Bill Self views his 10th Kansas University basketball Boot Camp as one of the most important in his decade at KU.
“I am real excited for this one, maybe more than the others because I’ve got nine guys who have never been through anything like this,” Self, KU’s coach, said of newcomers Rio Adams, Perry Ellis, Landen Lucas, Evan Manning, Ben McLemore, Zach Peters, Tyler Self, Jamari Traylor and Andrew White III. “If they look at it as punishment, it’ll be hard for them. If they look at it as an opportunity to get in great shape and a team-bonding experience, they’ll end up being very proud of themselves after they complete it.”
…Self was asked to identify the unofficial stars of Boot Camp throughout his KU years.
“When you are talking about the biggest stud of Boot Camp, it’d be hard to impress more than what Tyrel Reed did, and also Travis Releford, I’d say, has been excellent so far,” Self said.
KU coach Bill Self’s 10th-annual preseason Boot Camp will begin at 6 a.m. Monday in the squad’s hoops practice facility adjacent to Allen Fieldhouse.
The 60-to-90-minute up-before-the-crack-of-dawn sprints, defensive slides and backboard touches will continue daily until Friday, then after a two-day break, will resume until Friday, Oct. 5.
“It’s literally two weeks of hell,” said Taylor, who survived four Boot Camps. “It’s not so much the workout stuff ... it’s the getting up every day at 6 in the morning. It’s added to the already-hectic schedule that we have. Nobody wants to do that for 10 days. It just sucks. It wears on your body, because you still have regular weights. You still have to do individuals (drills). You’ve still got to play pick-up. You’ve still got to go to tutoring, then do it all over again for 10 days in a row. It sucks.”
If a Jayhawk player is lucky, he’s able to sneak in a nap at some point in the early-afternoon hours. If not, he’s off to bed after early-evening tutoring in an attempt to get a good night’s sleep before resuming the drills.
“I’m looking forward to it being over with already, and we haven’t even started,” said KU senior forward Travis Releford, about to embark on his fifth Boot Camp thanks to a red-shirt season. “I’m just going into it telling our young guys how much they have to be motivated and have energy for it. That’ll make things a lot easier, I’ve known from my past experience.”
…KU freshman guard/forward Andrew White III said he’ll be setting two alarms for himself and roomie Zach Peters in their Jayhawker Towers apartment.
“I always set two just to go to class and practice,” White said with a smile. “I definitely won’t be waking up late. I’ll go in there (Peters’ room) and make sure he’s up. We’ll figure it out.”
White said there hasn’t been a lot of discussion about Boot Camp since the start of the semester.
“Everybody has had it in the back of their mind just because you know this is when it’s time to really get going, and the season is right around the corner,” White said of the Oct. 12 Late Night in the Phog. “I know everybody has mixed emotions about it, but we’re ready for the season to get going, so I think everybody is looking forward to it in a way.
“I don’t dread it,” he added. “I think even when it’s over I’m not going to dread it because I know the feeling will be like, ‘You just accomplished the biggest goal possible up to that point.’ If that’s what we have to do, and that’s how coach gets the best response out of his players, I won’t dread it at all.”
Veteran forward Darnell Jackson is expected to attend the Jazz’s upcoming training camp, The Salt Lake Tribune learned on Friday.
The 6-foot-9, 253-pound Jackson didn’t play in the NBA during the 2011-12 season.
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Because you come to me for this: Well-placed source tells me Barbara Eden (from "I Dream of Genie" and at the "New Theater") is a KU fan.
Kansas head women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson guided the Jayhawks to an NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearance last season and on October 21 area coaches will have the opportunity to be mentored at the ninth annual Bonnie Henrickson Basketball Coaching Clinic at Allen Fieldhouse.
Henrickson and her staff will hold an on-court skill demonstration followed by a "Rock Chalk Talk" on defensive and offensive concepts. The free clinic runs from 2-5 p.m., but participants are invited to attend the Jayhawks' team practice beforehand from 12-2 p.m.
Those interested in attending must fill out the application form on KUAthletics.com, and return it by October 14. Forms can be mailed to:
Kansas Women's Basketball
1651 Naismith Dr.
Lawrence, KS 66045
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North Carolina has provided information to the NCAA about the hiring of the mother of former basketball star Tyler Hansbrough as a fundraiser and her travels.
In documents faxed to the NCAA on Sept. 13, the school included summaries of Tami Hansbrough's trips in March 2009 that coincided with her son's games in the Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA tournaments.
The school said then-athletic director Dick Baddour and assistant athletic director for compliance Amy Herman reviewed the trips and determined no violations took place. Athletic spokesman Steve Kirschner said Saturday the fax was meant to brief the NCAA following media reports and the school isn't reporting a violation.
The NCAA is investigating the St. Mary's men's basketball program for potential recruiting violations, ESPN reported Friday, citing multiple sources.
Athletic department spokesman Michael McAlpin confirmed Friday that the school and the NCAA "have been working cooperatively on a matter related to the men's basketball program." McAlpin said the school would have no further comment to "respect the integrity of that process."
According to ESPN, former assistant David Patrick was interviewed by the NCAA as part of an ongoing investigation.
Patrick was instrumental in recruiting Australian players, most notably point guard Patty Mills. The Gaels' steady stream of talent from Australia has helped make them one of the top programs in the WCC.
Australians on the 2012-13 roster are senior forward Mitchell Young, junior center Matt Hodgson and junior guard Jorden Page.
After spending nearly a decade at ESPN, Doug Gottlieb is now a full-fledged member of the CBS Sports family. We had to get him on the podcast, mainly because he's not yet started any of his CBS-related jobs yet, so he's basically bothering people with his unprompted opinions at the local Starbucks. Doug discusses his start in the business, how, when and why he made the decision to leave the Mothership, plus touches on the UConn/Kevin Ollie/Jim Calhoun situation. And which coaching legend will retire next?
…Before we get to the pod guide, here's what Gottlieb will be doing with the company.
Starting Oct. 22: "Lead Off" will be his new late-night TV show. A yet-to-be-announced co-host is also part of it. It will air at midnights, ET, and 9 p.m. PT Monday-Friday.
Starting Dec. 1: General CBS Sports college hoops duty begins. Anything from studio work on CBS/CBS Sports Network to color duty at games for the big network and CBS Sports Network.
Starting Jan. 2: "The Doug Gottlieb Show" will debut on CBS Sports Radio Network. It'll be a weekday radio show airing from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. ET.
On the site: He'll also be providing written content for CBSSports.com. Just stay the hell away from my Non-BCS Power Pyramid, Gottlieb!
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Tyler Roberson, a 6-foot-8 senior small forward from Roselle (N.J.) Catholic who is ranked No. 29 nationally by Rivals.com, has cut his list of prospective colleges to six: KU, Kentucky, SMU, Rutgers, Syracuse, and Villanova.
“Coach Self showed me a lot of highlights of Marcus Morris,” Roberson told jayhawkslant.com, asked about last Thursday’s in-home visit. “He said that I’d be doing something similar to what Marcus was doing on offense. I watched Marcus when Kansas was on TV, and I think there are some similarities.”
Tyler Roberson, one of the top small forwards in the Class of 2013 out of Roselle (N.J.) Catholic, will be contributing periodically to ZAGSBLOG entering his senior season.
In this entry, he reveals his top six schools. He has set dates to visit three of the schools: SMU (9/27), Syracuse (10/5) and Kansas (10/12), but not to the other schools:
…These are some of the reasons why I picked these six schools.
Kansas: Coach [Bill] Self (Head coach) and Coach [Joe] Dooley (Assistant coach) really convinced me about how they could use me in their offense and how I would be a good fit. They also told me about the history of the school which was interesting.
Jackson's choice likely comes down to Illinois and #NotreDame. Kansas has worked this week to get him to visit Lawrence. May not happen.
https://mobile.twitter.com/tnoieNDInsider/status/249649277964533762 (H/T wesr)
Des Moines prep Peter Jok must have had a great visit to Iowa City this weekend.
The West Des Moines Valley star decided to end his recruitment process early as he told Fran McCaffery and the rest of the Iowa coaching staff on Sunday that he would be a Hawkeye.
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