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Kansas University basketball recruiting

Recruiting Notebook: Kansas in good shape for 5-star, Class of 2018 shooting guard

Quentin Grimes, the No. 12 ranked player in the Class of 2018, is on the verge of cutting down his list to a handful of finalists and it appears that Kansas will be on it. By Matt Tait

June 26, 2017

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Former Jayhawk McLemore becomes unrestricted free agent

ESPN reported on Wednesday that the Sacramento Kings would not extend a qualifying offer to former Kansas standout Ben McLemore, thus making the fourth-year pro an unrestricted free agent. By Matt Tait

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Was this year's NBA draft the last to be dominated by college freshmen?

Young talent dominating draft night is nothing new in the NBA. The draft has been trending this way for years, with team executives preferring to pick potential and invest in long-range visions over taking proven but older players from the college ranks. However, there are plenty of people who believe this latest surge of one-and-done selections might have been the beginning of the end. By Matt Tait

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Suns, Josh Jackson share mutual excitement over KU freshman falling to Phoenix

It did not take long for former Kansas freshman Josh Jackson to find reasons to be thrilled about landing in Phoenix after being picked fourth overall in Thursday night's NBA Draft. And the Suns were quick to become equally as enamored with their new rookie. By Matt Tait

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Landen Lucas to join Boston Celtics' summer league squad

Ellis to play with Minnesota during NBA summer league action

Friday afternoon, former Kansas center Landen Lucas revealed on Twitter that he was joining the Celtics' summer league squad for sessions that run July 3-6 and July 7-17. By Matt Tait

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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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Self says recent NBA draft pick Frank Mason III can impact Sacramento culture in a positive way

The Sacramento Kings struck again, selecting yet another Kansas basketball player, this time reigning national player of the year Frank Mason III at No. 34 overall in the second round of Thursday's NBA Draft. By Matt Tait

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Phoenix Suns snag driven Josh Jackson with 4th pick in NBA Draft

Frank Mason III scooped up 34th by Sacramento

Former Kansas basketball standout Josh Jackson, who delivered one of the most impressive freshman seasons in the storied history of the KU program, on Thursday night became the fourth player in the Bill Self era to be selected in the Top 5 of the NBA Draft. By Matt Tait

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Jackson, Mason on the brink of becoming latest Jayhawks drafted into NBA

Thursday night in New York City, former Kansas basketball stars Josh Jackson and Frank Mason III will find out a little more about their futures than they know when they wake up. By Matt Tait

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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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More than a few to follow: Former KU stars enjoy keeping tabs on Jayhawks in the NBA

Already busy enough with trying to balance his own overseas playing career with time to watch his beloved alma mater at crazy hours, former Kansas point guard Russell Robinson is bracing for things to get even tougher this week. By Matt Tait

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As NBA trends smaller, former KU center Jeff Withey remains optimistic entering free agency

Watch an NBA game these days and, especially in crunch time, you will see more teams than ever leaving their traditional 7-foot centers on the bench, favoring a small lineup instead. The league is trending toward a pace-and-space, perimeter-oriented game with as many shooters and creators as possible. So where does that leave a good, old-fashioned rim protector, such as Jeff Withey, the all-time leading shot-blocker (311) at the University of Kansas? By Benton Smith

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Self will attend NBA Draft, hopeful Mason can sneak into 1st round

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self will travel to New York for the NBA Draft next week and he’s hopeful that two KU players will be selected in the first round. By Bobby Nightengale

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On the rise? Wayne Selden Jr. plenty pleased, motivated by NBA career path thus far

Playing a good chunk of his Kansas career in the shadows of All-American talents like Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid and Perry Ellis, former KU guard Wayne Selden put up good numbers, started a ton of games but never was deemed a can’t-miss NBA contributor. By Matt Tait

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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.

June 2017

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