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STF: I want to talk to you about this notion of developing as a player. You could be making a living as a basketball player right now - why was it important to come back to school?
Perry Ellis: I had a lot of ups and downs, and I realized I still had a lot to learn about the game. Just by becoming more mentally tough and learning little aspects of the game that coach was teaching.
STF: You started to really show what you could do toward the end of last season. Do you feel like opponents might be sleeping on your abilities now that they have a new crop of freshmen phenoms to focus on?
PE: I definitely do. I’ve been working really hard this offseason in the summer just trying to improve. I’ve been working hard in practice. I feel I can just bring something extra to the table for the team.
STF: Last year there was a lot of focus on Ben McLemore, who was an incredible shooter. This year’s roster has different types of players. How will that effect what you can do inside?
PE: Well, we do have some shooters. I think it will be good. Andrew White, Brannen Green are good shooters. In practice, we’ve been meshing real well, with guys knocking in shots, or I can get it in the post and kick it back out. I think that will be great for us.
STF: You’re not that much older than Joel Embiid, but you have that vital year of experience. Have you been able to take him under your wing a bit?
PE: I’ve definitely tried to. He’ll get down sometimes and I went through that too my freshman year. I can relate to him on that. Jeff (Withey) and them would take me under their wing when I wasn’t doing well or got down on myself. That’s what I’m really trying to help them with. When things aren’t going well, just keep competing.
STF: Guys who have been there a year or more know that there’s a long season ahead - if you have a bad game, you can make up for it - have you been able to pass that along to some of the new guys?
PE: Definitely, I realized that too my freshman season. It’s a long season but I turned it around at the end, so I know there’s always time to turn it around.
STF: We’ve seen big men at Kansas do that before. Cole Aldrich didn’t play a lot as a freshman, but then the postseason came around and he was a crucial piece. Did you feel that as well, like you were gradually getting integrated into the system?
PE: Yeah, I would say. The game started slowing down for me toward the end of the season, too. I could definitely say that by the end of the season I felt a lot better.
"Wayne Selden does not relent. I’ll say this as directly as possible: Selden is the hardest-practicing freshman I’ve encountered in more than a quarter-century on the college basketball beat. Does anyone remember Iowa’s Jess Settles? He’s always been my standard for a high-energy player, and Selden clears that bar.
There are players with greater raw talent or a more natural basketball frame. (The 6-5, 230-pound Selden has wide shoulders and a thick chest; neither will hinder him, but they’re not prototypical for an elite prospect). Selden makes few mistakes, seems only to take jump shots he is convinced will connect and just does not stop.
Selden is going to win a lot of basketball games for Kansas just with his energy and his precision. He’ll win some more with his strength and athleticism, which coaches expect will help him to become an exceptional defender. He’ll win one here or there with his shooting.
Wiggins’s athleticism will permit him to do some things college opponents can’t prevent. But those same young men simply won’t want to get in Selden’s way.”
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When James Naismith’s original rules of basketball find their permanent home in the DeBruce Center, a new building adjacent to Allen Fieldhouse, KU officials hope they become a destination attraction for generations.
So details such as the lighting — and other major design issues — have pushed back the construction of the DeBruce Center to next spring, according KU Endowment president Dale Seuferling.
The KU basketball team, which opens practice on Friday, begins its exhibition schedule Oct. 29 against Pittsburg State at Allen Fieldhouse. For KU officials, the idea of starting construction on the three-story, $18 million project during basketball season was an impractical idea.
“It reached the point,” Seuferling said, “where you don’t want to start now and have these huge conflicts with the game-day crowds.”
When KU Endowment announced formal plans for the DeBruce Center in April, construction was scheduled to start this year. But other than a delayed start date, Seuferling says the rest of the project is ready. The financing, which includes a primary donation from Paul and Katherine DeBruce of Mission Hills, is in place. And the general plans haven’t changed.
The new building will be connected to Allen Fieldhouse and the Booth Family Hall of Athletics, while also serving as a student center with dining options and meeting spaces for KU students. But the centerpiece will still be Naismith’s rules, which were purchased by KU alumnus David Booth in late 2010 and donated to KU, where Naismith served as the school’s first basketball coach in 1898.
Booth paid $4.3 million to acquire the rules during an auction at Sotheby’s in New York. When he offered to donate the artifact to KU, Booth suggested that the school erect a new building to house the document.