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Was this year's NBA draft the last to be dominated by college freshmen?

Young talent dominating draft night is nothing new in the NBA. The draft has been trending this way for years, with team executives preferring to pick potential and invest in long-range visions over taking proven but older players from the college ranks. However, there are plenty of people who believe this latest surge of one-and-done selections might have been the beginning of the end. By Matt Tait

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Suns, Josh Jackson share mutual excitement over KU freshman falling to Phoenix

It did not take long for former Kansas freshman Josh Jackson to find reasons to be thrilled about landing in Phoenix after being picked fourth overall in Thursday night's NBA Draft. And the Suns were quick to become equally as enamored with their new rookie. By Matt Tait

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Landen Lucas to join Boston Celtics' summer league squad

Ellis to play with Minnesota during NBA summer league action

Friday afternoon, former Kansas center Landen Lucas revealed on Twitter that he was joining the Celtics' summer league squad for sessions that run July 3-6 and July 7-17. By Matt Tait

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Self says recent NBA draft pick Frank Mason III can impact Sacramento culture in a positive way

The Sacramento Kings struck again, selecting yet another Kansas basketball player, this time reigning national player of the year Frank Mason III at No. 34 overall in the second round of Thursday's NBA Draft. By Matt Tait

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Phoenix Suns snag driven Josh Jackson with 4th pick in NBA Draft

Frank Mason III scooped up 34th by Sacramento

Former Kansas basketball standout Josh Jackson, who delivered one of the most impressive freshman seasons in the storied history of the KU program, on Thursday night became the fourth player in the Bill Self era to be selected in the Top 5 of the NBA Draft. By Matt Tait

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Jackson, Mason on the brink of becoming latest Jayhawks drafted into NBA

Thursday night in New York City, former Kansas basketball stars Josh Jackson and Frank Mason III will find out a little more about their futures than they know when they wake up. By Matt Tait

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More than a few to follow: Former KU stars enjoy keeping tabs on Jayhawks in the NBA

Already busy enough with trying to balance his own overseas playing career with time to watch his beloved alma mater at crazy hours, former Kansas point guard Russell Robinson is bracing for things to get even tougher this week. By Matt Tait

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On the rise? Wayne Selden Jr. plenty pleased, motivated by NBA career path thus far

Playing a good chunk of his Kansas career in the shadows of All-American talents like Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid and Perry Ellis, former KU guard Wayne Selden put up good numbers, started a ton of games but never was deemed a can’t-miss NBA contributor. By Matt Tait

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KU freshman Marcus Garrett as confident as ever

In playing his way to Gatorade Texas Boys Basketball Player of the Year honors during the 2016-17 prep season, Kansas freshman Marcus Garrett's monster numbers were the result of elevated confidence that came from signing with the Jayhawks. By Matt Tait

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Report: Former Jayhawk Coleby headed to Western Kentucky

According to a report from college basketball analyst Jon Rothstein, former Kansas forward Dwight Coleby is headed to Western Kentucky to play out his eligibility. By Matt Tait

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Former KU standout Ben McLemore eager to take next step in NBA career

Former Kansas standout Ben McLemore played during Thursday night’s Rock Chalk Roundball Classic charity game at Free State High like the entire NBA world was watching. By Matt Tait

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Young guns steal show at Rock Chalk Roundball Classic

Crimson tops Blue, 104-101, in competitive clash of former Jayhawks

If former Jayhawks Ben McLemore and Wayne Selden had staged a head-to-head dunk contest Thursday night instead of playing their roles on opposite teams in the ninth annual Rock Chalk Roundball Classic, the sold-out crowd at Free State High likely would have walked away just as happy. By Matt Tait

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Graham, Newman lead current Jayhawks past star-studded cast of former players at camp scrimmage

Facing a handful of former national champions and a couple of current pros, KU’s backcourt duo of Devonte’ Graham and Malik Newman combined for 46 points to lead the blue squad to an 82-75 victory over the red alums at Wednesday's camp scrimmage game at Horejsi Family Athletics Center. By Matt Tait

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Former Jayhawk Aldrich all in on Roundball Classic cause

Forever appreciative of all of the support he has received from dozens of current and former Kansas basketball players, Rock Chalk Roundball Classic founder Brian Hanni has a special spot in his heart for the contributions of one former KU standout. By Matt Tait

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KU center Udoka Azubuike back in action at full strength

Kansas big man Udoka Azubuike returned to action at full speed and full strength on Tuesday afternoon, at first wowing campers at Bill Self’s annual summer camp with powerful dunks and jams for 30 minutes and then running through a full-court, full-contact session of pick-up ball with teammates new and old for another 30 minutes. By Matt Tait

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Former KU guard Jeremy Case eager to relive memories of 2008 national title

Former Kansas basketball player Jeremy Case, who these days spends his time working as the video coordinator on Bill Self’s coaching staff, took time during the first official day of Self’s summer basketball camps on Monday to reflect on something he had thought a lot about during the past several years — KU’s 2008 national championship. By Matt Tait

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KU's Devonté Graham excited to see new-look Kansas basketball team come together

During his three-plus seasons as a Jayhawk to date, Kansas guard Devonte’ Graham has become accustomed to looking around the KU basketball facilities and seeing at least a few familiar faces suiting up next to him. By Matt Tait

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Upcoming Rock Chalk Roundball Classic to benefit children, celebrate KU's 2008 title team

Thursday night, on Lawrence’s west side, first-year voice of the Jayhawks Brian Hanni will host his ninth annual Rock Chalk Roundball Classic at Free State High. While this year’s charity game, which, like all of the others before it, will be played to raise money for the families of four young people battling cancer, it also will have a special secondary purpose. By Matt Tait

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Will forward Billy Preston be KU's next great freshman?

In what has become an annual ritual around Lawrence and Jayhawk Nation, the arrival of June means all eyes turn to the next incoming freshman who ranks highest on the recruiting boards. In this case that's 6-foot-10 forward Billy Preston. But what exactly he can and will do for the Jayhawks during the 2017-18 season remains unknown. By Matt Tait

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Self: All but 2 Jayhawks expected to report to campus this weekend

KU's complete non-conference schedule released

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self told the Journal-World on Thursday that he expected all but two players on the Jayhawks’ 2017-18 roster to report to campus by this weekend in time for next week’s Bill Self Basketball Camps.

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KU assistant Jerrance Howard has ties to both teams in this year's NBA Finals

When Game 1 of the NBA Finals tips off in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday night, Kansas basketball assistant Jerrance Howard will be one of the few people in the building torn between the two teams. By Matt Tait

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KU's Andrea Hudy earns NSCA Impact Award

The National Strength and Conditioning Association on Wednesday confirmed something that those connected to Kansas basketball already believed — Andrea Hudy is a treasure. Set to begin her 14th season with the KU men’s basketball program, Hudy on Wednesday received the NSCA’s Impact Award given annually since 1997 to “an individual whose career has greatly contributed to the advancement of the national or international strength and conditioning or fitness industries.”

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Full speed ahead: KU forward Mitch Lightfoot laying the foundation for a bigger role

With Landen Lucas gone from the Kansas basketball roster, sophomore-to-be Mitch Lightfoot is poised to step into the role of Kansas big man who has played the most games in a Jayhawk uniform. By Matt Tait

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KU AD Sheahon Zenger receives contract extension through June 2021

Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger, who took over for Lew Perkins in early 2011 recently received a contract extension through June of 2021 from outgoing chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. By Matt Tait

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Zenger: New KU chancellor Doug Girod has shown strong interest in supporting athletics

Although the biggest roles and responsibilities of newly named University of Kansas chancellor Dr. Doug Girod figure to land well outside of the world of college athletics, KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger said Friday that the university was well positioned for whatever crossover may exist. By Matt Tait

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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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