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Saturday, March 18, 2006
Kansas' Rush says he'll return for sophomore season

Associated Press

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Kansas fans may find at least one positive in the 77-73 upset loss to Bradley in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Brandon Rush, the Big 12 freshman of the year, said after Friday night's game that he'll return for his sophomore season. The Jayhawks' leading scorer this year, Rush was thought to be leaning toward coming out early for the NBA draft.

"Yes, I'm back next year. I can't go out like this," he told reporters just minutes after the Jayhawks were ousted in the first round for the second straight year.

"I was still undecided at the time of the game. Now I'm sure I'm coming back next year."

Rush scored only nine points off 4-of-14 shooting against Bradley.

He said he made his decision after looking at his teammates in the losing locker room.

"Just going out in the first round, not giving the seniors what they were trying to get, immediately after the game, I said it's best for the whole team to come back next year."

Kansas coach Bill Self was not aware of Rush's statement until he was told about it by reporters.

"I will not go on record with you guys and comment on something he and I have not talked about," Self said. "I'll let the dust settle a bit so emotion doesn't make the decision. He had a great freshman year, not played as well lately. We all get spoiled. He had a great year."

Sophomore C.J. Giles said he's confident he'll have Rush at his side for 2006-07.

"Yes, I know he'll be back. We'll all be back," Giles said. "We have to use this as motivation in the offseason, in the weight room. We have to remember this feeling every day."