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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Introducing the Sadler twins, Landon and Lucas

Newborn Tulsa twins named after KU basketball forward

Kansas forward Landen Lucas pulls away an offensive rebound from West Virginia forward Elijah Macon (45) and guard Tarik Phillip during the second half, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Landen Lucas pulls away an offensive rebound from West Virginia forward Elijah Macon (45) and guard Tarik Phillip during the second half, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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His rapid improvement and big time production during the 2015-16 college basketball season endeared Kansas basketball fans to junior forward Landen Lucas in a major way.

But for two new parents who used to call Lawrence home, the admiration of the KU big man did not end when the final horn sounded after each game or the season ended in late March.

Ian and Meredith Sadler, who now live in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Monday welcomed twin boys into the world. Their names? Landon Beau Sadler and Lucas Joseph Sadler.

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Meredith and Ian Sadler, of Tulsa, on Monday welcomed twin boys into the world and named them Landon (bottom right) and Lucas (top right), partially in honor of KU men's basketball forward Landen Lucas.

Yep. You read that right. Introducing the Sadler twins, Landon and Lucas.

The Sadlers certainly are not the first couple to name their children in honor of Kansas basketball, but this is taking things to another level. And, as it turns out, actually required a bit of creativity on Ian’s part to make it happen.

He calls the story “Strategic Coincidence” and credits his super fan status and time spent working in the KU athletic department for the selection of the boys’ names.

“When we found out we were pregnant, Meredith, a growing Jayhawk fan, knew where my thoughts were going,” Ian began. “She immediately told me I was not allowed to name our baby anything KU related, even though thoughts of Pierce, Tyrel, Jacque and other very suitable names quickly came to mind. Bill Self Sadler had a nice ring to it.”

As the pregnancy went on and doctors informed the Sadlers they were having identical twin boys, Ian turned things up a notch and began referring to his unborn sons as Markieff and Marcus.

“She quickly shut that down,” he noted.

From there, fate stepped in and Ian caught his break.

“A few weeks later, Meredith mentioned the name Landon, and how she really loved it. I told her I would agree to Landon if she allowed me to pick the second name. I suggested Luke, but his official name would be Lucas. She agreed. About a month later, after constantly referring to Babies A & B as Landon & Lucas, we were watching KU take on West Virginia, and, somewhere in the middle of his 16 rebounds, my wife popped me in the shoulder, and said, ‘Landen Lucas, huh?’

“She already loved the names, and with the minor spelling difference, here we are. I promised her not too many people would catch on.”

One person who did catch on was Lucas himself. When reached by the Journal-World between a Tuesday workout and studying for final exams, Lucas immediately broke into laughter upon hearing about the Sadler twins, who were born at 32 weeks and currently reside in the NICU wing at St. Francis in Tulsa.

“That’s awesome,” said Lucas, who will graduate Sunday. “Those kinds of stories are cool to hear, and it’s pretty amazing just how big and committed our fans are and how in love with Kansas basketball people are. It’s cool. That’s the kind of stuff you hear about when you’re looking at schools and you just want to be a small part of it and I’m happy to be a part of that story. Maybe someday I can even meet the kids. We gotta make that happen.”

Lucas said the Sadler connection was his first encounter with actually knowing a Jayhawk whom fans had honored in such a manner.

“I’ve heard of dogs and cats and stuff, but naming kids, that’s pretty cool,” he said. “And I like the story behind it too because he found a way to kind of sneak it in there without going overboard. They could go through life and nobody will really know unless you dig a little deeper. That’s pretty funny.”

Comments

RJ King 3 years, 7 months ago

So many great Jayhawk names to choose from, but the name Landon Lucas surely connotes one of our classiest, articulate, and mature players. Hope the twins grow up with the same work ethic and great attitude.

I guess the name "Doc" was already take by the dog, and Sviatoslav and Mykhailiuk may have been pushing it.

Suzi Marshall 3 years, 7 months ago

That's a cute story. I can just see that pop in the shoulder with the wife figured it out.

It would be great to see Lucas continue his improvement and perhaps add a 10'-15' jump shot or a reliable jump hook to his game. Loved it when a guy like Lucas steps up to sit a projected first round NBA selection on the bench.

Joseph Bullock 3 years, 7 months ago

Outstanding story, just as Landen is an outstanding young man!

David Kelley-Wood 3 years, 7 months ago

Is there a godfather-godsons relationship in the offing?

Michael Maris 3 years, 7 months ago

Congratulations to the Sadlers on their newest family additions. And, congratulations to Landen Lucas on getting his degree. Now, he can work on getting his Masters Degree. Great story.

Harlan Hobbs 3 years, 7 months ago

Landen Lucas is rapidly becoming one of my all time favorites at KU. I'll admit that there are a number of people tied for that spot, but he certainly deserves to be there. I hope that he will be a part of the KU program in some fashion for a very long time.

Colby Hebert 3 years, 6 months ago

He apparently has a great "basketball IQ" and does the little things. In that meeting with the 4 starters the players wanted Lucas out there...Maybe coaching is in his future, our future big man coach?

Mick Allen 3 years, 7 months ago

Perry then Landon, is quite a pair to draw to. Outstanding athletes, academicians and young men. Glad they had and have Kansas on their uniforms. Great representatives for the Crimson and Blue.

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