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Danny Manning takes over at Wake Forest

Wake Forest is hoping Danny Manning can turn around its slumping basketball team. No miracles needed.

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Joel Embiid to announce future plans at news conference today

Kansas University freshman center Joel Embiid will announce his future plans today at a 2 p.m. news conference in Allen Fieldhouse, coach Bill Self said Tuesday night. Sources close to the situation told the Journal-World that, barring some late change of heart, the 7-footer from Cameroon is expected to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft. By Gary Bedore

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College basketball coaches adapt Jayhawks’ go-to play

The play that resulted in Mario Chalmers’ overtime-inducing three-point basket in Kansas University’s 2008 NCAA title-game victory over Memphis now is referred to as “America’s Play.” ESPN announcer Fran Fraschilla devised that term for KU coach Bill Self’s “Chop” play — one that was featured on Monday in a story at Deadspin.com. By Gary Bedore

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Column: Embiid waits; public wonders

In most cities, “Hello, how are you?” is the most commonly asked question, although it’s really more of a greeting than a question. Nobody listens to the auto-answer. In Lawrence, it ranks a distant second to the runaway winner: “Why hasn’t Joel Embiid announced his decision yet?” The implied, though not stated, finish to that sentence is, “so that I can get on with my life already.” Column by Tom Keegan

Jeff Hawkins resigns as Perry-Lecompton coach

Former Kansas University guard Jeff Hawkins has decided to step down as boys basketball coach at Perry-Lecompton High after four seasons, Hawkins confirmed Sunday night.

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KU 8-21 vs. NCAA finalists

Kansas University has played NCAA Tournament finalist Kentucky 27 times and Connecticut twice. By Gary Bedore

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KU’s Townsend ranked No. 1 assistant

Kansas University’s Kurtis Townsend has been ranked the No. 1 assistant college basketball coach in the country, according to Basketball Times. By Gary Bedore

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Wake Forest hires coach Danny Manning from Tulsa

Danny Manning, the former Kansas University standout who spent the past two seasons coaching Tulsa, was hired Friday as Wake Forest’s basketball coach. He’ll be introduced at a news conference next week on campus in Winston-Salem, N.C., a short drive from where Manning grew up.

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Analysts: KU-bound duo deserving all-stars

ESPN’s Reggie Rankin proclaimed Cliff Alexander and Kelly Oubre as “best finishers” of the 24 high schoolers who competed, and others raved about the two future KU players, who took part in Wednesday's McDonald's All-American Game. Notes by Gary Bedore

KU-bound Oubre hits late FTs in McDonald's game

Kansas University basketball signee Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds as his West high school all-star team edged the East, 105-102, in the 2014 McDonald’s All-American game on Wednesday night in the United Center.

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Waiting in the wings: Kansas signee Kelly Oubre says move to Vegas beneficial

Kelly Oubre Jr. had no say in the matter the first time his life was uprooted. The second time was not accompanied by such dramatic circumstances, and he did not question his father’s advice.

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KU recruit Myles Turner keeping options open

Myles Turner has heard the talk that his college choices are down to Kansas University or Texas. Not so, the highly ranked basketball recruit said. Tuesday was Media Day leading up to tonight’s McDonald’s High School All-American Games, and it came as no surprise the cameras and notebooks flocked to the only uncommitted player in the group.

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KU signee Cliff Alexander in no rush to go pro

Even before he ceremoniously grabbed an Illinois hat off a table, then dropped it and declared himself a Jayhawk, Cliff Alexander spoke openly about his one-and-done intention to help his family financially. On the same day Kansas University freshman Andrew Wiggins declared himself eligible for the NBA Draft, the next big thing changed his tune following McDonald’s All-American Games practice Monday morning.

KU coach Bill Self responds to Naadir Tharpe photo

In the moments following Andrew Wiggins' press conference to announce he was declaring for the NBA Draft, Kansas University men's basketball coach Bill Self responded to questions about an inappropriate photo of junior point guard Naadir Tharpe that surfaced on Twitter on Sunday.

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KU freshman Andrew Wiggins declares for NBA Draft

Now that Andrew Wiggins has made it official and declared for the 2014 NBA Draft, the next step for the 6-foot-8 Canadian sensation is to make sure he’s selected No. 1 on June 26 in New York. By Gary Bedore