Conner VanCleave isn’t like most athletes packed with baseball potential. For one thing, he stands 6-foot-7. For another, he plays three sports. Also, he’s not easy to label. Is he a pitcher? A first baseman? An outfielder? Yes, yes and yes. Give him a ball and he’ll have a ball playing with it until the classroom bell or dinner bell rings. By Tom Keegan
Combined, KU's four frontcourt players have 49 minutes of playing time vs. Big 12 competition, all from Mitch Lightfoot.
Two banners and one big bummer in a wild eight-day stretch for the Oklahoma athletic department left Sooners fans little time to boast and a great deal of time to scratch their heads.
It takes a big, big man to make Darnell Jackson look small by comparison but Udoka Azubuike did it in Wednesday's camp scrimmage.
Bill Walton so dominated right from the start of his UCLA career that it was unthinkable that anyone could get the better of him in the post. So when LaRue Martin totaled 19 points and 18 rebounds, compared to Walton’s 18 points and 16 rebounds, Martin instantly was deemed a terrific NBA prospect.
So let me get this straight: Dr. Doug Girod was chosen to lead the University of Kansas into the next decade but the retiring boss gets to decide who will lead the new chancellor’s athletic department. By Tom Keegan
The one-and-done college basketball culture created by the NBA, which wanted a free look at top prospects competing for a year against college competition, decreases the chances of completing whiffing with the first pick of the draft. By Tom Keegan
Nobody can dispute the identity of the greatest champion in the history of team sports. Bill Russell won 11 NBA titles in 13 seasons with the Boston Celtics.
The mad scientist in long-time club pro Jeff Burey has come up with another terrific idea for an unconventional, entertaining day of golf.
It’s that time of year again when a national media outlet picks Kansas No. 1 in its way-too-early college basketball top 25.
When Taylor Turski was 10, he told his father he wanted to play baseball in the Big 12. When he was 13, he told his dad he couldn’t wait to turn 18, so that he could begin the process of covering himself in tattoos. When he was 21, nearly three full years from last having thrown a baseball, he told his father he wanted to resume his baseball career.
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self understandably was delighted to welcome not one, but two talented Lawson brothers into the program from native Memphis. Try to imagine the extent of euphoria a high school coach would experience if he could do the same and welcome a pair of Lawson brothers into his basketball program.
When a basketball player transfers from William & Mary to Kansas, it’s not difficult to predict the questions that immediately surface, such as: William and Mary? Jack Whitman? Why Jack Whitman?
The fifth year of a rebuilding project generally is considered the first truly fair time to take the temperature of a college coach in any sport. Enough time has passed that the entire roster was brought in by the coach, who also has had ample opportunity to establish a culture.
By the time Kansas basketball players start summer school in June, the roster will be down to 13 scholarship players. At the moment, it stands at 14 and exactly half are originally signed with Kansas. That makes it easy to split the rosters into two teams: The Originals vs. the Transfers. By Tom Keegan