May 27, 2007

KU complete again

Friday's news of Brandon Rush's decision to stay at Kansas was bitter sweet for Jayhawk fans, although mostly sweet. It was widely believed the 6-foot-6, 210-pound forward would stay in the 2007 NBA Draft, as recent mock drafts have listed Rush as a top 20 pick, however, a knee injury suffered on Wednesday all but killed Rush's plans to attend the Orlando, Fla., workouts. While the severity of the injury is yet to be determined, the simple fact that KU's star is coming back for his junior year should vault the Jayhawks back into the top three for the 2007-08 season. Kansas returns 13 of 14 players from a team which reached the Elite Eight a year ago.

If there was one player the Jayhawks didn't need to lose heading into next season, it was Rush. After leading the team in scoring for two straight seasons, Rush's decision to enter the NBA draft came as somewhat of a surprise, despite the fact that Rush himself claimed that is shouldn't have been a shock to fans.

More importantly than his scoring, Rush is the only natural small forward KU has on their current roster. His length and athleticism allow him to match up against any forward in the country, and with above average defensive skills, is often called upon to shut down the opponents' best player.

Rush stated in his press release, Friday, that the knee injury isn't the sole reason for his decision to come back to Lawrence. According to Head Coach Bill Self, Rush told him he was going to probably come back all along.

"His returning is not a shock," said Self.

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