KU seniors to return to Garden for tour

4/11/2013

KU seniors to return to Garden for tour

KU seniors to return to Garden for tour

By The Telegram

The Kansas Jayhawk men's basketball Barnstorming Tour is returning to Garden City on April 20.

Senior members of the Jayhawks' Big 12 Conference regular season and postseason tournament team will be playing at 7 p.m. at Garden City High School.

Jeff Withey, Travis Releford, Elijah Johnson and Kevin Young will be joined by 10 area graduating seniors to form the two teams.

Withey headlines the Jayhawk seniors after finishing his career as the all-time KU leader in blocked shots. He was a third team Associated Press All-American and was voted the co-Defensive Player of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Scott City's Drew Kite, The Telegram's Player of the Year, along with teammate Brett O'Neil, co-player of the year in 2012, and members of the three-time Class 3A state champion Beavers, headline the players who will participate.

Garden City High School's Bo Banner, a member of The Telegram's All-Area team in 2013, will also compete. Tyler LaSalle of Holcomb and Trenton Holloway of South Gray, both members of the 2013 Telegram All-Area first team, are also slated to participate.

Other seniors who have accepted invitations include Randy Friesen of Class 2A state runner-up, Meade; Matt Goedeken of Dodge City; Shane Bennett of Holcomb; Taylor Williamson of Sublette and Ben Johnsrud of Southwestern Heights. The team will be coached by Scott City's Glenn O'Neil, who has guided the Beavers' boys team to those three state titles from 2011 to 2013.

Tickets are $10 for VIP reserved seating and $8 for general admission seating. VIP ticketrs may be purchased at the Garden City Family YMCA, 1224 Center (275-1199) while general admission tickets can be purchased at RT Sporting Goods, 306 N. Main (275-5507) or Samy's Spirits and Steakhouse, 1911 E. Kansas (275-7471).

The event, which has been organized for approximately 15 years by Garden City Family YMCA CEO Chad Knight, is a way for western Kansas fans to see some of their favorite KU stars.

"It's been a popular event," Knight said.

The KU players will begin an autograph session at 5 p.m.

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