LAWRENCE On Sunday, seven members of the Kansas basketball team — Carlton Bragg, Devonté Graham, Frank Mason, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, Tyler Self, Tucker Vang and Clay Young — had some fun in the sun while attending “KU Day at the K” at Kauffman Stadium.
They were joined by the rest of the squad — Udoka Azubuike, Dwight Coleby, Josh Jackson, Mitch Lightfoot, Landen Lucas, Evan Maxwell, Malik Newman and Lagerald Vick — Monday for morning classes on campus as well as a first-day-of-school, afternoon team meeting in Allen Fieldhouse.
“I don’t know if I’d go that far,” KU coach Bill Self said with a laugh when asked if everybody “looked good.”
“Everybody was there,” he said.
Self said his main message to the team was “basically just be respectful and be responsible.”
He wasn’t the only speaker.
“It was a generic team meeting going over everything, getting it out of the way. We had compliance, all the departments come in and visit with the guys on how to do things,” Self said. “It was about do’s and dont’s, academics, facilities, equipment, training room, weight room, locker room, dormitory, class attendance. It was a very general meeting.”
The players begin individual workouts Tuesday, Self said.
Players can practice up to two hours a week with coaches in accordance with NCAA rules up until the first official practice, the Late Night in the Phog on Oct. 1.
Embiid’s sister a KU student
Laurence Embiid, the sister of former KU forward Joel Embiid, is a student at KU this school year. She is a native of Yaounde, Cameroon.
Joel Embiid was in Lawrence on Monday visiting his sister.
Embiid, who was selected No. 3 overall by Philadelphia in the 2014 NBA Draft, has yet to play in a pro game after suffering a stress fracture in his foot during pre-draft workouts. He’s since had a second surgery that kept him from playing last season. However, he’s expected to be ready to play in this upcoming 2016-17 campaign.
“It’s on track. I’m hanging on that verbiage. He is well and truly on track,” 76ers coach Brett Brown told Fox Sports Radio’s Anthony Gargano, referring to Joel’s progress. “There are no red flags any place. You’re going to hear it ad nauseam, the word ‘patience,’ within himself, with the city, with me. None of us should be afraid right now.”
Waters to visit KU, others
Tremont Waters, a 5-foot-11 point guard who is ranked No. 39 in the recruiting Class of 2017 by Rivals.com, will make official visits to Kansas, Indiana and Georgetown sometime in September, his dad, Ed, told Indiana.rivals.com. Waters also has Duke, Kentucky, UConn and Yale on his list.
Waters will play his senior season at Notre Dame High School in West Haven, Conn. He averaged 25 points a game at South Kent (Conn.) High a year ago.
He averaged 15.7 points and 4.8 assists in 15 games for Expressions Elite on the Nike EYBL circuit this summer.
Duval looks for new high school
Trevon Duval, a 6-2 point guard from New Castle, Delaware, who is ranked No. 5 in the Class of 2017, has decided to leave Dallas Advanced Prep for another high school, likely in the East.
The colleges he is considering include KU, Kentucky, UCLA, Arizona, Villanova, Cal, Oregon and Maryland.
Zagsblog.com reported that he may attend St. Frances Academy in Baltimore. He also has spent time at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, N.J.