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The Jayhawks looked 'sloppy' but talented

Posted on: October 17, 2009 9:56 pm
Edited on: October 17, 2009 10:03 pm

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- "How sloppy was that," Bill Self asked just moments after putting his top-ranked Kansas Jayhawks through their first official practice.

My answer: Pretty sloppy.

But the talent level was still hard to miss.

No, the Jayhawks didn't spend Saturday morning looking like a team ready to beat everybody by 20 points; they seemed more likely to turn it over 20 times. That bothered Self, and he made it clear. But in time that stuff will get worked out, I'm certain, and what will remain is an awesome roster that's as deep as it is talented.

Seriously, the biggest problem facing Self isn't going to be sloppiness.

It's going to be trying to figure out a way to keep all of his players happy.

Remember, Kansas returns seven guys who played at least 15 minutes per game last season and adds two freshmen (Xavier Henry and Thomas Robinson) who are expected to contribute immediately. That means there are at least nine players who think they're getting major minutes, and I'm not even counting senior Mario Little or freshmen Elijah Johnson or Jeff Withey. So clearly, something has to give. And that's why Brady Morningstar's first-semester suspension might actually be a good thing for the Jayhawks, because what it basically did was free minutes for somebody else, among them the aforementioned Henry who seems on track to endure a growing pain or two.

"You do the same thing every time you get the ball," Self yelled during one drill after Henry turned it over. Right then, I was reminded that though the 6-foot-6 guard has a chance to be a one-and-done player based on his physical gifts, he's far from a lock for the 2010 NBA Draft despite what you might've heard elsewhere. Honestly, Henry has a ways to go, and I'm not even sure he's one of KU's top five players, at the moment. But the good news for Kansas fans is that Henry appears to be in great shape and the proper frame of mind, and to a man the staff raves about his character and willingness to learn.

If you thought he might be a prima donna, think again.

There's no evidence that such is or will be a problem with Henry.

"He's so coachable," said Kansas assistant Joe Dooley. "He's a 10 [on a scale of one to 10]. Just a great kid."
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Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2009 11:52 pm

The Jayhawks looked 'sloppy' but talented

Gary, I thought you should know that Tyshawn Taylor was lying to you when he said he meant point blank.

In actuality, "point plankn" or "point plankin'" is a slang term related to participating in organized gang activity. "Point Plank" refers to the Jersey City and Bergen Point Plank Road, which existed as a major New Jersey thoroughfare in the 19th century. "Point Plank" now describes the blighted area in the Greenville section of south Jersey City, roughly bordered by Grand Street and Garfield Avenue. This is one of the highest crime-infested neighborhoods in the United States, notorious as a crack cocaine distribution center, with significant drug and gang-related violence.

"Point plankin'" thus refers to the participation in said drug and gang-related activity. Tyshawn Taylor, not coincidentally, is from Jersey City.

At the very least, he was saying he's "hood" so he keeps it "hood-style"

His explanation was a bold-faced lie.

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