Kansas' gold medal will help its season

It has already been a busy summer for Kansas coach Bill Self.

Congratulations are in order to Self and Kansas. The team that represented the U.S. in the recently concluded World University Games was comprised mostly of Jayhawks. The American squad won the gold medal in South Korea, beating a tough Germany squad in double overtime in the final.

The Jayhawks/Americans (Nic Moore from SMU was also on the squad) went 8-0 overall at the World University Games, an impressive feat. The competition was challenging, and there were a few close calls.

That experience will mean so much later in the coming season when Kansas tips it off for real come November. Winning the gold will provide a lot of confidence for those young men.

This was a great team-bonding experience for a club that already had a lot of veteran talent. Perry Ellis, Wayne Selden Jr. and Frank Mason III all return for a program that won its 11th straight Big 12 Conference title.

Selden is developing into more of a scorer as displayed during the World University Games. Selden and Ellis did not shoot the ball well in the final game (combined 12-of-49 from the floor), but they were not afraid to take shots.

During the eight games of the tournament, Selden averaged nearly 20 points per game. Last season, he averaged less than 10 points for Kansas.

The Jayhawks also have Landen Lucas, Jamari Traylor, Arkansas transfer Hunter Mickelson, and several newcomers of note via recruiting, such as Carlton Bragg and Lagerald Vick, who played in South Korea during the tournament.

You have to appreciate the effort in winning the tournament. I am sure Self appreciates the opportunity for this group to gain so much valuable experience.