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Monday, July 2, 2012

Italian club signs former KU guard Keith Langford

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Former Kansas University guard Keith Langford has signed a two-year contract with EA7 Emporio Armani Milano, a professional basketball team based in Milan, Italy, the team announced Monday.

Terms were not disclosed. However, Sportando.net recently reported that the squad was offering well over $1 million a year, perhaps up to $1.5 million. Langford’s former team, Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv of Israel, reportedly offered him $800,000 for the 2012-13 season.

Langford, 28, averaged 10.8 points and 2.0 assists in 20 Euroleague games last season for Maccabi. He averaged 14.2 ppg in 22 games in the Israeli Premier League, earning all-Israeli guard of the year honors by Eurobasket.com. He was named MVP of the Adriatic League Final Four after averaging 19 points off 61.9 percent shooting. He helped Maccabi win the Adriatic League, Israeli League and Israeli Cup.

Prior to joining Maccabi, the 6-foot-4 Langford played two seasons for B.C. Khimki in Russia. He averaged a league-leading 18.7 ppg in 2010-11 and 15.5 ppg in 2009-10.

Frankamp excelling: Future KU guard Conner Frankamp has averaged a U.S. team-leading 14.0 points a game through three games at the Men’s Under 17 world championships in Lithuania. Jabari Parker, a senior forward from Chicago’s Simeon High, is right behind at 13.7 ppg. Frankamp, a 6-1 senior from Wichita North, has made 65.5 percent of his shots, trailing only Justin Jackson of Canada (66.7 percent). He has made four of six threes for 66.7 percent, best mark of all players. He has eight steals in three games, ranking fourth overall, second on the U.S. team behind Joel Berry, who has nine thefts. He also leads the field in assist/turnover ratio with nine assists to two turnovers. The U.S., which had the day off Monday, meets France today.

Kaun scores 12: Former KU center Sasha Kaun scored 12 points as the Russian national team pounded South Korea, 91-56, Monday in the first-round of the Olympic qualifying tournament in Venezuela. So far, nine teams have qualified for the Olympics. In all, 12 teams are battling for the final three slots this week in Venezuela.

Kaun is a native of Tomsk.

Comments

bigcountry 1 year, 9 months ago

Keep it going Keith. Great to see you continue your professional career.

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hawkmoon2020 1 year, 9 months ago

See where Conner got 12 pts. vs. France today. Is 3rd leading scorer at 13.5, and still getting rebounds and steals. Parker did not play. Hmmm.

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REHawk 1 year, 9 months ago

Unfortunately, Langford was limping during his last Final Four.

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Nathan Scholl 1 year, 9 months ago

Jerseys are strictly ONLY hung for ALL AMERICANS or Final Four MVP's I believe.

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odc213 1 year, 9 months ago

it's time for Langford to come back during a game and get his jersey retired

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Jack Wilson 1 year, 9 months ago

BayHawkaholic: Here's how I understand it. Bottom-line, until a recruit signs a letter of intent, neither the school nor the athlete are bound. That's what I understood from my son's recruiting and signing process. If a financial aid agreement is signed, then the school is the only one bound. The LOI is the only thing that binds the athlete .. both bind the school.

Now I've heard that if a school makes a verbal offer, that it is binding. I have not seen anything in any rules that say that. A player's commitment, of course, is not binding. And in dealing with my son, there always seemed to be hedging .. meaning "yea, we want you, but here's our numbers" .. etc. We never felt it was done until we had the emailed LOI.

As I understand, schools many times condition their verbal offers so as to address the situation. Something to the effect of an offer of a scholarship, but contact us to seal the deal .. i.e., to make sure the school still wants to do it. So if the #90 player, a point guard who has been offered, says ok for class of 2013, Self may say .. hold on, let me get back with you (and then makes a determination based on Barber). Do we let #90 go, or take him and fall out of the running for Barber?

When a school accepts a verbal commitment, you rarely see one back out. I recall what went on with Adams committing, but curiosity if we were on board. With Doyle, for example, we made a conditional offer it appears .. making sure the academics worked out and possibly some other things.

Schools can clearly get hosed by the verbal, then a back-out. But I see nothing that stops a school from backing out prior to the LOI or financial aid agreement being signed, and thus doing the same thing (other than reputation with athletes).

So right now, if a top shooting guard suddenly became available, KU could take him, dump Adams, but only at the risk of reputation (which we might not do other than the fact of the late date here).

That's all my understanding, but would love to hear other info, corrections, etc.

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Ron Franklin 1 year, 9 months ago

Are we out of the running for Jabari, Harrison twins, Randle & Walker now?

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milwaukeeJAYHAWK 1 year, 9 months ago

Damn....that's some really good money over there! I thought they made 50K a year or something....

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RJ King 1 year, 9 months ago

Someone fill me in on recruiting process please. Let's say a school has 4 open scholarships for the incoming/present HS senior class. School has extended offers to 10 kids, ranked (for the sake of hypothesis) #10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 and 100.

Numbers 70-100 each announce their verbally commitment, and their intention to sign at the next available signing period. Is the school obligated to then sign those who verbally commit, or could they wait to see what #1-60 decide? (Is it first come, first served?)

What if #1-60 then also verbally commit before #70-100 have signed. (Is that possible?)

I understand that players can de-commit from a verbal. What is the timing in the case of multiple verbals, and what is the obligation of the school to the player (to sign)?

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hawkmoon2020 1 year, 9 months ago

Wow! Surprising, yet maybe not surprising. CF now #28 and BG #31. Unfortunately, Rivals did not mention Conner's huge leap in rankings as they did others. Oh well, great to see him get some valid recognition finally. As for Adams's arrival, would love to have him, but geesh. Not sure if I'm more sorry for him, Coach Self, or Jayhawk fans with each delay after delay. Answers gotta come sometime.

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milehighhawk 1 year, 9 months ago

According to Rivals, Frankamp has moved up to #28 in his class

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Ron Prichard 1 year, 9 months ago

I can not wait for Frankamp to be here! I've posted before how excited I am about him becoming a Jayhawk. I think he will surprise a lot of people. However, after this summer, it may not be a surprise anymore. I'm guessing his ranking will skyrocket even though he has already signed. He could be as big an impact player as we have had in a while based on his ability to consistently hit the outside shot. We have always had a fantastic inside game, but sometimes our shooting has been shaky and teams have collapsed on our bigs. There won't be any of that with him on the court, and that could pay huge dividends for everyone on the court.

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KemDooKU 1 year, 9 months ago

Rock Chalk Frankenstein Hawk!!!!!! ..........White boyyyyy has game

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Jeremy Bolinger 1 year, 9 months ago

Frankamp is going to be a player. That boy is good!

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jaybate 1 year, 9 months ago

Good to read Kaun got some points finally. He's been a minor offensive threat at best over in Smirnoff land. He needs to remember how to do it.

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REHawk 1 year, 9 months ago

Speaking of twitter, Mr. Anrio Adams, your eligibility and current no-show situation has left the Jayhawk Nation all atwitter for several months now. If, indeed, you do arrive in Lawrence on the 4th, as recently twittered, and if, indeed, you are eligible to practice and play from the getgo, I suspect that you, more than any current Jayhawk, must needs walk the walk to glean support of the many intense fans who hear that you bear the potential for outstanding play...but, to date, categorize your game as more talk than walk. Jayhawk fans spent an agonizing summer and fall, two seasons ago, awaiting the heralded play of another highly ranked recruit who played only a partial season, never sustaining the full credibility of greatness which preceded him...then vanishing like smoke the day after the season ended. We remember him as a Jayhawk, but just barely.

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jaybate 1 year, 9 months ago

People often underrate Milan, because it is a working city, but it is cool.

KLang will get more bones, better design, women with sparkling style, a short drive to Rapallo/Santa Margarita Ligure/Portofino, evenings with George Clooney and his lady in lake country, skiing in the Alps/Dolomites, and a pleasant train ride across the border to the French Riviera. Justin, buy a ticket now to go see him. And tell every woman you meet you are Catholic...whether you are, or not. :-)

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Chris Shaw 1 year, 9 months ago

I am glad the public is finally starting realize that professional ball over in Europe is a viable option these days. Actually, it's been a viable option for quite some time, but I think Langford's, Kaun's, Jackson's, Collins (To some Degree) and even Miles success has been noted over the last decade and European ball is becoming more understood.

I mean, Langford is literally making 7 figures tax free and playing in almost half the games that an NBA schedule contains. Not a bad way to make money and spend time in Russia, Israel, Italy, and etc.

Off Topic: I had no idea that Anthony Davis was even being considered for the U.S.A basketball team. I know Davis is a great talent, but he's not even close to being ready. I can understand getting him acclimated to U.S.A basketball for the future, but he's not ready to make the 12 man roster. He would get eaten alive European centers.

Also, with all the injuries Team U.S.A has currently............they may be vulnerable in London. Durant, Anthony, and James is a good core, but they are thin at the guards and center spots with all the injuries.

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bradynsdad 1 year, 9 months ago

Adams posted on twitter last night that he apologizes to the KU nation but his test scores arrived late and he will be reporting to campus on the 4th.

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Jim Jackson 1 year, 9 months ago

Yeah if anyone could shed some light on Adams' situation that would be great.

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Jack Wilson 1 year, 9 months ago

Following Justinump20's comment .. Anrio was supposed to be here July 1. No news one way or the other?

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David Brown 1 year, 9 months ago

The next couple of years are going to be fun. Coach Self will be great to watch as he blends in new talent, instructs the newcomers how to play within his style, and adjusts to his new coaches. I just really think the next few years could be special. So many new faces; so much talent. What will Self be able to do?

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april28 1 year, 9 months ago

Langford is living the life! Russia, then israel and now Italy. I'm jealous as heck but very glad to see him making a good living while making some great memories for himself.

I wonder if Frankamp's success might sway Jabari towards KU?

Congrats to Sasha. Would love to see him as an Olympian this year.

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nuleafjhawk 1 year, 9 months ago

I knew better than to believe all the hype.

This Frankamp dude is gonna have to step it up when he gets to Lawrence.

We need someone who can shoot the ball a little better and not turn it over so much.

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ukanjhox 1 year, 9 months ago

It's all about the Benjamins. Git it Keith.

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Nathan Scholl 1 year, 9 months ago

Keith Langford is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE JAYHAWKS! Great slasher, leaper, defender and blessed with a magnetic personality and smile. Pumped that he is doing so well in the EuroLeagues and hope that he continues to excel and dominate at his position. Rock Chalk!

On another note, Frankamp is as exciting a guard as I have been excited to root on at KU in a while, and that is saying something to be sure. Excited to see his skills with Ellis and the other impressive new players KU has coming in this season if Elliis and others stay past the upcoming season.

Lastly, I have had the pleasure of meeting Sasha Kaun and his wife as well in Kansas City a couple of times, and I am always psyched to hear about him doing well in Russia and hope he makes it to the NBA in some point in his career, so that he can add to the number of KU players representing our fine university in the league.

Thanks Gary for the informative article, as I always love hearing about the goings on of all former Jayhawk players. Rock Chiggity Chalk.

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