The University of Kansas officially kicked off their 2010-11 basketball campaign last Friday night in front of 16,300 fans at ‘Late Night in the Phog’. Fans lined up outside of Allen Fieldhouse for hours in anticipation to see the Jayhawks first formal practice. The Jayhawk faithful also got a first look at highly talented 5-Star freshman, Josh Selby.
Several recruits were on hand in the Fieldhouse to witness the video montages, the passionate fan base, and the silly skits performed by the team. Bill Self highlighted the skits with his spot-on Vanilla Ice impression, while the rest of the staff exposed their lackluster acting skills.
The Jayhawks looked as athletic as ever during the warm-up dunk line and twenty minute scrimmage. Strength Coordinator Andrea Hudy seems to have the Jayhawks working extremely hard by the way guards Tyshawn Taylor and Elijah Johnson were dunking with ease. Marcus Morris looked like the leader he is expected to be with the departure of 4 year stand out guard Sherron Collins. During the scrimmage he showed improvement of his range and continued improvement of his athleticism. Overlooked freshman, Royce Wooldridge, played great and looks like he can provide a spark coming off the bench this year for the Jayhawks. The first scrimmage provided fans an opportunity to get a taste of this year’s team, while the players, especially the newcomers, got a chance to work out all their nerves before non-conference play begins early next month.
The Jayhawks strength lies within their depth, which reminds me of a team from a couple of years ago. I am looking forward to watching this team play all season long including teams like UCLA and USC when they visit the best home court advantage in college basketball, Allen Fieldhouse. As always, they Jayhawks welcome in all their Big XII conference foes starting January 15th against Nebraska.
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