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Tom Keegan: Ellis still has shot at long career

Quiet body language can lead to misconceptions that cause talent evaluators to miss badly. Wesley Matthews had quiet body language during his career as a four-year starter at Marquette. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Trusting teammates hallmark of winners

During this year's NBA playoffs, it occurred to me that Kansas coach Bill Self’s stock must be rising in the eyes of NBA executives because he has proven to be terrific at inspiring players trust each other.

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Matt Tait: On golf course, Bill Self strives to be just one of the guys

Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self has one goal when he trades in his whistle for a driver and heads out to the links for a round of golf: He just wants to be one of the guys. By Matt Tait

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Matt Tait: Freshmen show hustle, drive

Freshmen Josh Jackson, Udoka Azubuike and Mitch Lightfoot showed that, even in a pick-up basketball environment, they understand clearly that the easiest way to earn minutes on a Bill Self-coached team is to give maximum effort when they’re on the floor and make that the baseline for the rest of their game.

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Tom Keegan: Embiid deserves a bit of luck

Some images live somewhere in the brain and every so often surface to the conscious level. They never will disappear until that brain shuts down completely.

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Matt Tait: Kinner’s shoulder is ready, so is he

The Kansas University football program received some much-welcomed good news earlier this week, when Arkansas running back Denzel Evans revealed that he was planning to graduate early from Arkansas to transfer to KU. Though still unproven, the addition of Evans would add depth and experience to a thin KU backfield. But the Jayhawks gained help at that position this offseason in ways other than player additions. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Freshman Jackson shows elite poise

The word expectations appears a lot in stories about pre-ordained “one and done” basketball talents. Mine generally are very low in terms of how interview sessions go with them. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Jackson doesn’t fall far from Apples’ tree

If Josh Jackson, the nation’s No. 1 recruit, can bring to the Kansas University basketball team in his one season what his mother brought to UTEP in her one year in El Paso, he will make Allen Fieldhouse rock even louder, predicts someone who would know.

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Tom Keegan: Don’t bet on Kansas to go over or under

A year ago, oddsmakers put the over/under for Kansas University football victories at 1.5, and I urged readers who might find themselves in front of a window in Las Vegas to jump through it with a fist full of cash and plunk it down on the under. Las Vegas hasn’t budged on the 1.5 number, but the wager has gone from a layup to a full-court heave in terms of degree of difficultly. Don’t get anywhere near a window with cash in your hand if your intention is to go either over or under on Kansas. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: A stab at the Kansas football defense 2-deep

Kansas University football coach David Beaty didn’t go public with a depth chart until the brink of the 2015 season-opener and doesn’t have one now, which makes it fun to cobble together an educated guess. Here’s a stab at the two-deep on defense heading into summer conditioning, listed first string/second string. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Newman would be good get for Kansas

Any time a McDonald’s All-American advertised as a one-and-done sensation struggles to find consistency as a freshman and transfers, the spoiled-brat radar goes up, especially when a parent does his talking for him. Then you look at what Horatio Webster said about his son, Malik Newman, leaving Mississippi State and a different picture emerges. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: A look at next preseason’s top 10 basketball teams

No rational thinker could deny that Bill Self’s 13th Kansas University basketball team was the third-best in the nation, ranking behind only national champion Villanova and runner-up North Carolina. And third is as good a guess as any as to where the Jayhawks will open next season. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Henderson impressed by Kansas head coach

Late October, 1999, defensive coordinator Pat Henderson took over for fired Dave Rader as interim head football coach at the University of Tulsa and charmed the media with straight talk spiced with humor.

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Tom Keegan: Carlton Bragg's forecast quite bright

A look at the statistical profiles of past highly recruited power forwards who played for Bill Self at Kansas University forecasts a season of significant improvement for sophomore Carlton Bragg Jr., who showed promise in limited action as a freshman. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Kansas starters not easy to pick

Predicting Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self’s starting lineup seldom is as easy as it seems on paper during the offseason. By Tom Keegan

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