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Revisiting Preseason Predictions: Mitch Lightfoot

For the past couple of years, I've kick-started yet another season of KU basketball coverage with a series known as “He Will, He Won't, He Might,” which looks at each individual Jayhawk expected to be in the rotation and tosses out a prediction in each of those ... Continue reading

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Basketball recruiting back in full swing as KU turns attention to Class of 2019

Dallas, Texas, became the center of the recruiting universe this weekend, with major AAU events on the EYBL (Nike), Under Armour and Adidas circuits all taking place in and around the Dallas/Fort Worth area during the first live evaluation period of the spring, which opened Friday night. ... Continue reading

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David Beaty has no trouble identifying team’s most improved position

David Beaty has toned down his wild-eyed optimism this spring, a conscious move that has resulted in the compliments he does pay to certain aspects of his fourth team carry more credibility. Beaty singled out the cornerback position as the most improved on the team, which is ... Continue reading

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Breaking down KU center Udoka Azubuike’s chances in the NBA Draft

So now that we know that [Kansas center Udoka Azubuike is going to test the water][1] and find out where he stands with NBA scouts and executives, it's time to examine Azubuike's chances of making the jump. According to ESPN.com's Jonathan Givony, who runs ESPN's mock drafts ... Continue reading

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Masked Joel Embiid scores 23 in NBA Playoffs debut, vows to be ‘nightmare’ for Miami

It wouldn’t really feel like a true Joel Embiid milestone without some maddening injury putting it behind schedule. So, appropriately enough, the often-wounded, rarely-dispirited Philadelphia center made his NBA Playoffs debut three games into his team’s opening-round series Thursday night in Miami. Although the former Kansas star, ... Continue reading

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David Beaty identifies spring standouts on offense, special teams

During the first couple of weeks of spring football, Kansas coach David Beaty hesitated to heap too much praise on individual players for their performances. Though measured again in his tenor, the fourth-year KU coach found himself more willing to identify spring standouts earlier this week, having ... Continue reading

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Declaring for draft, attending combine, returning to school no-lose path for Udoka Azubuike

The beauty of the rule that allows college players to declare for the NBA draft without hiring an agent and then attend the NBA draft combine is that some of the best basketball mechanics in the world give them a free look under the hood and then ... Continue reading

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Is KU big man Udoka Azubuike nearing a decision?

It appears as if decision time may have arrived for Kansas center Udoka Azubuike. Sources told the Journal-World on Wednesday that the KU big man could announce his decision about testing the NBA draft waters or returning to KU for his junior season by the end of ... Continue reading

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Jayhawks competing on three PGA tours

Bookmark pgatour.com to follow former three University of Kansas golfers who are members of three different PGA tours. Gary Woodland scored his third career PGA Tour victory at the Pheonix Open on Super Bowl Sunday. After missing the cut at The Masters, Woodland is taking off a ... Continue reading

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Marcus Morris: Confrontation with Khris Middleton dates back to their college matchups

When Boston’s Marcus Morris and Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton started leaning into each other with a little more oomph while jockeying for position and barking back and forth even louder than normal during a playoff matchup Tuesday night it wasn’t because the two had grown sick of each ... Continue reading

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G League salary bump good news for KU’s current and future NBA draft hopefuls

Wednesday morning, SIG Sports announced on Twitter that it had signed on to represent KU senior Svi Mykhailiuk in the upcoming NBA Draft process. Mykhailiuk is one of four players from KU's 2017-18 Final Four roster who will be trying to make it in the NBA this ... Continue reading

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A peek inside KU football’s 9th spring practice

Tuesday afternoon’s Kansas football practice marked the ninth of the spring for the Jayhawks. The brief 15-minute window made open to media members provided at least a little bit of insight into some of the more minor details of the off-season work. Here are a few observations ... Continue reading

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Precious few college basketball coaches have won more than one NCAA tournament title

You likely have heard it uttered about Jim Boeheim, John Calipari, Tom Izzo or Bill Self, if not all four, at least once: "Yeah, but he's only won one national title." As if coaches who have won multiple titles are walking all over the place at the ... Continue reading

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Father of KU’s Lawson brothers talks Memphis return

File this away under the category: Worth Keeping an Eye On. Keelon Lawson, the father of Kansas transfers Dedric and K.J. Lawson appeared on Memphis' 92.9 ESPN Radio recently and told sports talk host John Martin that he would not rule out a return to Memphis by ... Continue reading

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Celtics need a productive Marcus Morris to make a lengthy playoff run

Under other circumstances Boston would not need much production out of Marcus Morris in order to advance in the NBA Playoffs. But injuries to the two best players on the roster, Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, mean it’s all hands on the parquet floor for the Celtics, ... Continue reading

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Kansas basketball signee makes major jump in updated Rivals rankings

The updated Rivals.com recruiting rankings for the Class of 2018 came out on Monday and one future Jayhawk made a monster jump. Unranked when he committed to Kansas earlier this year, three-star guard Ochai Agbaji, of Oak Park High in Kansas City, Mo., cracked the Top 150 ... Continue reading

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Ryan Willis, Jace Sternberger star in spring games

The Montell Cozart who played one season for Boise State was so superior to the quarterback who played parts of four seasons with Kansas that it became easy to draw a couple of conclusions. First, Cozart must have had better blockers and receivers surrounding him in his ... Continue reading

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Could KU freshman Silvio De Sousa’s situation become Billy Preston Part II?

When it comes to the concept of worst case scenarios, the thought is so subjective that it can mean different things to different people. In the world of sports, when you're talking worst case scenarios, you could be talking about outcomes, injuries, seasons and more. For the ... Continue reading

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How former Kansas standouts will factor into the 2018 NBA Playoffs

For six of the 15 former Kansas basketball players employed by NBA franchises, the conclusion of the regular season’s 82-game grind also meant the end of their hopes of competing for a title, at least for this year. But nine other Jayhawks, embarking on the 2018 playoffs ... Continue reading

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NBA expresses interest in Villanova’s Jay Wright, might Bill Self be next?

Shortly after the Boston Celtics hired as head coach Brad Stevens away from Butler in 2013, I had an informal discussion with someone who works in the NBA about what type of college coaches are best equipped to make the transition and whether Bill Self was among ... Continue reading

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