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Former KU, Creighton guard Bahe blown away by Self’s invitation to Hall ceremony

Nick Bahe (left), who played for KU coach Bill Self in 2003-04 and 2004-05, was among the former Jayhawks invited to Self’s induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday.
Nick Bahe (left), who played for KU coach Bill Self in 2003-04 and 2004-05, was among the former Jayhawks invited to Self’s induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday. The Kansas City Star

Fox Sports 1 college basketball analyst/Omaha, Neb., radio talk show host Nick Bahe was shocked to receive an email a few months ago inviting him to attend Kansas coach Bill Self’s Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony in Springfield, Mass.

“I almost wanted to get back to him right away and say, ‘Are you sure you didn’t want to send this to someone else?’ ” Bahe said with a smile before Friday night’s induction show at downtown Symphony Hall.

Bahe, a standout high school football/basketball player from Lincoln, Neb., was recruited by Roy Williams to play hoops at Kansas in 2003. KU coach Bill Self honored the walk-on offer after taking over for Williams, and Bahe played for Self’s Jayhawks in 2003-04 and 2004-05. Seeking additional playing time, Bahe transferred to Creighton, where he played two seasons and served as team captain in 2007-08.

Yes, a Creighton grad was invited to Self’s induction ceremony.

“There are guys here who played for coach Self at KU, Oral Roberts, Illinois, Tulsa and Oklahoma State,” Bahe said. I’ve got to be the only guy here that transferred away from Bill Self. It goes to show what kind of guy he is. He invited me here and I transferred.

“He could have shut the door on me twice. When Roy Williams left, he didn’t have to continue to open the door for me, but he did. He always made me feel part of Kansas basketball. To be here is amazing.”

Bahe said he wanted to “reflect on Bill Self the person more than (the) coach. Everybody knows about his accomplishments, the Big 12 title streak (13 in a row), two Final Fours, the national championship. For me it’s Bill Self and what a great person he is. I really do feel honored to be here.”

Pope supports pal

Bill Pope, NBA pro personnel scout with the Sacramento Kings, attended Self’s Hall of Fame ceremony Friday. Pope was student manager on KU’s 1985-86 Final Four team; Self was a grad assistant that campaign.

“I never would have guessed it in ’86. I’m definitely proud of my friend,” Pope said.

Ted era represented

Former KU coach Ted Owens, 88, spent some time with two of his former players — Ken Koenigs and Roger Morningstar — at Self’s Hall of Fame induction after-party Friday, hosted by adidas.

Koenigs and his wife, Laura, both are doctors who practice in Springfield, Mass. Morningstar runs Morningstar’s New York Pizza in Lawrence.

Former KU player Former KU player Brady Morningstar, son of Roger and Linda, also attended Self’s induction ceremony and post-event party.

Back to reality

It’s back to the grind for Self, who will be on the road for in-home visits with recruits this week. Self completed his Hall of Fame weekend responsibilities Saturday night in attending a Hall ring ceremony at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn.

“I’ve got a lot of nice rings, but I don’t know if I have any nicer than this,” Self said Saturday. “It is nice and it was nice to sit on the stage with all those greats (fellow members of the class of 2017). I’m still kind of blown away by the experience but this is something I will cherish and I’m sure my family will too.”

KU coach Bill Self looks at his picture and pictures of other Hall of Fame inductees on Thursday in Springfield, Mass. The pictures line the upper portion of the Hall of Fame.

In pinpointing the highlight of the weekend, Self said it “was having so many past players and coaches come back … I think the most fun that we’ve had is hanging out with those guys until about 2 a.m. last night and telling old war stories.”

(Pictures of Self at the ring ceremony are available at the kuathletics.com website and the web address http://www.kuathletics.com/galleries/?gallery=2976)

Grimes to meet with KU coaches

Quentin Grimes, a 6-5 senior shooting guard from College Park High in The Woodlands, Texas, will hold an in-home visit with Self on Monday, according to 247sports.com.

Grimes reportedly visited with coaches from Kentucky, Texas and Marquette over the weekend and will set up official visits soon. Rivals.com has reported that the No. 11-ranked Grimes is planning a visit to KU for the Sept. 30 Late Night in the Phog.

Self to visit Dotson Thursday

Devon Dotson, a 6-1 senior point guard from Providence Day High School in Charlotte, N.C., who recently made an official recruiting visit to KU, has set an in-home visit with Self for Thursday, Rivals.com reports.

He’ll visit with Florida coaches on Monday, UCLA coaches on Tuesday and Maryland coaches on Wednesday.

Clemson, Wake Forest, Maryland and UCLA are battling for his fifth and final visit. Dotson is ranked No. 17 in the recruiting class of 2017 by Rivals.com.

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