Monthly Archives: April 2010

Oregon recruit to visit KU this weekend

Portland (Ore.) five-star power forward Terrence Jones, the No. 13 overall player in the class of 2010, will make an official visit to Kansas on Sunday, according to Rivals.com.

KU still has one scholarship available, and Jones would appear to be a perfect fit for the Jayhawks, who only have four big men on scholarship for next season.

Jones, a McDonald’s and Jordan Brand All-American, stands 6-foot-8 and weighs 220 pounds. He appears to be capable of playing small forward or power forward at the next level.

Jones has already taken official visits to Kentucky, Oklahoma, Washington and UCLA.

McCray to Connecticut with seventh pick

Kansas senior guard-forward Danielle McCray was taken with the seventh pick in the 2010 WNBA draft on Thursday afternoon by the Connecticut Sun.

McCray, an Olathe East graduate, is still recovering from a torn ACL injury sustained in early February. She plans to finish up her rehab and play overseas in the fall before joining the Sun for the 2011 season.

Henry lets his emotions show

Xavier Henry’s eyes were already watery when he sat down to begin his press conference announcing his intention to go pro after one year at Kansas.

Henry struggled to get through parts of his opening statement as tears fell. There were happy tears because he will now get to pursue his lifelong dream of playing in the NBA and some sad tears because he is leaving behind his KU teammates and the college experience he once didn’t think was necessary for a player of his caliber.

Eventually, Henry was given a tissue, which helped him navigate the rest of the way.

Here’s his opening statement: “First of all I’d like to thank everyone for coming. First I’d like to give thanks to God because I know I’m real fortunate and blessed to be put in this position. A lot of people don’t get the opportunity to do anything like this. They’d give their life to be in the position I’m in today. I would like to thank Coach Self and all the coaching staff for helping me this whole year, getting me prepared and ready to succeed, that when it was my time to leave, I’d be ready to do better things. I’d like to thank my teammates also for just being themselves. They kept me grounded this year. We had a lot of fun this year, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

“I”d like to thank my brother, my family, my mom and my dad, my whole support system at home. It’s unbelievable what they’ve done for me, helping me get to college, helping me be the best person I can be on the court as well as off. They’ve made me the person that I am today. I also like to thank my coaches and their families as well for helping me ever since I got here to feel comfortable. They allowed us to be ourselves and they were so nice and generous to all of us players. There was just a sense of comfort being around here, being with my coaches and my teammates.

“I’d like to thank all the fans, for all the people that support KU, for coming to our games, for cheering us on, that’s what makes playing in that building so special to me. I absolutely loved going to school this year. And I love having all the times with my teammates. We had our moments this year, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

“But I’m here to announce that I am putting my name into the 2010 NBA Draft. I am planning to hire an agent, but right now we’re in the interviewing process.”

Xavier Henry to declare for NBA Draft

Kansas freshman guard Xavier Henry declared for the NBA Draft on Wednesday afternoon and will discuss his decision at 3 p.m. in a press conference at Allen Fieldhouse.

Henry, who averaged 13.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, is currently projected to be the No. 14 overall pick in the June draft by draftexpress.com.

As expected, Henry became the first “one-and-done” player in KU history.

Teahan would have two years of football, not three

On Wednesday, KU football coach Turner Gill said that Conner Teahan would have three years of football eligibility if he made the team.

But it turns out that Teahan, a basketball walk-on who is trying out this spring to play quarterback, would have two years instead.

Certainly, that makes things much tougher on Teahan to be able to make an impact on the football field.

The reason Teahan has two years of eligibility is that the NCAA gives each athlete five years to play four seasons of a sport. Teahan has already been on campus for three years, so he is only left with two years to play two seasons of football.

Just wanted to clarify.