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Transfer Malik Newman to visit KU, NC State

Former Mississippi State basketball combo guard Malik Newman, who has announced plans to transfer from the SEC school after one season, is expected to visit Kansas University and North Carolina State in the near future, Jon Rothstein of CBSsports.com reported Wednesday. By Gary Bedore

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KU’s nonconference schedule again loaded

Duke, Kentucky and Indiana, which are ranked Nos. 1, 3 and 11 respectively in ESPN’s early 2016-17 preseason college basketball poll, as well as power-conference schools Stanford and Nebraska, tradition-rich UNLV and always-tough Cinderella NCAA Tournament candidate Davidson highlight KU’s upcoming nonconference basketball schedule, which was released Tuesday. By Gary Bedore

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Guard Malik Newman leaving MSU

Malik Newman — Rivals.com’s No. 8-ranked player in the recruiting Class of 2015 who ultimately chose his dad’s alma mater, Mississippi State, over Kansas University and Kentucky — on Monday announced plans to transfer after one season at the SEC school. By Gary Bedore

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Greene hailed as hero

A driver for a ride-sharing service, who lives in Yonkers, N.Y., says he would not be alive today if not for former Kansas University basketball player Brannen Greene.

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Cooper wins NCAA West

Kansas University’s Mitch Cooper certainly solidified his status as one of the best discus throwers in the NCAA during the month of May.

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Kansas’ Lokedi qualifies for NCAA in 10,000

Kansas University sophomore Sharon Lokedi was planning on competing in the NCAA West Preliminaries 10,000-meter run at 9 p.m., on Thursday at Rock Chalk Park.

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Storms trim NCAA Prelims to two days

Heavy rain, strong winds and lightning made made it impossible to hold a track meet on Thursday afternoon/evening at Rock Chalk Park. Thus, the first day of the NCAA West Prelims were beset with delays until first day’s action was officially postponed at 6:53 p.m. By Gary Bedore

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Big man Marcus Lee leaving UK; KU in hunt?

Yet another basketball big man became available to colleges Wednesday when Kentucky junior Marcus Lee, a 6-foot-9, 225-pounder from Antioch, Calif., not only dropped out of the 2016 NBA Draft but also announced plans to transfer from the SEC powerhouse school. By Gary Bedore

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Kansas hoops matchup with UK revealed

Kentucky and Kansas University, the two winningest programs in college basketball history with 2,205 and 2,186 victories respectively, will meet for the second straight season in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge, the two conferences announced Tuesday.

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Liberty transfer Evan Maxwell makes commitment to KU official

Good college basketball coaches/recruiters have connections in the sport all over the country. One of those relationships helped Kansas University’s basketball program become aware of the availability of former Liberty University forward Evan Maxwell, a 6-foot-10, 235-pound sophomore who committed to KU on May 13 and on Monday officially was introduced as a Jayhawk signee by head coach Bill Self.

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Notebook: Prep Trae Young has two picks to make

Before he announces his college choice, blue-chip basketball prospect Trae Young still has to announce where he’ll be playing his senior year of high school. By Gary Bedore

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KU targets Porter, Young featured in KC Classic

The opening tip of the marquee game of the KC Classic basketball tournament went to MoKan Elite point guard Trae Young, who after a couple dribbles, launched a deep lob pass to fellow blue-chip college prospect Michael Porter, Jr., who flushed it — one-handed of course.

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Brannen Greene escapes burning car

Former Kansas University basketball guard Brannen Greene, who has been based in White Plains, N.Y., the past six weeks as he trains for the 2016 NBA Draft, barely escaped a blazing car accident late Friday night in N.Y., and survived the ordeal with what appear to be only minor injuries, his dad, Jeffrey, said Saturday.

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Border legends will play July 16 at SMS

The inaugural “Border War Legends Basketball game,” which will be run by private individuals not Kansas University and Missouri officials, will be played at 6 p.m., Saturday, July 16, at Shawnee Mission South High School, event organizers said Friday.

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Top preps in local hoops tourney

Michael Porter Jr. and Trae Young, two of the top basketball prospects in the recruiting Class of 2017, will be playing for Mokan Elite EYBL at this weekend’s KC Classic at Sports Pavilion Lawrence, 247Sports reports. By Gary Bedore

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CBE Classic field revealed

Three teams that participated in the 2016 NIT, including tourney champion George Washington University, will join Kansas University in the 2016 CBE Hall of Fame Classic, Nov. 21-22, in Sprint Center, the National Association of Basketball Coaches announced Tuesday. By Gary Bedore

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Diallo conveys thanks to fans

Kansas University freshman Cheick Diallo issued a “thank you” letter in announcing on Twitter on Monday he’d officially decided to sign with an agent and enter the June 23 NBA Draft. By Gary Bedore

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Self not surprised by Diallo’s decision to stay in NBA Draft

After playing well, measuring well and interviewing well at last week’s NBA Combine, Kansas University freshman Cheick Diallo proclaimed to ESPN.com and CBSSports.com reporters he would be signing with an agent and keeping his name in the June 23 draft. The 6-foot-9 Mali native’s decision to turn pro certainly did not surprise Jayhawk coach Bill Self. By Gary Bedore

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Brother battles shaped transfer Evan Maxwell

Future Kansas University basketball center Evan Maxwell never had to worry about losing his competitive edge — or his conditioning — during breaks in the school calendar the past two years at Liberty University. By Gary Bedore

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Newest Jayhawk Evan Maxwell speaks Saturday after Friday's commitment to KU

Former Liberty University center 'honored to say I belong to the best basketball program in the country'

Evan Maxwell chose KU over Virginia Tech and Baylor.

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KU adds transfer in Liberty University sophomore center Evan Maxwell

He's a 6-10, 245-pounder who averaged 10 points and 4.8 boards last season

Former Liberty University center Evan Maxwell, a 6-foot-10, 245-pound sophomore out of Clarks Summit, Pa., is headed to Kansas University on a basketball scholarship, Maxwell told the Journal-World on Friday night. By Gary Bedore

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Diallo has big day at NBA Combine

Kansas University freshman Cheick Diallo, whose 7-foot-41⁄2 wingspan measured second longest of all players at this week’s NBA Combine, scored 18 points off 7-of-10 shooting with four blocks and four rebounds, in his first official scrimmage at the pre-draft extravaganza in Chicago. By Gary Bedore

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Ellis’ test impressive at Combine

Kansas University senior forward Perry Ellis had the fourth lowest body fat of all players tested Wednesday at the 2016 NBA Combine in Chicago as reported by NBA.com.

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Selden has ‘minor’ knee procedure, will miss Combine

Former Kansas University basketball guard Wayne Selden, Jr., will not participate in basketball-related activities at this week’s NBA Combine as he recovers from a “minor knee procedure” to repair a small meniscus tear in his right knee, Yahoo Sports reported Tuesday.

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Kansas hoops trio at NBA Combine

Kansas University’s Perry Ellis, Wayne Selden Jr. and Cheick Diallo will attend the 2016 NBA Combine, today through Sunday in Chicago. By Gary Bedore

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Josh Jackson makes ‘Super Five’ team

Incoming Kansas University freshman Josh Jackson was named to the 44th-annual Louisville Courier-Journal Super Five team, which honors the country’s top high school players. By Gary Bedore

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Huskies’ prospects for Porter improve

It seems the University of Washington wasn’t the only school to offer Michael Porter Sr., dad of high school junior phenom Michael Porter Jr., a coaching job in recent weeks.

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Azubuike first 7-foot center at KU since Embiid

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self, for the first time in three seasons, will have a 7-footer on his roster during the 2016-17 campaign. By Gary Bedore

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Now a true 7-footer, Azubuike signs letter

Just 16 years old, Kansas University basketball signee Udoka Azubuike still may have some sprouting to do. “He is a true 7-foot. He actually grew I’d say an inch and a half (this past year). He is projected to grow another inch and a half to two inches,” Harry Coxsome, mentor of the Lagos, Nigeria native told the Journal-World on Thursday after the Potter’s House Christian senior signed his letter-of-intent with KU in a ceremony at the Jacksonville, Fla. High School. By Gary Bedore

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Transfer Thornton continues KU visit today

Former Duke point guard Derryck Thornton, who could help fill a need in Kansas University’s backcourt during the 2017-18 season and perhaps beyond, today begins the second day of his official recruiting trip to Kansas University. By Gary Bedore

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Duke transfer Derryck Thornton begins Kansas visit

Derryck Thornton, a 6-foot-2 freshman who recently announced plans to leave Duke, begins his official visit to KU today after visiting USC last weekend. By Gary Bedore

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It’s official: Jackson a Jayhawk

Bill Self, who knows a special prospect when he sees one, does not spend any time scouring the rankings of individual high school players when he’s evaluating talent on the recruiting trail.

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Recruit Lightfoot ‘serious’ player

The official website write-up on Saturday’s Ballislife.com All-America game referred to future Kansas University forward Mitch Lightfoot as a “rugged and serious-minded player.”

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KU signee Lightfoot lights up all-star game

Future Kansas University forward Mitch Lightfoot erupted for 32 points to lead all scorers in Saturday’s Ballislife All-America game at Long Beach (Calif.) City College. By Gary Bedore

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Combine invites Ellis, Selden, Diallo

Kansas University senior Perry Ellis, junior Wayne Selden Jr. and freshman Cheick Diallo have been invited to the 2016 NBA Combine, set for May 11-15 in Chicago.

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Self: DeBruce Center ‘great’

One of the first things Bill Self did after returning to town from the last live period in recruiting was to check out the new 32,000-square-foot DeBruce Center, which opened Monday. By Gary Bedore

ESPN: Duke, KU are top programs of century

ESPN.com on Thursday crowned Kansas University and Duke the two most successful NCAA Tournament teams of the 21st Century.

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Mario Little solid in Korean League

Former Kansas University basketball guard Mario Little averaged 16.8 points and 4.1 rebounds a game this past season for Anyang Korea Ginseng Corporation, which went 34-28 overall and advanced to the semifinals of the Korean League playoffs. By Gary Bedore

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Jackson No. 2 in final ESPN ratings

Josh Jackson hype took a slight hit on Tuesday when ESPN.com’s final Class of 2016 rankings listed the future Kansas University shooting guard as No. 2 high school senior prospect in the country.

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Transfer target: Ex-Duke guard Thornton to visit KU

The recruitment of former Duke University basketball point guard Derryck Thornton is about to get serious. Thornton, a 6-2 freshman who recently announced plans to leave the Durham, N.C., school after one season, announced Monday he will visit USC this weekend, then Kansas University a week from today. He also plans to make trips to Washington and Miami before settling on his transfer destination. By Gary Bedore

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Center of attention: KU alone in pursuit of No. 1 prep Ayton

Kansas University’s basketball program, which recently landed a commitment from Josh Jackson, the No. 1 prospect in the high school recruiting class of 2016, also leads for the top player in the Class of ’17. By Gary Bedore

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Stigler reigns supreme in hurdles

It seemed fitting that Michael Stigler’s quest for the 2016 Olympic Games started in earnest Saturday at the 2015 Kansas University graduate’s favorite home meet — the Kansas Relays.

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By a long shot: Canada’s Nedow puts it out there at Downtown Shot Put

Reese Hoffa, all 5-foot-11, 325-pounds of him, mimicked a fashion model as he walked down the runway toward the circle during introductions before the sixth-annual Downtown Lawrence Olympic Shot Put competition Friday at the intersection of Eighth and New Hampshire streets. By Gary Bedore

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Former KU vaulter Scott takes second in street vault competition

Seven-time Big 12 pole vault champion Jordan Scott has traveled the world competing in track meets both big and small the past decade or so. By Gary Bedore

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Bradford takes prep job

Former Kansas University guard Nick Bradford has been hired as head boys basketball coach at Mexico (Mo.) High School.

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Self offers Miege duo

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self has offered a scholarship to Bishop Miege freshman Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, the son of former KU player Lester Earl, Rivals.com’s Eric Bossi reported Tuesday. By Gary Bedore

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KU coaches meet with Thornton

Needing to reload on the perimeter for the 2017-18 season, Bill Self is recruiting one transfer who played for a basketball blueblood last season. By Gary Bedore

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Kansas basketball coaches hit road recruiting

Kansas University’s basketball coaches were on the road tracking high school juniors in the recruiting Class of 2017 over the weekend, while continuing to work to fill three remaining scholarship slots for the 2016-17 team. By Gary Bedore

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Future Jayhawk Josh Jackson makes impression on Napa natives

Detroit native Josh Jackson could have asked Prolific Prep founder Jeremy Russotti to take him to see Calistoga’s Old Faithful Geyser, tour a vineyard, go bike-riding on a mountain trail or even walk on the Boardwalk on his first day in Napa, Calif., two summers ago.

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Azubuike scores 10 in Brand Classic

Future Kansas University power forward Udoka Azubuike, a 6-foot-11 senior from Potter’s House Christian in Jacksonville, Fla., scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds in helping the East to a 131-117 victory over the West in Friday’s Jordan Brand Classic in New York. By Gary Bedore