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Kansas Basketball Record Watch 2018-19: Quentin Grimes

Kansas commit Quentin Grimes (4) in action during the Jordan Brand Classic high school basketball game, Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Brooklyn, N.Y. Grimes' team won the game.

Kansas commit Quentin Grimes (4) in action during the Jordan Brand Classic high school basketball game, Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Brooklyn, N.Y. Grimes' team won the game.

A couple of months ago, when KU junior Udoka Azubuike announced he would return for his junior season at Kansas instead of trying to make it in the NBA, the first thing that popped into my head was where Azubuike stood in KU’s record books in a few key areas.

Granted, because he missed all but 11 games of his freshman season and also missed time during his sophomore season, Azubuike has not exactly played the kind of games or logged the amount of minutes to make a real push for any of KU’s biggest records.

But surely there are some that, after a monster junior season, could be a factor for Azubuike, right?

And if that’s the case, couldn’t that be true for just about every scholarship player on KU’s roster?

I mean, we all can agree that Quentin Grimes isn’t going to finish his first year at Kansas — and possibly his only year here — as the school’s all-time leading scorer, but could he make a push for KU’s freshman scoring record?

Last year’s KU media guide featured 19 full pages of school records. So over the next several days, we’re going to take a look at (a) what records some of these guys might be closing in on, if any, and (b) which record(s) each KU player could realistically make a run at during the 2018-19 season.

Some of it might be a stretch. But, hey, it’s August, and even if some of what you’ll read in the next few days isn’t likely, it’s still kind of fun to think about the best case scenarios in a sort of what-if mentality.

Next up: Quentin Grimes

It’s pretty tough sledding for a KU freshman to make a name for himself in the Kansas record books.

Think about it. Names like Wilt Chamberlain, Danny Manning, Josh Jackson, Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid and others sit at the top of most freshman records, with marks that, in many instances, seem absolutely unbreakable.

Whether they are or not is always good fodder for debate, and if any of them are ever broken, those likely would come out of nowhere. It’s hard to predict a KU sophomore ripping down more than the 31 rebounds Chamberlain grabbed on Dec. 7, 1957 against Northwestern.

With that in mind, let’s turn our attention to Mr. Grimes, a highly touted, do-everything guard who has the size and skill to score inside and out and figures to be on the floor a lot for the Jayhawks this year.

It’s hard to imagine Grimes or anyone else on this deep and loaded KU roster averaging more than 20 points per game for the season, but is it that hard to envision Grimes coming out of the gate with a bang?

OK, the fact that the Jayhawks open the season against Michigan State makes it a little tougher to picture, but, hey, when you’re hot you’re hot and I don’t think it’s a huge stretch to picture Grimes ending KU’s season opener on Nov. 6 in Indianapolis with the KU record for most points in a freshman debut.

Xavier Henry, with 27 against Hofstra in 2009, currently owns the record, so Grimes would have to grab 28 in KU’s opener to replace him in the KU record book.

Here’s how that might look:

8 of 9 from the free throw line = 8 points 4 of 5 from 3-point range = 12 points
4 of 7 from 2-point range = 8 points

Is it really that crazy to think that Grimes could connect on 8 of 12 shots while also getting to the free throw line eight or nine times?

Not to me.

And I think the smart money is on Grimes doing something in the form of a single-game record than a season-long record just because of how stacked that career list of freshman at Kansas already is.

• Kansas Basketball Record Watch 2018-19 •

- Senior guard Lagerald Vick

- Junior center Udoka Azubuike

- Junior forward Mitch Lightfoot

- Junior forward Dedric Lawson

- Sophomore guard Charlie Moore

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

In my latest appearance on Rock Chalk Sports Talk with Nick Schwerdt, Schwerdt kicked things off by asking if I thought that the 2018-19 Kansas basketball team could set a new mark in the amazing streak of 14 Big 12 Conference titles in a row.

Not by pushing that mark to 15, which nearly every college basketball fan in America believes will happen sometime early next year, but by winning the conference by more games than any other Bill Self team in the past.

It was a doozy of a question, one I was not fully prepared to dive into. But that's what makes Schwerdt so good at his job. He brings interesting topics week in and week out — day in and day out in his case — and always makes you think and look at things beyond face value.

There have been some awfully good Kansas teams that have won the conference by fewer than three or four games. And some not-so-strong KU teams that shocked a bunch of people and won the conference with ease.

Either way, the topic was terrific for some August basketball chatter and it made me think about this 2018-19 team and season in a way that I had not yet gotten around to.

For my thoughts and Schwerdt's reaction to that and a couple of other topics that came up during the course of our latest conversation, give this week's segment a listen below.

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Kansas Basketball Record Watch 2018-19: Charlie Moore

Blue Team guard Charlie Moore  brings the ball up the court during a scrimmage on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center.

Blue Team guard Charlie Moore brings the ball up the court during a scrimmage on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center. by Nick Krug

A couple of months ago, when KU junior Udoka Azubuike announced he would return for his junior season at Kansas instead of trying to make it in the NBA, the first thing that popped into my head was where Azubuike stood in KU’s record books in a few key areas.

Granted, because he missed all but 11 games of his freshman season and also missed time during his sophomore season, Azubuike has not exactly played the kind of games or logged the amount of minutes to make a real push for any of KU’s biggest records.

But surely there are some that, after a monster junior season, could be a factor for Azubuike, right?

And if that’s the case, couldn’t that be true for just about every scholarship player on KU’s roster?

I mean, we all can agree that Quentin Grimes isn’t going to finish his first year at Kansas — and possibly his only year here — as the school’s all-time leading scorer, but could he make a push for KU’s freshman scoring record?

Last year’s KU media guide featured 19 full pages of school records. So over the next several days, we’re going to take a look at (a) what records some of these guys might be closing in on, if any, and (b) which record(s) each KU player could realistically make a run at during the 2018-19 season.

Some of it might be a stretch. But, hey, it’s August, and even if some of what you’ll read in the next few days isn’t likely, it’s still kind of fun to think about the best case scenarios in a sort of what-if mentality.

Next up: Charlie Moore

We’re starting to reach the point of having to stretch a little for some of these “records” — unless you think I’ve already gone down that path — and it’s time to start looking at accomplishments that merely show up in KU’s record book instead of predicting season or career records for the rest of KU’s players.

That takes us to the defensive end of the floor for sophomore transfer Charlie Moore, who will open the semester next week competing with freshman Devon Dotson for a starting job.

I can’t see Moore cracking any of the major KU records for steals — most steals in a season, most steals in a game, etc. — but it would not surprise me at all if Moore winds up as the 2019 entry under the section in the record book that reads “Year-By-Year Leaders.”

Devonte’ Graham, who dotted his name all over the KU record book during the past couple of seasons, was the 2018 entry, with 62, and Josh Jackson (59) and Graham again (55) were the leaders in 2017 and 2016.

Before that it was Frank Mason III in 2015 (50), Andrew Wiggins in 2014 (41) and Travis Releford in 2013 (47).

Regardless of whether he starts or even how much he plays, I think Moore can get to those types of numbers during the 2018-19 season.

Here’s why.

During the 2015-16 season at Cal, Moore started 34 games, played nearly 30 minutes a game (28.8 mpg) and had an important role in running the team, scoring and leading the Golden Bears’ defense.

And Moore has improved a heck of a lot since then.

Not only is he bigger and stronger, but he also is more experienced as a student of the game and learned a lot from some talented and experienced Jayhawks who were out there in the battles while he sat out during his transfer season.

Moore recorded 34 steals during his lone season with the Cal program and that was as a true freshman while he was still figuring out how to adjust to the college game and play it at a high level.

The advancements in his game surely will help him defensively this season and his lightning-fast hands — they might be the quickest on the team — figure to give him a chance to lead this year’s Jayhawks in steals.

Add to that the fact that KU’s depth in the backcourt will give head coach Bill Self the opportunity to sub as often as he likes and you’re looking at a group of guards who figure to play with a heightened sense of urgency when they are on the floor.

The easiest way to stay there while playing for Self? Play terrific defense.

Moore has the ability to do that. And if his teammates join him, that could mean even more steals for Moore, who will have the luxury of pressuring and hounding his man as high on the court as he wants knowing that neither fatigue nor a thin front court will be issues for this Kansas team.

Moore’s KU teammates Lagerald Vick (34 steals last year) and Marcus Garrett (35) figure to be the Cal transfer’s stiffest competition in the steals department this season and it’s not crazy to think that all three players could top 40, maybe even 50, steals during the 2018-19 season.

If they do, that’s a great sign for the Kansas defense and yet another horrible sign for the rest of the Big 12 Conference.

• Kansas Basketball Record Watch 2018-19 •

- Senior guard Lagerald Vick

- Junior center Udoka Azubuike

- Junior forward Mitch Lightfoot

- Junior forward Dedric Lawson

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KU freshman David McCormack nearly averaging a double-double in overseas contests

Blue Team center David McCormack pulls back to dunk during a scrimmage on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at the Horejsi Athletic Center. In back is Red Team forward Mitch Lightfoot.

Blue Team center David McCormack pulls back to dunk during a scrimmage on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at the Horejsi Athletic Center. In back is Red Team forward Mitch Lightfoot. by Nick Krug

Kansas forward David McCormack is enjoying a strong showing during his overseas exhibition tour with Global Sports Academy in Belgium.

In five games this week — all victories — McCormack has posted averages of 11 points and 9 rebounds per game, three times reaching double figures in scoring and recording a double-double of 10 points and 15 rebounds in the team’s 92-60 debut victory over the Antwerp Giants last Sunday.

McCormack, the 6-foot-10, 265-pound freshman from Oak Hill Academy, followed up his overseas debut with a 12-point, 8-rebound effort in a 13-point Game 2 victory over Team Solingen and combined for 18 points and 13 rebounds in Games 3 and 4, a 91-84 victory over Team Sijsele on Monday and a 91-81 victory over Team Almere on Tuesday.

In the team’s latest victory, a 114-71 win on Wednesday, McCormack was one of nine players to reach double figures.

Global Sports Academy coach Kerry Keating, formerly the head coach at Santa Clara and the son of current KU administrator Larry Keating has provided some feedback and a few updates on Twitter following each game.

“Lot of fun with this crew this week, and also found out some of the offensive sets work,” Keating wrote with enthusiasm on social media. “Guys have been very coachable and made the (after timeout situations) fun to give them something simple and challenge their execution. They have been very good in that and bodes well for their teams when they return to school next week.”

McCormack and Global Sports Academy will look to improve to 6-0 today, with an exhibition finale in Bruges, and will return to the United States later this week. He is expected to report to KU’s campus on time for the start of the fall semester and preseason workouts next week.

McCormack is one of two current Jayhawks who spent time overseas this summer, joining Charlie Moore, who two weeks ago played four games in Italy under Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown with the USA East Coast squad.

Moore’s team finished 4-0 and the KU guard played roughly 15 minutes per game while coming off the bench as the team’s secondary point guard. Moore was among the team’s assist leaders.

Global Sports Academy was founded in 1991, with its goal being to create and arrange athletic competition between equally matched teams at all levels internationally.

Promoting goodwill and a better understanding between nations through sports is the organization’s main point of emphasis.

Here’s a quick look at Keating’s thoughts from what clearly has been a good experience for the KU freshman thus far.

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Here's a video of McCormack (No. 33 in white) in live game action.

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Former KU guard Sam Cunliffe headed to Evansville

Kansas guard Sam Cunliffe (3) elevates into Iowa State forward Hans Brase (30) on a charge during the first half, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Sam Cunliffe (3) elevates into Iowa State forward Hans Brase (30) on a charge during the first half, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

In the end, the right fit won out over the chance to finish his career closer to his hometown of Seattle.

Either way, former Kansas guard Sam Cunliffe on Tuesday announced via Twitter that he was headed to Evansville, where he will sit out the 2018-19 season and have two years of eligibility remaining following his redshirt season.

“Thank you Jesus for this opportunity,” Cunliffe Tweeted above a photoshopped image of his back in an Evansville jersey with the Purple Aces’ logo at the top of the image as the centerpiece in the phrase, “Be A Legend.”

Cunliffe, who visited Xavier over the weekend and also considered Grand Canyon, Pepperdine, Washington, Fresno State, Minnesota and others, told the Journal-World over the weekend that “this Evansville thing is a lot better than some might think.”

Led by former Kentucky great Walter McCarty, who enjoyed a 10-year NBA career — most of it coming with the Boston Celtics — Evansville is coming off of a 17-15 season that ended with a loss to Northern Iowa in the opening round of the Missouri Valley Conference postseason tournament.

Cunliffe’s addition gives the Purple Aces a full roster of 13 scholarship players and the former Top 40 prep prospect who transferred to Kansas from Arizona State will be joined at Evansville by fellow transfer Artur Labinowicz, a 6-foot-4 guard who played the past two seasons at Coastal Carolina and will join Cunliffe in sitting out during the upcoming season.

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Kansas Basketball Record Watch 2018-19: Dedric Lawson

Dedric Lawson puts up a shot during a scrimmage on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center.

Dedric Lawson puts up a shot during a scrimmage on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center. by Nick Krug

A couple of months ago, when KU junior Udoka Azubuike announced he would return for his junior season at Kansas instead of trying to make it in the NBA, the first thing that popped into my head was where Azubuike stood in KU’s record books in a few key areas.

Granted, because he missed all but 11 games of his freshman season and also missed time during his sophomore season, Azubuike has not exactly played the kind of games or logged the amount of minutes to make a real push for any of KU’s biggest records.

But surely there are some that, after a monster junior season, could be a factor for Azubuike, right?

And if that’s the case, couldn’t that be true for just about every scholarship player on KU’s roster?

I mean, we all can agree that Quentin Grimes isn’t going to finish his first year at Kansas — and possibly his only year here — as the school’s all-time leading scorer, but could he make a push for KU’s freshman scoring record?

Last year’s KU media guide featured 19 full pages of school records. So over the next several days, we’re going to take a look at (a) what records some of these guys might be closing in on, if any, and (b) which record(s) each KU player could realistically make a run at during the 2018-19 season.

Some of it might be a stretch. But, hey, it’s August, and even if some of what you’ll read in the next few days isn’t likely, it’s still kind of fun to think about the best case scenarios in a sort of what-if mentality.

Next up: Dedric Lawson

The hopes and expectations are high for the Memphis transfer who many believe could be KU’s best player and leading scorer during the 2018-19 campaign.

And why wouldn’t they be?

With Lawson’s good size, natural scoring ability, skills near the basket and on the perimeter and terrific vision and feel on the offensive end, the possibilities for his season and contributions are endless.

After averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds during his second season at Memphis before transferring to KU, Lawson proved that he can put up big numbers at the Div. I level. And he’s only grown as a player and improved his game since then.

Add to that the fact that KU coach Bill Self has said that Lawson might be this team’s best passer on top of all of those other skills and you’re looking at a guy who could very well record just the third official triple-double in KU history at some point during the upcoming season.

I realize that recording a triple-double isn’t exactly the same as setting a record. But at a place like KU, where it has only happened twice, it’s pretty much the same thing.

Cole Alrdich, with 13 points, 20 rebounds and 10 blocks in the 2009 NCAA Tournament, recorded KU’s first official triple-double. And Jeff Withey, with 16 points, 12 rebounds and 12 blocks during a regular season game at Allen Fieldhouse in 2012, snagged the second.

The KU media guide shows that Wilt Chamberlain had a couple of his own but they came before blocks were recognized as an official statistic. On top of that, both Frank Mason III and Devonte’ Graham found themselves in triple-double watches during the past couple of seasons, but neither player quite got there.

Lawson can and I think he will, with the points and rebounds coming as a result of what he does and double-digit assists coming off of easy lobs and drop-offs to Udoka Azubuike and kick-outs to KU’s guards on the perimeter.

Let’s say 15 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists.

It might not be a record that Lawson owns alone, but it’ll wind up in the record book and that’s good enough for me.

• Kansas Basketball Record Watch 2018-19 •

- Senior guard Lagerald Vick

- Junior center Udoka Azubuike

- Junior forward Mitch Lightfoot

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Kansas Basketball Record Watch 2018-19: Mitch Lightfoot

Kansas forward Mitch Lightfoot (44) blocks a shot from TCU forward Vladimir Brodziansky (10) during the second half, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 at Schollmaier Arena. At right is Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10).

Kansas forward Mitch Lightfoot (44) blocks a shot from TCU forward Vladimir Brodziansky (10) during the second half, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 at Schollmaier Arena. At right is Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10). by Nick Krug

A couple of months ago, when KU junior Udoka Azubuike announced he would return for his junior season at Kansas instead of trying to make it in the NBA, the first thing that popped into my head was where Azubuike stood in KU’s record books in a few key areas.

Granted, because he missed all but 11 games of his freshman season and also missed time during his sophomore season, Azubuike has not exactly played the kind of games or logged the amount of minutes to make a real push for any of KU’s biggest records.

But surely there are some that, after a monster junior season, could be a factor for Azubuike, right?

And if that’s the case, couldn’t that be true for just about every scholarship player on KU’s roster?

I mean, we all can agree that Quentin Grimes isn’t going to finish his first year at Kansas — and possibly his only year here — as the school’s all-time leading scorer, but could he make a push for KU’s freshman scoring record?

Last year’s KU media guide featured 19 full pages of school records. So over the next several days, we’re going to take a look at (a) what records some of these guys might be closing in on, if any, and (b) which record(s) each KU player could realistically make a run at during the 2018-19 season.

Some of it might be a stretch. But, hey, it’s August, and even if some of what you’ll read in the next few days isn’t likely, it’s still kind of fun to think about the best case scenarios in a sort of what-if mentality.

Next up: Mitch Lightfoot

Let’s be honest, because of his status as a reserve big man and his potential to redshirt the 2018-19 season to begin with, there aren’t a lot of records out there for Lightfoot to go after.

Despite having played in 64 career games during his first two seasons as a Jayhawk — including seven starts a year ago — Lightfoot has not had enough of a role, consistently, to amass a bunch of significant stats that put him on pace for any career records.

Add to that the fact that his minutes, should he get some this season, figure to be limited because of the depth and talent of KU’s front line and it’s hard to envision Lightfoot achieving any single season or even single game records in the immediate future.

But there is one out there — though a long shot it may be — that Lightfoot could go after if he encounters one of those nights where everything clicks and he finds himself in the right place at the right time — all the time — with the ability to deliver at his finger tips.

If there’s one thing Lightfoot has shown with pretty impressive consistency during his first two years in the program — other than his willingness to answer every challenge and flash toughness whenever possible — it’s that he can be a pretty effective shot blocker.

Lightfoot is equally skilled at blocking shots taken by the man he is guarding and in help D, and opponents have shown a tendency to underestimate his length and athleticism while challenging him near the rim.

Lightfoot was second on the team with 54 blocks a season ago, just six fewer than team leader Udoka Azubuike, who playegd 317 more minutes than Lightfoot, roughly 10 games.

He finished with three blocks or more in seven of the 38 games he played in, including a six-block performance in a Big 12 road win at TCU.

Six is the key number here because that’s also the KU record for most blocks in a single half of a conference game. Obscure, I know. And I know that six blocks in a 20-minute half is a whole different story than six blocks in a 40-minute game, but six blocks is six blocks and Lightfoot has proven he can get to that number if given the chance.

For what it’s worth, he played 26 minutes in that TCU win.

The odds are stacked against Lightfoot getting many 26-minute nights during the 2018-19 season, but if there’s a record out there for him to get it’s got to be this one.

• Kansas Basketball Record Watch 2018-19 •

- Senior guard Lagerald Vick

- Junior center Udoka Azubuike

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

You might've seen a recent video floating around that featured Kansas center Udoka Azubuike working on his jump shot.

In it, you see Azubuike knock down a couple of jumpers from around the free throw line before finishing the drill with one of his signature power dunks in a clip that lasts all of 13 seconds and has had Kansas fans going wild about Azubuike's improvement and potential.

In my latest appearance on Rock Chalk Sports Talk with Nick Schwerdt, we kick things off by talking about that video and Azubuike's jumper before launching into a bunch of other topics surrounding the 2018-19 Kansas basketball team and the fast-approaching season.

If you missed it, give the segment a listen below...

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Kansas Basketball Record Watch 2018-19: Lagerald Vick

Kansas guard Lagerald Vick (2) puts up a three against Toledo guard Marreon Jackson (3) during the first half on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Lagerald Vick (2) puts up a three against Toledo guard Marreon Jackson (3) during the first half on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

A couple of months ago, when KU junior Udoka Azubuike announced he would return for his junior season at Kansas instead of trying to make it in the NBA, the first thing that popped into my head was where Azubuike stood in KU’s record books in a few key areas.

Granted, because he missed all but 11 games of his freshman season and also missed time during his sophomore season, Azubuike has not exactly played the kind of games or logged the amount of minutes to make a real push for any of KU’s biggest records.

But surely there are some that, after a monster junior season, could be a factor for Azubuike, right?

And if that’s the case, couldn’t that be true for just about every scholarship player on KU’s roster?

I mean, we all can agree that Quentin Grimes isn’t going to finish his first year at Kansas — and possibly his only year here — as the school’s all-time leading scorer, but could he make a push for KU’s freshman scoring record?

Last year’s KU media guide featured 19 full pages of school records. So over the next several days, we’re going to take a look at (a) what records some of these guys might be closing in on, if any, and (b) which record(s) each KU player could realistically make a run at during the 2018-19 season.

Some of it might be a stretch. But, hey, it’s August, and even if some of what you’ll read in the next few days isn’t likely, it’s still kind of fun to think about the best case scenarios in a sort of what-if mentality.

Next up: Lagerald Vick

From what I can tell, there are two main schools of thought on the topic of Vick the 3-point shooter during his senior season.

The first is that, as the best and most proven and accomplished 3-point marksman on the roster, Vick is going to get a bunch of plays run for him and find a lot of open space to step into and knock down rhythm 3-pointers. Part of that is his status as the best knock-down shooter on the roster and also the extra room that figures to exist on the perimeter given KU’s depth and talent down low.

The second school of thought is that, as the most proven and accomplished 3-point marksman on the roster, Vick is going to get the most attention from opposing defenders, who will look to force anyone but Vick to beat them from the outside, therein giving the KU senior very little room to get off shots and torch the nets from distance.

I’m in the first group and I think Vick — both because of confidence and status — will have a chance to be a real weapon from the outside regardless of whether he starts or how many minutes he plays.

As much because of KU’s style as his own skill, I can’t imagine Vick following in the shoes of Devonte’ Graham and Svi, who both made more than 100 3-pointers last season. But I don’t think it’s crazy to think he could set a career high and top the 59 that he made last season.

If he does that, and if he succeeds in achieving the goal of efficiency over volume — that’s been a huge emphasis for KU’s coaching staff this summer — Vick might have a real shot at KU’s career 3-point percentage record.

Milt Newton (1985-89) is the current holder of that record, having knocked down 100 of 224 career 3-point attempts for a 44.6 clip, which puts him just ahead of Jeff Gueldner (90 of 205, 43.9), Brandon Rush (205 of 471, 43.5) and Kirk Hinrich (236 of 546, 43.2) as the only four KU players to finish their careers above 43 percent.

In order to get there, under the parameters outlined above, Vick would need to hit 65 of 104 3-point attempts this season, which would give him career totals of 166 makes and 371 attempts for a 44.7 percent total.

Should he get it that way, Vick also would eclipse Hinrich’s single-season percentage record by draining an incredible 62.5 percent of his 3-point shots during his senior season. Hinrich made 55 of 109 (50.5 percent) during the 2000-01 season.

Vick making nearly 63 percent of his 3-point attempts this season would probably wind up as a more improbable and incredible feat than Azubuike draining 77 percent of his field goals a season ago.

But given the style the Jayhawks figure to utilize and Vick’s status as an aggressive and confident senior, this certainly qualifies as his most attainable major record during the 2018-19 season, slightly ahead of tying or passing Jeff Boschee for most 3-pointers in a single half (7) or something like most 3-point attempts without a miss.

• Record Watch: Udoka Azubuike

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Jayhawks have more company in pursuit of 2019 PG Tre Mann

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

There's a new blue blood program in the race to land Tre Mann.

Tuesday night — on election day, no less — Rivals.com analyst Corey Evans posted a Tweet that indicated that North Carolina had lined up an official visit with the Class of 2019 point guard from The Villages, Fla.

Big deal, right? It’s not as if UNC has trouble getting in with the top players in each class, and, at No. 30 in the 2019 class, it certainly makes sense that Mann would consider the Tar Heels.

The reason this is a big deal, however, is that earlier this summer Mann named his list of finalists and UNC was not on it. Kansas, Florida and Tennessee were.

In mid-July, however, Mann officially reopened his recruitment and quickly proceeded to pick up a bunch of new offers. Iowa State, North Carolina State and Auburn were among the new schools that offered Mann a scholarship shortly after he opened things back up.

At the time, the Tar Heels had not yet gotten involved with Mann, but now that they have, it’s clear that the Mann camp is intrigued by what UNC and coach Roy Williams have to offer.

According to his Twitter account, Mann officially received an offer from UNC on July 30 after a strong showing at the Fab 48, one of the final AAU events of the summer in Las Vegas. That came on the heels of Mann’s stellar performance at the famed Peach Jam event, where some analysts named him one of the top performers regardless of position.

It’s hard to know exactly what this will mean in the big picture, but Mann, who was offered by KU on April 30 and had previously planned to make an announcement on July 30, has said that he is currently “wide open” with his recruitment.

The news of this new official visit to North Carolina does not mean that UNC is Mann’s new leader or that he’ll sign with Carolina and turn his back on those other three schools who have been recruiting him for months, even years in some cases.

But it does mean that the race to land the 6-foot-4, 170-pound point guard just got a little tougher for all three programs and the rest of the country.

Mann Tweeted on Tuesday that he plans to visit UNC on Sept. 14. According to reports, he already has made official visits to Tennessee and Florida.

Whether KU gets one of Mann’s two other official visits remains to be seen and may not be all that important.

“The school is just extra for me like when I go see the campus and stuff like that,” Mann recently told Grant Ramey of Tennessee’s 247 Sports site. “It’s really just the relationships.”

Regardless of where things go from here, KU’s interest in Mann makes perfect sense. His size and length make him one of those classic combo-guard play-makers that KU coach Bill Self has had a ton of success with at the point guard position throughout his KU career.

As of today, Kansas has one oral commitment in the Class of 2019 and that is from Chicago point guard Markese Jacobs, who committed to KU after an unofficial visit to Late Night in 2016.

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