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Kings GM Vlade Divac surprised Frank Mason available for 34th pick

At the beginning of the second round of Thursday’s NBA Draft, Sacramento Kings general manager Vlade Divac was fielding calls about potential trades for his team's next pick. Divac gave the offers some thought, but Frank Mason III was still available and he was a player that ... Continue reading

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Suns GM says Josh Jackson was the best player in the draft

During a press conference Thursday night, Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough admitted he would’ve slept much better in the past few weeks if his team landed a higher pick in the NBA Draft. But McDonough was relieved Thursday when the draft played out how he expected, ... Continue reading

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Jackson, Mason as motivated as any Jayhawks ever to make strong transition to NBA

“They will be sorry,” and “You won’t regret it.” Two very different sounding phrases uttered by former Kansas basketball stars who on Thursday night were drafted into the NBA, [Josh Jackson as the No. 4 overall pick][1] and [Frank Mason III as the fourth pick of the ... Continue reading

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Five steals from 2017 NBA draft

Five players who will prove they are better than the positions at which they were drafted: Josh Jackson, Kansas (fourth): He had a hand in dropping by not working out with the Celtics and there was a reason for that. He’s a perfect fit, the defensive dynamo ... Continue reading

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Former KU players, current Jayhawks congratulate Josh Jackson and Frank Mason on NBA Draft selections

When Josh Jackson was selected by the Phoenix Suns with the No. 4 overall pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday, he continued a long tradition of Kansas players being selected in the lottery — the eighth time in 11 years. There was still plenty of excitement ... Continue reading

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Stadium renovation proves Kansas a football school too

The big news about an impending $300 million renovation project for Memorial Stadium came with no details, but since it’s such a huge undertaking it’s easy to draw a few conclusions. First, naming rights are certain to go to the biggest donor or donors. Second, the renovation ... Continue reading

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It’s Draft Day in the NBA; everyone go wild!!!

Whether you prefer to follow Chad Ford, Jeff Goodman, DraftExpress.com or any number of other NBA writers who cover the league and have done their best to predict what will happen in tonight’s draft, there’s no question that, when it comes to the rumor-mill world of the ... Continue reading

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NBA draft eyes zero in on Celtics, Josh Jackson

Now that the Sixers moved into the No. 1 slot of the NBA draft and the Lakers reportedly traded their point guard, D’Angelo Russell, clearing the way to select a point guard (Lonzo Ball or De’Aaron Fox) with the No. 2 pick, all the intrigue shifts to ... Continue reading

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KU football strength coach Zac Woodfin a difference-maker at previous stops

With rising expectations for the Kansas football team, many eyes this summer will turn to Zac Woodfin, KU football's new director of strength and conditioning, who was hired in February. Last summer there was a lot of attention to the number of Jayhawks who were running faster ... Continue reading

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David Beaty on KU’s talent level from his first year to third year: ‘Night and Day’

It was no secret when David Beaty was named head football coach at Kansas that he was going to have a massive rebuilding process in front of him. After a winless first season, the Jayhawks took some steps forward with a 2-10 record, including a home win ... Continue reading

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New KU PG Charlie Moore making most of early opportunities as a Jayhawk

**11:31 a.m. Update:** According a late-morning Tweet from Luke Winn of SI.com, Moore did not make the first cut at this week's tryout in Colorado Springs. Despite falling short, which is absolutely nothing to be ashamed about given the talent and depth of those players vying for ... Continue reading

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Time for KU to kick bad-kicking reputation to curb

Kansas has had trouble blocking, passing and running in recent seasons. Consequently, the Jayhawks tend to have fewer drives into field-goal range than the the rest of the teams in the Big 12. Still, more than that has led to the Jayhawks consistently ranking last in the ... Continue reading

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Josh Jackson’s subtle statement at Lakers workout a perfect representation of his competitive grit

I love the month leading up to the NBA Draft, largely because of two things: 1. It gives us plenty of stories to track and follow during the dog days of summer. And 2. I enjoy keeping tabs on all draft rumors and trade talks that surfac ... Continue reading

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Tyshawn Taylor says heavy roster turnover can work at Kansas

In the summer of 2008, a long, athletic guard from Hoboken, N.J., arrived on KU’s campus ready to take on the world. His name was Tyshawn Taylor, he was on the heels of winning a prep national championship with St. Anthony’s after a 32-0 senior season and ... Continue reading

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Best guess: Josh Jackson goes to Lakers with second pick in draft

My only question regarding Josh Jackson’s since-deleted, late-night tweet seemingly aimed at projected No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz is why delete the tweet? It read: “lol anybody with the smallest bit of talent can look good and lose it’s not that hard”. It serves as a reminder ... Continue reading

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Frank Mason III reaches out to young fan in Sacramento with impromptu meeting

In town for a predraft visit with the Sacramento Kings this week, former Kansas point guard Frank Mason III made it a trip that a young fan will never forget. Once news spread that Mason was going to attend a workout with the Kings ahead of Thursday's ... Continue reading

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One NBA GM predicts Josh Jackson will be No. 1 pick

With less than a week until the NBA Draft, one team won’t be surprised if former Kansas standout Josh Jackson is selected with the No. 1 overall pick by the Boston Celtics. One NBA general manager, granted anonymity, [told ESPN’s draft analyst Chad Ford][1] that he believes ... Continue reading

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Mitch Lightfoot working on expanding body, shooting range

He moved from Kansas City to Tucson, Ariz., when he was 5, but he grew up in a household loyal to Kansas basketball, so wearing the jersey means a lot to sophomore forward Mitch Lightfoot. Given the makeup of the coming season’s roster, his presence means a ... Continue reading

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Josh Jackson addresses anger management class taken as part of diversion agreement

Leading up to next week’s NBA Draft, many have scrutinized the merits of Josh Jackson’s basketball skills and debated just how high those attributes should carry him up the big board of a loaded rookie class. The defense, passing and athleticism Jackson displayed during his one season ... Continue reading

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NBA scouts compare Josh Jackson to Grant Hill, Jimmy Butler

One week from the NBA Draft, most scouts and front office personnel have their minds made up about draft entrants. There’s still workouts underway, giving prospects a last-minute chance to solidify opinions or change minds, but NBA teams are beginning to set their draft boards. College basketball ... Continue reading

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