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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 7.18.13

Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 7.18.13


Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 7.18.13

Kansas Football

OL Pearce Slater ‘recruited’ by fellow signee |

Although he has been relatively quiet since arriving on campus earlier this summer, Kansas University defensive tackle Marquel Combs, the team’s unofficial recruiting guru, is still at it.

Opinion: KU football assistant Jeff Blasko making juco inroads |

Blasko, who came with Weis from Florida, where he worked as offensive-quality-control aide, said KU O-line coach Tim Grunhard was instrumental in helping him to recruit players from his unit and said the same of D-line coach Buddy Wyatt. And with every juco recruit, Blasko said he played up the NFL connections of Weis and defensive coordinator Dave Campo.

KU's Harwell hoping to play, prepared to sit |

“KU, they were with me all the way through my situation,” said Harwell, who started his career under former Notre Dame assistant Mike Haywood at Miami. “Coach Weis coached with coach Haywood, so they run a similar style of offense. Lawrence is really similar to my last school, so it will be an easy adjustment for me.”

Kansas Basketball

KU basketball notebook: Andrew Wiggins recognized at ESPY show |

“There’s always pressure when it comes to stuff like that. Pressure is not always bad,” Wiggins said. “I think there’s good pressure. It motivates me to want to fulfill what everybody thinks I can be capable of doing, which is being No. 1. I’m going to work hard, so if I’m not No. 1 it’s not my fault. I’m going to work as hard as I can to become No. 1.”

NBA draft 2014: Andrew Wiggins leads loaded class - NBA - Chris Mannix -

The leader of the class is Kansas' Andrew Wiggins, a spectacularly athletic small forward with a bagful of moves. Wiggins, said a Western Conference assistant GM, "isn't quite a LeBron talent, but he's right behind him," a mouth-watering thought for the teams craving a franchise player. Jayhawks coach Bill Self just finished molding Ben McLemore into a high lottery pick and with Wiggins, Self will have even more to work with.


Hudy hoorah: Kansas strength coach, visiting Wounded Warrior ‘clicked’ |

“A week before I was told I’d be working with her, I read up on her, and, wow, I was surprised she’s not a Marine herself,” Pride said of Hudy, who is known as one of the most demanding strength-and-conditioning coaches in the business.