The Kansas men's basketball team competed in a scrimmage with former players at Horejsi Family Athletics Center on Wednesday.
The Red team had little trouble blowing out the Blue team.
Sam Cunliffe 9, Udoka Azubuike 14, Dedric Lawson 10, Charlie Moore 26, K.J. Lawson 2, Devon Dotson 7, Mitch Lightfoot 6, Ochai Agbaji 2, Marcus Garrett 4.
Wayne Selden 6, Devonte’ Graham 8, Mario Chalmers 0, Travis Releford 4, Silvio De Sousa 10, Elijah Johnson 5, David McCormack 8, Chris Teahan 3.
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.
Kansas junior forward Dedric Lawson, a transfer from Memphis, isn't eligible to play during the upcoming 2017-18 season, but he has plenty of motivation to bring his best to practice each day.
Lawson is one of three KU transfers — along with his brother KJ Lawson and point guard Charlie Moore — who will sit out all of next year because of the NCAA transfer rule.
"You have to push the players that are playing this year," Lawson said Tuesday before the team conducted one of its practices in preparation for exhibition games in Italy. "That's what me, my brother and the other guys, like Charlie Moore, we've been doing. Just competing with them, making them guys get better every day. Just giving them a better look."
Last year, the 6-foot-9, 230-pound Lawson averaged 19.2 points and 9.9 rebounds during his sophomore season at Memphis.
Back on the court after a transfer season, Kansas redshirt sophomore Malik Newman was thrilled to return to action in a scrimmage against former KU players Wednesday afternoon.
Newman, who transferred from Mississippi State, scored 18 points in the scrimmage at Horejsi Center. With high expectations for the upcoming year, Newman was happy to showcase some of the skills he's been working on.
"I just feel wiser," Newman said afterward. "I'm more confident. I think I'm probably the most confident that I've ever been right now. I just feel like the guys that I have around me, they want me to succeed and I want them to succeed."
Newman is expected to headline KU's backcourt alongside senior Devonte Graham. Newman averaged 11.3 points during his freshman season at Mississippi State.
They might have only been drills and some five-on-five reps, but the 2017-18 Kansas basketball team made its first very unofficial appearance Tuesday at coach Bill Self’s annual camp.
Check out a few of the highlights provided by seniors Devonte’ Graham and Jack Whitman, juniors Lagerald Vick and Dedric Lawson, sophomores Udoka Azubuike, Malik Newman, Mitch Lightfoot, Sam Cunliffe, K.J. Lawson and Charlie Moore, and freshman Billy Preston.