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KU basketball slated for four Big Mondays in 2014-15

Mondays, as always, will be big for Kansas University's men's basketball team this coming season. For the ninth straight year, the Jayhawks will make four appearances on ESPN’s Big Monday, as announced by the Big 12 Conference.

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No worries: Andrew Wiggins ‘excited’ by trade

Nineteen years old and soon to be living the life of a multi-millionaire, Andrew Wiggins looked like a guy with no worries Sunday at Bill Self’s basketball ProCamp at Shawnee Mission West High. By Gary Bedore

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KU basketball notebook: Landen Lucas begins tour with victory

Kansas University sophomore forward Landen Lucas scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds in Athletes in Action’s victory over a Lithuanian pro team, Saturday in Estonia. Notebook by Gary Bedore

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KU retouches Allen Fieldhouse floor

Allen Fieldhouse will have a shiny, new basketball floor for its 60th anniversary season. Workers started the process of sanding, sealing, painting and buffing KU’s playing surface on July 29 with the court to be available for men’s and women’s practices around Labor Day. By Gary Bedore

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Andrew Wiggins trade done deal

The long-rumored trade of Andrew Wiggins from the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers to the Minnesota Timberwolves was confirmed by Yahoo Sports and USA Today on Thursday. “I think this is kind of anticlimactic,” Kansas University coach Bill Self said with a laugh Thursday on ESPN radio’s “SVP and Russillo” show. By Gary Bedore

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Mentor: Ex-Oregon recruit Kasongo college-ready athlete

Former Oregon signee Ray Kasongo, a 6-foot-9, 235-pound unranked power forward from Canada who will visit Kansas University with his parents Friday through Sunday, as a freshman will be able to hold his own physically against top college talent. So said his mentor, former Louisville player Brandon Bender. By Gary Bedore

Pastor: KU career didn’t define Loneski

Former Kansas University basketball player Ron Loneski, who was a roommate of Wilt Chamberlain and starter on the Jayhawks’ 1957 NCAA runner-up team, was more than willing to talk hoops with fans after making Lawrence his permanent home in 2005. However ... “Being a basketball hero was not important to him,” stressed Paul Gray, a Lawrence pastor and friend of Loneski. By Gary Bedore

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Former Oregon signee Kasongo to visit KU

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self isn’t finished pursuing players in the incoming Class of 2014. The Jayhawks — who still have one scholarship available in recruiting — this weekend are scheduled to host Ray Kasongo, a 6-foot-9 power forward who was recently denied admission to Oregon. By Gary Bedore

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KU to open 2014 Orlando Classic tourney vs. Rhode Island on Thanksgiving

Kansas University's men's basketball team now knows its Thanksgiving Day plans. The Jayhawks will begin bracket play against Rhode Island in the 2014 Orlando Classic at HP Field House, located at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World resort, near Orlando, Florida.

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NBC solves case of Wiggins jerseys

A report that Andrew Wiggins’ Cleveland Cavaliers jerseys were “discontinued” by the NBA because of a likely trade to Minnesota is false, a league official told NBCsports.com. By Gary Bedore

KU great Loneski dies

Former Kansas University basketball player Ron Loneski died Friday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital at the age of 77. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

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Ukrainian signee named tourney MVP

Incoming Kansas University freshman Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk was named most valuable player of the Under 18 European championship Div. B basketball tournament on Sunday in Sofia, Bulgaria. By Gary Bedore

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KU’s Mykhailiuk lifts Ukraine to Euro tourney final

Incoming Kansas University freshman Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk scored 22 points off 8-of-18 shooting to lead Ukraine to a 65-64 victory over Finland in Saturday’s semifinals of the Under-18 European Championship Div. B tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria. Basketball notes by Gary Bedore

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KU’s Ellis, Oubre help out at adidas Nations

Kansas University junior forward Perry Ellis and freshman guard Kelly Oubre are working as college counselors at the fifth-annual adidas Nations event Friday through Monday in Los Angeles. Basketball notebook by Gary Bedore

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Bill Self stresses science of hoops to youths

With most of his Kansas University basketball players out of town for a four-week break before the start of first semester classes, Bill Self hit the road Thursday to do some teaching at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, Wyandotte County Unit. By Gary Bedore