshall, on crutches because of a knee injury, to limp onto the floor and take an uncontested shot with 1:33 remaining. Marshall missed the shot. 11. KU’s Lynette Woodard explodes for 44 points, most ever by a woman in the fieldhouse, in a 101-64 victory over Iowa State on Feb. 10, 1979. Eight days later she scores 49 points in a 105-54 victory at Southwest Missouri State. 12. Houston, led by Elvin Hayes’ 19

points, stuns the No. 3-ranked Jayhawks, 66-53, in an NCAA Tournament game in March 1967. 13. Oklahoma players clip the nets Feb. 22, 1984, after spilling the Jayhawks, 92-82, in overtime and clinching the Big Eight championship. Afterward, peeved KU coach Larry Brown remarks, “What goes around comes around.” 14. Anthony Peeler scores 43 points, but KU tops Missouri, 98-89, March 8, 1992, and the Jayhawks cut down the nets after assuring a tie for the Big Eight Conference title. 15. Danny Manning scores 40 points in a 70-60 victory over Notre Dame on Feb. 8, 1987. 16. Wilt Chamberlain collects 46 points in a 102-46 massacre of Nebraska on Feb. 8, 1958. At the time, the 56-point margin was the largest in fieldhouse history. 17. Nick Collison and Kirk Hinrich combine for 43 points March 1, 2003, in their last fieldhouse game — an 89-61 victory over Oklahoma State. It also was Roy Williams’ final game in Allen. A month later, he left for North Carolina. 18. Raef LaFrentz, Billy Thomas and C.B. McGrath finish their careers undefeated (58-0) at home with an 83-70 victory over Oklahoma on Feb. 23, 1998. Junior Paul Pierce, who as it turned out was playing his last home game, erupts for 31 points off 14of-17 shooting, as the Sooners were helpless against the fired-up junior. 19. Adolph Rupp, a member of KU’s 1923 national-championship team, brings Kentucky to Lawrence for the first time Dec. 14, 1959. Wayne Hightower scores 33 points, but Rupp’s team wins, 77-72. 20. Missouri pops Kansas, 76-49, Jan.

24, 2004, in Marian Washington’s last game as KU women’s coach. Three days later, Washington takes a medical leave of absence and a month after that announces her retirement after 31 years and 560 victories. 21. KU spills Missouri, 80-70, to wrap up the 100-year anniversary weekend celebration Feb. 8, 1998. At halftime, hundreds of KU players and coaches walk onto the court for introductions. 22. Ben McLemore banks in a threepoint shot from 22 feet out with 1.3 seconds to play, forcing overtime in a 97-89 victory over Iowa State on Jan. 9, 2013. 23. A crowd of around 14,000 shows up Nov. 19, 1955, to watch KU’s freshmen sting the varsity, 81-71, behind Wilt Chamberlain’s 42 points. 24. A school-record nine Jayhawks score in double figures in a 127-82 victory over Iowa State on Jan. 7, 1989. That’s also the most points KU has scored in a conference game. 25. Bill Bridges retrieves 30 missed shots in an 86-69 season-opening victory over Northwestern on Dec. 3, 1960. 26. Terry Brown drills a school-record 11 three-pointers and scores 42 in a 105-94 victory over North Carolina State on Jan. 5, 1991. 27. Danny Manning tallies 27 points in a 100-66 blasting of Missouri on Feb. 11, 1986. It’s KU’s biggest victory over the Tigers in the fieldhouse. 28. Oklahoma State’s Randy

Rutherford scores 45 points, but KU holds 7-footer Bryant Reeves scoreless in a 78-62 victory that gives the Jayhawks the league title March 5, 1995. 29. Approximately 6,000 show up for the first Late Night extravaganza Oct. 14, 1985. 30. Terry Brown scores 26 points, pacing KU to a 73-60 victory over Miami on Jan. 16, 1991, in a game that nearly was canceled because of the start of Operation Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf. Brown dedicates the game to a brother serving in the Gulf. 31. Several KU students unveil a banner made of shower curtains that reads, “Pay heed all who enter: Beware of the Phog,” prior to a Feb. 22, 1988, game against Duke. 32. Mitch Richmond scores 35 points as Kansas State halts KU’s 55-game home winning streak, 72-61, Jan. 30, 1988. 33. KU trails UCLA by 15 points at halftime, but rallies to win by 15 (85-70) Dec. 1, 1995. No KU team has overcome a larger halftime deficit. 34. Nick Collison scores 24 points and collects 23 rebounds before fouling out in a 90-87 victory over Texas Jan. 27, 2003, prompting TV analyst Dick Vitale to give Collison a standing ovation from press row. At halftime, Roy Williams gives retired Missouri coach Norm Stewart a rocking chair. 35. Alonzo Jamison shatters the backboard with a dunk during the 1988 Late Night. 36. Danny Manning’s jersey No. 25

is retired Dec. 1, 1992. The Jayhawks beat Georgia, 76-65, with Manning sitting in the student section. 37. In a Feb. 26, 1966, showdown between No. 6-ranked KU and No. 8 Nebraska, the Jayhawks romp, 110-73, and cut down the nets after clinching the Big Eight title. 38. Jo Jo White scores 30 points in his last KU game, an 80-70 victory over Colorado on Feb. 1, 1969. White received the game ball after coach Ted Owens’ 100th career victory. 39. Jacque Vaughn’s three-pointer at :0.2 in overtime gives KU an 86-83 victory over Indiana on Dec. 22, 1993. Vaughn finishes with 13 points. 40. KU downs Oklahoma State, 64-48, Feb. 3, 1969, for the 1,000th victory in school history. Coach Ted Owens had torn the seat of his trousers in the second half and had to wear a towel around his waist in a postgame ceremony. 41. KU sets a Big 12 single-game women’s attendance mark, drawing 16,113 fans in Allen Fieldhouse for the Jayhawks’ 2009 WNIT title game versus South Florida. KU fell, 75-71. 42. Josh Selby, the No. 1 freshman recruit in the country, scores 21 points in his long-awaited KU debut as the Jayhawks beat USC, 70-68, on Dec. 18, 2010. 43. Kansas, which enters the Jan. 7, 2006 game unranked, clobbers No.19 Kentucky, 73-46, in a game played without standout forward Wayne Simien. One of 49

the memorable shots of all-time is famous UK fan Ashley Judd suffering a few rows behind the UK bench during the rout of her beloved Wildcats. 44. Fans are astounded during a game with Kansas State on Feb. 20, 1965, when a pair of 6x12 banners saying “Go Cats, Kill Snob Hill Again” unfurl on the east and west sides of the scoreboard with eight minutes left in the first half of KU’s 88-66 victory. A wire stretching to the south end zone enabled visiting KSU fans to trip the banners. 45. Kansas State’s Mike Wroblewski scores 46 points, the most ever by a KU opponent in the fieldhouse, in a 91-72 K-State victory Feb. 7, 1962. 46. Coach Roy Williams tries to start six seniors plus Raef LaFrentz before waving walk-ons Joel Branstrom and Steve Ransom off the Allen Fieldhouse court prior to tipoff of a 78-58 victory over Kansas State on Feb. 22, 1997. 47. Four-time Olympic champion Al Oerter is among the KU competitors Feb. 3, 1956, in the first indoor track meet in school history. Kansas wins the dual with Oklahoma, 56-48, in front of 2,000 fans. 48. KU fails to hit one three-pointer, yet

still scores 100 points in an 100-90 victory over Baylor on Feb. 9, 2008, the NCAA title season. Darrell Arthur scores 23 points for KU, including 16 in the second half. 49. Marian Washington posts her 500th career victory, a 58-54 decision over Oklahoma on Feb. 20, 1999. 50. A sellout crowd watches Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls knock off the Seattle SuperSonics in an NBA exhibition game Oct. 11, 1997. 51. Keith Langford scores the winning bucket in overtime as KU erases a 16-point deficit to defeat Georgia Tech, 70-68, on Jan. 1, 2005, and avenge an Elite Eight loss to the Yellow Jackets the previous March. 52. A renovation project during the summer of 1974 covers the fieldhouse’s original dirt surface completely. A synthetic basketball floor is installed to replace the original portable raised floor. Five years later, another portable wood floor replaces the synthetic one. 53. Mario Little hits a free throw with seven-tenths of a second left to bust a 76-76 tie and lead KU past UCLA, 77-76, for the Jayhawks’ 64th straight win in Allen. KU survived a 33-point outburst from Tyler Honeycutt.


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54. Larry Bird tallies 22 points and grabs 13 boards in Indiana State’s 86-69 victory over Virginia Tech in the NCAA Midwest Regional final March 11, 1979. 55. Coach Dick Harp goes on the PA system Feb. 23, 1958, to beseech KU fans to stop booing Missouri’s Mike Kirksey on the free-throw line. Harp is ignored, and the KU coach asks the official to call a technical foul on the fans. Kirksey makes three free throws, but KU wins, 85-81. 56. KU battles back from a 50-34 deficit with 10:22 remaining to nudge Oklahoma, 59-58, on Feb. 4, 2006. 57. The Jayhawks win, 82-65, against Kansas State in the final home games of Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich on March 3, 2010. Collins was extremely emotional, crying before and after the contest. Freshman Xavier Henry, who also was playing his final home game, scores 15 the first half and finishes with 19. Collins scores 17 and Aldrich nine. 58. Danielle McCray scores a careerhigh 35 points as Bonnie Henrickson’s KU women blast No. 5-ranked Baylor, 69-45, on March 4, 2009. McCray, a junior, led the way for KU on Senior Night. 59. KU survives a 27-point outing from

Chase Budinger, beating Ariona, 76-72, in overtime on Nov. 26, 2007. Brandon Rush, who nearly hit a 55-foot shot at the regulation buzzer to break the tie, finishes with 17 points. Other huge moments in Allen. ... • Texas snaps KU’s school-record 69-game homecourt win streak with a 74-63 decision on Jan. 22, 2011. Thomas Robinson learns the night before the contest that his mom had died. The Jayhawks were up all night prior to the game consoling Robinson at Jayhawker Towers. • Mario Chalmers hits a three-pointer at the buzzer to answer a three by Paul Pierce and forge a 111-111 tie in the Legends of the Phog exhibition game on Sept. 25, 2011. • Iowa snaps KU’s school-record 62-game home win streak Dec. 8, 1998, with an 8581 victory. • Bonnie Henrickson earns the 300th victory of her coaching career, courtesy of a 76-59 win over Alabama A&M on Nov. 23, 2012. • A Fill the Fieldhouse promotion on Jan. 9, 1994, lures a record women’s crowd of 13,352 that watches the Jayhawks edge Colorado, 59-57.

No. 6: Allen Fieldhouse opens with a 77-66 victory over Kansas State on March 1, 1955, as Gene Elstun scores 21 points. â&#x20AC;˘ Comedian Bob Hope performs before 5,200 fans on Oct 2, 1982. â&#x20AC;˘ Sonny and Cher perform before 14,777 fans on Oct. 13, 1973. â&#x20AC;˘ Bobby Kennedy draws 20,000 on March 19, 1968 for a speech, three days after he declared his intentions to run for President. â&#x20AC;˘ President Bill Clinton speaks on May 15, 2004. â&#x20AC;˘ Allen Fieldhouse is used to depict a center for citizens injured by a nuclear bomb in the movie The Day After on Nov. 14, 1983. â&#x20AC;˘ The Harlem Globetrotters, featuring Lynette Woodard, appear Feb. 10, 1987, and, as usual, defeat the Washington Generals. â&#x20AC;˘ Days after winning the 1988 NCAA title, coach Larry Brown holds an afternoon press conference in the fieldhouse to announce he has turned down a job offer from UCLA.

Less than a month later, he bolts for the NBAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s San Antonio Spurs. â&#x20AC;˘ KU hammers Jason Kidd and Cal-Berkeley, 73-56, on Nov. 19, 1993. â&#x20AC;˘ Kansas leads coach Jerry Tarkanianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Long Beach State team, 32-8, at halftime then hangs on for 69-52 victory Dec. 1, 1970. â&#x20AC;˘ Kansas Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bob Boozer scores 32 points in 79-75 double-overtime victory over KU on Feb. 3, 1958. â&#x20AC;˘ Eventual national champion Cincinnati trips Kansas State, 69-64, on March 18, 1961 in the NCAA Midwest Regional. â&#x20AC;˘ An alumni game fills the fieldhouse Feb. 7, 1998, featuring such former players as Kevin Pritchard, Walt Wesley, Bud Stallworth, Ron Loneski and John Douglas. â&#x20AC;˘ KU pounds Washburn, 99-56, on Nov. 25, 2000, for KUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 500th victory in the fieldhouse.

â&#x20AC;˘ KU downs Colorado, 78-63, on March 9, 1957, to capture the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last Big Seven title and first title since moving to Allen. â&#x20AC;˘ Norm Stewart scores 20 points as Missouri hands KU its first loss in the fieldhouse â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 85-78 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on Feb. 6, 1956. â&#x20AC;˘ Steve Woodberry hits a three-pointer with 15 seconds left to give KU a 62-61 victory over Oklahoma State for Roy Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 150th victory. â&#x20AC;˘ Lynnette Woodard scores 24 points in an 80-59 victory over Stephen F. Austin and becomes the all-time leading scorer in AIAW history. â&#x20AC;˘ Roy Williams decides to leave KU, telling reporters in a brief fieldhouse press conference on a staircase in April of 2003. â&#x20AC;˘ Four days after undergoing surgery to repair anterior compartment syndrome surgery in his right leg, Mark Randall scores 11 points in an 108-71 rout of Marquette. KU registers a school-record 22 steals. â&#x20AC;˘ Wilt Chamberlain grabs 36 rebounds in a 90-61 rout of Iowa State on Feb. 15, 1958. â&#x20AC;˘ KU clobbers Brown, 115-45, Jan. 3, 1989, for the most lopsided win in school history. Milt Newton leads the Jayhawks with 23 points.

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1926 1927 1931 1932 1933 1934 1936 1937 1938 1940 1941 1942

1943 1946 1950 1952 1953 1954 1957 1960 1966 1967 1971 1974 1975

1978 1986 1991 1992 1993 1995 1996 1997 1998 2002 2003 2005

2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013

Conference tournament champions 1951 1953 1956 1957 1962 1964 1965 1966 1968

1970 1974 1977 1978 1981 1984 1986 1992 1997

1998 1999 2006 2007 2008 2010 2011 2013

NCAA Tournament Final Four 1940


Coach: Dr. Forrest "Phog" Allen

Coach: Larry Brown



Coach: Dr. Forrest "Phog" Allen

Coach: Roy Williams



NCAA Tournament Champions 1952

Coach: Dr. Forrest "Phog" Allen Men's NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player: Clyde Lovellette Opponent: St. John's Final Score: 80-63


Coach: Dr. Forrest "Phog" Allen

Coach: Roy Williams



Coach: Larry Brown Men's NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player: Danny Manning Opponent: Oklahoma Final Score: 83-79



Coach: Dick Harp


Coach: Roy Williams

Coach: Ted Owens

Coach: Roy Williams



Coach: Ted Owens

Coach: Bill Self



Coach: Larry Brown

Coach: Bill Self Men's NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player: Mario Chalmers Opponent: Memphis Final Score: 75-68 OT

Coach: Bill Self 1987-88: 27-11

2002-03: 30-8

1972-73: 8-18

1988-89: 19-12

2003-04: 24-9

1958-59: 11-14

1973-74: 23-7

1989-90: 30-5

2004-05: 23-7

1959-60: 19-9

1974-75: 19-8

1990-91: 27-8

2005-06: 25-8

Big 7

1960-61: 17-8

1975-76: 13-13

1991-92: 27-5

2006-07: 33-5

1932-33: 13-4

1947-48: 9-15

1961-62: 7-18

1976-77: 18-10

1992-93: 29-7

2007-08: 37-3

1948-49: 12-12

2008-09: 27-8

1898-99: 7-4

1912-13: 16-6

Big 6

1943-44: 17-9

1899-1900: 3-4

1913-14: 17-1

1928-29: 3-15

1944-45: 12-5

Big 8

1900-01: 4-8

1914-15: 16-1

1929-30: 14-4

1945-46: 19-2

1901-02: 5-7

1915-16: 6-12

1930-31: 15-3

1946-47: 16-11

1902-03: 7-8

1916-17: 12-8

1931-32: 13-5

1903-04: 5-8

1917-18: 10-8

1904-05: 5-6

1918-19: 7-9

1933-34: 16-1

1962-63: 12-13

1977-78: 24-5

1993-94: 27-8

1905-06: 12-7

1919-20: 11-7

1934-35: 15-5

1949-50: 14-11

1963-64: 13-12

1978-79: 18-11

1994-95: 25-6

2009-10: 33-3

1906-07: 7-8

1920-21: 10-8

1935-36: 21-2

1950-51: 16-8

1964-65: 17-8

1979-80: 15-14

1995-96: 29-5

2010-11: 35-3

Missouri Valley

1921-22: 16-2

1936-37: 15-4

1951-52: 28-3

1965-66: 23-4

1980-81: 24-8

Big 12

2011-12: 32-7


1922-23: 17-1

1937-38: 18-2

1952-53: 19-6

1966-67: 23-4

1981-82: 13-14

1996-97: 34-2

2012-13: 31-6

1907-08: 18-6

1923-24: 16-3

1938-39: 13-7

1953-54: 16-5

1967-68: 22-8

1982-83: 13-16

1997-98: 35-4

1908-09: 25-3

1924-25: 17-1

1939-40: 19-6

1954-55: 11-10

1968-69: 20-7

1983-84: 22-10

1998-99: 23-10

1909-10: 18-1

1925-26: 16-2

1940-41: 12-6

1955-56: 14-9

1969-70: 17-9

1984-85: 26-8

1999-2000: 24-10

1910-11: 12-6

1926-27: 15-2

1941-42: 17-5

1956-57: 24-3

1970-71: 27-3

1985-86: 35-4

2000-01: 26-7

1911-12: 11-7

1927-28: 9-9

1942-43: 22-6

1957-58: 18-5

1971-72: 11-15

1986-87: 25-11

2001-02: 33-4 | Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basketball 2013/2014 Season

Overall total 2,101 - 812


Bill Self Recruiting MAP

Anchorage, Alaska

2003 Jeremy Case������������������McAlester, Okla. J.R. Giddens������������Oklahoma City, Okla. David Padgett������������������������Reno, Nev. Rodrick Stewart�����������������Seattle, Wash. Omar Wilkes���������������Los Angeles, Calif.

In his 10 years as coach at Kansas, Bill Self has traveled coast to coast in his search to bring the best basketball talent to KU. The map below shows where Self and his staff have picked up each of their recruits in the last 10 years, showing each player’s previous high school or prep school location before they joined the Jayhawks the next season.

Kirkland, Wash. Seattle, Wash.

Portland, Ore.


New Hampton, N.H. Wolfeboro, N.H.

C.J. Giles�������������������������Seattle, Wash. Darnell Jackson������Oklahoma City, Okla. Sasha Kaun�������������������Melbourne, Fla. Russell Robinson �������������New York, N.Y. Alex Galindo���������Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

Tilton, N.H.

Bloomington, Minn.

Wilbraham, Mass. New York, N.Y. Jersey City, N.J. Chicago, Ill.


Elizabeth, N.J.

Flossmoor, Ill. Pennsauken, N.J.

Reno, Nev.

Baltimore, Md.

Mario Chalmers���������� Anchorage, Alaska Micah Downs���������������� Kirkland, Wash. Brandon Rush��������������� Kansas City, Mo. Julian Wright�������������������Flossmoor, Ill.

Kansas City, Mo. St. Louis, Mo. Roeland Park, Kan. Las Vegas, Nev.


Woodstock, Va. Huntington, W.V. Chester, Va.

Burlington, Kan.

Milton Doyle������������������������Chicago, Ill. Perry Ellis ������������������������Wichita, Kan. Landen Lucas��������������������Portland, Ore. Zach Peters���������������������� Plano, Texas Andrew White III������������������Chester, Va. Anrio Adams���������������������Seattle, Wash.

Wichita, Kan. Los Angeles, Calif.

Darrell Arthur ������������������� Dallas, Texas Sherron Collins��������������������Chicago, Ill. Brady Morningstar����� New Hampton, N.H.


Oklahoma City, Okla. Moreno Valley, Calif. McAlester, Okla. Phoenix, Ariz.

2007 Cole Aldrich������������� Bloomington, Minn. Tyrel Reed��������������������Burlington, Kan.

2008 Tyrone Appleton�������������Midland, Texas Mario Little���������������������� Marianna, Fla. Marcus Morris��������������Pennsauken, N.J. Markieff Morris������������Pennsauken, N.J. Travis Releford����������Roeland Park, Kan. Tyshawn Taylor������������Jersey City, N.J. Quintrell Thomas��������������Elizabeth, N.J. 56

Plano, Texas

2009 Xavier Henry������������Oklahoma City, Okla. Elijah Johnson�������������� Las Vegas, Nev. Thomas Robinson����������� Wolfeboro, N.H.

2010 Josh Selby���������������������� Baltimore, Md. Royce Woolridge��������������� Phoenix, Ariz. | Men’s Basketball 2013/2014 Season

Midland, Texas


Tifton, Ga.

Dallas, Texas Marianna, Fla. Gainesville, Fla. Melbourne, Fla.


Joel Embiid������������������Gainesville, Fla. Conner Frankamp��������������Wichita, Kan. Brannen Greene���������������������� Tifton, Ga. Frank Mason ����������������� Woodstock, Va. Wayne Selden�����������������������Tilton, N.H. Andrew Wiggins������������Huntington, W.V.

Bradenton, Fla.

Braeden Anderson������� Wilbraham, Mass. Merv Lindsay���������� Moreno Valley, Calif. Ben McLemore������������������St. Louis, Mo. Naadir Tharpe����������������� Wolfeboro, N.H. Jamari Traylor��������������� Bradenton, Fla. Mayaguez, Puerto Rico


(point guard), Marcus Foster (combo guard) and Nigel Johnson (point guard). Needless to say, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be difficult for KSU to match last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s accomplishments. The Cats won Big 12 titles in football, basketball and baseball.

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Big 12

6. Oklahoma: The Sooners, who went 20-12 last season, lose solid if not spectacular rotation players in Romero Osby, Steven Pledger, Amath Mâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Baye, Sam Grooms and Andrew Fitzgerald. Returnees include sophomore guard Buddy Hield (7.8 ppg), senior guard Cameron Clark (6.5 ppg) and sophomore guard Jeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;lon Hornbeak (5.6 ppg). Sophomore forward Ryan Spangler is a transfer from Gonzaga. Hield, by the way, fractured a bone in his right foot in a Feb. 11 game versus TCU. Junior red-shirt D.J. Johnson, 6-9, also expected to help in the frontcourt. Photo by Nick Krug

ForecasT 1. Kansas: Look for the Jayhawks to win their 10th straight Big 12 regular-season championship. Sure, Marcus Smart and Oklahoma State might have something to say about it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; heck, coach Travis Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cowboys may even ultimately share the crown with KU â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but the Jayhawks, who went 31-6 a year ago, appear to have re-loaded with enough firepower to claim yet another ring. Andrew Wiggins leads a six-man freshman recruiting haul that was ranked No. 2 in the country behind Kentucky. Memphis transfer Tarik Black, soph Perry Ellis and junior Naadir Tharpe figure to add just enough experience to keep the ship afloat if and when the Jayhawks hit rough waters during the marathon season. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a look at the other teams in the league in Gary Bedoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s predicted order of finish. 2. Oklahoma State: Marcus Smartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surprising decision to stay in school for his sophomore season instantly turned the Cowboys into co-favorites for the league title. Point guard Smart, who will be a leading candidate for college basketballâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s player of the year, averaged 15.4 points and 4.2 assists a game as a freshman. He was named Big 12 Player of the Year and was national freshman of the year as voted by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. Two other NBA prospects â&#x20AC;&#x201D; junior forward Leâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Bryan Nash (14.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg) and senior guard Markel Brown (15.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; also decided to stay put and try to end the Jayhawksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; league domination. Junior Michael Cobbins (6.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg) lends an inside presence for the Cowboys, who return their top seven scorers from a 24-9 team that finished just a game behind KU and Kansas State for the top spot in the league. 3. Baylor: Sophomore center Isaiah Austin and senior forward Cory Jefferson surprised a lot of folks when they decided to return for another go-round in Waco. The dandy duo join senior guard 58 | Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basketball 2013/2014 Season

Brady Heslip as returning starters off a 23-14 team that won the NIT. Austin was named a second-team Freshman All-American by Basketball Times after averaging 13.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 35 games. However, Austin suffered a shoulder injury which required surgery and pretty much forced his return to college. Jefferson averaged 13.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.9 blocks. Heslip hit 83 of 215 threes (.386) en route to 8.6 ppg. Rico Gathers, a 6-8 sophomore, is back after averaging 5.7 ppg and 5.7 rpg. Juco transfer Kenny Chery, 5-10, who is known as a scorer more than a distributor, takes over at point for Pierre Jackson. BU also added late signee Allerik Freeman, 6-3, who had originally committed to UCLA. 4. Iowa State: The Cyclones, who went 23-12 last season, will be led by sophomore forward Georges Niang (12.1 ppg) and senior forward Melvin Ejim (11.3 ppg, 9.3 rpg). Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need several players to step up to make up for the loss of guards Korie Lucious, Chris Babb and Tyrus McGee. Coach Fred Hoiberg, who has led ISU to back to back NCAA Tournament berths, brought in former Marshall guard DeAndre Kane, a senior, and junior college guard K.J. Bluford. Kane averaged 15 points and seven assists a game at Marshall last season. Also, freshman guard Matt Thomas, 6-3, out of Onalaska, Wis., is known as a deadly shooter. Hoiberg has earned a reputation as an up-and-coming coaching star, hence the high predicted finish for the Cyclones. 5. Kansas State: The Wildcats, who tied KU for the Big 12 crown last season and went 27-8 overall, lost leading scorer Rodney McGruder to graduation and second-leading point producer Angel Rodriguez to transfer. The Cats, who lost three times to rival KU last season, return senior guard Will Spradling (7.4 ppg, 46 of 128 threes, .359), senior guard Shane Southwell (8.4 ppg; 15 or more points in six games) and junior forward Thomas Gipson (7.9 ppg). The Wildcats need immediate contributions from freshmen Jevon Thomas

7. Texas: The loss of Ioannis Papapetrou to the pro league in Greece, Myck Kabongo to the NBA Draft (he was not selected) and Sheldon McClellan (Miami), Julien Lewis (Fresno State) and Jaylen Bond (Temple) to transfer wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help a Longhorn team that went a disappointing 16-18 a year ago. Returnees include sophomore point guard Javan Felix (6.8 ppg) and junior forward Jonathan Holmes (6.4 ppg). A key would be the emergency of 6-foot-10 Cameron Ridley, who averaged just 4.1 ppg as a freshman while having weight problems. Sophomore Prince Ibeh (2.2 ppg) and Connor Lambert (4.5) also are back in the frontcourt. Word is that veteran coach Rick Barnes needs a big-time recruiting class in 2014 or he could be on the hot-seat at Texas. 8. West Virginia: Times are tough for coach Bob Huggins,

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men's basketball Schedule Tue, Oct. 29 Pitt State at KU (Exhibition) 7:00 p.m. Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Mon, Jan. 13

Tue, Nov. 5 Fort Hays at KU (Exhibition) 7:00 p.m. Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Sat, Jan. 18 Okla. St. at KU, 3:00 p.m. Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Fri, Nov. 8 Louisiana Monroe at KU, 7:00p.m. Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Mon, Jan. 20 Baylor at KU, 8:00 p.m. Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Tue, Nov. 12

Sat, Jan. 25 KU at TCU, 8:00 p.m. Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, Fort Worth, TX

Tue, Nov. 19 Iona at KU, 7:00 p.m. Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Wed, Jan. 29 Iowa State at KU, 8:00 p.m. Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Fri, Nov. 22 Towson at KU, 7:00 p.m. Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Sat, Feb. 1 KU at Texas, 3:00 p.m. Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX

Thu, Nov. 28 KU vs. Wake Forest, 2:30 p.m. Nassau, Bahamas

Tue, Feb. 4 KU at Baylor, 6:00 p.m. The Ferrell Center, Waco, TX

Fri, Nov. 29 KU vs. USC/Villanova Nassau, Bahamas

Sat, Feb. 8 West Virginia at KU, 3:00 p.m. Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Sat, Nov. 30 KU vs. TBD Nassau, Bahamas

Mon, Feb. 10 KU at Kansas State, 8:00 p.m. Bramlage Coliseum, Manhattan, KS

Sat, Dec. 7


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Sat, Feb. 15 TCU at KU, 3:00 p.m. Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Tue, Dec. 10 KU at Florida, 6:00 p.m. Stephen C. O’Connell Center, Gainesvillle, FL

Tue, Feb. 18

Sat, Dec. 14 New Mexico vs. KU, 6:00 p.m. Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO

Sat, Feb. 22 Texas at KU, 6:30 p.m. Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Sat, Dec. 21 Georgetown at KU, 11:00 a.m. Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Mon, Feb. 24 Oklahoma at KU, 8:00 p.m. Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Mon, Dec. 30 Toledo at KU, 7:00 p.m. Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Sat, March 1 KU at Okla. St., 8:00 p.m. Gallagher-Iba Arena, Stillwater, OK

Sun, Jan. 5 San Diego St. at KU, 12:30 or 3:00 p.m. Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Wed, March 5 TT at KU, 7:00 p.m. Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Wed, Jan. 8 KU at Oklahoma, 6:00 p.m. Lloyd Noble Center, Norman, OK

Sat, March 8

Sat, Jan. 11 Kansas State at KU, 1:00 p.m. Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Wed, Mar. 12-15 Big 12 Tournament Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO | Men’s Basketball 2013/2014 Season

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