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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Withey signs with Pelicans

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The New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday signed former Kansas University center Jeff Withey to his rookie contract, the NBA team announced in a news release.

Terms were not disclosed, according to Pelicans’ team policy. The rookie minimum salary for the 2013-14 season is approximately $490,000.

Withey was selected by Portland with the ninth pick in the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft. He was traded to New Orleans as part of a three-team transaction that sent Tyreke Evans from Sacramento to the Pelicans, Robin Lopez from New Orleans to Portland and Greivis Vasquez from New Orleans to Sacramento.

Chalmers visits Topeka: Former KU combo guard Mario Chalmers completed his foundation’s series of charitable events in Kansas for the summer of 2013 on Tuesday. He personally delivered a check for $2,500 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Kansas in Topeka.

The fifth-year Miami Heat player who started on KU’s 2008 NCAA title team, held his National Championship Golf Tournament on Monday at Alvamar, his VIP Mixer on Sunday at Cider Gallery, his celebrity all-star game last Thursday at Olathe East to go with his camp for youths Monday through Thursday of last week.

In all, $15,000 was raised at the VIP Mixer, foundation organizers said, with $5,000 ticketed for “Mario’s Closet,” which offers cancer patients at Lawrence Memorial Hospital low-cost accessories such as wigs, cosmetics, bras and prostheses.

“It’s come along great. We raise money for it each and every year, adding stuff every day,” Chalmers said of Mario’s Closet. “People are loving it and enjoying it.”

Tourney update: KU, which will play in the Battle 4 Atlantis over Thanksgiving week in Bahamas, will compete in the Old Spice Tournament in 2014 and Maui Invitational in 2015, KU officials said Tuesday. The Jayhawks, who have not yet selected a tourney for 2016, are likely to return to the Battle for Atlantis in 2017.

The Old Spice Classic is held Thanksgiving week at the HP Field House in ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla. The field for the 2013 tourney is Butler, LSU, Memphis, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Saint Joseph’s, Siena and Washington State. Next year’s tourney field has not yet been announced.

KU will play Wake Forest in this year’s Battle 4 Atlantis opener on Nov. 28, then meet either Villanova or USC in a semifinal or consolation bracket game on Nov. 29 with final round games the 30th.

KU assistant Jerrance Howard was asked at Monday’s Chalmers golf event if such tournaments are good bonding experiences for teams.

“That’s a good word,” he said of ‘bonding.’ “With the games and practices you are there almost a week. You are in the hotel room a lot and with the preparation, you have no chance but to bond. Coach (Bill) Self ... when I was with him as a player (at Illinois) ... all his teams are close-knit teams. He preaches family. It will be great to go there (Bahamas) and see what we are made of, what we are good at and how we can get better.”

Comments

Mike Bratisax 8 months, 3 weeks ago

The New Orleans Pelicans? Is that really the best they could do? Nothing exclusive to the city but a bird seen at seaports everywhere.

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bennybob 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Exciting news fellow jayhawks!

He wont say it to the media, but Tyus Jones has a top 3 of Duke, Michigan St. and Kansas!

Tyus just told my brother this during their summer league practice an hour ago.

Duke is still the favorite by far but i'm impressed self and staff have been able to widdle there way into the top 3. The on campus visit is going to be vital.

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TheFloater 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Attending my first late night this year. Any tips on how early to get there? How is the late night experience? Thanks!

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Ron Franklin 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Stay Classy, Jayhawks!

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Police say Houston Rockets forward Terrence Jones has been arrested in Portland and accused of stomping on a homeless man's leg.

Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson says the incident happened early Wednesday outside a downtown nightclub. A sergeant saw the 6-foot-9 Jones walk by a doorway where two homeless men were sleeping and yell "Wake Up!" before lifting his foot and stomping on the leg of one.

Jones was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a harassment charge.

The homeless man, identified as 46-year-old Daniel Kellerher, had a minor injury that did not require immediate medical attention.

Jones graduated from Portland's Jefferson High School before attending the University of Kentucky.

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Preston Dwiggins 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Wondering if Mike and Debbie Withey will move from Topeka to New Orleans. It's pretty cool they got to see all Jeff's games at AFH. I'm going to miss Jeff's presence in the paint, but am excited about our new roster as well. RCJH!

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Anthon Bowleg 8 months, 3 weeks ago

I can't wait for the tourney in November. I am from the Bahamas and live here graduated from KU in 2007 and never imagined this would happen. If there is a group of jayhawks as i expect I will be glad to arrange a pep rally/victory party at a local bistro. Anyone interested hit me up abowleg@hotmail.com.

There are 5 jayhawk alums from the Bahamas this is going to be awesome.

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wrwlumpy 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Ellis enjoying the AAU camp in SoCal. Hudy's seems to have done quite a lot with him in the off season.

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William Blake 8 months, 3 weeks ago

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hooligan42 8 months, 3 weeks ago

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texashawk10 8 months, 3 weeks ago

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Steve Gantz 8 months, 3 weeks ago

KU plays in the thanksgiving tournament at 2:30 if I remember correctly. Hmmmm, isn't that about the time most of us sit down to feast on turkey and stuffing? I just gave my wife a heads up so that she can begin planning so we get turkey and basketball.

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Ron Franklin 8 months, 3 weeks ago

I'm thinking bout going to this tourney in the Bahamas. Is there anybody here that can offer advice for getting tickets and places to stay?

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classof94 8 months, 3 weeks ago

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hawkdiek 8 months, 3 weeks ago

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wrwlumpy 8 months, 3 weeks ago

I think KU and Self won't allow that to happen. It will come when the NCAA Tournanent see $$$$$$$$$ and then we'll just have to Kick Ass again.

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texashawk10 8 months, 3 weeks ago

I bet KU plays in the CBE in Kansas City in 2016. That tournament seems to be be on a 3-4 year cycle with KU, KSU, MU, and WSU now getting in the rotation. Old Spice has had some decent fields, but is usually middle of the pack when it comes to strength of the field it brings in. Maui is a almost always one of the top 2-3 tournaments and I'm looking forward to seeing what the competition ends up being for Maui. I'm also going to be curious to see what KU officials do if one of these tournaments, CBE being the most likely, tries to add Missouri to its field in the same season KU is in it.

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wrwlumpy 8 months, 3 weeks ago

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Michael Pannacciulli 8 months, 3 weeks ago

...man I would love to head to Atlantis...

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Michael Luby 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Good to hear about Withey. Thats very good. Wishing both Jeff and Ben Mac well in the big time. I hope to hear that Releford and KY earn spots somewhere soon. Be it in the League or over seas. Rock Chalk Pro Hawks!

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Sean Doherty 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Great news for Withey! He won't be a rookie for long anyways. He'll be a regular player for many years. And his base pay is great. Sure beats being the highest paid sand volleyball athlete (where he could be). http://www.topendsports.com/world/lists/earnings/espn-sports-2011.htm

2 years ago.

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