Jayhawks Roll Hofstra, X Debuts

November 14th, 2009 by Lee Eldridge

Xavier HenryIn his freshman regular season debut, Xavier Henry scores 27 in what looked like an effortless performance. He is the most polished freshman I’ve seen in a Kansas jersey. It’s early, but he certainly looks as good as advertised. His 27 points are the most ever by a Kansas freshman in their debut performance. (Wilt scored 52 but was officially a sophomore.)

I’ve also been impressed with the other freshmen, forward Thomas Robinson and guard Elijah Johnson. They will make more of an impact this year than I thought. The best news for them is that they will not be asked to contribute as significantly as last year’s freshmen Tyshawn Taylor and the Morris twins. Robinson and Johnson will have less pressure to perform early in their careers. Though I think they may be more developed than last year’s freshmen were at this point.

No matter what happens Jayhawk fans, sit back and enjoy the ride.

Note: During the preseason game against Pittsburg State the other night, they showed a group of young men in street clothes sitting on the bench. Who were they? Jeff Withey, Brady Morningstar, C.J. Henry, Mario Little and Travis Releford. Wow. That’s a competent starting lineup for most college basketball programs. Most of these guys would be starting for most of the teams in the Big 12.

It’s almost not even fair. Almost.

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