Jayhawk News Roundup 12.13.2004

It looks as if Rodrick Stewart has completed step one of three in order to become a Kansas Jayhawk:

Stewart's dad, Bull, said he believed his son had satisfied all academic requirements for a transfer but needed the paperwork to come through. Rodrick Stewart told rivals.com Sunday that he did well in finals and still wanted to attend KU. It's believed Rodrick, who was academically ineligible first semester at USC, would be able to practice at KU immediately if his first-semester performance in the classroom deemed him eligible at USC. If not, he would not be able to practice here until the start of second semester Jan. 20.

In a game between two of the country's top players, Kansas signee Mario Chalmers and his Bartlett High team were barely bested by Brockman and the boys of Snohomish high. Chalmers played well enough to receive multiple mentions from the Seattle Times:

The Panthers took that message to heart, ripping off a 19-0 run and then holding off Kansas-bound Mario Chalmers long enough to beat Bartlett from Anchorage, Alaska, 56-50 [snip] The 6-foot-2 Chalmers, one of the top prep point guards in the country, led the Golden Bears (0-1) with 21 points. He also had eight of Bartlett's 13 steals. [snip]Chalmers scored 10 points in the quarter on a variety of equally impressive moves, including one when he drove left-handed toward the basket and quickly spun right for the layup.

Bartlett coach Ronnie Chalmers, Mario's father, said some players on his team had butterflies. It was the first game of the season and only two players returned from last year's 24-2 Alaska 4A runner-up squad. He also said four of his players stayed at home because of eligibility issues.

MSNBC is hopping on the Simien train. In a rather sweet, if fairly unimaginitive article (and I guarantee we'll see more like this as Wayne's numbers continue to merit POY discussions), an unknown AP staff writer extoll's Dub's praises:

A weary Wayne Simien had worked his way to the end of a long line of autograph seekers when one bold kid called him back.Already clutching Simien's signatures on two pieces of paper, the lad now wanted the 6-foot-9 power forward to sign his shirt.

So Simien did. Instead of simply waving goodbye and heading out the door at the end of a very long day, Kansas' preseason All-American bent down and wrote his name one more time, with a big flourish and a friendly smile for the worshipful little boy.

A rare unselfish act by a star athlete?

Not by Simien's standards.

"It wasn't long ago when I was a kid standing there outside that locker room hoping to get autographs," Simien said. "You can make someone's day just by signing your name, and it only takes a second."