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