Current Hawks topple Alums, 64-57

Current Hawks topple Alums, 64-57

An impressive crowd of former Jayhawks showed up Wednesday in Lawrence, Kan. to tangle with members of the current team during Session Two of Head Coach Bill Self's basketball camp. Phog.net was on hand to watch the young pups take down the alumni, 64-57, and we offer up some quick thoughts after the jump.

* First, the one everyone wants to know about - Milton Doyle. Put simply, he looked good. As always, deriving meaningful conclusions from pickup play is a fool's errand, but as soon as he entered the game he was a factor. He's very tall, long and quick, with a quick-release jumper. He knocked down a pair of threes, had a runout dunk and looked very comfortable with the ball in his hands. He should fit the combo role nicely, and keep KU fans intrigued for more.

* Keith Langford is still really, really good. A crowd favorite during his days at Kansas, he has found great success for a number of teams overseas, most recently Israeli League champions Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Known for his explosive first step as a Jayhawk, Langford did a bit of everything Wednesday to lead all scorers with 24 points. He drove the lane for multiple "And-1" opportunities, he hit numerous threes and looked cat quick in transition. Freeze is still fun to watch.

* Ben McLemore opened the game with yet another mind-boggling play, when he brought the ball up the court, accelerated near the three-point line and took off for a monstrous one-handed thunder dunk. McLemore had a fantastic all-around game, scoring 16 points and rebounding well for his position. Kansas fans are going to be salivating at what he can do come October and Late Night in the Phog.

* Naadir Tharpe continues to look much more comfortable and confident on the court. After a great pickup performance last week, Tharpe was on his game again Wednesday, hitting multiple deep jumpers, dropping dimes and looking calm under pressure from two of the best one-on-one defenders Kansas has ever had - Russell Robinson and Aaron Miles.

* Landen Lucas didn't add much to the scoring total, but he was very willing to mix it up for rebounds. He had double-digit numbers by our tally, and though his offensive game is in need of refinement - he's too quick to settle for mid-range jumpers - he's got some tools to work with for certain.

* Perry Ellis was solid once again. Because there were so many participants (more than 20) minutes were hard to come by, but Ellis took advantage. He scored on a nice double-move in the post, rebounded well and just fit into the action on the floor.

* Jamari Traylor and Zach Peters each had a couple of nice moments. Traylor's motor runs extremely hot and he could prove to be a major factor on the glass, despite his size. Peters showed a very nice jumper in warmups and cashed a deep one during the game.

* Andrew White was mostly quiet Wednesday, though he did have a nice driving layup from the three-point-line for a score.

* Jeff Withey continued his shot-blocking ways and was the beneficiary of some nice assists from his guards. He's going to be a rock down low defensively for KU this season - obviously.

Travis Releford's outside shot wasn't falling, but he showed his athleticism with some nice drives to the rack and generally looked to be having a good time. Fans know what they have in Travis, and he looks to be poised for a big senior year.

That's it for today! Keep an eye out for full scrimmage video late Wednesday night!

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