Let's start with the congratulations to Wayne Simien, who was named a preseason first team all american by the Associated Press. Here's another surprise though from Coach Self:
"I can honestly say I think he's our most improved player," Self said of the 6-foot-9, 255-pounder. "Hopefully he'll continue to build off of what he's already done."
Once his nagging groin injury healed early last summer, Simien went to work, traveling to various camps and working out with some NBA and college players.
Judging from KU's exhibition games in Canada in which he hit three of four three-pointers and Saturday's rout of Emporia State, in which he canned two of two threes, it appears Simien has extended his game well past the three-point mark.
The Three have made it official as well:
To no one's surprise, Kansas University's men's basketball team signed three highly touted recruits - Mario Chalmers, Micah Downs and Julian Wright - to national letters of intent Wednesday. "Although it is somewhat anti-climatic because we received the commitments some time ago, this is a great day for the future of Kansas basketball," KU head coach Bill Self said. "Never during my tenure as a coach have we had the opportunity to sign three young men who are so highly-ranked nationally by various scouting services."
Rock Chalk Jayhawk!