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Ex-Jayhawk Langford wins Israeli title

May 31, 2012

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Former Kansas University guard Keith Langford has returned to the United States with another championship on his resume.

The 28-year-old Maccabi Tel Aviv standout — who was named MVP of the Adriatic League’s Final Four in early May — scored 16 points in last Thursday’s 83-63 Israeli League title game victory over Maccabi Ashdod.

Langford — he is a free agent rumored to be headed to either Italy or Istanbul for about $1.5 million annually — plans on traveling to Lawrence from his offseason home of Austin, Texas, in June.

“He said he’ll be coming back to his old stomping ground and work out with me a little bit,” said KU junior forward Justin Wesley, who is Langford’s brother. Wesley recently spent two weeks working out with his brother’s personal trainer, Celester Collier, in Austin.

“Two weeks every day for three or four hours a day. He not only works me out, but is a mentor, too,” the 6-9, 220-pound Wesley said.

Wesley averaged 1.2 points, 1.6 rebounds and 8.6 minutes in 38 games last season. As far as potential playing time in his junior campaign ...

“I mean I’ve not really looked at who is ranked this or that and who is coming in,” he said of a class of Anrio Adams, Perry Ellis, Landen Lucas, Zach Peters and Andrew White, plus freshmen red-shirts Ben McLemore and Jamari Traylor. “We’ll see when everybody gets here and we start playing and working out. I’m not really thinking about that right now.”

T-Rob in the draft: Former KU forward Thomas Robinson’s hometown Washington Wizards may have to trade up a spot if they hope to land the 6-10 forward in the NBA Draft. New Orleans, which figures to take Kentucky’s Anthony Davis, won Wednesday’s lottery followed by Charlotte, Washington, Cleveland, Sacramento, Portland, Golden State and Toronto. USA Today, Sporting News and draftexpress.com say Charlotte will take Robinson. ESPN.com’s Chad Ford has Robinson falling to No. 5 and Sacramento. Ford’s top five: Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Brad Beal, Harrison Barnes and Robinson.

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