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All the former Kansas stars coming together under one roof


Mike Miller

Nearly every big name in recent Kansas basketball history will be at Allen Fieldhouse on Sept. 24. Paul Pierce. Marcus Morris. Mario Chalmers. Darrell Arthur. Kirk Hinrich. The list goes on for a “Legends of the Phog” basketball game exhibition that’ll be part-fundraiser, part-exhibition.

It should be quite the event for Jayhawks fans, who only have to pay $20 to see their favorite players. (Students and kids get in for $10!)

Yet, here I am, hoping Jeff Boschee steals the show.

The 6-1 guard was a four-year starter, played on decent KU teams – and one outstanding squad in 2001-02 – and is now an assistant coach at Missouri Southern State (he wasn’t in Joplin when the deadly tornado hit in May). So why Boschee? It goes beyond his decent career stats.

It’s all about that shooting stroke.

Boschee was one of those players who would shoot from anywhere at any time. Roy Williams never minded, either – provided Boschee didn’t jack up on off-balance shot. (Try giving Jimmer those limits.) Watching that again would be delightful, even if it came at the expense of the current pros. (I’m not the only one hoping for this, either.)

But those odds are slim. People will come to see the current stars, and with good reason. It’ll be quite the show.

“It’s going to be a spectacular event,” KU coach Bill Self said in a release. “Not very often can you spin a negative into a positive, but we get an opportunity to do so with the NBA lockout. There have been numerous times we’d like to get all these guys back at the same time, but it’s always been hard for the current NBA players to come back because their schedules run similar to ours. … most recent KU greats are going to come back, allowing them a chance to run out of the tunnel one more time and play a game, hopefully in front of a packed house.”

It’s similar to Kentucky’s recent exhibition, with a nice touch. Some of the proceeds will go to the family of former Kansas assistant Neil Dougherty, who died this summer of a heart attack. The Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence also will receive some of the proceeds.

Given the current state of the Jayhawks football team, I’m guessing this’ll be the best thing Lawrence sees until November.

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