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New KU hoops point guard Devon Dotson unselfish to the core

Being unselfish is often the first quality that people list when talking about pass-first, true point guards. Friday evening, shortly after committing to play his college basketball at Kansas, five-star point guard Devon Dotson took being unselfish to another level. By Matt Tait

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Devonte's team: KU guard ready and willing to shoulder all that comes with leadership role

In addition to the big news about the Border War revival and more candid comments from KU coach Bill Self about the ongoing FBI investigation into college basketball — "I’m much more concerned about our sport than I am anything at Kansas," Self said Friday — Kansas basketball media day offered the entire roster, eligible or otherwise, an opportunity to meet the media dressed in full uniform shortly after taking the official team photo for 2017-18. By Matt Tait

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2018 point guard Devon Dotson commits to Kansas

The Kansas men's basketball team landed on Friday night landed its third commitment and first guard in the 2018 recruiting class, when five-star point guard Devon Dotson, of Charlotte, orally committed to KU. By Matt Tait

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Kansas, Missouri renew basketball Border War for hurricane relief

Bitter rivals Kansas and Missouri have agreed to play an exhibition basketball game at the Sprint Center in Kansas City on Oct. 22 to raise money for hurricane relief efforts.By Matt Tait

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Is the Border War back?

KU, Mizzou in discussions about an 'event' to raise money for hurricane relief

Could the Border War be coming back? For at least one day in the not-too-distant future, that may very well be the case. By Matt Tait

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FBI investigative file includes KU documents; athletic department says investigators have not contacted KU

Kansas University Athletic officials have not been contacted by federal investigators who are looking into shady college basketball recruiting practices, a KU spokesman told the Journal-World. That response on Thursday morning came on the heels of a University Daily Kansan article from Wednesday night that reported the FBI had documents relating to KU and its sponsorship with Adidas.

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KU's Devonté Graham named Big 12 preseason player of the year

Teammates Malik Newman, Svi Mykhailiuk also earn preseason honors

If his goal is to follow in the footsteps of 2016-17 Big 12 and national player of the year, Frank Mason III, Kansas senior Devonté Graham already has a head start. By Matt Tait

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Self: Newly formed Commission on College Basketball will provide 'long-term benefit of our sport'

NCAA president Mark Emmert on Wednesday announced the formation of a Commission on College Basketball, which will be headed by former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks awaiting possible decision, official visitor during big recruiting week

The Kansas men’s basketball program is facing another big week on the recruiting trail, with one important decision potentially coming by Friday and another weekend visitor on the schedule. By Matt Tait

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With the waiting now behind him, Malik Newman is ready to roll

Before the 32-point explosion in Italy or his 19.3 points per game average in KU’s four exhibition contests overseas, there was the waiting — long, painful, miserable, dead-end waiting. By Matt Tait

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2018 standout Zion Williamson recaps Late Night visit

For the first time since his visit to Kansas for Late Night in the Phog a couple of weeks ago, prized Class of 2018 recruit Zion Williamson talked publicly about his recent trip to Lawrence. By Matt Tait

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Kansas Athletics official says none of Bill Self's pay comes directly from Adidas

The Louisville Courier-Journal report that revealed that 98 percent of the Adidas money paid to Louisville went directly to basketball coach Rick Pitino suggested an obvious question locally: What percent of the money that Adidas pays Kansas Athletics Inc. goes directly to Bill Self? Zero, according to KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony.

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Strong senior leadership a luxury for 2017-18 Kansas basketball team

Despite losing Frank Mason III and Landen Lucas from last year's 31-5 squad, the Kansas men's basketball team returns a pair of important veterans, in Devonte' Graham and Svi Mykhailiuk, who should be able to pick up where Lucas and Mason left off a year ago. By Matt Tait

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2017-18 Jayhawks prepared to practice for real on Tuesday

While Saturday night officially was the first practice of the 2017-18 Kansas basketball season, don’t think for a second that the coaching staff or players viewed it that way. By Matt Tait

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Lagerald Vick off and running toward big junior season

The night was mostly about senior Devonte’ Graham stepping into the spotlight and the nearly two dozen recruits in attendance for the season tip-off spectacle known as Late Night in the Phog. But somewhere along the way, junior guard Lagerald Vick decided to steal the show. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Lil Yachty performs at Late Night; Graham enjoys skits

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self made no attempt to hide his feelings about the performance turned in by Grammy-nominated rap artist Lil Yachty during Saturday night’s 33rd-annual Late Night in the Phog at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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Opening Act: Graham steps into senior role at Late Night

Long before his name was announced, well after he showed off his dance moves on the floor, senior guard Devonte’ Graham was showered with love from the adoring Kansas basketball fan base that packed Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday night for the 33rd-annual Late Night in the Phog. By Matt Tait

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White-collar crime attorney says high-profile coaches now at risk in fast-moving college basketball probe

An expert in white-collar crime cases said one group should be particularly on guard as federal investigators dive deeper into the college basketball world: prominent coaches.

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KU coach Bill Self: 'It's been a dark week'

In Kansas City to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Coaches vs. Cancer, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self took time to address what he referred to as “a tough week for college basketball,” before the event began.By Matt Tait

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KU Boot Camp comes to a close; Late Night on deck

The end of KU’s always-dreaded preseason boot camp finally arrived Wednesday morning, after eight grueling, early-morning sessions during the past two weeks, with every member of the 2017-18 Kansas basketball roster smiling and still in one piece. By Matt Tait

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Kansas Athletics monitoring charges against Adidas exec; feds have not contacted KU

University of Kansas officials are monitoring allegations against a high-level Adidas executive but have fielded no inquiries from federal investigators about a federal probe into college basketball recruiting practices, KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony told the Journal-World Tuesday afternoon. By Matt Tait

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Trust in Jerrance Howard helped deliver David McCormack to Kansas

Known as a player’s coach who isn’t afraid to clown around, talk some trash and jump into the middle of a circle to show off his dance moves and free spirit, Kansas basketball assistant coach Jerrance Howard needed none of that to land four-star center David McCormack, who orally committed to Kansas on Sunday. By Matt Tait

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2018 big man David McCormack says coaching staff, tradition made picking KU an 'easy decision'

A little less than a month ago, the Kansas men’s basketball team officially jumped into the Class of 2018 recruiting game by landing a commitment from five-star big man Silvio De Sousa, a 6-foot-9, 245-pound forward from IMG Academy by way of Angola. On Sunday, the Jayhawks added even more size to the family when four-star center David McCormack, of Oak Hill Academy, orally committed to Kansas during a live segment on a local news station in Norfolk, Virginia. By Matt Tait

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Recent weeks marred by one nightmare after the next for KU volleyball's Patricia Montero

When Kansas volleyball's Patricia Montero this August suffered a season-ending knee injury for the second time in three years, the sophomore from Puerto Rico didn't think things could get any worse. And then they did. By Matt Tait

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Quickley picks Kentucky; McCormack to announce Sunday

Five-star point guard Immanuel Quickley officially committed to Kentucky on Friday evening during a ceremony at his school, leaving the Kansas basketball program to turn its attention to an announcement from four-star big man David McCormack, who has scheduled his announcement for Sunday. By Matt Tait

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Kansas basketball program continues strong pursuit of top 2018 talent

With 6-foot-9 big man Silvio De Sousa already on board, the Kansas men's basketball program continues to pursue several of the top players in the 2018 recruiting class in hopes of adding even more elite talent to one of the most important recruiting classes KU coach Bill Self has gone after. By Matt Tait

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Self against the idea of 'free agency' as NCAA explores changes to transfer rules

As the Kansas men’s basketball team prepares to jump into a season during which three Jayhawks will sit out and two others finally will play after transferring in, landing athletes via transfer could be on the brink of becoming easier in college athletics.By Matt Tait

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Mykhailiuk: Day 1 of KU boot camp as tough as ever

The one and only message uttered by Kansas senior Svi Mykhailiuk and the rest of the KU upperclassmen to a handful of first-year Jayhawks before the opening day of KU’s annual boot camp on Monday morning was simple — be on time. By Matt Tait

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Annual KU basketball boot camp set to begin bright and early Monday

With this year’s Late Night scheduled earlier than ever — 6:30 p.m., Sept. 30 at Allen Fieldhouse — the annual exhaustion known as boot camp will begin earlier, as well, at 6:15 a.m. Monday, when Bill Self and his team meet before the sun rises to put in a full day’s work before many people get out of bed. By Matt Tait

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KU's Azubuike one of 19 attendees at NCAA symposium designed to educate pro prospects

KU sophomore Udoka Azubuike was one of 19 current college players invited last weekend to an Elite Student-Athlete Symposium in Indianapolis designed to give draft-eligible athletes a better and closer look at life in the NBA and the things they must consider before making the decision whether to turn pro early or stay in school. By Matt Tait

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Oscar-style celebration with those closest to him highlighted Bill Self's big night

Friday’s Hall of Fame induction for Kansas coach Bill Self turned out to be one heck of a celebration, complete with a red-carpet entrance, a national television audience and some of the biggest and brightest celebrities in the game of basketball on hand. By Matt Tait

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Hall of Fame Notebook: Huge support system the best part for Bill Self

If he were at all nervous when he stepped onto the stage at Symphony Hall to lead off the induction speeches for this year’s class joining the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Kansas coach Bill Self was quickly comforted when he looked into the crowd and saw dozens of familiar faces. By Matt Tait

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Self expresses deep emotion, appreciation during Hall of Fame speech

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self never met a crowd he couldn’t charm. And Friday night, after overcoming some early nerves and a couple of cracks in his voice, Self left Symphony Hall with his perfect record in tact. By Matt Tait

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Hall of Fame status starting to sink in for Kansas coach Bill Self

The night before first fitting into his Hall of Fame jacket — Naismith Orange in color and ultra-exclusive in its membership — Kansas basketball coach Bill Self received a phone call from a friend who offered some heartfelt advice. By Matt Tait

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Bill Self on path to Hall of Fame: I had the 3 best mentors in basketball

Thanks, but first a phone call. That was the general thought and feeling that overtook Kansas coach Bill Self when he learned this spring that he had been elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017. By Matt Tait

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Hall of Fame experience all about relationships for Kansas coach Bill Self

When Kansas basketball coach Bill Self is officially inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., on Friday night, he will be joining a group of some of the biggest names and best coaches to ever blow a whistle or scribble X’s and O’s onto a clipboard. By Matt Tait

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Matt Tait: Bender's debut worth feeling good about

It was hardly a perfect game and he left plenty of room for improvement. But the Week 1 debut by Kansas quarterback Peyton Bender certainly qualified as reason for optimism among the long-suffering Kansas football fan base. By Matt Tait

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Matt Tait: Harrell's acrobatic catch showcases KU's potential

Let’s say you spend the next four months watching nothing but college football on Saturdays. In all of that time, after thousands of plays, you may not find a better catch by anyone, anywhere, than the one Kansas sophomore Chase Harrell hauled in during the Jayhawks’ 38-16 victory over Southeast Missouri State on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks to open Big 12 portion of 2017-18 schedule at Texas on Dec. 29

The Kansas men’s basketball team now has a clearer view of what the path to a 14th consecutive Big 12 title looks like. By Matt Tait

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KU lands commitment from 5-star, 2018 power forward Silvio De Sousa

His visit came out of nowhere and the whole process of recruiting him only lasted about a month. But that was all of the time Class of 2018, five-star big man Silvio De Sousa needed to discover that Kansas was the right place for him. By Matt Tait

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Report: Mitchell Robinson saga set to end where it began

Long off the Kansas radar, the Mitchell Robinson saga appears to be ending right where it began. According to a report from Chad Bishop of WBKO 13 in Kentucky, the 7-foot, McDonald’s All-American who, earlier this summer, asked for his release from Western Kentucky University after his godfather left the coaching staff, is planning to return to WKU for his freshman season. By Matt Tait

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Late Night 2017 officially set for Sept. 30

Kansas officials announced Friday afternoon the official date of Late Night in the Phog 2017. As had been expected by fans and recruits alike, the 33rd annual season tip-off event will take place Sept. 30 and will feature a variety of activities beginning at 10 a.m. and running through the on-court basketball fun slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. inside Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait

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Hall of Fame officially announces Larry Brown as Bill Self's presenter

Although Kansas coach Bill Self revealed his choice several weeks ago, the pick became official on Thursday, when the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the presenters for this year’s class. When the KU coach is inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sept. 8 in Springfield, Mass., Self will be presented by former Kansas coach Larry Brown.By Matt Tait

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System for awarding KU basketball, football seats changing in effort to boost donations

The amount of annual donations it takes to secure prime seating at KU sporting events — especially including men's basketball — is likely to change for many University of Kansas fans. By Matt Tait

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Playing smarter, longer keys for Azubuike entering sophomore season

As was expected, Kansas sophomore Udoka Azubuike returned to Lawrence for the start of the fall semester a couple of days after the rest of his teammates earlier this week, a notable arrival for arguably the most important player on KU coach Bill Self’s roster this season. By Matt Tait

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KU basketball notebook: Reports rolling in about Robinson leaning toward skipping school

Reports are starting to roll in that say 7-foot center Mitchell Robinson, who recently was given a release by Western Kentucky University, may be considering sitting out the 2017-18 season altogether. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks back in town, ready for next step toward 2017-18 season

Kansas coach Bill Self confirmed to the Journal-World on Sunday night that all but one player on the 2017-18 roster had arrived back in town. Self said sophomore center Udoka Azubuike was expected to return to Lawrence sometime today or Tuesday morning. By Matt Tait

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Self lauds KU's culture at annual Traditions Night

When it comes to traditions, one of the most overlooked but one that's still plenty exciting at the University of Kansas is the annual Traditions Night at Memorial Stadium, when incoming freshmen are introduced to the ins and outs of the KU way, with coaches, chancellors and occasionally even celebrities welcoming the new students to KU. By Matt Tait

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KU's Late Night visitor list starting to take shape

The visitor list — official or otherwise — for Kansas basketball's Late Night 2017 is starting to take shape. Here's a look at the prospects expected to visit Lawrence during KU's big weekend. By Matt Tait

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Server accuses KU's Dedric Lawson of skipping out on bar tab; eatery's manager issues statement supporting KU forward

Early Thursday morning, the name of Kansas forward Dedric Lawson appeared in a police report in his hometown of Memphis after a server at a local bar and grill alleged that Lawson skipped out on a tab worth $88.20. But by Thursday night, the general manager of the Bar Louie restaurant had given The Commercial Appeal in Memphis a statement that was sympathetic to the Kansas sophomore. By Matt Tait

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