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KU hoops notes: Ted Owens recovering from heart procedure; Larry Brown considers high school coaching job

Current Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self (left) talked with former Jayhawks coaches (from left) Larry Brown, Roy Williams and Ted Owens at an October 2014 event marking the 60th anniversary of Allen Fieldhouse. Owens is recovering in Tulsa, Okla., from heart procedure. Meanwhile, Brown is considering an offer to coach at New York’s East Hampton High School.
Current Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self (left) talked with former Jayhawks coaches (from left) Larry Brown, Roy Williams and Ted Owens at an October 2014 event marking the 60th anniversary of Allen Fieldhouse. Owens is recovering in Tulsa, Okla., from heart procedure. Meanwhile, Brown is considering an offer to coach at New York’s East Hampton High School. The Associated Press

Former Kansas basketball coach Ted Owens was at home resting “in good spirits” Tuesday afternoon following an elective heart procedure at a Tulsa, Okla., hospital, Owens’ son said Tuesday night.

“Everything went really well today,” said Teddy Owens, the director of basketball operations at the University of Nebraska. “They will do a similar follow-up procedure next Tuesday. My sister (who is in medical profession) is over there. He’s recovering OK.”

There had been some concern Owens might have blocked arteries. He will learn more about the situation next week.

Owens, 87, compiled a 348-182 record in 19 seasons at KU.

“Your prayers and kind words are so much appreciated!” Ted Owens wrote on Facebook.

Larry Brown ponders offer

Former KU coach Larry Brown, who recently spoke with East Hampton (N.Y.) High School athletic director Joe Vasile-Cozzo about filling the school’s boys basketball coaching vacancy, is still considering the offer.

“There’s no pressure,” Brown said Tuesday in an e-mail message to The Star. “I’m going to help them (East Hampton High players and coaches) regardless if I’m around.

“I’m not sure what to do. I’m going to Kentucky and Illinois soon (for coaching clinics) trying to figure things out,” Brown added.

Brown, who has made East Hampton his offseason home the past 14 years, recently said he’s planning trips to attend practices run by former pupils Bill Self (KU), Mark Turgeon (Maryland) and Tad Boyle (Colorado) as well as other college and NBA coaches.

“Coach has got to stay busy,” Self said last week in an appearance on KLWN radio in Lawrence. “I personally think that (high school job) is going to be a very long shot. I could understand why there could be interest in somebody else having him do that.

“I do see him being in Lawrence quite a bit this winter,” Self added of Brown, who resigned his head coaching job at SMU in July after compiling a 94-39 record in four seasons. “I know he loves coming here and hanging out with some of his old Jayhawk faithful and watching these kids (Jayhawks) play.

“I’ve learned more from him in a short amount of time (1985-86 season when Self was Brown’s graduate assistant at KU) as anybody in my life from a basketball standpoint. He is a savant. He is probably as well respected from an Xs and Os standpoint as any coach out there. You certainly gather knowledge any time you are around him.”

Brown, who led KU to the 1988 NCAA title and in 2002 was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, recently told The Star: “I can’t retire. … I just think I need to be doing something and contributing in some way.”

Syracuse offers scholarship to Preston

Billy Preston, a 6-9 senior forward from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., who attended Saturday’s Late Night in the Phog, on Monday received a scholarship offer from Syracuse, ZagsBlog.com reported.

Preston, the No. 8-rated player in the recruiting Class of 2017 by Rivals.com, opened his recruitment last week after earlier narrowing his list to KU, USC, Maryland, Indiana and North Carolina State.

“He’s a top five player in the country, I don’t care what scouting services say,” Oak Hill coach Steve Smith told Zagsblog.com . “Nobody has his skill level and upside at 6-9. He can score off the bounce, get to the rim, shoot the three, and pass and handle like a guard.”

Kentucky offers scholarship to Quickley

Immanuel Quickley, a 6-4 junior point guard from John Carroll High in Bel Air, Md., who attended KU’s Late Night in the Phog, on Monday received a scholarship offer from Kentucky , according to Zagsblog.com. The No. 12-rated player in the Class of 2018 will visit Miami, Kentucky, Louisville, Virginia and Duke in upcoming weeks.

Duval to expand list of schools

Trevon Duval, a 6-2 senior point guard from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., who was also at Late Night, announced on Twitter on Tuesday he’s decided to “reopen” his recruitment. He had previously listed KU, Cal, Oregon, Arizona, Maryland, St. John’s, Seton Hall, USC and Villanova.

Gary Bedore: 816-234-4068, @garybedore

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