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Say What? Tait’s weekly appearance on Rock Chalk Sports Talk

*Recorded Tuesday, May 16, 2017* Continue reading

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Early NBA mock drafts have Josh Jackson going anywhere from third to fifth

Before taking a look at where the hot-take NBA mock drafts have Josh Jackson going, consider a brilliant idea proferred by Andrew Perloff in [a video on SI.com.][1] The NBA’s integrity took a huge hit with teams tanking left and right to improve their chances of moving ... Continue reading

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So what happens if Svi leaves Kansas?

Who would have thought a couple of weeks, or even a couple of days, ago that the Kansas men’s basketball program would be one decision away from having some flexibility? With [senior big man Dwight Coleby transferring out][1] and junior guard Svi Mykhailiuk now a week away ... Continue reading

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Why each NBA team with a top-5 pick would want to draft Josh Jackson

The Ping Pong balls have spoken, and a trio of the NBA’s classic franchises will decide between them which incoming rookies will occupy the top three picks in the 2017 draft. Thanks to The Association’s annual lottery on Tuesday, one-and-done Kansas star Josh Jackson, a projected top-three ... Continue reading

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Joel Embiid expects to be back playing basketball in 2-3 weeks

Philadelphia’s favorite 7-foot-2 Cameroonian is returning to the court soon. Even though the Sixers don’t have a game on their schedule for more than five months, any time Joel Embiid has good news on his basketball well being, it qualifies as a significant development for the potential ... Continue reading

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Kansas baseball team sits on NCAA tournament bubble

Nobody without an agenda disputes that the Big 12 is the top college baseball conference this season. At the moment, Kansas has an 11-10 record in conference play, good for a three-way tie for fourth place. So an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament is a given, ... Continue reading

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This time around, Williams hires Frederick

College athletics can be a funny place if you’re around them long enough. Take the latest situation at North Carolina for example, where the defending national champion Tar Heels have been looking for a replacement on the coaching staff of Roy Williams ever since C.B. McGrath left ... Continue reading

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Stock watch: Could Josh Jackson break into the top 2 picks of the draft?

If you’ve kept up with Josh Jackson’s NBA Draft stock over the course of his one-and-done season at Kansas, you know his name often appears following those of Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball on “best available prospect” lists and mock draft scenarios. Sometimes, Jackson even slips out ... Continue reading

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A look at how minutes might be distributed for 2017-18 Kansas basketball team

Dwight Coleby has one foot out the door, not officially gone but likely headed to another school to play his final season as a graduate transfer. That solves the mystery of how Kansas can get to 13 scholarships in the event that Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk withdraws his name ... Continue reading

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5-star point guard Trevon Duval commits to Duke

The long and drawn out recruitment of five-star point guard Trevon Duval ended Monday morning with a video and an announcement that surprised nobody. Duval, the No. 4-ranked player in the Class of 2017 and the top point guard in the country according to Rivals.com, confirmed his ... Continue reading

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Kansas football position units: No. 1, defensive ends

Kansas head football coach David Beaty talks in superlatives about recruits on signing day but once they arrive on campus, he tries to bite his tongue so as to keep complacency at bay. At least that’s how he approaches most players. Beaty knows Dorance Armstrong well enough ... Continue reading

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Say What? Tait’s weekly appearance on Rock Chalk Sports Talk

*Recorded Tuesday, May 9, 2017* Continue reading

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Ankle injury forces Mykhailiuk to withdraw from rest of NBA combine

One day after warming up and improving as the competition went on, Kansas junior Svi Mykhailiuk has withdrawn from the rest of the NBA combine because of an ankle injury he suffered Thursday. Mykhailiuk, the 6-7 wing who is one of 14 players at the 67-man combine ... Continue reading

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Ranking the 14 NBA teams Josh Jackson should (and shouldn’t) be rooting for on lottery night

Josh Jackson won’t know until late June exactly where he will go to begin his NBA career. But the one-and-done Kansas star should have a much better idea of his potential destinations within the week, following the 2017 draft lottery. Only a handful of organizations will have ... Continue reading

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Durant supports Josh Jackson, other top prospects skipping NBA combine

Josh Jackson received an invitation to the NBA combine, which is underway this week in Chicago, but declined to attend. It’s a move that most of the top prospects in each draft class follow, which allows players to schedule their own interviews, medical testing and workouts for ... Continue reading

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No cap and gown for KU’s Fish Smithson this weekend — Washington rookie camp calls

Over the past several months, as he trained for a future he hopes will include numerous seasons in the NFL, Fish Smithson looked forward to May 14. Like thousands of his University of Kansas classmates, Smithson couldn’t wait to finally walk down the hill at KU’s commencement ... Continue reading

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A look at Frank Mason III’s NBA Draft Combine competition at PG

Various factors compel the NBA Draft’s projected top picks to skip this week’s combine in Chicago or merely attend without competing in five-on-five scrimmages. While you and I would love to watch one-and-done Kansas star Josh Jackson, UCLA’s Lonzo Ball or Washington’s Markelle Fultz take on other ... Continue reading

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Kansas football position units: No. 2, outside receivers

Not all that long ago, in 2012 to be precise, back when Kansas ran a pre-historic offense under Charlie Weis, the Jayhawks went the entire season without a single touchdown catch from a wide receiver. In Weis’ second year on the job, no wide receiver caught more ... Continue reading

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Anonymous poll of NBA executives pegs return to school as best move for Svi, others

ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman on Wednesday identified [the 14 college players attending this year’s pre-draft combine who have not hired an agent and then anonymously polled][1] “multiple” NBA executives and asked them whether each player should stay in the draft or return to school for the 2017-18 season. ... Continue reading

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Perry Ellis and Cliff Alexander work out for NBA personnel at D-League Elite Mini Camp

Frank Mason III and Svi Mykhailiuk weren’t the only former Kansas players [hoping to impress NBA decision-makers][1] in Chicago this week. Although their draft days came and went without the results for which they hoped, former KU forwards Perry Ellis and Cliff Alexander continued pursuing their professional ... Continue reading