KU coach Bill Self prepares for Hall of Fame induction
A batch of Bill Self’s former players, assistant coaches and staff members are planning on attending Self’s Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony Friday night in Springfield, Mass.
The former KU players who are slated to attend: Darrell Arthur, Nick Bahe, Chase Buford, Mario Chalmers, Sherron Collins, Cheick Diallo, Christian Garrett, Jeff Hawkins, Jordan Juenemann, Michael Lee, Evan Manning, Frank Mason, Aaron Miles, Christian Moody, Brady Morningstar, Moulaye Niang, Travis Releford, Tyrel Reed, Niko Roberts, Russell Robinson, Brandon Rush, Wayne Selden, Wayne Simien, Conner Teahan, Naadir Tharpe, Stephen Vinson, Andrew Wiggins, Brad Witherspoon and Kevin Young.
Former KU assistant coaches slated to attend: Joe Dooley, Tim Jankovich, Danny Manning.
Former KU staff members scheduled to attend: Ronnie Chalmers, James Cox, Jeff Forbes, Barry Hinson, Kyle Keller, Ben Miller, Doc Sadler.
Former KU head coaches Larry Brown and Ted Owens, former Kansas assistant R.C. Buford and former Jayhawks manager Bill Pope also are slated to attend.
Self, of course, also worked as assistant coach at Oklahoma State and head coach at Oral Roberts, Tulsa and Illinois.
Those with OSU ties expected to attend: Darwyn Alexander, Steve Anthis, Rob Evans, Paul Graham, Cornell Hatcher, Brendan Manzer, Scott Pierce, John Potter, Johnny Pittman, Bryant Reeves, Randy Rutherford, Scott Sutton and Corey Williams.
Those with Oral Roberts ties expected to attend: Mike Carter, Clifford Crenshaw, Jay Henderson, James Kruse, Earl McClellan, Blake Moses, Rocky Walls and Chad Wilkerson.
Those with Tulsa ties: Brad Autry, Eric Coley, J.R. Cunningham, Billy Gillispie, Greg Harrington, Tony Heard, Kwanza Johnson, Brandon Kurtz, Dante Swanson, Rod Thompson and Shawn Williams.
Those with Illinois ties to attend: Dee Brown, Brian Cook, Jeff Guin, Sean Harrington (also worked at KU), Rod Judson, Sergio McClain, Nate Mast (also worked at KU), Roger Powell and Deron Williams.
Obviously there could be and will others on hand as well, including hordes of Self family members and friends.
Self said seeing so many familiar faces will be the highlight of the induction week.
“I think we have about 55 players coming up there and about 15 of my assistant coaches coming. That’s a pretty good number,” Self said. “I’m looking forward to connecting with them after the event on Friday. We’re going to have a big get together after the induction Friday from 10 (p.m.) until 2 a.m. that will probably be the most fun I have this weekend — just hanging out with those guys,” he added.