Kansas basketball is rolling along to start the 2018-19 season. The Jayhawks are 7-0, and guard Lagerald Vick has been among the most important players for Bill Self’s team.
The senior was almost never a part of the squad.
After last season, the two sides seemed content to part ways, following Vick’s junior season. After exploring some professional options, it wasn’t until late June that he decided to return to Lawrence for his fourth season.
The decision has worked out for both sides. Vick leads the team in minutes, and is second in scoring, with 17.9 points per game, up from the 12.1 he scored as a junior.
Kansas basketball fans were obviously surprised when Lagerald Vick did not appear in the starting lineup for Tuesday’s game against Wofford.
Vick showed up late for shootaround for the game, and Self was not afraid to make an example of one of his best players.
“I don’t think he was disappointed; I actually think he was pleased he was going to play, so I didn’t make a big deal of it,” KU coach Bill Self said. “He’s been great but he was late to shootaround, so. There was no message except, ‘We’ll see how you react.'”
“When I said, ‘Scout team go get a shirt on,’ he went to go get a shirt on because he didn’t think he would even play,” Self said. “It didn’t warrant that, just him being late. But I think it’s a pretty good lesson, though. He’s been on a roll and when your head’s not quite right, you’re probably thinking about some other things, you kind of have a hard game.”
Vick wound up going scoreless in 22 minutes off the bench. It was a major down game, coming off of a 27 point outing in KU’s overtime win over Stanford, including a huge game-tying three.
Self has already revealed that Vick will start the next game, so this was a very brief demotion. He might need even more out of the star senior as well, after the Jayhawks lost center Udoka Azubuike for the season in that Wofford game.