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KU duo invited to NBA camps

September 23, 2005


Former Kansas University basketball players Aaron Miles and Keith Langford continue to pursue their NBA free-agent dreams.

Miles, a point guard from Portland, Ore., has accepted an invitation to training camp of the Golden State Warriors.

Langford, a shooting guard from Forth Worth, Texas, has accepted an invitation to training camp of the Houston Rockets. Miles also worked out this summer for San Antonio, Houston and New York. He has signed a contract that guarantees him an undisclosed amount of money regardless of whether he makes the team.

"He is one of the rare instances of a player who has improved his chances since the draft," Miles' agent Chris Emens said. "He hasn't made it yet, but stands an excellent chance of being on the opening-day roster."

Miles had nine offers to veteran camps from nine NBA teams.

Langford, who evacuated Houston in anticipation of Hurricane Rita, has been working out with the Rockets the past three weeks. Langford had offers from three teams, according to his agent, Mark McNeil. He declined to name the teams.

"I'm really excited for him," McNeil said. "It'll be a great learning experience. If he does well, it'll put him in great position to play in the NBA."

McNeil is based in Houston.

"When he first came to Houston to visit with me, I took him to a Rockets game and you could tell right then there was an excitement about playing for the Rockets," said McNeil, who added that no contract had been worked out yet.

Neither KU player was chosen in June's NBA draft. Classmate Wayne Simien was selected in the first round by the Miami Heat.

In Monday's Continental Basketball Assn. draft, Langford was the No. 39 overall pick, going to the Sioux Falls (S.D.) Skyforce on Monday in the fifth round. Langford was KU's second-leading scorer with 14.4 points per game.

Miles, who averaged 9.3 points and led the Jayhawks with 7.2 assists per game, was not chosen in the CBA draft.


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