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KU men’s basketball newcomers hit the court at Washburn camp

Published: Jun. 9, 2021 at 5:21 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Washburn men’s basketball camps are back in full swing at Lee Arena.

Per tradition, a slate of Bill Self’s players joined in on the action Wednesday.

“It’s great to have the KU guys here,” Brett Ballard, Washburn head coach and former KU walk-on, said. “Appreciate them taking the time to come over. Pretty cool for our campers to get to be around guys they see on TV.”

A trio of KU newcomers spent morning and afternoon sessions teaching campers basketball skills, running them through drills, signing autographs and taking pictures.

“Back at home, everybody looks up to me, so it feels good to feel that same love,” Bobby Pettiford, incoming freshman point guard for the Jayhawks said. “It’s like a welcome home, welcome to Kansas. Kids love me, they’ve got their Kansas shirts. I love it.”

Pettiford, freshman forward KJ Adams and graduate transfer Cam Martin all arrived to Lawrence earlier this week.

“I always like being with kids and interacting with them,” Adams said. “When you’re sitting in your dorm, you just have your phone and your teammates, so it’s good to interact with little kids.”

Martin joins the Jayhawks from the MIAA. He played at Washburn conference foe Missouri Southern before transferring to Lawrence for his super-senior campaign.

“Being able to come to another MIAA school like Washburn that I’m familiar with and help these kids, just be here with them and hang out and see their smiles on their faces, it’s fun,” Martin said.

“I wish I could have had him on my squad,” Ballard said of Martin. “He’s a good player at the Division II level. I’m excited to see what he does at KU.”

Freshmen Zach Clemence and Kyle Cuffe — as well as Drake transfer Joseph Yesufu — took part in camp Tuesday.

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