The Blue squad came up just short of a victory at the 2017 Rock Chalk Roundball Classic, but the former Kansas basketball players who returned to Lawrence to raise money for families impacted by cancer provided plenty of highlights for the fans who packed Free State High.
Check out some of the dunks, 3-pointers and baskets scored by Ben McLemore, Jeff Withey, Tyshawn Taylor, Tyrel Reed, Perry Ellis and other members of the Blue team in a 104-101 loss to the Crimson squad.
Rock Chalk Roundball Classic scoring:
CRIMSON (104): Mario Chalmers 22, Wayne Selden 16, Cole Aldrich 15, Mario Little 4, Drew Gooden 2, Sherron Collins 18, Elijah Johnson 10, Billy Thomas 6, Brady Morningstar 4, Nick Bradford 2, Guest Jayhawk 5.
BLUE (101): Ben McLemore 32, Tyshawn Taylor 20, Perry Ellis 11, Jeff Withey 12, Tyrel Reed 7, Tyler Self 3, Christian Garrett 4, Darnell Jackson 2, Kenny Gregory 2, Jeff Graves 2, Jeremy Case 6.
Several former Kansas basketball players returned for a first-to-80 scrimmage against current Kansas players in front of Bill Self campers Wednesday afternoon at Horejsi Center.
In a blast from the past, watch some of the highlights from Sherron Collins, Keith Langford, Tyshawn Taylor, Ben McLemore, Mario Chalmers, Perry Ellis and others.
The current Jayhawks squad won the scrimmage, 82-75.
Kansas disposed of Maryland in a South regional semifinal Thursday night in Kentucky, Louisville, to move on to the Elite Eight.
KUsports.com’s Tom Keegan and Matt Tait recap the Jayhawks’ 79-63 victory over the fifth-seeded Terrapins and discuss how KU (33-4) did enough in the first half to get by before playing at another level in the second half.
Between Perry Ellis’ 27-point performance, Wayne Selden Jr.’s assertiveness all over the court and Landen Lucas’ work in the paint, the Jayhawks have plenty of reasons to feel good moving into a regional final, where they’ll have a chance — against Villanova on Saturday — to get the program back to the Final Four for the first time since 2012.
— See what people were saying about the Sweet 16 matchup between KU and Maryland during KUsports.com's live coverage
More news and notes from KU’s Sweet 16 victory over Maryland
- One step closer: Ellis’ career night leads KU into Elite Eight
- Keegan: Lucas uses brain and brawn inside
- Turgeon: We lost to nation’s best team
- Miles misses playing days
- Notebook: Haase possible candidate for Stanford vacancy
- Sweet victory: Jayhawks beat Maryland to stay alive
- Keegan Ratings: Ellis continues hot streak in NCAA Tournament
Kansas senior forward Perry Ellis says the Jayhawks’ experience kicked in after a slow offensive start to the second half against UConn Saturday night.
The victory got KU back to the Sweet 16 for the first time since Ellis’ freshman season.
— See what people were saying about Kansas vs. UConn during KUsports.com's live coverage
More news and notes from KU’s win over UConn
- On to the next round: Jayhawks show swag in tourney win over UConn
- Keegan: Lucas and Traylor closing the lane on defense
- Husky wants best for Jayhawk pal Selden
- Self likes Jayhawks’ feisty attitude
- Notebook: Ellis fine after bumping knee
- Moving on: Jayhawks get back to Sweet 16 with win over UConn
- Keegan Ratings: Selden wows as Kansas moves on in NCAAs
During the Kansas basketball team’s 12th consecutive Big 12 championship season, the Jayhawks produced plenty of highlights.
Here are KU’s top 12 dunks from Big 12 play, featuring Wayne Selden Jr., Landen Lucas, Perry Ellis and Jamari Traylor — with a little help from their teammates.
Watch the Senior Day speeches from Kansas basketball seniors Evan Manning, Hunter Mickelson, Jamari Traylor and Perry Ellis in their entirety.
— See what people were saying about KU’s Senior Day vs. Iowa State during KUsports.com’s live coverage.
More news and notes from KU’s regular-season finale vs. Iowa State
- Old-timer: Senior Ellis leads KU in fieldhouse finale
- Tait: Mason shows defensive pride KU needs
- Niang glad KU-ISU rivalry heated up in his time as Cyclone
- Traylor’s Senior Day speech brings Self to tears
- Seniors grateful for experiences at Kansas
- Notebook: Seniors worn out after win, emotional day
- Jayhawks come through in crunch time on Senior Day
- Watch all four KU Senior Day speeches
- Ratings: Ellis on top again after memorable day
Kansas senior forward Perry Ellis says he never really considered playing anywhere but KU and recalls his first high school basketball game, which Bill Self attended.
Ellis, who currently ranks 12th in KU history in points scored (1,645) and 13th in rebounding (792), says he takes a lot of pride in being a consistent presence for the team.
The past three games, Kansas senior forward Perry Ellis has been nearly unstoppable offensively, converting on 26 of his 34 field-goal attempts. Ellis says he has found a nice balance between asserting himself and being patient with the ball in his hands.
Ellis also gets into his improved perimeter shooting this season — the senior enters Saturday’s rematch with Oklahoma having made 19 of 40 from 3-point range. In the offseason, Ellis explains, KU coach Bill Self advised him to practice NBA-distance 3-pointers.
“It helped just stretch my range,” Ellis says. “… At first it wasn’t real comfortable shooting those shots, you know. Then gradually it started getting better and better, and it worked out.”
The senior also recalls the great practice KU had prior to the first OU game and talks about what the Jayhawks expect out of the rematch.
Check out the highlights from the Jayhawks’ home victory over West Virginia on Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
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More news and notes from KU’s home win over West Virginia
- Program guy: Veteran Landen Lucas helps KU topple WVU
- Tom Keegan: Brannen Greene escapes doghouse at perfect time
- Bob Huggins not surprised by Landen Lucas’ performance
- Perry Ellis both consistent and efficient in scoring department
- Notebook: Frank Mason III’s toughness shows up vs. WVU
- Campaign aims to digitalize Phog Allen documents
- Jayhawks beat WVU, setting up three-way tie for first in Big 12
- Keegan Ratings: Lucas out-pounds Mountaineers on the glass
Watch some of the highlights from the Jayhawks’ 75-56 road win at TCU, which featured plenty of easy buckets inside for Kansas senior Perry Ellis.
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More news and notes from Kansas at TCU
- One for the road: Jayhawks end visiting skid, roll at TCU
- Tom Keegan: Perry Ellis cordial, yet lethal, visitor
- Jamari Traylor answers Bill Self’s call for more energy
- Notebook: Jayhawks not overly concerned with results away from fieldhouse
- Not a good look: Horned Frogs’ Big 12 woes continue vs. KU
- Junior prep guard Trae Young looking at Kansas
- Jayhawks get out of road slump at TCU
- Keegan Ratings: Perry Ellis carries Kansas