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Tom Keegan: Receiver Evan Fairs has football career pointing in right direction

Kansas wide receiver Evan Fairs came out of Fulshear High in Foster, Texas, with a two-star rating from Rivals. Halfway into his KU career, Fairs shapes up as the second-brightest potential star among the 14 high school players in KU’s recruiting Class of 2016, ranking behind only running back Khalil Herbert, a fellow two-star prospect. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Efficient Lagerald Vick soaring in every way

Lagerald Vick's lob finishes represent the loudest of so many ways that he demonstrates his high ceiling as a basketball player. So much of the rest of what he does flies under the radar, in part because of how efficiently he moves and shoots and how quickly he makes decisions.

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Tom Keegan: Jayhawks adjust appropriately to long arms of Longhorns freshman

Mohamed Bamba played his first Big 12 game Friday night at Frank Erwin Center against visiting Kansas and made it a memorable one for everyone in attendance. Kansas won the game, 92-86, on the strength of 3-point shooting, and Bamba kept the Longhorns in it, flirting with a triple-double. Bamba dominated the paint in the first half and finished with 22 points, 15 rebounds and eight blocked shots. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Front-court additions needed to make Big 12 throne seem secure for Kansas

It’s tough to forecast KU’s chances of pushing its Big 12 title streak to 14 seasons until a final verdict arrives on potential front-line additions Billy Preston and Silvio De Sousa. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Sam 'I Am' Cunliffe makes memorable Allen Fieldhouse debut

Sam “I Am” Cunliffe gave the Allen Fieldhouse crowd thrills for the first time Monday night, but he already had gotten chills himself in college basketball’s most famous building. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Mykhailiuk's game-winning three could lift him out of mini-slump

The basketball was in the air for a brief eternity, a moment that makes basketball fans age a year per second. Wide-open Kansas senior Svi Mykhailiuk, mired in a mini shooting slump, had launched it from deep in the left corner, right in front of the visitors' bench at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Devonte’ Graham had set him up with a well-timed pass. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Malik Newman emerging from the haze of a concussion

“I was just looking at the paper the whole time. I mean, the words started looking like they were moving over the whole paper at the end. I’m sure I did well.” — Malik Newman talking about taking a final exam Monday, a day after he suffered a concussion in a loss to Arizona State at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Tom Keegan: Sam Cunliffe realizes the year-long wait made him more ready for prime time

Take us inside what your mind, Sam Cunliffe, at the moment coach Bill Self calls on you to resume your career Saturday in Lincoln, Nebraska, after a full year as a practice player for Kansas. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Basketball man-child Udoka Azubuike doing his best to catch up

At 7-feet tall and 280 pounds, he’s a man-child in many ways. Looking at him towering above the competition, it’s easy to forget that Udoka Azubuike just turned 18 in September. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Malik Newman not playing selfless Bill Self basketball yet

The game drew inside the three-minute mark and Kansas trailed by double digits. Malik Newman had the ball alone in the left corner with all the time in the world to bury a 3-pointer and ignite the comeback. Newman didn't cash in and his struggles continued. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Lagerald Vick's game and confidence steadily growing

If the Big 12 had a most improved basketball player award, Kansas junior Lagerald Vick would be nominated for the second consecutive year.

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Tom Keegan: Devonte' Graham even impresses NBA exec Pat Riley, who's seen it all

It takes a lot to impress Miami Heat team president Pat Riley. He coached Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and James Worthy with the Lakers, Shaquille O’Neal and Dwyane Wade with the Heat and Patrick Ewing with the Knicks. He also signed LeBron James with the Heat. Riley’s seen it all, so to catch his attention a college basketball player must do something pretty special. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Holy Toledo! Devonte' Graham was on his game Tuesday

He plays at such high speeds and so often flings creative passes on the fly that Devonte’ Graham is bound to make more turnovers than the average guard. Graham really slammed his foot on the accelerator Tuesday night in Allen Fieldhouse with Toledo in town. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Freshman Marcus Garrett knows what it takes to earn playing time

Freshman Marcus Garrett doesn’t come across as someone who places a premium on prestige. My guess is he didn’t come to Kansas because of all the glitz that comes with playing for a blue blood. He came to Kansas because he wanted to become a better basketball player.

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Tom Keegan: Future as bleak as the present for Kansas football

The Kansas football fan was floored by a left-right combination delivered in blurry quick fashion Saturday afternoon. The left to the jaw: Oklahoma State 58, Kansas 17, the 1-11, 2017 season over. The right to the chin: At game’s end, KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger released a statement that indicated head coach David Beaty would return, which in effect killed interest in the 2018 season.