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.
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.
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.
Returning to Lawrence after helping the Jayhawks advance to the Final Four with an Elite Eight victory against Duke, Kansas freshman forward Silvio De Sousa thanked all of the fans for their support since he arrived during the middle of the season.
"When I was in high school, I had friends and I kind of felt lonely sometimes, most of the time," De Sousa said. "But ever since I got to Kansas, I feel like I have my family here."
As a bonus to making the Final Four, De Sousa plans to see his parents for the first time in about a year when they watch him play in San Antonio, helped by an NCAA program that helps pay the expenses for players' families.
Omaha, Neb. — Udoka Azubuike has not been to San Antonio...
"I'm so excited," said the KU big man after a win over Duke. "It is nice this time of year."
Azubuike and the Jayhawks advanced to the Final Four with an overtime win over Duke. The Jayhawks held on in the extra period without Azubuike (five fouls), thanks in part to the play of freshman Silvio De Sousa.
"He stepped up big time," Azubuike said. "He did good."
WICHITA — Silvio De Sousa called KU's Friday practice "great."
"(KU big Udoka Azubuike) was going really hard today," De Sousa said. "From my point of view, I think he's ready to go."
De Sousa covered all sorts of topics in his Friday news conference, including his own experience going through his first year of college and what he thinks of Seton Hall.
Above is some of what he had to say.
WICHITA — Seton Hall's Sandro Mamukelashvili had a big prediction when asked what he expects the pre-game message to be against KU.
"We're going to dominate the game," he said. "We won't let them take control of the game."
The Jayhawks will face off against Seton Hall at 6:10 p.m. Saturday in Wichita.
Wichita — Kansas starting center Udoka Azubuike said Wednesday at Intrust Bank Arena he hopes to play in the Jayhawks’ NCAA Tournament opener versus Penn, or, if KU advances, Saturday against North Carolina State or Seton Hall.
In the meantime, the 7-foot sophomore, while rehabbing his injured left knee, has enjoyed watching freshman big Silvio De Sousa step into the spotlight in the postseason.
“I wasn’t able to play, so he knew he had to step up,” Azubuike said. “He had to step his game up if we were going to have a chance.”
KU coach Bill Self said Azubuike went through about four live reps at Wednesday morning’s practice, and said the center will be a game-time decision Thursday versus Penn.
According to Kansas senior point guard Devonte’ Graham, his teammates Malik Newman and Silvio De Sousa couldn’t have picked a better time than this weekend to experience breakthroughs.
Following the Jayhawks’ 81-70 victory over West Virginia in the Big 12 tournament championship game, during which Newman scored 20 points and De Sousa provided 16 points and 10 rebounds, Graham said they give the Jayhawks a new element just in time for the NCAA Tournament.
“Now on the scouting report it’s not just going to be me, Svi (Mykhailiuk) and Udoka (Azubuike),” Graham said of the preparation awaiting KU’s upcoming postseason opponents. “When you’ve got five guys out there that can be in attack mode it’s hard to guard that. It’s perfect timing and the perfect time for them to get hot.”