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Stock watch: Josh Jackson’s versatility makes him best small forward in NBA Draft

Still almost a month away from the May 16 NBA Draft Lottery and some real clarity about where one-and-done Kansas star Josh Jackson could land in the NBA, one factor in his stock is discernible: Jackson is the best small forward available. For months, experts have raved ... Continue reading

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So far so good for Kansas quarterback Peyton Bender

Not particularly tall, broad or mobile, Kansas junior quarterback Peyton Bender doesn’t need to be any taller, broader or more mobile to become the best prospect the Jayhawks have had standing in the shotgun since Todd Reesing. Bender need do no more than he did in Saturday’s ... Continue reading

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More final rankings for the Class of 2017

As Kansas coach Bill Self and his staff continue to try to put the finishing touches on the 2017 recruiting classes, recruiting services everywhere are doing the same. This week, both ESPN and 247 Sports released their final rankings of the 2017 class, which, to date, includes ... Continue reading

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Say What? Tait’s weekly appearance on Rock Chalk Sports Talk

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Ryan Schadler sums up Doug Meacham offense in three words: go, go, go

Kansas sophomore Ryan Schadler started his collegiate athletic career as a sprinter for Wichita State and even he is taken aback at the amount of sprinting demanded of receivers in Doug Meacham’s offense. “The first couple of spring practices I was like, ‘Man, this isn’t running back ... Continue reading

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Most memorable Josh Jackson moments of 2016-17 season

With Josh Jackson announcing [his inevitable decision to turn pro on Monday,][1] it seems like a good time to take a quick look back at the Detroit native’s short but oh-so-sweet Kansas career. In one year, Jackson cemented himself in KU history by sticking his name all ... Continue reading

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Dorance Armstrong and Daniel Wise could only have so much fun at KU spring game

Spring football games are not real football games. And no one understands that better than Kansas defensive stalwarts Dorance Armstrong Jr., and Daniel Wise. Saturday’s scrimmage at Memorial Stadium was about letting the fans get a peek at the 2017 Jayhawks, not giving away too many secrets ... Continue reading

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Derrick Neal finding home at nickel, his twin specializing in dimes

Nickel back, the football position in the secondary, not the widely mocked band, sometimes is filled by hybrid linebacker/safety, other times by a cornerback/safety hybrid. Tevin Shaw fell into the former category for Kansas the past couple of years. Looking to field a quicker unit, defensive coordinator ... Continue reading

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Jayhawks, coaches talk quarterback competition, spring game trash talk

After Team Jayhawks earned a 14-7 victory in the Kansas football team’s spring game Saturday at Memorial Stadium, quarterbacks Carter Stanley and Peyton Bender talked about their competition for the starting job. Bender completed 11 of his 15 passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns. Stanley was ... Continue reading

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Highlights from KU’s spring football game

Back on the field at Memorial Stadium for the final time before the upcoming fall season, the Kansas football team had plenty of highlights during its annual spring game on Saturday. In the highlights are a peek at quarterbacks Peyton Bender, Carter Stanley and Tyriek Starks, including ... Continue reading

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A KU fan’s viewing guide to the 2017 NBA Playoffs

Among the 16 former Kansas players active in the NBA during the 2016-17 regular season — henceforth known as the dawn of The Joel Embiid Era — only six get a crack at the spotlight known as The Playoffs. For those Jayhawks fans in search of a ... Continue reading

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Hosannas for Hasan Defense

Injuries and lack of experience have made cornerback the position with the least depth during Kansas’ spring football practice, which has made a productive spring from junior college transfer Hasan Defense all the more important. Defense, a 5-11, 180-pound sophomore from Jacksonville, Fla., spent one season at ... Continue reading

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K.J. Lawson issues apology for vulgar video clip toward former coach Tubby Smith

After a vulgar Snapchat video circulated through social media Thursday, incoming Kansas transfer K.J. Lawson issued an apology through Twitter. Lawson, a 6-foot-7 forward, [made disparaging comments][1] toward Memphis head coach Tubby Smith, his former coach, in a three-second clip. Lawson and his older brother, Dedric, announced ... Continue reading

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Say What? Smith talks KU spring game, QB competition on 810 WHB’s Between the Lines

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K.J. Lawson delivers harsh goodbye

Call it a parting shot or a bad way to make a first impression, either way a [snapchat video of newly acquired Kansas forward K.J. Lawson,][1] the former Memphis Tiger who, along with his brother, Dedric, committed to KU earlier this week, recently surfaced that showed Lawson ... Continue reading

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Miles Bridges news unlikely to have any impact on Josh Jackson’s decision

I get it. I really do. And I’m right there with you. Sort of. The idea of Kansas freshman Josh Jackson returning for his sophomore season is wonderful to think about. But it’s a total waste of time and, therefore, is hazardous to the health of Kansas ... Continue reading

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Easily head football coach David Beaty’s best Kansas spring

For the first time in David Beaty’s tenure as head football coach at Kansas, the spring exhibition will be played and scored like a game. That’s good news because it stands as evidence of greater depth in the program than during his first two springs. The next ... Continue reading

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Say What? Tait’s Wednesday appearance on 810 WHB’s Sports Night with Cody Tapp

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News, notes and updated Rivals.com rankings for the KU recruiting Class of 2017

While the Kansas basketball program’s 2017 recruiting class remains incomplete and a work in progress, the folks at Rivals.com have released their updated and final Rivals 150 rankings for the current class. The two future Jayhawks on the list who already have signed with Kansas both dropped ... Continue reading

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Stock Watch: Mykhailiuk on first-round bubble in ‘18 draft ahead of Wednesday’s announcement

In a move that didn’t surprise many people around the program, Kansas junior guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk announced Wednesday that he was testing the waters for the NBA Draft. What kind of feedback will the 6-foot-8, 205-pound guard from Cherkasy, Ukraine receive? That’s what he will find out ... Continue reading