WRITER: Matt Tait

Why Kansas target R.J. Hampton is more than just a big name

Things are starting to clear up a little regarding the future of Class of 2020 guard R.J. Hampton. A little. According to Rivals.com recruiting analyst Corey Evans things are currently “looking good” for a possible Hampton-to-Kansas-in-2019 scenario. The 6-foot-5 guard who is ranked No. 5 overall by Rivals.com in the Class of 2020 has been considering reclassifying into the 2019 class for quite some ...

The latest with KU's ongoing recruiting efforts of some top-tier talent

With the Duke decisions made by Matt Hurt and Cassius Stanley now a thing of the past, the Jayhawks, as expected, are moving on rather quickly in the recruiting game. With two prospects visiting this week and a handful of other Kansas targets making news one way or another in the past couple of days, Bill Self and his coaching staff have no time to sit around and mope about missing out on the now-future ...

KU announces partnership extension with Adidas through 2031

Story updated at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday After a wait of roughly 19 months, the signatures on the contract extension between Kansas Athletics and Adidas are now dry. As a result, KU owns one of the largest apparel deals in college athletics, a 14-year, $196 million agreement that extends to 2031 and keeps alive a partnership first formed in 2005. KU Chancellor Douglas A. Girod and Athletic Director Jeff Long ...

One prep decision and one transfer visitor highlight busy Monday for Kansas basketball

In a matter of hours, Class of 2019 shooting guard Cassius Stanley will make his decision official by announcing his pick from finalists KU, Oregon, UCLA and Duke around 2:30 p.m. central time. Many recruiting analysts have Stanley headed to Duke, the last of the four programs to get in on the ultra-athletic shooting guard from North Hollywood, Calif. While the Jayhawks wait for the official word, a player ...

Kansas big man Udoka Azubuike to return for senior season

For the second year in a row, the Kansas men’s basketball program got some good springtime news from its biggest player. Udoka Azubuike, KU’s 7-foot, junior center who missed all but nine games of the 2018-19 season with torn ligaments in his right wrist, is returning to Kansas for his senior season. KU coach Bill Self announced Azubuike’s return Monday afternoon via news release. “We’re all very ...

NBA early-entry deadline passes with no word from KU center Udoka Azubuike

The NBA’s early-entry deadline for the 2019 draft has passed without so much as a peep out of Kansas junior Udoka Azubuike. While that does not mean that the 7-foot center who tested the waters last year only to return for his junior season at Kansas, did not declare for the draft, it certainly makes such a scenario more likely. But Sunday’s news — or lack thereof — does not exactly create a crystal ...

Silvio De Sousa declares for NBA draft, will return to KU if NCAA appeal is granted

With his appeal of a two-year suspension by the NCAA now formally filed, the path forward is clear for Kansas sophomore Silvio De Sousa. If the appeal is granted, De Sousa will return to Kansas for the 2019-20 season. If it is denied, he will leave. That much was learned Friday afternoon during an interview requested by the Journal-World, where De Sousa and his attorney, Scott Tompsett, sat down to discuss ...

Top-10 big man Matthew Hurt chooses Duke

The Kansas men’s basketball team has missed out on another top recruit in the Class of 2019. For the past several weeks, many signs on the recruiting trail pointed to Class of 2019 forward Matt Hurt making his pledge to join the Duke basketball program when he finally announced his decision. That time came on Friday afternoon, when the No. 7-ranked player in the 2019 class, according to Rivals.com, did in ...

KU announces formal filing of Silvio De Sousa's appeal of NCAA suspension

Seventy-five days after promising to fight for his eligibility, University of Kansas officials have filed a formal appeal of Silvio De Sousa's two-year suspension by the NCAA. On Feb. 2, during an impromptu press conference before KU’s home victory over Texas Tech, Kansas Athletic Director Jeff Long spoke with fire and passion about the suspension handed out to KU's sophomore forward on Feb. 1, which stemmed ...

Longtime KU administrator Jim Marchiony retiring from Kansas Athletics

Kansas Athletics on Thursday afternoon announced the retirement of a second member of its administrative staff this week, with Associate AD Jim Marchiony slated to call it a career in July. Marchiony, who came to KU in 2003, will relocate closer to his family in Dallas, putting an end to a career of more than 40 years in college athletics. He joins fellow KU veteran administrator Larry Keating, who announced ...

KU women's tennis team eager to host, make a run at Big 12 tournament this weekend in Lawrence

For the first time in program history, the Kansas tennis team is hosting the Big 12 tournament during the next four days at the Jayhawk Tennis Center. But the 20th-ranked KU women are hoping to do much more than create a comfortable and memorable weekend for their guests. In all, six men’s teams and 10 women’s programs will come to Lawrence vying for the title of Big 12 champ, and KU women’s coach Todd ...

Kansas coach Bill Self far from panicked about current recruiting challenges: 'Oh, we're going to get some guys'

With just two players signed in the 2019 recruiting class and neither one ranked higher than 94th in the national rankings per Rivals.com, the outsider’s view of the current state of Kansas basketball recruiting is that things have hit a rough patch. The man on the inside, however, sees things a little differently, and Tuesday night, [after KU’s season-ending banquet,][1] Bill Self talked in general terms ...

Energized Kansas basketball coach Bill Self at annual team banquet: 'I'm not going anywhere'

For the better part of his 45-minute presentation to a crowd of about 500 supporters during the Kansas basketball program’s annual postseason banquet Tuesday night at the Burge Union, KU coach Bill Self spoke of being reenergized and excited about what’s ahead while looking back on the Jayhawks’ 26-10 season. After it was over, Self doubled down on that thought, saying, in no uncertain terms, that he was ...

Memorable moments from the 2019 KU men's basketball banquet

Most years, the Kansas men’s basketball program’s season-ending banquet features more than a few reasons to celebrate, smile and look back on some big time moments that came in the months leading up to the April event. This year, after finishing 26-10, falling short in both the Big 12 regular season race and the Big 12 tournament and getting sent home from the NCAA Tournament in the second round, the ...

The latest news and names to watch with KU basketball recruiting

So there was more than a little shifting and reshaping on the Kansas basketball recruiting trail over the weekend, and KU now enters a monster week with a new picture regarding two of its top targets in the 2019 class. KU coach Bill Self — along with Kentucky coach John Calipari — was expected to be in Minnesota on Sunday night for one final meeting with Top 10 prospect Matt Hurt before Hurt announces his ...

KU administrator Larry Keating retiring after 5 decades in intercollegiate athletics

The Kansas basketball program is losing the man responsible for the Jayhawks’ consistently strong showing in the strength of schedule rankings. Larry Keating, an administrator who has served in various roles at KU since 2003, announced his retirement on Monday after five decades in intercollegiate athletics. “Losing a resource like Larry is certainly not a great thing for us,” KU men’s basketball coach ...

KU sophomore Silvio De Sousa facing potentially important week

Although there does not appear to be any kind of ruling on his appeal on the horizon, this week still could be an important time for the future of Kansas sophomore Silvio De Sousa. De Sousa, who is facing a 2-year suspension from the NCAA for his guardian’s involvement in a pay-for-play scheme that has been part of a bigger federal investigation into corruption in college basketball, did not play during the ...

Kansas point guard Devon Dotson announces decision to test NBA draft status

Add another Jayhawk to the list of players testing the waters for the 2019 NBA Draft. Freshman point guard Devon Dotson on Friday announced on Twitter that he was planning to “test the waters and enter into the 2019 NBA Draft process.” Unlike teammates Dedric Lawson and Quentin Grimes, who declared earlier this week, Dotson revealed that he planned to retain his “complete college eligibility” while ...

KU point guard Devon Dotson declares for NBA draft, ready to go all-in on 'information-seeking quest'

Consider Devon Dotson’s decision to declare for the 2019 NBA Draft “an information-seeking quest.” That was the way Dotson’s father, Dana Dotson, described the move in a Friday phone call with the Journal-World a few hours after Devon Dotson announced his intentions on Twitter. “After careful consideration with my family and coaches, I have decided to test the waters and enter into the 2019 NBA ...

Dedric Lawson: 'People are definitely going to see that I'm better than what they've got me projected'

Outside of his friends and family members, you’d be hard pressed to find too many people who believe Dedric Lawson is destined for a long and strong NBA career. “He’s not explosive,” many have critiqued. “He’s too slow,” others say. “He’s a nice player, but he’s not strong enough to play in the league,” is another common breakdown of Lawson and his game. None of it matters to Lawson, ...