Cole Aldrich, who provided quite an inside-outside combination with 2010 All-America point guard Sherron Collins at Kansas University, teamed with one of the Jayhawks’ lead guards of the future in 5-on-5 pick-up basketball action Sunday. By Gary Bedore
Former Kansas University guard Keith Langford has signed a two-year contract with UNICS Kazan, a professional basketball team in Kazan, Russia. By Gary Bedore
Christian Garrett, a 6-foot-3 senior basketball walk-on at Kansas University, paid his own way to attend one of former NBA coach John Lucas’ camps in Houston and plans to return. By Gary Bedore
The day Joel Embiid was born, Hakeem Olajuwon was half a world away, in the midst of an MVP season, coming off a 41-point, 12-rebound double-double for the Houston Rockets. By Benton Smith
Nearly a half-century ago, Howard Arndt shot baskets, Kansas splashed across his chest, Allen Fieldhouse crowds sparking his adrenaline. Now he shoots eagles. Not on a golf course, but in the wilderness. Not with a 7-iron in his hand, rather a camera. By Tom Keegan
Kansas University junior Perry Ellis and freshman Kelly Oubre, Jr., are two of 30 college basketball players invited to the LeBron James camp, which runs July 9-12 in Las Vegas.
There was a time when Kansas University basketball standout Wayne Simien, an All-American and Big 12 Player of the Year in 2005, couldn’t go anywhere in Lawrence without getting recognized. By Benton Smith
Kansas University freshman Kelly Oubre recently spent part of his summer matching up against one of the best players in the world. Oubre returned to Lawrence earlier this week after a three-day stint at the Kevin Durant Skills Academy in Washington, D.C. By Matt Tait
When the Philadelphia 76ers held an introductory press conference for their latest acquisitions this past weekend, a certain 7-foot center from Cameroon, by way of Kansas University, didn’t get a chance to join the organization’s 2014 NBA draft picks. Joel Embiid got to meet the Philly press via teleconference on Monday. By Benton Smith
Every summer, watching a camp game is all that’s necessary to trigger a debate as to whether this year’s Kansas University basketball team will outdo last year’s. For a better read on the basketball team’s 2014-2015, consider the head coach’s words. Column by Tom Keegan
Last week, at the NBA Draft in Brooklyn, New York, Kansas coach Bill Self cautioned against making unfair comparisons when it comes to searching for replacements for former Jayhawks Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid, the No. 1 and No. 3 picks in this year’s draft. By Matt Tait
Former Kansas University basketball center Tarik Black will be playing for the Houston Rockets’ summer league teams in both Orlando, Florida, and Las Vegas, he confirmed on Saturday. By Gary Bedore
Former Kansas University center Joel Embiid had no inside information regarding his draft stock entering Thursday’s 2014 NBA Draft.
Known for having some of the toughest fans around, Philadelphians are never without their opinions about what’s happening with their beloved professional sports franchises. Such was the scene on a New York City subway train late Thursday night, as a pack of Philadelphia 76ers fans, donning sport coats over Sixers jerseys, cycled through a wide range of emotions concerning their team’s choice to select former Kansas University center Joel Embiid with the No. 3 pick in this year’s NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The NBA has been known to fall in love with intense rivalries throughout the years. Teams, players, cities and coaches, all have been paired together in a tumultuous tango designed to ramp up the hype and make the league and its players more marketable.