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Meet A Blue-Chipper
Phil Henderson
Henderson Directs Team On
PHIL HENDERSON.6-4. 165 lbs.. SR.. 15.0 ppg., 7.0 rpg.. 7.0 apg., Crete-Monee H.S./Crete, 1L. Thirty miles south of Chicago resides a skinny kid with a great jump shot and a keen court sense who has almost overnight become a very hot commodity in a big time recruiting circles ... "Phil is on the threshold of what you would call a pure shooter," said Forrest Harris of the Nike All-American camp ... "He understands the game from the point guard position and has great quickness with the ball," commented Georgia Tech Assistant Coach Perry Clark ... superb at creating his own shot ... "Henderson has a telescope type of body: long, thin and peers over top of people," said Stephen Wacaser of the Hoop Scoop. "He is very clever with the ball and directs a team like an orchestra leader." Quite and sedate, not flashy ... definitely the type of player you appreciate the more you see him ... a national unknown before the summer, but all of that has changed ... "He is sound in all facets of the game," said Bob Gibbons ... Will play for ACC power Duke next season.
Coach Larry Brown's Postgame Comments
Following are Larry Brown's postgame comments after his Jayhawks defeated Kentucky in Lawrence, Kansas, last Saturday evening:
Question: What about the game?
Brown: Needless to say I'm happy. I'm disappointed that (Kenny)Walker went out. I'm proud of our kids and proud of the way they played. Danny played with confidence. The way he started was the key. He was special.
Question: What about the play of center Greg Dreiling?
Brown: He was great. He got in some foul trouble, but he did some things that I've been waiting for him to do all season.
Question: Was the team's execution performed like you wanted it to?
Brown: It was great. You know our two little guards did a great job. Cedric (Hunter) had some great passes and ran the offense well.
Question: What about Danny Manning's offensive performance?
Brown: I tried to remind him of what he did to them (Kentucky) last year. Tonight it was more him than anything else. I could tell from the first shot; the way he just wanted the ball.
(About comparing this year's Kansas team with last year's)
Walker: They are really the same ballclub except they are a bit more seasoned. A couple players like (Greg) Dreiling and (Cedric) Hunter really played a lot better. We always knew that (Calvin) Thompson and (Ron) Kellogg could shoot with anyone in the country. They all played a super ballgame.
(About Kansas' defense)
Walker: They did a great job with their weak side help. When I got the ball inside they did a great job of collapsing on me and pushing the ball down the court. We wanted to be a lot more patient and get the ball inside more. We didn't
have a good transition game.
(About trying to live up to his preseason billing)
Walker: The fans look to give you a hard time. It's tough for any player to be put in my position, although I look at it as a compliment. The main thing is to prepare yourself for anything and you can't lose your head. I learned that in high school.
(About the crowd)
Bennett: Some of the younger players didn't expect the noise level. I played here a year ago, so I was accustomed to it. (actually two years ago.) The Jayhawks are one of the best in the nation, you've got to give them a lot of praise
Kansas Jayhawks' Postgame Comments
(About beating Kentucky)
Manning: Everything was open tonight hen we exectued. We thought about it that they had beat us so many times. I think the last time we beat them, I was seven years old. I just tried to guard (Kenny) Walker tight and play him tough. I don't really know how he got hurt.
(About the home-court advantage)
Hunter: The crowd helped out a lot. I was concentrating on coming in and playing well. I think the crowd intimidated them a little tonight. Tonight we just executed.
(About beating Kentucky)
Thompson: It feels really great to beat Ken-
tucky. I think the main thing in this game was that we played together, and simply outplayed them. We figured that if we played hard and did the things that we do best, that we could go out and win.
(About looking forward to playing the Wildcats)
Kellogg: We've been waiting for a long time to beat Kentucky. Tonight we went out with a positive attitude and took the game to them. Our practices were intense and they really geared us up for tonight's game. I thought that Danny (Manning) and Greg Dreiling) played a great game. Danny was really super and his offense took the pressure off our perimeter shooters. The big thing tonight was that we had a balanced attack and we had a good mixture of defenses that threw them off a bit. We also did a super job down the stretch.