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KU's Devonte' Graham said decision to return came down to 'unfinished business'

Kansas guards Frank Mason III and Devonte' Graham again took center stage at the team's annual banquet on Tuesday night, one to collect another trophy and the other to talk about his decision to return to try to win one of his own. By Matt Tait

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Devonte' Graham's decision to return keeps expectations high for KU's backcourt

After enjoying the luxury of having one of the best backcourts in college basketball during the 2016-17 season, the Kansas Jayhawks no longer have to worry about a drop-off in 2017-18. By Matt Tait

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KU success of two other Memphis natives helped lead Lawson brothers to Kansas

Talking on Gary Parrish’s radio show Monday afternoon, Keelon Lawson said Memphis natives Tarik Black and Lagerald Vick played a role in inspiring his sons, Dedric and K.J., to transfer from Memphis to Kansas. By Matt Tait

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Brett Ballard plans to promote family atmosphere at Washburn

Former Kansas walk-on Brett Ballard was introduced as the new head basketball coach at Washburn University on Monday morning and during his introductory news conference the Hutchinson native made one thing clear — he wants Washburn basketball to be a family. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Graham return turns attention to next season, away from Elite Eight loss

Officially, the 2016-17 basketball season ended March 25th in Sprint Center when the scoreboard read Oregon 74, Kansas 60. But it doesn’t really end until exciting thoughts about the next basketball season shove the memories of the wounds of the final loss to the back of the mind.

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Devonte' Graham announces he's returning to Kansas for senior season

Three years ago today, Kansas guard Devonte’ Graham was released from his scholarship at Appalachian State, which paved the way for him to come to Kansas. Sunday afternoon, via an enthusiastic message via Twitter, Graham announced that he would maximize his time as a Jayhawk and return for his senior season. By Matt Tait

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KU's Frank Mason remains team-first despite barrage of individual honors

Being honored and praised for one’s individual play on a national stage 10 times during a three-week stretch can temporarily alter the focus of even the most die-hard team-first athletes. But not Kansas senior Frank Mason III. By Matt Tait

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KU's Frank Mason III completes player of the year sweep with Wooden Award

Kansas senior Frank Mason III completed the national player of the year sweep in Los Angeles on Friday night, hopping on stage one final time to collect the 2017 John R. Wooden Award. By Matt Tait

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Hall of Fame Material: Early showdowns with coaching icons got the attention of Bill Self Sr.

Last Saturday afternoon, during the Final Four festivities in Phoenix, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self was honored as one of 11 members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's 2017 class. Last week, the Journal-World began a series that examined Self's path to the Hall of Fame by hearing from a few people who know him best, and that series concludes today with a few thoughts from Self's father, Bill Self Sr. By Matt Tait

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Former KU player, assistant Brett Ballard hired to lead Washburn basketball program

Former Kansas basketball player and assistant coach Brett Ballard is coming home. After leaving Kansas following the 2009-10 season to take over as the head coach at Baker University, Ballard spent five seasons working on Danny Manning’s staffs at Tulsa and Wake Forest. By Matt Tait

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Carlton Bragg Jr. leaving Kansas

If 6-foot-10 forward Carlton Bragg Jr., a former McDonald’s All-American from Cleveland who delivered a mixed bag of results during his first two seasons as a Jayhawk, is going to realize his full potential, it won’t be at Kansas. KU coach Bill Self on Thursday announced in a press release that Bragg plans to transfer during the offseason. By Matt Tait

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Hall of Fame Material: Opportunity to work with Bill Self icing on the cake of Sheahon Zenger's dream job

Last Saturday afternoon, during the Final Four festivities in Phoenix, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self was honored as one of 11 members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's 2017 class. Last week, the Journal-World began a series that examined Self's path to the Hall of Fame by hearing from a few people who know him best, and, this week, the series concludes with new installments. By Matt Tait

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Hall of Fame Material: Bill Self has 'perfect DNA for the job,' per Roger Morningstar

Roger Morningstar has known generations of college basketball coaches and he doesn’t stop at saying Bill Self is the best basketball coach he’s ever seen, although he does say that.

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KU big man Udoka Azubuike has successful surgery Tuesday

Self says freshman center 'right on schedule' with rehab

Kansas freshman Udoka Azubuike, who suffered a season-ending injury to his left wrist last December, took another step toward recovery on Tuesday. By Matt Tait

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Hall of Fame Material: Tyshawn Taylor and Bill Self close through good times and bad

Just eight days after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, Tyshawn Taylor played 33 minutes for Kansas in a loss to Davidson in December of his senior season. That requires exceptional toughness, so nobody can question the degree of that trait in tungsten-tough Taylor.