The problem with Xavier Henry was not that he could not handle not being the best player; he was not the best player or the second best or even third best at KU and he did just fine. The problem he had was being drafted by the Grizzlies who refused to pay the bonus all lottery picks get and then, his agent and father managed to have him not play in the summer league, the one place where rookies are evaluated and earn playing time; further, an injury ended what was left of hi initial season and he was never able to get in sync with management and coaching personnel. New Orleans was much of the same and he was released at the end of his contract. He was fortunate that he Lakers picked him up and now he is finally showing the potential we saw flashes of during his short stay at KU. He might not be a superstar but he seems to be in a path to a solid NBA career.
If anything, Henry has been a level headed athlete that has stayed put of trouble and has returned often to Lawrence, has been proud and loyal Jayhawk and a good representative of the program.
@bskeet–not playing through injury always knocks guys down a notch in Self’s ranking system. One of the things people forget about Travis Releford is that he did not want to play on an injured ankle his freshman, or red shirt sophomore season, at the very moment he seemed to be breaking out and, boom!, that set him back most of the rest of the season. Not playing through injury once is not permanent curtains for a career, but it can be curtains for a season depending on what other players are doing to distinguish themselves.
One other observation. Coach Howard was the one doing the yelling/talking during one of the early time outs and both he and Coach Roberts were yelling out instructions to the guys in the second half. The most active of the supporting cast that I recall all year.
This was very good game for KU. Toledo is a very solid and experienced team that came to play and not lay down and play dead. They had a good game plan and they were successful in disrupting the Jayhawks and creating turnovers. Ultimately KU’s talent prevailed despite the many flaws.
The bad things - Like the game at Florida, way too many turnovers. Some were unforced due to lack of concentration, other were due to overconfidence where they were surprised by Toledo players playing hard the full court; this is the one situation that I imagine had Coach Self upset. Defense could have been better particularly when Toledo scored closed to the basket over KU’s height; however, some of the shots had a high degree of difficulty and still went in; they also shot lights out from the 3, at least until they got tired and started missing. KU played 6 players over 20 minutes and 3 others less than 10 minutes each, which means the rotation is slowly getting set but having so many quality players available must be comforting.
The good - The offense seem to be coming along. Wiggins is becoming more assertive and at times he was dominant. Tharpe found his 3 point stroke and this is really good news; on the other hand Mason seems to have lost his and driving to the basket seems to be the best option for him. As long as KU faces zones Tharpe is going to be the man.
All in all, good preparation for a tougher, #21 San Diego State next Sunday.
“It might not provide full compensation for a career long earnings, but will get the players started in life with an education and a few million dollars…which is a few million dollars more than most of us start.”
You have to consider that the player will get this money and will not have to do anything else. If you invest $5M wisely, you can probably live very well of the interest and not have to work the rest of your life. Again, this is a hell of a lot more that most of us start with and we have to work the rest of our lives too.
Of course it’s a compliment. There have been numerous players, come tourney time that have sent us home due in large part to their fearlessness. Frank Mason is that type of player. It is great to have a tough minded player like that on our side.
@brooksmd haha, nice brooks In all honesty, I’m in family vacation mode right now, so I’m just here to make merry with my fellow board rats until things get a little back to normal with my days, but I appreciate the input @jaybate. I worry that I’m missing something sometimes that’s detracting from the experience of the board, I’d rather know everything people have going on and do what I can to grease the wheels.
Twas the night before christmas and all through kubuckets many new topics,
I wondered what it might be. And to my wondering eye it appeared, Jaybate is here.
The unforeseen consequences of our most valuable Jayhawk @approxinfinity’s grand experiment is the appearance of one, I won’t risk blasphemy, one Jaybate to add to our growing list of expert opinionators.
We all knew he couldn’t stay away. We all knew of the siren song of Jayhawk talk without malice would slowly lure us to our new addiction.
Or I could say welcome JB!
Geez, what a brown-noser. Like you’re the only jayhawk down here in da bayou. lol (beer)