Weekend Hoops Coverage Roundup
The Phog Descends on Alex Galindo (Premium)
Sure, he’s 6-7 and can drain a shot better than Roto Rooter, but just like 7,000 other new KU students, Alex Galindo is still learning how it all works.
“In college, there’s too much free time, and you’ve got to learn how to deal with it,” he said.
In the opening game of exhibition play in Canada, the Jayhawks crushed UBC 82-51 despite some sloppy work on the offensive end of the floor.
After a couple of weeks of beating up on each other in practice as they prepared for their Canadian exhibition tour, the University of Kansas Jayhawks finally got their chance to play against another team. Unfortunately for the undersized University of British Columbia it meant that they were about to be on the receiving end of an 82-51 beatdown.
Simien Off to Big Start (Premium)
Last spring, Wayne Simien toyed with the idea of making himself eligible for the NBA draft and giving up his senior year to try and play on the next level. However, the six-foot-eight native of Leavenworth, KS decided to come back and try and win a national championship. Saturday he started taking steps towards that goal.
Miles Feeling Good About Opener (Premium)
Following Kansas’ win against British Columbia during the opening game of the Canadian exhibition tour, senior point guard Aaron Miles saw plenty to like. He spent some time with the media giving his thoughts on where he and his teammates stand.
Robinson Earning Praise From All Angles (Premium)
By now, pretty much every Kansas fan out there knows that the freshman class of players has a chance to be a special group. Alex Galindo, C.J. Giles, Sasha Kaun and Darnell Jackson have all drawn early praise and have certainly had their moments, however six-foot-one inch guard Russell Robinson may have already established himself as the leader of the pack.
Giles Enjoying Experience (Premium)
If you go by the stats, maybe C.J. Giles didn’t have the most impressive debut performance. However, stats don’t always tell the whole story and that was certainly the case for the six-foot-nine inch freshman from Seattle.
After taking out a relatively fiery University of British Columbia on Saturday, the University of Kansas took the court Sunday for the second of their four exhibition games. Their opponent, Langara College, didn’t offer much of a fight as the Jayhawks rolled to an easy 101-46 victory.
Kaun Shakes Off Nerves and Hurricane (Premium)
Kansas fans can probably forgive Sasha Kaun for not being at his best during the opening game of the Jayhawks Canadian Exhibition tour. Not only was he dealing with freshman jitters, he was also worried about friends and loved ones back home in Florida who were doing battle with Hurricane Frances.
In a blowout situation like Kansas found itself in on Sunday against Langara College, a team has to do what they can to make the most of the situation. As a result, there were some combinations of players on the floor that Kansas fans probably won’t ever see again. There were also plenty of other performances and news worth noting.
Jayhawks Take Down Fraser Valley (Premium)
After destroying a woefully overmatched Langara College team on Sunday afternoon, Kansas was looking for a little bit more of a test from the Fraser Valley All-Stars. While the final score of 106-71 would indicate that the game was another run of the mill blowout, the Jayhawks were tested a bit more Sunday night.
“They’re playing pretty well and sometimes it is hard to play up to your full potential against guys who aren’t as good as you. Overall they are playing pretty well and the young guys are too,” said Downs. “I’m so excited to start playing with them after my senior year, it’s going to be real fun.”
Giddens Still Working Out the Kinks (Premium)
J.R. Giddens is an entertainer, nobody is going to dispute that. So, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that his best performance of the exhibition tour came in an environment that was very conducive to his brand of entertainment.
Monday Impressions (Premium Phorum)
[Alex Galindo] made maybe my favorite play of the weekend from any player today. Robinson got a steal and there was Galindo and one guy between him and the basket. Galindo basically screened him the entire way down the court to give Robinson and angle and then he let him go at the last second so Robinson could get the finish and the foul because the guy was then stuck in his way and moving. Cerebral play, and the kind of stuff I like seeing more than anything else from a player.
There's more to come from Phog.net on this weekend's action in Canada.