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Ex-Jayhawks Langford, Thomas honored

February 6, 2008

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Former Kansas University basketball players Keith Langford and Billy Thomas have been named NBA Development League all-stars.

Langford, who plays for the Austin (Texas) Toros, and Thomas, who toils for the Colorado 14ers, will play in the D-League all-star game at 2 p.m., Feb. 16, at Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. The game is part of NBA All-Star weekend.

Langford will play for the Blue team and Thomas the Red squad.

Langford, 24, averages 24.1 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists a game for Austin. He's made 51.9 percent of his shots, including 41.6 percent of his threes.

Thomas, 32, averages 14.9 points, 4.2 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game for Colorado. He has made 46.1 percent of his shots and 39.3 percent of his threes.

Some other notable players in the game: Morris Almond, Eddie Gill, Randy Livingston, Nick Fazekas and Kyrylo Fesenko.

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Foul woes: KU sophomore Darrell Arthur is hoping to avoid foul trouble in remaining games. Arthur had three fouls while playing just two minutes in the first half of Monday's victory over Missouri.

He had two points the first half, 11 the second. In all, he played just 14 minutes.

"I sat with 'Shady' for a half an hour today,'' KU assistant Kurtis Townsend said, subbing for Bill Self on the weekly Hawk Talk radio show with Self out of town recruiting.

"He said in high school if a guy was going by him he was physical and bumped him first. That will get him in trouble at this level. The last few games he's gotten those reaching fouls. He has to learn to move his feet and not his hands as much. He is a smart player and works hard and understands that."

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Van Treese to attend Baylor game: KU will have a recruit in attendance for Saturday's 7 p.m. home game against Baylor. Stephan Van Treese, a 6-foot-9, 225-pound junior forward from Lawrence North High in Indianapolis, tells Rivals.com he will be making an unofficial visit to KU.

He is considering KU, Florida, Indiana, Louisville, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Purdue and UCLA.

"I'm kind of excited because I've never seen anything in Kansas. All I've heard is that it is flat ground. But I've heard the area and campus is real nice," he told Rivals.com. "The stadium is amazing, from what I've heard. I've seen a lot of games on television, and the crowd seems amazing."

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Hood considers KU: Jon Hood, a 6-6 junior forward from Madisonville (Ky.) North Hopkins High, tells Rivals.com he is considering KU, Duke, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Middle Tennessee State, Southern Illinois, Western Kentucky, Purdue, Illinois, and Indiana.

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Brown back on bench?: Former KU coach Larry Brown, who is in his second season as executive vice president of the Philadelphia 76ers, tells the Philadelphia Inquirer he'd like to get back in coaching. He stressed he doesn't want the Sixers' job, held by his friend, Maurice Cheeks. Brown, in his last coaching stint, guided the New York Knicks to a 23-59 record in 2005-06. He had little support from the front office in his short stint with the Knicks.

"I am pretty confident I will (coach) in some capacity, whether it's as an assistant coach, or involved in a franchise in some way, or possibly get back to (head) coaching," Brown told the Inquirer. "I don't feel really good about the way it ended (in New York).

"If I didn't look in the mirror, I feel pretty young and energetic," Brown added. "When I look in the mirror, I kind of think I'm 67."

Brown told the paper he interviewed for the Princeton University head coaching job last offseason. He declined an offer to work as an assistant for the Boston Celtics.

"Now I really miss coaching and teaching. So we'll see," Brown told the paper.

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