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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The seniors for KU basketball are done. No longer will the four Jayhawk seniors wear the jersey that reads KANSAS across their chest. No longer will the crimson and blue Addidas shoes be on their feet for a game being coached by Bill Self. They are done.
A disappointing finish for Kansas and Perry Ellis looks upset as he walks back into the locker room and the media swarm ensued. Then the question ‘what did Self say after the game?’ was asked.
“He said how he had a pleasure coaching all of us, how we became a team, became a team that believed in each other,” said Ellis looking down. “It will be a different team next year, and just how much he enjoyed us.”
It hit him that his season was done. His career was done. Next to him in the locker room was fellow senior Jamari Traylor. He also looked back at the season.
“I’ll remember our memories on the courts, we had some thrilling games,” said Traylor when asked about the season’s memories. “I’ll remember the laughs we had off the court as well as the coaching staff. We just had a good year and I’m going to miss these guys.”
These two seniors are joined by Evan Manning and Hunter Mickelson as the four seniors who are leaving the program. The Jayhawks will return 12 players including six seniors if no one leaves for the NBA Draft.