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KU center Udoka Azubuike expected to return to full-contact drills next week

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike’s recovery from the wrist injury that cost him the final three months and 25 games of the 2016-17 season remains in good shape. By Matt Tait

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Bill Self wants to see a more aggressive Svi Mykhailiuk during senior season

Less than 18 hours after learning that junior Svi Mykhailiuk would return to Kansas for his senior season, KU basketball coach Bill Self already was thinking about what more the Ukrainian wing could do to help the Jayhawks in 2017-18. By Matt Tait

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Kansas basketball to host Texas A&M in 2018 Big 12/SEC Challenge

The Big 12, SEC and ESPN on Thursday released the match-ups for college basketball's 2018 Big 12/SEC Challenge and the Jayhawks are in line to face a familiar foe. By Matt Tait

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KU's Self takes over as NABC president

A member of the board of directors since 2007, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self is set to begin his two-year stint as president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the NABC announced Tuesday. By Matt Tait

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Dynamic four-guard lineup required complete buy-in from Kansas coaches, players

When Kansas basketball assistant coach Kurtis Townsend first got wind of the idea that KU coach Bill Self wanted to tinker with a four-guard lineup for the 2016-17 season, Townsend was hardly surprised. By Matt Tait

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Newest KU walk-on Chris Teahan eager to suit up for Jayhawks

Last month, 6-foot-5, 180-pound shooting guard Chris Teahan announced that he would join the Kansas basketball team as a walk-on this summer. With only graduation and a couple of weeks of waiting standing between him and his dream school, the former Rockhurst High standout is ready to roll. By Matt Tait

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List of schools pursuing former Jayhawk Dwight Coleby starting to take shape

Stephen F. Austin site, TheSawmill.com, reported Thursday that the school is one of several programs considering adding Kansas big man Dwight Coleby. By Matt Tait

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Senior forward Dwight Coleby leaving Kansas basketball program

Big man's departure clears up KU's scholarship questions

Kansas forward Dwight Coleby, who graduated from KU on Sunday, announced Monday evening that he will be leaving Lawrence and seeking playing time elsewhere.By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks drop series finale to K-State, 10-3

The Kansas baseball team may have lost the series finale with K-State, 10-3 on a sunny Sunday at Hoglund Ballpark, but the end of the Jayhawks' eight-game winning streak did not leave them feeling like it was the end of the world thanks to victories in the first two games of the series, which gave KU its first series win over the Wildcats since 2014. By Matt Tait

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KU coach Bill Self says Dwight Coleby is considering his future at Kansas

Kansas forward Dwight Coleby’s walk down Campanile Hill on Sunday during KU’s graduation festivities made his status as a college graduate official. And that makes his immediate future a little more interesting. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks Mason, Coleby and a blast from the past set to graduate Sunday

KU seniors Frank Mason, Dwight Coleby and one surprise from the not-too-distant past will join hundreds of other students for graduation ceremonies Sunday on the KU campus. By Matt Tait

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Self: Ankle injury not devastating for KU guard Svi Mykhailiuk

An ankle injury that plagued him during portions of Thursday’s on-court competition at the NBA combine in Chicago forced Kansas junior Svi Mykhailiuk to withdraw from the remainder of the week's combine workouts. But KU coach Bill Self said Mykhailiuk’s absence during Friday’s drills and scrimmages should not hurt the guard’s stock too much. By Matt Tait

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Mason, Svi showcase their skills at combine

Moments after calling this summer’s 2017 NBA Draft “point guard heavy,” former Duke standout and current ESPN analyst Jay Williams pinpointed former Kansas star Frank Mason III as one of the players he most was looking forward to watching during Thursday’s 5-on-5 scrimmages at the pre-draft combine in Chicago.

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Lucas: Former teammate Frank Mason III ready to 'put on a show'

Count former Kansas big man Landen Lucas in the camp that believes reigning national player of the year Frank Mason III is well on his way to keeping his basketball mojo going. By Matt Tait

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KU officially introduces new forward Jack Whitman

Although the former William & Mary forward himself both confirmed and explained why he was leaving to join the Kansas basketball program last week, the Jayhawks made it official on Monday with a news release announcing the addition of graduate transfer Jack Whitman. By Matt Tait

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NBA combine offers golden opportunity for three Jayhawks

The annual NBA combine is set to begin Tuesday in Chicago, and it figures to be as interesting as any in recent memory for fans of Kansas basketball. By Matt Tait

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Landen Lucas Foundation gaining steam, already giving back

Back in Lawrence briefly over the weekend before returning to Daytona, Fla., to continue the grind of three workouts a day, rest, recovery and repeat while waiting for whatever pro basketball opportunities present themselves, former Kansas center Landen Lucas spent most of the past few days sprinting full-speed-ahead with his newly created Landen Lucas Foundation - Sports for Life, which aims to help fund the athletic endeavors of young people in Lawrence who may otherwise not be able to afford to participate in sports. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawk seniors conclude Barnstorming tour

Outgoing Kansas basketball seniors Landen Lucas, Frank Mason III and Tyler Self capped their summer Barnstorming tour Saturday night at Blue Valley Northwest High with the final edition of a series of scrimmages designed to deliver as many smiles and laughs as awe-inspiring basketball moments.

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New KU forward Jack Whitman eager to test skills at Kansas

The Kansas men’s basketball program added some front-court depth Tuesday through yet another transfer when William & Mary graduate transfer Jack Whitman announced his pledge to play at Kansas during his senior season.By Matt Tait

KU baseball salvages Baylor series with Sunday split

On the heels of a disappointing, could-have-won Game 2 loss to Baylor at Hoglund Ballpark on a gloomy and wet Sunday afternoon, the Kansas baseball team needed a big time effort from someone in the Sunday afternoon finale to salvage the series. By Matt Tait

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KU transfers eligible to play during summer stint in Italy

Kansas coach Bill Self confirmed to the Journal-World that transfers Sam Cunliffe, Dedric Lawson, K.J. Lawson and Charlie Moore will be eligible to play with the Jayhawks during this summer’s trip to Italy. By Matt Tait

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KU junior Svi Mykhailiuk invited to NBA combine

Jackson, Mason also receive invitations

Kansas junior Svi Mykhailiuk was one of three Jayhawks who recently received word that he had been invited to participate in this year’s NBA combine, May 9-14 in Chicago. By Matt Tait

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Transfer trend becoming more prevalent with Kansas basketball

A recent surge in Division I transfers coming to Kansas has seen the Jayhawks take advantage of a growing trend that is making a major impact on college basketball.By Matt Tait

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KU junior Svi Mykhailiuk awaiting word on NBA combine invitation

Before any final decision can be made — before all of the workouts and interviews and information gathering is complete — Kansas junior Svi Mykhailiuk must first find out if he will be invited to the NBA combine May 9-14 in Chicago, an answer that, according to KU coach Bill Self, should come sometime this week. By Matt Tait

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Wayne Selden's strong postseason showing delights KU coach Bill Self

During his three seasons at Kansas, Wayne Selden had a tendency to play his biggest games on the biggest stages. The Memphis Grizzlies rookie is now doing the same thing in the NBA. By Matt Tait

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Recruiting heats up for 2018 hoops prospects

Kansas coach Bill Self, along with dozens of other big time Division I basketball coaches, spent some time in Fort Worth, Texas, over the weekend, evaluating talent at the adidas Gauntlet. By Matt Tait

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Andrea Geubelle gradually becoming comfortable with Olympian identity

Former Kansas triple-jumper Andrea Geubelle's triumphant return to the Kansas Relays marked much more than a memorable homecoming. By Matt Tait

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KU's Frank Mason III made lasting impression on Jayhawk teammates

While the praise for one of the best seasons by a Kansas player in recent memory has started slowing down, the celebration of Frank Mason III’s career and the impact he had on his teammates will be everlasting. By Matt Tait

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KU big man Landen Lucas looking to fund athletic endeavors of local athletes

Through a co-initiative with his mother, Shelley, former KU center Landen Lucas has created the Landen Lucas Foundation – Sports for Life Fund, which, in both Lawrence and his hometown of Portland, will provide scholarships and financial support for young athletes who may not otherwise be able to participate. By Matt Tait

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Josh Jackson declares for NBA Draft

A foregone conclusion became official Monday, as Kansas freshman star Josh Jackson announced he will enter the 2017 NBA Draft. By Matt Tait

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Chancellor Gray-Little honors, celebrates Bill Self, Frank Mason III

Never one to jump into the spotlight of college athletics, University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little recently had and took the opportunity to celebrate one of the school’s most cherished employees. By Matt Tait

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Billy Preston fairly quiet at Jordan Brand Classic

Future Kansas forward Billy Preston was back on the all star circuit Friday night in the 16th annual Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn, where his West all-stars topped the East squad, 124-116, in comeback fashion. By Matt Tait

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KU's Svi Mykhailiuk declares for NBA Draft, won't hire agent

According to the Kansas basketball Twitter account, KU junior Svi Mykhailiuk has decided to enter the NBA Draft this season but will not hire an agent, leaving available the option to remove his name from consideration and return to school for his senior season. By Matt Tait

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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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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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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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Frank Mason III named 2017 Naismith Trophy winner

KU point guard also adds NABC player of the year honor Sunday night

Make it two for two for Kansas senior Frank Mason III, who on Sunday morning was named the 2017 recipient of The Naismith Trophy, one of the most prestigious honors given annually to college basketball’s best player. Mason capped his wild weekend by adding the NABC player of the year honor Sunday night. By Matt Tait

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He's in! KU's Bill Self elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Saturday morning at a ceremony in the desert not far from the site of this year’s Final Four, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame officially confirmed something that Kansas basketball fans have believed for years — Bill Self is a Hall of Famer. By Matt Tait

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Hall of Fame Material: Bill Self's style, passion make Danny Manning a proud alum

Although he would prefer for his team to be traveling there with him, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self will be in Arizona this weekend, when he will find out if he will be included in the Class of 2017 for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. During the past several days, in a series examining Self’s path to the Hall of Fame, the Journal-World explored a few of those qualities with some of the people who know him best. By Matt Tait

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KU's Frank Mason III adds Oscar Robertson Trophy to Player of the Year haul

Make it two days in a row of making history for Kansas senior Frank Mason III, who on Friday was named the winner of this year's Oscar Robertson Trophy given out annually to college basketball's player of the year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. By Matt Tait

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KU's Frank Mason III named Associated Press Player of the Year

Already honored as the top player in college basketball during the 2016-17 season by several national publications, Kansas senior Frank Mason III on Thursday picked up one of the big boys. By Matt Tait

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