Kansas coach Charlie Weis honored former Shawnee Mission West standout Andre Maloney during the Jayhawks’ signing day news conference Thursday afternoon.
Maloney, a star receiver and cornerback, had verbally committed to be part of KU’s 2014 recruiting class. He died in early October after suffering a stroke on the field.
“I’d be remiss if I didn’t spend a few moments talking about Andre Maloney,” Weis said. “I don’t want to bring a downer to a very happy moment, this recruiting class right here, but I promised Andre’s mom (Rosaelida), when I was at the wake, that on signing day, that I would be talking about Andre, just like everybody else.”
Weis showed highlights of Maloney playing at Shawnee Mission West — just as he did for all members of the class — and unveiled a KU jersey with Maloney’s name on the back, which will be given to his family.
Weis also said that KU recruit Joe Dineen, another Sunflower League standout from Lawrence Free State, has asked to wear Maloney’s No. 29 during his career at KU.
“My heart goes out to Andre’s family, to his mom, to his immediate family, to his community, to his teammates … because on what was supposed to be a joyous day, it really ends up being a sad day.”