'Hawks in the NBA

Undrafted Tarik Black exceeds expectations in rookie campaign

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/apr/24/290494/ Given how the 2014 NBA Draft played out for Tarik Black, it’s hard to imagine his rookie season turning out any better than it did. Sixty players — including two of his Kansas basketball teammates — heard their names called on draft night this past June, while Black went ...

Veteran Paul Pierce turns it on for postseason opener

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/apr/18/290296/ That Paul Pierce from the 2014-15 regular season — you know, the one that looked every day of 37 years old, with 17 seasons of NBA games continuing to break down his body. That was a hoax. A con man. At least that’s what the former Kansas star would ...

Five Jayhawks chasing glory in playoffs

Benton Smith

The 2014-15 regular season concluded this week in the NBA, marking the end of the road for the majority of former Kansas players in the league. Cole Aldrich, Darell Arthur, Tarik Black, Ben McLemore, Marcus and Markieff Morris, Thomas Robinson and Andrew Wiggins? All of them already find themselves in ...

Joel Embiid wowing Sixers while working back into game shape

Benton Smith

http://instagram.com/p/1RQAVRv1vv/ For the Philadelphia 76ers, next season can’t come soon enough. As expected (and, let’s be honest, intended), 2014-15 has been a giant bust: Eighteen wins. Sixty-one losses. Three games left. With another campaign of tanking coming to a close, what makes anyone within the Sixers organization optimistic next season ...

NBA All-Stars gush about Andrew Wiggins' potential

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/apr/06/289573/ With the 2014-15 NBA season quickly winding down, the Minnesota Timberwolves would like to remind you they have a future star in rookie Andrew Wiggins. The T’Wolves (16-60 with with six games left) do this because it’s better to look far down the road than focus on the fact ...

Tarik Black auditioning for his NBA future

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/apr/03/289497/ In the grand scheme of things, the next couple of weeks are fairly meaningless for the Los Angeles Lakers. At 20-54 with eight games left, the marquee franchise won’t come close to sniffing the playoffs this season. Really, the Lakers would be better off losing out to give themselves ...

Marcus Morris making strides in Phoenix, too

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/mar/30/289270/ Years from now, when people look back at Markieff Morris’s NBA career, [the 2014-15 season just might stand out][1] as the one in which he shed the label of role player and established himself as one of the more skilled big forwards in the Western Conference. But his twin ...

Cases being made against Andrew Wiggins winning Rookie of the Year (seriously)

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/mar/27/289135/ We’ve seen his long arms, his spring-powered legs, the defense and the dunks. He even gets some jump shots to drop through the net every now and then. All of those signs seem to solidify Andrew Wiggins as the no-brainer choice for NBA Rookie of the Year. Throw in ...

Paul Pierce picks Kansas to beat Kentucky, win it all

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2000/sep/26/14577/ No one can question Paul Pierce’s loyalty. The 10-time NBA all-star hasn’t played for Kansas University since 1998, but when the longtime Celtic, one-year Net and current Wizard filled out his 2015 NCAA Tournament bracket, it was clear he still considers himself a Jayhawk. Pierce posted his bracket on ...

Fresh look at Morris twins' journey to KU, NBA

Nick Gerik

Anyone with a passing interesting KU basketball has heard the story of the Morris twins. There's Marcus and Markieff's unique bond on and off the court. The fact that they play for the same NBA team, the Phoenix Suns. The shared house, bank account and tattoos. [And, of course, F.O.E.][1] ...

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