Friday, April 17, 2015

Kansas to play Canada in World University Games tuneup in Sprint Center

Tickets on sale for Williams Fund members; general public sales to begin May 13


Kansas University’s basketball team, which is the USA National Team for the World University Games, will meet Team Canada in two exhibition games in June at Kansas City’s Sprint Center. 

The games will serve as a tune-up for KU’s participation in the World University Games in South Korea the following month.

The games will be played at 7 p.m., June 23 and 26. Tickets are currently available for Williams Education Fund members. Seating will be based on WEF level and points. A two-game ticket package is available for $50. General public sales will begin on May 13.

This will be the first public appearance by the 2015-16 Jayhawks, and will include the incoming recruiting class. The Canadian team is the one that will participate in the World University Games, thus is not the national team that will include former KU player Andrew Wiggins.

The United States International University Sports Federation (US-IUSF) selected the Jayhawks to represent the United States in the World University Games, which takes place July 3-14. Even though selected by the US-IUSF, all the costs associated with the trip are the responsibility of the institution.  The proceeds from these two exhibition games will help fund these expenses, KU indicated

The World University Games, as well as the two exhibition games, will be administered under FIBA rules. The most notable differences from the college game are the four, 10-minute quarters and a 24-second shot clock.


Dustin Lentz 7 years, 2 months ago

I wonder if it would be televised at all?

Steve Jacob 7 years, 2 months ago

Sounds like a pretty good event. You would think the Canada team would be competitive, they had over 100 D-I players this past season.

Suzi Marshall 7 years, 2 months ago

Some of our much needed target recruits, i.e. Diallo, should take note of this.

Although the Kansas international players, such as Mykailiuk, can not play in the games, could they participate with practices and travel with the team to Korea? If Kansas pays all the expenses, it seems we should take who we please to take.

Aaron Paisley 7 years, 2 months ago

KU can take 12 players and 12 staff members to Korea, that's it.

Joe Ross 7 years, 2 months ago

Do we even have 12 staff members? We have four coaches, Andrea Hudy, the DOBO, team physician, a couple of trainers...who else would go?

Adam Tyler 7 years, 2 months ago

Good question. Does Sheahon Zenger make the trip as an ambassador of the university?

Rodney Crain 7 years, 2 months ago

Adam this has nothing to do with KU once they start this journey. For all intent and purposes we are Team USA once this starts. Uniforms, what they are called, administration, everything. There is no role for the school to play there. Just like there is no role for the NBA or their teams to play at the Worlds or the Olympics.

Suzi Marshall 7 years, 2 months ago

Does that mean Mykailiuk can travel and practice with the team? That would be great for him to be with his mates on this trip. The additional practice time for him would be great as well.

Aaron Paisley 7 years, 2 months ago

No, KU is representing the US and Svi is not American. The roster has to be comprised of players who are American citizens, under 25 years of age as of Jan. 1, enrolled in a college class this semester, and not currently in the NBA (CBA rules on this one).

Svi is not American and if KU were to land Cheick Diallo, he would be ineligible for the same reason. Because of Brannen Greene's surgery, he's out as well. Even if KU fills the remaining 3 scholarships with Americans, they still need one player who won't be on scholarship for KU next year to replace Greene. For every non American KU signs (they're targeting a couple) or empty scholarship KU has, that means another non scholarship player to fill out the roster. Christian Garrett is the only recent grad eligible to fill a spot and if it's not him, the current walk ons (Evan Manning, Tyler Self, and Josh Pollard) become the other realistic place to look to fill out the roster for Korea.

Rodney Crain 7 years, 2 months ago

Its going to be cool experience but I am not sure this puts us over the top with any recruit.

The games are going to be live from 11pm-8am in the morning CT here. 12-9pm there. TV is off hours and likely on a sports network not a main network. This is 2nd tier World tournament too, the big off Olympic year is the FIBA Worlds, last summer.

Should be a memorable experience for everyone.

Michael Lindsey 7 years, 2 months ago

Suzi, you make sense but I bet the NCAA would deem it "improper benefit" which they love to throw out at every opportunity

Aaron Paisley 7 years, 2 months ago

With Brannen Greene out for the tournament, KU is going to have to get at least 1 player that won't be on scholarship next season to play in the tournament. Christian Garrett and/or Evan Manning luck out and get to go to Korea this summer.

Tony Bandle 7 years, 2 months ago

Anybody notice that Zimmermann committed to UNLV?

Arthur Ankeney 7 years, 2 months ago

24 second shot clock could be fun. Wish we had the guards to round out the lineup (Svi and Greene) so we could really use the shorter shot clock to our advantage and bring it into next year. A faster game I believe would have done our team last year good. I think it'll be good for next year's squad too but gonna be hard to measure without our 3's.

Gerry Butler 7 years, 2 months ago

not disappointed Zimmerman committed to UNLV. not impressed with him at all, he looks a way to soft, very soft 7ft kid that wants to try and play guard spends way to much time away from the basket. I saw a lot of film and watched Diallo a lot thru the season, believe he is probably if not the best one or two of the best big man this year total. ya, ya I know he is only 6 ft 9 but has a wing span 7ft 4 endless motor, and shows all kinds of potential. MVP of the Mcdonalds classis and then last night Co MVP. 26 pts last night 11 Rebounds, 2 Steals, an assist, and a block, wish we could land him for sure, getting a feel he may end up at St Johns though will be a big disappointment if that happens. we need to start learning to close the deal on these kids. would be very happy if we got Diallo and Thorne would be fine with those two. ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY

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