Travis Releford, a former Kansas basketball player, speaks to the media after the scrimmage at the University of Kansas basketball camp.
Releford discusses the 2018-19 Jayhawks, and some of their strengths and weaknesses at this point.
Releford is back in the area for the off-season. He plays overseas professionally.
Check out highlights from the Red team's victory over the Blue team during a basketball scrimmage at the University of Kansas basketball camp on Tuesday.
Mitch Lightfoot led all scorers with 22 points during the show put on for youth campers.
Silvio De Sousa scored 17 for Red.
The Blue team lost to its Red team counterparts Tuesday afternoon during a scrimmage at the University of Kansas basketball camp.
Still, Dedric Lawson, David McCormack, Marcus Garrett, Ochai Agbaji, E.J. Elliott and Chris Teahan kept things close in an 81-74 defeat.
Scoring both inside the paint and from out on the perimeter, Lawson, a junior transfer from Memphis, led the Blue team with 20 points.
A freshman big, McCormack was right behind Lawson in the scoring column, adding 18 points, a few coming via monstrous follow jams on the offensive glass.
Here are the Blue team’s complete highlights from the first-to-80-wins scrimmage.
Following a scrimmage Tuesday afternoon at the University of Kansas basketball camp, freshman big man David McCormack praised the Jayhawks’ frontcourt depth.
Even though returning starting center Udoka Azubuike sat out the first-to-80 pick-up game due to illness, campers watching inside Horejsi Family Athletics Center got to see the 6-foot-10 McCormack, as well as Dedric Lawson, Silvio De Sousa and Mitch Lightfoot.
“We’re all skilled. We’re all powerful,” McCormack said. “We all know how to play the game and we play to our strengths.”
So just how good could KU’s group of bigs be in the upcoming 2018-19 season?
“I feel like we have the best frontcourt in the nation,” McCormack said.
Kansas basketball big men Dedric Lawson, Silvio De Sousa and David McCormack show off their footwork and finishing ability in front of campers Monday afternoon during KU basketball camp.
Lawson, a 6-foot-9 junior, sat out the 2017-18 season after transferring from Memphis.
De Sousa, a 6-9 sophomore, appeared in 20 games this past season, after arriving mid-season as an early high school graduate.
A 6-10 freshman, McCormack, a McDonald’s All-American, just arrived in Lawrence a few days ago.
Bright and early Wednesday morning — as early as 5 a.m. on the West Coast — The Commission on College Basketball met in Indianapolis to unveil its recommended fixes for the ailing sport that is college basketball.
Included among them were ways to address the one-and-done issue, agents, involvement from apparel companies, AAU basketball and both stronger penalties and stronger reinforcement of such penalties for those who violate NCAA rules.
In a 25-minute presentation, commission spokesperson Condoleeza Rice shared in great detail the findings the group of 12 people, 9 men and 3 women, came up with during the past six months, after extensive talks, discussions and investigation into what exactly the issues are that have compromised college basketball.
For those who desire to dive even deeper, take a look at the full, 52-page report of their recommendations.
And stay tuned to KUsports.com throughout the day for more reaction and analysis of today's presentation.
Kansas football coach David Beaty met with the media Wednesday and discussed the competition for starting quarterback, offensive lineman Hakeem Adeniji recovering from surgeries and Joe Dineen's legacy heading into his redshirt senior season.
Steven Sims has already started to notice a change when it comes to the KU quarterbacks.
"Once Miles (Kendrick) came in those guys (Peyton Bender, Carter Stanley), they've taken on the competition, they've taken it head on," Sims said.
Sure enough, the quarterbacks aren't the only ones hoping to show improvement.
Sims, who will be returning for his senior season, said his personal goals include putting on some weight to be able to endure more hits.
A team goal, however?
"We're tired of losing," Sims said. "So everybody's coming to work competitive."
After incumbent starting center Mesa Ribordy had to retire from football, the KU football team sought out a full-time replacement to slide in.
Through a handful of Spring practices, Andru Tovi appears to be in line for the position.
"I didn't know, like, you have to be so vocal," Tovi said. "(The coaches) talked to me about the position. And I told (them) that I was open to playing any position to help out the team."
Carter Stanley is no stranger to quarterback controversies.
In his last two seasons, Stanley has split time at the helm of the KU offense with players like Montell Cozart, Ryan Willis and Peyton Bender. Now, entering Stanley's redshirt-junior season, it seems to be down to three players to earn the starting job: Stanley, Bender and JUCO transfer Miles Kendrick.
“Yeah it’s been good,” Stanley said of the competition. “I think every day we come to work with a good mindset knowing that really it’s anyone’s job to win and whoever is going to do what the coaches tell ‘em and execute is going to get the job.”
One position that has already changed hands, though, is the spot of KU football quarterbacks coach. KU coach David Beaty announced the change on Thursday, a move Stanley said he was a fan of.
“Yeah, he’s great,” Stanley said of offensive coordinator and new QB coach Doug Meacham. “I like it a lot.”