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Former Jayhawk Devonte' Graham still living and dying with Kansas basketball

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A host of former Jayhawk players come together for a photo after being introduced at half court during halftime, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse.

A host of former Jayhawk players come together for a photo after being introduced at half court during halftime, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

For four years, former Kansas point guard Devonte’ Graham found himself in the heat of just about every Jayhawk battle, often playing a big role in whether Kansas won or lost a game.

Today, with Graham in his rookie season with the Charlotte Hornets, the Jayhawk legend finds himself in the tough position of having to watch whatever KU games he can watch happen from hundreds of miles away on the television screen in his new apartment instead of being able to control and dictate what goes down.

Evidently, that has been tough on the former KU point guard, who was back in town a couple of weekends ago and smiled and celebrated with the KU faithful like he never left. The new perspective also appears to have given him a new appreciation for what he and his teammates occasionally put thousands of KU fans through during his time in Lawrence.

Although his squads did not make a habit of playing nail-biters and grinders quite like this year's team has, the native of Raleigh, N.C., and longtime KU fan favorite took to Twitter over the weekend to make sure the Jayhawk fan base understood that he now can feel their pain.

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If there’s one thing Graham was known for during his time as a Jayhawk it was his high-energy, infectious positive personality.

Always smiling, always with time to shake a hand or sign an autograph and never one to let the little things undercut his positive vibes about his enormous blessings, Graham became one of the most beloved KU players in recent memory both because of the way he played, the way he engaged with the fans and, of course, the fact that he helped lead Kansas back to the Final Four last season.

But just because his time in a KU uniform is up does not mean that the former Jayhawk who left the program 13th all-time on KU’s scoring list (1,750 points) and 2nd on the all-time KU 3-point shooting chart (298 career triples) does not mean he’s done putting his heart and soul into KU games.

Look no further than his recent Instagram story, where Graham took you through the emotions of what it’s like to watch your alma mater as a former program legend during Saturday’s narrow victory in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

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Still smiling. Still trying to have an impact on the game. Still loving his university and everything associated with it. Still the same old Devonte’.

Here’s a quick look at some recent highlights of Graham’s from his time in the G League with the Greensboro Swarm.

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Comments

Steve Zimmerman 2 weeks, 2 days ago

I miss 'Tae. Easily one of KU's best PGs.. top3 in 2-3 decades. I really wish to see him off the bench in the league. He's got so much to offer. What's holding his team from playing him? He destroys G-league. He belongs to NBA.

Marius Rowlanski 2 weeks, 1 day ago

I don't know Steve. Hell, Devonte shared the tasks with Mason for 3 years. PG/SG. I would put Mason, Mario, Sherron, Russel Rob, Adonis Jordan, and maybe a few others ahead of Graham.

Maybe Cedric Hunter though that's stretching the timeline.

Andy Godwin 2 weeks, 2 days ago

Devonte - a true Jayhawk through and through. I thought the streak might end during Devonte's senior year, but he did not let that happening. Now that the amazing streak is coming to an end, time to figure out how to get better for the postseason - if possible. One broadcaster in the KC area is suggesting that KU will not win another regular season Big 12 again for years to come because the other teams will no longer respect or fear the Jayhawks. It seems unlikely, given that Self normally has the best talent; however, nothing is certain for 2019-2020 and beyond with the NCAA cloud overhead. One team had to ultimately end the streak and without Udoka and much in the way of senior leadership, I guess this was the time to let someone else finally win in the Self era.

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