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Basketball Friends | Jalen Wilson Finding his Groove with Kansas

Kansas forward Jalen Wilson shoots in front of Oklahoma forward Tanner Groves, left, in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Kansas forward Jalen Wilson shoots in front of Oklahoma forward Tanner Groves, left, in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Another strong game from Kansas sophomore Jalen Wilson has the Jayhawks clicking, but there are still a couple of parts and pieces that need to come together for this team to reach its ceiling by March.

In our latest episode, Journal-World Sports Editor Matt Tait & 610 Sports co-host and producer Nick Schwerdt take a what's gone right for Wilson over the last couple of weeks that has turned him back into the player many people remember from a season ago.

Included in this episode:

• How Wilson's resurgence has affected Ochai Agbaji and Christian Braun

• What it means for Remy Martin

• Why Ochai's gut-it-out game vs. OU was so significant

• Christian Braun's personality

• And more...

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Basketball Friends | Why David McCormack is struggling to fit in with Kansas

Kansas forward David McCormack (33) gets a pass in the paint over UTEP Miners forward Alfred Hollins (15) during the first half on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021 at T-Mobile Center in Kansas City. Also pictured is UTEP Miners forward Bonke Maring (11).

Kansas forward David McCormack (33) gets a pass in the paint over UTEP Miners forward Alfred Hollins (15) during the first half on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021 at T-Mobile Center in Kansas City. Also pictured is UTEP Miners forward Bonke Maring (11). by Nick Krug

Two games into the 2022 Big 12 Conference schedule, the Kansas Jayhawks are 1-1 and still find themselves facing a major question in their front court. Mitch Lightfoot and David McCormack have now both started at the 5, and both players have had good moments and bad.

In our latest episode, Journal-World Sports Editor Matt Tait & 610 Sports co-host and producer Nick Schwerdt take a look at what's going on with KU senior David McCormack and what the Jayhawks need to get from him the rest of the way.

• Why is McCormack still struggling?

• What can he do to turn things around?

• Why McCormack must join his teammates in evolving into a new role.

• Does KU have other options at the 5?

• Check out all of that, and more, in our first Basketball Friends episode of 2022 below...

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Basketball Friends | Are Ochai & Braun turning into one of the best duos of the Bill Self era?

Kansas guard Christian Braun (2) goes in to the bucket during the second half against Missouri on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Christian Braun (2) goes in to the bucket during the second half against Missouri on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Fresh off of a near-40-point drubbing of bitter border rival Missouri, the Kansas Jayhawks appear to have hit their stride again as they close in on the final few games of their schedule before Big 12 play begins.

In our latest episode, Journal-World Sports Editor Matt Tait & 610 Sports co-host and producer Nick Schwerdt take a look at two of the team's top players and discuss:

• What has gotten into Christian Braun?

• Braun's ridiculous shooting numbers.

• Why Nick thinks Mitch Lightfoot was the MVP of the Missouri game.

• Where Braun and Ochai Agbaji rank in terms of recent Jayhawk duos

• And more...

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Basketball Friends | Greg Gurley expects to see new and improved Jalen Wilson

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji (30) gets a round of fist bumps after checking out of the game with 25 points on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji (30) gets a round of fist bumps after checking out of the game with 25 points on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

As the 2021-22 Kansas basketball team heads to Orlando to play three games in four days at the ESPN Events Invitational, radio color analyst and former KU guard Greg Gurley joined the show to break down what's ahead for this Kansas team.

In our latest episode, Gurley joins Journal-World Sports Editor Matt Tait & 610 Sports co-host and producer Nick Schwerdt to discuss:

• What the next step for red-hot KU guard Ochai Agbaji will be

• How will Jalen Wilson's return impact the rotation?

• What exactly will Jalen Wilson 2.0 look like?

• The strong start by KU's freshmen

• And more...

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Basketball Friends | What to make of Ochai Agbaji’s blistering start for Kansas basketball

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji (30) whips a pass to the wing through the Tarleton State defense during the first half on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji (30) whips a pass to the wing through the Tarleton State defense during the first half on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

Two games into the 2021-22 Kansas basketball season, senior guard Ochai Agbaji has put the conference, and college basketball in general, on notice that he's a different player than in the past.

In our latest episode with Journal-World Sports Editor Matt Tait & 610 Sports co-host and producer Nick Schwerdt, we take a deeper look at Agbaji's red-hot start.

In this episode we discuss:

• What has led to Agbaji's scoring success

• Should we have seen this coming?

• Is Agbaji's 27 points-per-game pace sustainable?

• What happens when Jalen Wilson returns from suspension?

• And more...

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The debut of Kansas senior Remy Martin and the Noticeability Index

Kansas guard Remy Martin (11) celebrates a bucket during the second half on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Remy Martin (11) celebrates a bucket during the second half on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

The Kansas men's basketball team is off and running with the 2021-22 season and the Jayhawks' lone exhibition game — an 86-60 win over Emporia State — delivered all kinds of things to discuss.

None of it was bigger than the KU debut of senior guard Remy Martin.

In our latest episode with Journal-World Sports Editor Matt Tait & 610 Sports co-host and producer Nick Schwerdt, we break down all things Remy Martin and look at what's next for him and the third-ranked Jayhawks.

In this episode we discuss:

• The Full Remy

• Nick's Noticeability Index and where Martin ranks on it

• The Self-Martin dynamic

• Remy Martin at Madison Square Garden

• And more...

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Basketball Friends | A KU hoops mailbag plus a look at who’s who and what to expect from this Kansas basketball team

The Kansas men's basketball team rushes to the court to celebrate with Kansas sophomore Libby Frost of Wakeeney, Kan., after Frost hit a three-pointer for $5K of head coach Bill Self's money to split with another contestant during Late Night in the Phog, Friday, Oct. 1, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse.

The Kansas men's basketball team rushes to the court to celebrate with Kansas sophomore Libby Frost of Wakeeney, Kan., after Frost hit a three-pointer for $5K of head coach Bill Self's money to split with another contestant during Late Night in the Phog, Friday, Oct. 1, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

After a little hiatus during the offseason, Basketball Friends is back for a second season of Kansas basketball content.

In our latest episode with Journal-World Sports Editor Matt Tait & 610 Sports co-host and producer Nick Schwerdt, we open up a fan mailbag and dive into some of the pressing questions surrounding the third-ranked Jayhawks and preseason favorites to win the Big 12 Conference.

In this episode we discuss:

• How important transfer guard Remy Martin will be to this team

• What's expected from KU's veterans and top returners

• What KU's depth in the front court looks like

• The likely starting lineup

• And more...

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Basketball Friends | With KU’s roster now complete, what are the big questions entering the season?

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji (30) gets under the bucket past Washburn guard Levi Braun (13) during the first half on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji (30) gets under the bucket past Washburn guard Levi Braun (13) during the first half on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

The recent announcements that Remy Martin and Ochai Agbaji are returning to college for the 2021-22 season filled out the KU roster and gives the Jayhawks an incredibly talent crew to run with.

In our latest episode of Basketball Friends with Journal-World Sports Editor Matt Tait & now-former "Rock Chalk Sports Talk" host Nick Schwerdt, who is starting a new job with 610 Sports in Kansas City next week, we take a look at what their additions means to the roster and the rotation.

In this episode we breakdown:

• Whether these Jayhawks worthy of the Top 2 or 3 preseason ranking they're sure to have

• How KU will answer the biggest questions that make all of this work

• What role will Remy and Ochai play as leaders

• And more...

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Basketball Friends | Projecting KU’s 2021-22 Lineup With and Without Ochai Agbaji

Kansas' Ochai Agbaji participates in the NBA Draft Combine at the Wintrust Arena Wednesday, June 23, 2021, in Chicago.

Kansas' Ochai Agbaji participates in the NBA Draft Combine at the Wintrust Arena Wednesday, June 23, 2021, in Chicago. by AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

The Kansas men's basketball program continues to wait out decisions from Ochai Agbaji, Jalen Wilson and Remy Martin, all of whom are seeking feedback on their NBA draft status before the July 7 deadline to return to school or stay in the draft.

In our latest episode of Basketball Friends with Journal-World Sports Editor Matt Tait & "Rock Chalk Sports Talk" host Nick Schwerdt we break down some of the uncertainty and decisions facing the players and the program as we close in on the end of June.

The NBA Draft is set for July 29 in New York.

In this episode we breakdown:

• What's new at the NBA combine

• What the Kansas lineup looks like in 2021-22 with & without Agbaji

• Nick's vertical, Matt's body fat percentage

• And more...

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Basketball Friends | Jalen Coleman-Lands

Iowa State guard Jalen Coleman-Lands drives up court during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa, Friday, Dec. 11, 2020, in Iowa City, Iowa.

Iowa State guard Jalen Coleman-Lands drives up court during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa, Friday, Dec. 11, 2020, in Iowa City, Iowa. by AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

The Kansas men's basketball program added plenty of firepower to its backcourt this offseason. From prep guards to transfers, this new group, young and old, figures to bring a different dimension and new styles to the Jayhawks' lineup in 2021-22.

In our latest episode of Basketball Friends with Journal-World Sports Editor Matt Tait & "Rock Chalk Sports Talk" host Nick Schwerdt we caught up with the one of the most recent guards to sign with Kansas, former Iowa State Cyclone Jalen Coleman-Lands.

Coleman-Lands comes to KU after one year at ISU and stops at DePaul and Illinois before that.

In this episode we breakdown:

• Coleman-Lands' biggest strengths

• What he thinks his role will be with the Jayhawks

• How he feels about being one of the oldest players in college basketball

• His entrepreneurial spirit

• And more...

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