Kansas Men's Basketball Team Concludes Boot Camp, Gears Up for Practice

Oct. 5, 2004

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Kansas men’s basketball team concluded its annual boot camp coach Bill Self announced Tuesday.

“Boot camp is done for the vast majority of our guys,” said Self who enters his second season with the Jayhawks and guided KU to a 24-9 record and NCAA Tournament Regional final game last year. “We will continue to work with couple of guys who were not able to condition due to injuries. The guys did great. They have sustained their workouts since the Canada trip and all did fantastic. They will all be ready to go by October 15.”

Boot camp ran from Sept. 27 through Oct. 5 and consisted of early morning workouts in preparation for practice, which starts Saturday, Oct. 16.

“The overall mentality of the team was good, mainly because of the seniors,” said senior Michael Lee. “With Aaron (Miles), Keith (Langford), Wayne (Simien) and myself, we were leading by example. Even when we were tired we were still vocal and that helped out with the underclassmen.”

“I felt much better about it this year,” Lee added. “Having gone through it once helped out. It wasn’t easy but I was more mentally prepared this year.”

KU will continue individual workouts and pick up games until practice officially begins Oct. 15 at Midnight at the conclusion of the annual Late Night in the Phog.