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Bill Self on KU fan offering free-throw advice: ‘If it was Rick Barry, I’m all for it’

Bill Self on fan offering free-throw advice: ‘If it was Rick Barry, I’m all for it’

KU basketball coach Bill Self's thoughts on Udoka Azubuike’s free-throw struggles and a report that a fan approached Kansas' basketball dorm with advice for how to shoot better from the line.
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KU basketball coach Bill Self's thoughts on Udoka Azubuike’s free-throw struggles and a report that a fan approached Kansas' basketball dorm with advice for how to shoot better from the line.

This story is for every fan who has ever watched a game and said: “I could do better than these players.”

The University of Kansas Police said a man entered McCarthy Hall, which is the men’s basketball dorm, on Wednesday afternoon and offered to give some “ ‘free-throw advice.’ ” He was also spotted outside the dorm afterward.

When officers were called to the dorm around 3:30 p.m., the unidentified man — who was dressed in a red-and-blue windbreaker — was gone.

James Anguiano, the deputy chief of the KU Public Safety Office, said the man was not apprehended and there are no plans to file a criminal report. But he said officers will monitor the area, because “it could turn into a criminal trespass situation.”

Kansas coach Bill Self was asked about the incident Thursday at his weekly news conference.

“If it was Rick Barry, I’m all for it. Or Mark Price,” Self said. “I did get that report. It was a little strange, because it was unsolicited. But it was probably all good intentions.”

There was no word on who the man wanted to talk with, but it was likely sophomore center Udoka Azubuike. He missed six free throws in the final 4 minutes of KU’s 85-80 loss at Oklahoma on Tuesday.

It seems the man also had plans to see Self.

“Apparently, he told everybody he was going to come see me next,” Self said. “As long as it’s not Freddy Krueger, I’m OK with it.”

KU guard Malik Newman said he hadn’t heard about the incident until teammate Lagerald Vick filled him in.

“Nah, actually I didn’t see (anything). Lagerald actually came to the room and told me about it,” Newman said. “He was walking in and the action was taking place. He told me about it. I think it’s crazy for a guy to take time out of his day to come all the way down here and (visit with) some young men about some free throws. It just speaks about the fan base, how much they love us, how much they care. I’m pretty sure they (free throws) are going to be good moving forward.”

Asked if Vick actually saw the alleged intruder, Newman said: “Yeah, at least from what he told me. (It) sounds like he did. I know he caught pieces of it.”

This video produced by the Issaquah, Washington Parks and Recreation Department outlines how to shoot a free throw using the B.E.E.F. technique: Balance, Eyes, Elbow in, Follow through.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

Gary Bedore: 816-234-4068, @garybedore

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