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Kansas coach Bill Self speaks on scrimmage, schedule, Big 12 poll, Raptors, De Sousa

By Gary Bedore, The Kansas City Star on

Published in Basketball

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas, which can't schedule any exhibition basketball games or scrimmages against college teams before the first regular-season game on Nov. 25 because of NCAA rules regarding COVID-19, held its second intrasquad scrimmage of the preseason on Thursday.

"There were obviously some bad things that occurred, certainly no attention to detail, don't guard anybody. You did see some positive things from some individuals," 18th-year KU coach Bill Self said Friday during a weekly news conference.

He praised sophomore wings Tristan Enaruna (6-foot-8) and Christian Braun (6-6) as well as redshirt freshman Jalen Wilson (6-8) for playing well not only Thursday but since the start of practice on Oct. 15.

"Tristan, Jalen and C.B. (Braun), because they are all kind of similar sizes right there, they've all had terrific camps," Self said of the trio, which also fared well in a short 10-minute Late Night in the Phog scrimmage, taped in mid-October and shown via stream to fans on Oct. 23. Enaruna had 10 points in that scrimmage.

"C.B. has probably had the best one (preseason camp) of the three," Self added of Braun. "They've all gotten better. Tristan's stroke looks better. He is more confident and I am more confident in it."

Netherlands native Enaruna hit two three-pointers in the Late Night scrimmage.

 

"He is poised to have a big year," Self said of Enaruna, who Self noted, "can't be quite as casual. He's working hard on that."

"I anticipate him (Enaruna) to definitely be a rotation guy. I anticipate at some point this year he'll definitely be a starter for us because I think we have enough players who are comparable our starting lineups could switch game to game where it hasn't been that way much in the past," Self added.

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Self says he agrees with Big 12 coaches who picked Baylor to finish first and KU second in the 10-team league race.

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