When you’re watching a KU basketball game, you know all the stats and who’s got the hot hand that night, but a lot of that success starts behind the bench.
Being a team manager isn’t the most high-profile, glamorous job, but it’s a job done with pride.
“It all reflects on us, making sure uniforms aren’t wrinkled, patches are where they need to be, we take a lot of pride in that,” student manager Riley Cobb said.
These eight student managers are just as much apart of the team as the starting five on the court.
“I don’t think anybody really notices it, but they do everything from our laundry to jumping in during practice,” KU forward Mitch Lightfoot said. “We’re good friends, we get to know them over the years they are like teammates to us.”
Cobb, a Silver Lake native, said its been a dream come true for him.
“It’s really been a blessing to be included and a part of everything the team does,” he said.
So what do the managers do?
“When Svi comes up and says, ‘hey can I get my second jersey,’ we know exactly where the jersey is and we don’t have to pick through everyone’s stuff,” student manager Collin Cook said.
But when it comes to prepping for the Final Four, it’s all business for the student managers.
“The stuff up here, they don’t get to touch this stuff, that’s why we keep their jerseys and stuff because if something gets left behind we want it to be our fault and not the players fault,” Cook said.
Four of the managers, including Cobb and Cook, are packing their bags to leave for San Antonio on Wednesday.
It’s an experience the players are excited to share with their managers.