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Late Night At The Phog: What They're Saying About Kansas Basketball

Late Night brings recruits, fans in droves |
Morris’ Crimson squad lost 40-39 when his full-court shot dropped just shy of the rim, but he was the unquestioned star of the night. Considering the role he’ll be expected to play this season, it should have come as no surprise. Morris, though, was still finding flaws in his game. "I thought it was close," Morris said about his desperation heave. "Unlike my layups. I’m still missing layups. I gotta get better, but I padded my stats a little bit again."

KU hoops is here, baby |
This Late Night had all the usual fare — skits, videos, scrimmages, costumes, bad basketball — but it had a few extras, too. The centerpiece attraction was, of course, Josh Selby, the most heralded freshman in all the land. But there were some attractions in the stands, too, with Kansas hosting at least 16 recruits. Including were two of the top 20 players in the 2011 class, guard Ben McLemore (No. 17) and forward LeBryan Nash (No. 4), making it what Self said may have been the most important Late Night in his eight-year KU career.

Official opening for practice fires up fans |
Selby, a 6-foot-2 point guard from Baltimore, showed during the player skits that he doesn’t shy from the spotlight. He also energized the crowd during the pre-scrimmage dunking show. In the playground-like scrimmage, Selby scored on a turn-around jumper, on a bank shot after catching a lob and on a drive to the hoop.

The madness begins for area college basketball teams -
At Allen Fieldhouse, Jayhawks fans were treated to the usual skits and performances by current players. Former Jayhawk Scot Pollard was emcee for the festivities, which also included a video of KU’s alumni in the NBA, featuring Cole Aldrich, Darrell Arthur and Kirk Hinrich.

Late Night kicks off 2010-11 season |

KU’s Bill Self lets fans know that basketball expectations are the same as ever -
Everything is going to be OK. That, more than anything else, was the message that the Kansas men’s basketball team was supposed to send to the 16,300 fans seated in Allen Fieldhouse on Friday night at "Late Night in the Phog." That they could forget about the pain that has come with football this fall. Forget about 6-3 North Dakota State and 55-7 Baylor and 59-7 Kansas State and remember that their Jayhawks are still the kings of the hardwood, the owners of six straight Big 12 regular-season championships.