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Examining Perry Ellis' chances with the Dallas Mavericks

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/mar/26/305427/ When the 2016 NBA Draft came and went without Kansas forward Perry Ellis getting selected in the two-round, 60-pick extravaganza, there was no need for the 6-foot-8 prospect to panic. A rookie free agent, Ellis knew he would soon be weighing his options as his agent tracked down possible ...

New Pelicans big man Cheick Diallo gets his first 'last laugh'

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/mar/23/305258/ When freshman big men Cheick Diallo or Carlton Bragg Jr. barely played in a particular game this past season, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self liked to say after such an outing the two forwards would get the “last laugh.” Self knew both Diallo and Bragg would one day become ...

Stock watch: Finding the right NBA team for Perry Ellis

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/apr/23/272327/ According to the experts, four-year Kansas standout Perry Ellis won’t hear his name called at the 2016 NBA Draft. Maybe I’m crazy, but I’m not buying it. Ellis has spent most of the past couple of months proving his worth at workouts in front of coaches, executives and scouts, ...

Stock watch: Finding the right NBA team for Wayne Selden Jr.

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/apr/23/272327/ When Wayne Selden Jr. first arrived at Kansas in 2013, some thought the Roxbury, Mass., native would play one season of college basketball and enter the NBA Draft for guaranteed money, just like his KU teammates Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid. Two years after Selden rightfully stayed in college ...

Stock watch: Finding the right NBA team for Cheick Diallo

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/apr/23/272327/ Just a couple days ahead of the 2016 NBA Draft no one is certain exactly where Kansas forward Cheick Diallo will be selected — other than [somewhere in the second half of the first round][1]. That’s a desirable outlook for a prospect who averaged 3.0 points and 2.5 rebounds ...

Udoka Azubuike should be more impactful than recent KU freshman bigs

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/jun/15/308348/ When center Udoka Azubuike joined Kansas basketball’s 2016 recruiting class in January, it certainly didn’t come as much of a surprise. Coach Bill Self and his staff routinely land big men from the high school ranks who bring to campus loads of hype to go their size and wingspans. ...

Svi Mykhailiuk channels Bill Self, talks up defense and team-first basketball

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/jan/09/301669/ Sure, Svi Mykhailiuk might be in Europe this summer, training with and playing for his native Ukraine’s Under 20 national team. But when the 19-year-old guard spoke earlier this week at the 2016 adidas Eurocamp, in Italy, it sounded like his Kansas coach, Bill Self, had just been in ...

Stock watch: Wayne Selden Jr. staying busy with pre-draft workouts

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/apr/23/272327/ The NBA Draft is still a week away, and for Wayne Selden Jr. more plane trips, workouts and chances to prove he can play at the next level remain. Already, the Kansas guard who turned pro a year early has shown off his skills for Milwaukee, Chicago, San Antonio, ...

Svi Mykhailiuk's European summer experience already off to ideal start

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/mar/19/305104/ While his Kansas basketball teammates entertain young campers and address their own areas in need of on-court improvements [this summer in Lawrence][1], Svi Mykhailiuk certainly isn’t slacking off during his tour of Europe with Ukraine’s Under 20 national team. In preparation for the Under 20 European Championships in Finland, ...

Waiting game: Joel Embiid unlikely to make 76ers debut at Summer League

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/jun/10/308131/ The NBA Summer League just got a whole lot less interesting. The July games, which are designed to give rookies, young pros and free agents a chance to put in some needed work and/or impress coaches and front offices, aren’t exactly the height of basketball entertainment. But catching an ...

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