Georgetown head coach Patrick Ewing, front watches during the Hardwood Classic on Friday, July 21, 2017 at Sports Pavilion Lawrence. In back is Texas head coach Shaka Smart.

Be seen? Mission accomplished for hundreds of AAU players at Hardwood Classic in Lawrence

Big-name college coaches flock to event by the dozens

Above the entrance to Sports Pavilion Lawrence this weekend hung a huge banner announcing the Hardwood Classic AAU basketball tournament that simply said #BeSeen. That was the goal for the players from the more than 250 teams that invaded Lawrence over the weekend for the second, and best, event of its kind in Lawrence’s shiny new facility, and that was incredibly easy to do given the impressive list of college coaches who made the trip to evaluate some of the top talent in the next few recruiting classes. By Matt Tait

July 23, 2017


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KU forward Mitch Lightfoot breaks nose, will be held out of contact for a few days

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Kansas center Udoka Azubuike impresses at Under Armor All-American camp

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Forward Jack Whitman to leave KU basketball program

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AAU circuit invades Lawrence for monster weekend

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Mario Chalmers set to rejoin the Memphis Grizzlies

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Report: Aaron Miles to be named G League head coach

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Former KU star Paul Pierce signs to retire a Celtic

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Black signs with Rockets; Collison returning to Thunder

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Self says Jayhawks targetting 'everything' on recruiting trail

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Tom Keegan: Kansas-Missouri basketball game possible as soon as 2018

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