LAWRENCE, Kan. — The last thing Brandon Rush wanted to be was the center of attention at the 2007 Kansas media day.

He thought his college days were behind him. And anyone who looked closely at the 6-foot-6 guard as he sat on a chair on the Allen Fieldhouse floor Friday and patiently answered reporters' questions about his injured knee and the upcoming season could detect at least a slight sense of dejection.

Kansas' top scorer each of the past two seasons is back for his junior year because he has to be, not because he wants to be.

Rush originally declared for the NBA draft last spring, as did his fellow sophomore Julian Wright.