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Ex-Jayhawk Langford shines in Review

July 17, 2007

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If at first you don't succeed :

Keith Langford, who played sparingly for the San Antonio Spurs in three of five Las Vegas Summer League games, is off to a strong start for the Spurs at the Rocky Mountain Review in Utah.

The former Kansas University guard, who is trying to garner an invitation to the Spurs' NBA veterans camp, scored 14 points off 5-of-11 shooting with seven rebounds in the Spurs' 79-68 loss to Atlanta on Saturday.

Langford had scored seven points total in three games in Vegas.

"All you can do is control what you can, and do what they (coaches) say to do," Langford told BYU's Daily Universe newspaper.

Langford, a double-digit scorer in Italy last season, hopes to stick with the NBA champs. He had four points and three assists in Friday's loss to Philadelphia. He tallied 10 points off 2-of-6 shooting and 6-of-10 free throwing in Monday's 75-71 win over Utah.

"It's a dream come true to play in the NBA, regardless," Langford said, "but to come into a situation like that where you're winning would be great."

Langford said he's trying to focus on defense and intangibles in summer-league action.

"Nobody out here is Kobe Bryant or LeBron (James)," Langford told the Daily Universe. "Some of them may want to be, but the truth is, they're not."

¢ Dove suspended: Oklahoma State's basketball team continues to be in a state of turmoil.

Senior Marcus Dove has been suspended from the squad indefinitely by coach Sean Sutton after being arrested and charged with driving under the influence last weekend. It is the third time in three months that a Cowboy has been arrested.

"We are taking this matter very seriously," Sutton told the Daily Oklahoman newspaper. "Marcus will be suspended and punished. I'm extremely embarrassed and disappointed. We're going to work hard to re-establish the discipline and attitude of doing the right things and representing this program properly.

"We've made every attempt to handle certain situations internally, but obviously, the message is not getting through to some of our players."

Junior Terrel Harris was arrested for trying to use a fake ID in May, and sophomore Obi Muonelo was arrested for being underage in a Stillwater bar in June.

"As someone who has devoted 17 years to Cowboy basketball, the image of our program is extremely important to me," Sutton told the Oklahoman. "We are not going to tolerate this type of behavior."

¢ Maynor magnificent: Virginia Commonwealth junior guard Eric Maynor continues to build on the 17-foot jump shot he hit to oust Duke in the first round of last year's NCAA Tournament.

The 6-foot-2, 165-pounder from Fayetteville, N.C., who was not highly recruited out of high school, was tapped one of 14 finalists for the 2007 Pan Am Games.

If he can survive the cut of two additional players, he'll be playing for the U.S. July 25-29 in Brazil.

"Maynor was terrific," said KU coach Bill Self, a member of USA Basketball's Competition Committee that helped pick the finalists.

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