Benton Smith is a sports writer for the Journal-World.
Andrew Wiggins signed his first NBA contract on Thursday. The one-and-done Kansas University product is a Cleveland Cavalier, for now.
Hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy, it was not. But second-year guard Ben McLemore and his Sacramento teammates did get a trophy and on-court presentation after winning the 24-team Las Vegas Summer League tournament this week. By Benton Smith
A junior punter for West Virginia, Nick O’Toole has heard his share of verbal insults spewed from fans in nearby seats. Such is the life of a college football player, particularly on the road. O’Toole, on Tuesday at Big 12 football media days at the Dallas Omni Hotel, said one taunt in particular stood out from the Mountaineers’ trip to Kansas University in 2013. Notebook by Benton Smith
Let the Andrew-Wiggins-for-Kevin-Love debate continue — for at least 30 days. An Associated Press report, citing a source close to the situation, claimed Wiggins, the No. 1 pick out of Kansas University, will sign with Cleveland as soon as Wednesday.
If Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski were running the Cleveland Cavaliers, Andrew Wiggins would already be wearing Timberwolves gear. By Benton Smith
Big 12 Football media days began Monday morning at the Omni hotel, oddly enough, with a bit of baseball talk. By Benton Smith
A red-shirt freshman tight end for Kansas University, Ben Johnson hasn’t caught a pass, run a route or played a down in a college football game. No one is more aware of that than the man in charge of the Jayhawks, coach Charlie Weis. Yet, even months before the start of the 2014 season, the third-year KU coach couldn’t stop himself from singing the unproven player’s praises when discussing the team’s tight-end options. By Benton Smith
Since Paul Pierce’s NBA debut, 24 other Kansas University players have entered the league. None have been able to match, let alone eclipse, his success. By Benton Smith
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
Ben Goodman has to admit, there are far worse things a college football player can hear from his coaches. After playing all of his sophomore season as a Kansas University “buck,” a hybrid defensive end/linebacker position, Goodman learned early this offseason that the staff wanted him to play as a traditional lineman in 2014. By Benton Smith