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Matt Tait: Rock Chalk Roundball Classic just keeps getting bigger, better

For years, the Rock Chalk Roundball Classic was a fun, summer event that brought together a bunch of former KU basketball players for a night of highlights. Today, the Roundball Classic has become a powerhouse, three-day fundraiser for a great cause — helping area families that are fighting against pediatric cancer. By Matt Tait

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Former Jayhawk Frank Mason III entering big summer with Sacramento

Throughout his life, former Kansas point guard Frank Mason has overcome a number of different obstacles and been on a mission to prove his doubters wrong. That mission continues today as Mason prepares to enter his third season in the NBA. By Matt Tait

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Rock Chalk Roundball Classic Notebook: "Starting Five" the focus of another memorable game

Eudora — The 50-plus former Kansas basketball players on hand might have carried the biggest names, but there was little doubt about to whom Thursday night belonged. By Matt Tait

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Frank Mason III leads Crimson team to victory in debut performance at Rock Chalk Roundball Classic

It’s become a bit of annual summer ritual for former Kansas guard Ben McLemore to return to Lawrence and put on a show at the Rock Chalk Roundball Classic. This time, however, McLemore had company. By Matt Tait

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Former Jayhawk Dedric Lawson represents KU's best chance at extending NBA draft streak to 10 consecutive years

It's NBA Draft time again, and while that normally is big news around the Kansas basketball program, two recent Jayhawks are merely hoping to become second-round picks during Thursday's draft in Brooklyn, N.Y. By Matt Tait

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Former point guard Tyshawn Taylor wins battle of old vs. new at KU camp scrimmage

A battle of potential game winners between the old and the new highlighted Tuesday’s team scrimmage at Bill Self Basketball Camp. And the advantage went to the veteran. By Matt Tait

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Rosters set for Thursday's Rock Chalk Roundball Classic in Eudora

Thursday night, the Rock Chalk Roundball Classic will be heading east and bringing with it one of the biggest and best crops of former Kansas basketball players ever. By Matt Tait

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Improvment of KU sophomore David McCormack includes expanded range

After an entire season of hearing how sped up he was on the floor, Kansas big man David McCormack has figured out how to slow down. By Matt Tait

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To redshirt or not to redshirt? Kansas senior Mitch Lightfoot not worried about that question

KU forward Mitch Lightfoot is back for his final run with Kansas basketball, and, for the second year in a row, questions have surfaced about whether Lightfoot might redshirt the upcoming season. By Matt Tait

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KU coach Bill Self reacts to CBS Sports report about expected allegations in college basketball

Count Kansas basketball coach Bill Self in the group of people unsure of whether KU will be one of the programs receiving a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA later this summer. By Matt Tait

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Woodland wins! Former Jayhawk star captures first career major at U.S. Open

After taking the lead with a monster second round at famed Pebble Beach, former Kansas golf standout Gary Woodland kept the lead to the end, finishing the job Sunday afternoon with the first major title of his career. By Matt Tait

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Former Jayhawk Gary Woodland maintains lead at U.S. Open heading into Sunday's final round

With some of the biggest names and best golfers in the world looming at the U.S. Open, former University of Kansas golf standout Gary Woodland now sits 18 holes away from winning his first major title. By Matt Tait

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Gary Woodland roars to top of U.S. Open leaderboard after 2 rounds

A three-time winner on the PGA Tour but still in search of that elusive first major championship, former University of Kansas golf standout Gary Woodland roared his way to the top of the U.S. Open leaderboard on Friday. By Matt Tait

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Twice Is Nice: New Jayhawk Jalen Wilson happy that Round 2 of recruiting led him to Kansas

Although the past several weeks have been a whirlwind for new Kansas basketball signee Jalen Wilson, the 4-star wing forward from Guyer High in Denton, Texas, said none of what transpired since the end of the college season caught him off guard. By Matt Tait

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4-star wing forward Jalen Wilson signs with Kansas

Michigan’s loss is Kansas’ gain. Seconds after the clock struck 2 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, 4-star prep prospect Jalen Wilson announced on Twitter that he planned to play college basketball at KU. By Matt Tait

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'He wouldn’t get off the court': Silvio De Sousa makes long-awaited return during KU camp scrimmage

There was no official box score and no designated stat keeper, but in the case of Kansas junior Silvio De Sousa neither was needed. Tuesday marked the first of two annual Bill Self Basketball Camp games, and De Sousa, now 19 days removed from being declared eligible for the 2019-20 season by the NCAA, was out on the floor in front of a couple hundred campers ready and willing to put on a show.

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Devon Dotson cites desire to win, avenge 2018-19 season as big reasons for his return to Kansas

Kansas point guard Devon Dotson on Monday described his recent testing of his NBA draft stock as equal parts fun and work. By Matt Tait

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Iowa grad transfer Isaiah Moss signs with Kansas

The Kansas men’s basketball team has added a shooter to its roster for the 2019-20 season, and, after a whirlwind month following his final class at the University of Iowa, grad transfer Isaiah Moss again believes he is where he belongs. By Matt Tait

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Former KU golfer Chris Thompson records best finish of rookie season on PGA Tour

Former Kansas standout golfer Chris Thompson turned in the best four-round finish of his rookie season on the PGA Tour north of the border this weekend in Ontario, Canada.

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KU walk-on Michael Jankovich loving Lawrence reunion

After leaving town with his father following the 2006-07 season, new KU walk-on Michael Jankovich is back in Lawrence and loving every minute of it. By Matt Tait

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Report: Jayhawks back in the running for Iowa grad transfer Isaiah Moss

A little light in the backcourt and short on perimeter shooting, the Kansas men’s basketball program may be in the process of addressing both areas on the recruiting trail. By Matt Tait

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KU guard Marcus Garrett still on the mend from high ankle sprain that hindered him last season

Still on the mend from the high ankle sprain he suffered during a KU practice on February 1, Kansas junior Marcus Garrett said Thursday that he can see the finish line to the land of full recovery. By Matt Tait

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Kansas big man Udoka Azubuike calls return to KU 'exciting,' lists getting back in shape as top goal

A little more than a month removed from his decision to return to Kansas for his senior season, KU center Udoka Azubuike has one priority standing out above all others. By Matt Tait

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Moving 3-point line back 1 of 4 rule changes adopted by NCAA for 2019-20 season

Wednesday afternoon, the NCAA’s Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved a set of proposed rule changes for the 2019-20 season that included moving the college 3-point line back to the international distance of 22 feet, 1.75 inches from 20 feet, 9 inches, and resetting the shot clock to 20 seconds (instead of 30) on offensive rebounds.By Matt Tait

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'It feels great just to be back'

Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa still overjoyed about winning NCAA appeal

While working the Washburn basketball camp in Topeka on Wednesday afternoon, Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa took a break to talk with reporters for the first time about his newfound eligibility and the end of a process that lasted months and tested De Sousa's determination. By Matt Tait

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Red Sox select KU pitcher Zeferjahn, catcher Groshans in 3rd and 5th rounds of MLB draft

KU baseball teammates and longtime friends, Ryan Zeferjahn and Jaxx Groshans, on Tuesday were drafted in the third and fifth rounds of the 2019 Major League Baseball draft by the Boston Red Sox.By Matt Tait

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Azubuike, Elliott cleared to return to action for KU basketball program

Kansas senior Udoka Azubuike, who missed all but nine games of the 2018-19 season because of the second significant wrist injury of his career, has been cleared to return to basketball activities. By Matt Tait

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KU walk-on Garrett Luinstra plans to transfer

According to a source close to the program, Kansas guard Garrett Luinstra is planning to transfer this offseason. By Matt Tait

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KU ace Ryan Zeferjahn eyeing history in 2019 MLB draft

The first two rounds and 78 picks of the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft are slated for Monday night and there’s a strong chance that a Jayhawk will be included. By Matt Tait

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Preparations, ticket sales under way for 11th annual Rock Chalk Roundball Classic

The month of June has become one of the hottest months for KU hoops in the area, with Bill Self’s basketball camps running wild, the NBA Draft taking place near the end of the month each year and Brian Hanni’s Rock Chalk Roundball Classic becoming a fixture of the local sports scene. By Matt Tait

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KU target Jalen Wilson ready for Kansas visit

Ten spots are spoken for, three scholarships remain and the Kansas men’s basketball program is moving full-speed ahead toward finalizing its roster for the 2019-20 season. By Matt Tait

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Quentin Grimes withdraws from NBA draft pool, plans to transfer from KU

Kansas freshman Quentin Grimes is not staying in the NBA draft, but he is not returning to KU either. Through a release from the Kansas basketball offices, Grimes on Wednesday evening announced his intention to transfer to another university for the 2019-20 season. By Matt Tait

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He's Back: Kansas point guard Devon Dotson announces return to KU

With exactly three hours remaining before the deadline for underclassmen to pull their names from the NBA draft pool, Kansas freshman Devon Dotson did exactly that. The KU point guard announced his decision to return to Kansas for his sophomore season on Twitter at 7:59 p.m., saying simply, “Got a whole lot more in store. Year 2. Let’s Riiiiddeeeee!” By Matt Tait

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Kansas point guard Devon Dotson to make, announce stay-or-go decision Wednesday

Kansas point guard Devon Dotson is taking his stay-or-go decision to deadline day. So says his father, Dana Dotson, who told the Journal-World in a phone interview Tuesday afternoon that Devon planned to return home to Charlotte, N.C., from his Tuesday pro day for NBA scouts in Los Angeles on Tuesday night to meet with his family and make a decision, which will be announced sometime Wednesday. By Matt Tait

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5-star target R.J. Hampton passes on KU to head overseas

After a handful of college visits and weeks of breaking down the few programs on his list of finalists, 5-star prep prospect R.J. Hampton has decided to turn pro. By Matt Tait

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Silvio De Sousa wins appeal, becomes eligible to play at KU during 2019-20 season

The wait is over. Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa will play basketball for the Jayhawks next season. By Matt Tait

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NCAA, KU hold Silvio De Sousa appeal hearing

According to a report from CBS Sports, the appeal hearing for Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa took place Friday morning and a ruling could come in a matter of hours. By Matt Tait

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Report: Hampton family waiting to see who stays in NBA Draft before making college decision

There is now actual evidence that Class of 2019 KU target R.J. Hampton is waiting for the NBA’s underclassman draft deadline to make his college decision. That’s what Hampton’s father, Rod Hampton, told Adam Zagoria this week during an interview about the 5-star guard’s future. By Matt Tait

KU baseball drops Game 1 at Big 12 tourney, 12-8 to West Virginia

An early eight-run hole proved to be too much for the Kansas baseball team to climb out of during a 12-8 loss to West Virginia in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament in Oklahoma City.

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Kansas Athletics shifts healthcare oversight from KU's campus to medical offices

Forty Kansas Athletics employees specializing in sports medicine are now reporting to actual doctors and medical professionals instead of KU administrators. By Matt Tait

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KU baseball hoping to keep hot streak alive at Big 12 tournament

After opening the season with 24 consecutive road games and a 2-7 record in Big 12 play, the Kansas baseball team finished the regular season with a winning record and enters this week’s Big 12 tournament as one of the hottest teams in college baseball. By Matt Tait

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Former Jayhawk Gary Woodland shoots best round of the day to crack Top 10 at PGA Championship

Nobody shot a better final round at the 2019 PGA Championship than former Kansas golfer Gary Woodland on Sunday. And as a result, the former Jayhawk and Topeka native carded his second ever Top 10 finish at one of golf’s major tournaments.

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3-point shot has been an emphasis for Dedric Lawson ahead of NBA combine

After earning Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and All-American honors for averaging a double-double during his first season with the Jayhawks, Dedric Lawson spent the past six weeks in Los Angeles working on his game and body to position himself to show that he belongs in the first round. By Matt Tait

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KU women's basketball coach Brandon Schneider believes culture change necessary to get program on track

Kansas women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider characterized a Wednesday morning meeting with first-year KU athletic director Jeff Long as having gone well and came away feeling like Long was in his corner. By Matt Tait

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KU target, grad transfer Rayjon Tucker closing in on a decision after Kansas visit

Over the weekend, the Kansas basketball program, along with the city of Lawrence and KU’s campus, got their shot at impressing graduate transfer Rayjon Tucker, who made an official visit to KU and appears to be zeroing in on making a decision about where he’ll send his final season of college basketball next season. By Matt Tait

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KU women's tennis riding high and ready for more

Jayhawks open NCAA Tournament play vs. Denver at 1 p.m. Friday in Lawrence

Riding the wave of some serious confidence and emotion from a 19-4 season, the 13th-ranked Kansas women's tennis program and head coach Todd Chapman will play host to No. 47 Denver University at 1 p.m. Friday at the Jayhawk Tennis Center in first-round NCAA Tournament action. By Matt Tait

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KU's Todd Chapman named Big 12 women's tennis coach of the year

6 Jayhawks earn all-Big 12 honors, as well

The best women's tennis coach in the Big 12 Conference resides in Lawrence Kansas. KU coach Todd Chapman on Wednesday was named the Big 12’s coach of the year after leading the Jayhawks to a 19-4 record entering NCAA Tournament play this weekend.

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5-star Kansas target R.J. Hampton officially reclassifies into 2019 class

After weeks of wondering and speculation, Little Elm, Texas, guard R.J. Hampton on Tuesday made official his decision to reclassify from 2020 into the 2019 class. Hampton, a 5-star prospect who sits very high on KU’s wish list, announced the news in a video on Twitter. By Matt Tait

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KU tennis earns NCAA tournament bid, home court for opening rounds

Huddled around a television set inside the Jayhawk Tennis Center on Monday night, the Kansas women's tennis team learned its NCAA Tournament fate and celebrated with flare. The Jayhawks are in this year's field of 64 as the No. 14 overall seed. They'll play host to Denver University at 1 p.m. Friday.

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KU announces partnership extension with Adidas through 2031

Kansas Athletics on Wednesday morning announced that it had agreed to extend its contract with footwear and apparel partner Adidas through 2031. By Matt Tait

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