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Tom Keegan: NBA draft packed with suspenseful moments

Two suspenseful moments in the NBA draft came and went without hearing the name of a Kansas basketball player. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Josh Jackson attractive trade bait

This year’s NBA draft makes for a particularly interesting guessing game, thanks to a deep pool of one-and-done prospects and to the presence of a team near the top of the draft closer to contending for a title than is typical for lottery participants. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Optimism surrounding KU defense starts up front

Kansas defensive end Dorance Armstrong, with his long-and-strong arms and growing list of accomplishments, casts such a wide shadow it leaves little room for teammates from a 2-10 squad to get much of the spotlight, but Daniel Wise manages. By Tom Keegan

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Tom Keegan: Conner VanCleave makes leap from Holcomb to Hoglund

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

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Tom Keegan: Four-deep frontcourt not too shallow, per Mitch Lightfoot

Combined, KU's four frontcourt players have 49 minutes of playing time vs. Big 12 competition, all from Mitch Lightfoot.

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Tom Keegan: Bob Stoops did not say he is retired from coaching

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.

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Tom Keegan: Udoka Azubuike huge in every way in return to court

It takes a big, big man to make Darnell Jackson look small by comparison but Udoka Azubuike did it in Wednesday's camp scrimmage.

Tom Keegan: Winning ways generally requirement for No. 1 overall draft pick

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.

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Tom Keegan: Outgoing chancellor jumped gun on incoming chancellor

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

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Tom Keegan: Six prospects stand above rest in NBA draft

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

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Tom Keegan: Josh Jackson would make a great Celtic

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.

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Tom Keegan: Ross Randall Par 3 Shootout set for Twin Oaks in June

The mad scientist in long-time club pro Jeff Burey has come up with another terrific idea for an unconventional, entertaining day of golf.

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Tom Keegan: Jayhawks will go as far as Udoka Azubuike can take them

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.

Tom Keegan: California Dreamer took indirect path to Big 12 weekend pitcher

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.

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Tom Keegan: Lawson family could make Lawrence a high school basketball hotbed too

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.

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