November 1, 2007

Gameday Notebook: Self pleased with play

Kansas opened up the exhibition season with a bang. The Jayhawks connected on 9-of-23 three-pointers, including four from Mario Chalmers, and cruised past Pittsburg State, 94-59. Jayhawk Slant was on hand and is here to provide you with a report from the locker room and also has an update on the status of Brandon Rush.

Four players, Sherron Collins (18), Chalmers (14), Darrell Arthur (12) and Rodrick Stewart scored in double-figures for the Jayhawks. The team connected on 9-of-23 three-pointers, 19-of-33 free-throws , dished out 24 assists, committed nine turnovers and blocked three shots.

A total of 12 players scored for Bill Self's squad, including freshman Tyrel Reed from Burlington, Kansas. The talented guard scored three-points on the night.

An unforgettable experience for Reed:

"I was real excited before the game," said Reed. "Running out of the tunnel was pretty surreal. I was nervous and you could probably tell. It was a lot of fun. It was definitely everything I thought it would be, and more.

"I've grown up watching KU basketball since I was a little kid," he added. "Only living an hour away, it's been my dream, so it was a lot of fun stepping out there tonight."

Collins happy to be back out on the court:

It should come as no surprise that sophomore guard Sherron Collins was more than happy to take the court earlier tonight to face the Pittsburg State Gorillas. He suffered an injury toward the end of his freshman season and just wasn't the same down the stretch.

There is no question that Collins put in a lot of hard work this past off-season in preparing for his sophomore season. It showed on Thursday, as he scored a game high 18-points and was 3-of-4 from behind the arc.

"It felt pretty good to get back out on the court," said Collins. "My knee was bothering me a little bit, but I got that back right and got it going. I was able to keep my weight down and that was a big challenge for me over the summer."

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