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KU freshman David McCormack a 'classic big' who fits today's modern game

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2018/jun/05/326501/ As basketball has evolved into more of a floor-spacing, 3-point-friendly game over the course of the past several years, an increasing number of big men with frames both large and athletic enough to dominate the paint have relocated to the perimeter with the idea being they will better fit ...

Danny Manning perfectly equipped to aid Bill Self, Team USA at FIBA Americas U18 Championship

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2018/jun/08/326534/ When USA Basketball announced this past March that University of Kansas coach Bill Self would lead the U18 men’s national team at the FIBA Americas championship it seemed fitting one of his assistants this summer would be former KU All-American and Self staffer Danny Manning. As two of the ...

‘Way more than a shooter’: Svi Mykhailiuk out to prove his NBA worth

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2018/mar/08/323857/ If NBA prospects carried business cards with them to pre-draft workouts, Svi Mykhailiuk’s would include the phrase “not just a shooter” somewhere adjacent to his unique name. That’s the message the … well, how should we put this … 3-point shooter from Kansas is pushing as he meets with ...

Svi Mykhailiuk's memorable 3 vs. Duke a reminder of draft prospect's greatest attribute

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2018/mar/25/324571/ The truest and most effective 3-point shooters don’t allow recent misses to turn into second-guesses. It’s a quality sharpened over time and one Svi Mykhailiuk brings with him into every pre-draft workout. During his four seasons playing at the University of Kansas, Mykhailiuk drained 237 shots from beyond the ...

Devonte' Graham embracing status as one of oldest prospects in 2018 NBA Draft class

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2018/mar/25/324556/ If you’re looking for Devonte’ Graham these days, he’s most likely inside an NBA practice facility, at an airport, on a plane or somewhere in between. The four-year point guard from Kansas finds himself bouncing from coast to coast on what amounts to a debunking tour. Graham’s out on ...

Draft hopeful Svi Mykhailiuk trying to emulate one of NBA's best 3-point shooters

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2018/mar/25/324557/ If you call yourself a shooter, there’s no reason to aim for average. You might as well go ahead and model yourself after one of the best. That’s the approach four-year Kansas marksman Svi Mykhailiuk carries with him as he prepares for the NBA Draft. This past week at ...

New mock draft projects just 2 Jayhawks getting selected in 2018

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2018/mar/25/324561/ As the NBA Draft Combine gets underway in Chicago, it’s important to remember that not all analysts are as high on this year’s crop of Kansas prospects as others. While ESPN long has included Devonte’ Graham, Malik Newman and Svi Mykhailiuk among its list of projected second-rounders for 2018, ...

KU's Malik Newman has heard his game reminiscent of a couple NBA guards

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2018/mar/23/324421/ While four of the league’s best teams remain alive (technically) for the 2018 championship, it’s currently pre-draft season for most NBA franchises. Prospects and evaluations will dominate conversations in the coming days at the NBA Draft Combine, in Chicago, as executives, coaches and scouts scrutinize the viability of the ...

KU's Peyton Bender projected in bottom 20 percent of FBS starting QBs

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2018/apr/28/325466/ Spring football came and went in Lawrence without anyone knowing for sure who will open the 2018 season as the starting quarterback at Kansas. But if forced today to take a stab at the winner of the competition nearly four months ahead of the Jayhawks’ season opener, the safest ...

On list of college football's top Power Five coaches, David Beaty finishes last

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/sep/23/319435/ Headed into his fourth season in charge of the ever-floundering Kansas football program, David Beaty has boundless miles to go before proving he is capable of making the Jayhawks winners. A reminder of the deficit in which Beaty finds himself operating surfaced Tuesday, when CBS Sports published the first ...

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