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Handful of 3-star recruits include Kansas football on their shortlists

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/dec/17/300763/ Early on in head coach David Beaty’s third season at the University of Kansas, the football program continues to make strides on the all-important recruiting front. Over the course of the past several days, Beaty and his staff learned four different prep prospects and one junior college talent included ...

Ahead of draft, Frank Mason III out to prove 'it's not all about size' in NBA

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/may/23/317030/ For the next month, in every NBA city he visits, Frank Mason III will answer questions about his lack of size and how that impacts his ability to translate his college success at Kansas to the next level. On Monday, the 5-foot-11, 189-pound consensus National Player of the Year ...

Frank Mason III not comparing himself to Isaiah Thomas, but rooting for similarly-sized guard

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/jan/28/314102/ During his senior season at Kansas, point guard Frank Mason III seemed larger than life with the ball in his hands. But the consensus national player of the year’s relative lack of height has NBA decision-makers hesitant to take Mason, who averaged 20.9 points and shot 47.1% on his ...

Philadelphia a likely destination for KU's Josh Jackson

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/jan/24/314003/ In the five weeks between now and the 2017 NBA Draft, a lot can, and most likely will, change — particularly in the realm of opinions on the potential impact of the most sought-after incoming rookies. For the moment, it seems the likeliest scenario for one-year Kansas star Josh ...

Why each NBA team with a top-5 pick would want to draft Josh Jackson

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/may/16/316927/ The Ping Pong balls have spoken, and a trio of the NBA’s classic franchises will decide between them which incoming rookies will occupy the top three picks in the 2017 draft. Thanks to The Association’s annual lottery on Tuesday, one-and-done Kansas star Josh Jackson, a projected top-three pick, has ...

Stock watch: Could Josh Jackson break into the top 2 picks of the draft?

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/jan/28/314117/ If you’ve kept up with Josh Jackson’s NBA Draft stock over the course of his one-and-done season at Kansas, you know his name often appears following those of Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball on “best available prospect” lists and mock draft scenarios. Sometimes, Jackson even slips out of the ...

Ranking the 14 NBA teams Josh Jackson should (and shouldn't) be rooting for on lottery night

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/mar/17/315479/ Josh Jackson won’t know until late June exactly where he will go to begin his NBA career. But the one-and-done Kansas star should have a much better idea of his potential destinations within the week, following the 2017 draft lottery. Only a handful of organizations will have a shot ...

No cap and gown for KU's Fish Smithson this weekend — Washington rookie camp calls

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/oct/29/311482/ Over the past several months, as he trained for a future he hopes will include numerous seasons in the NFL, Fish Smithson looked forward to May 14. Like thousands of his University of Kansas classmates, Smithson couldn’t wait to finally walk down the hill at KU’s commencement ceremony and ...

A look at Frank Mason III's NBA Draft Combine competition at PG

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/feb/04/314275/ Various factors compel the NBA Draft’s projected top picks to skip this week’s combine in Chicago or merely attend without competing in five-on-five scrimmages. While you and I would love to watch one-and-done Kansas star Josh Jackson, UCLA’s Lonzo Ball or Washington’s Markelle Fultz take on other elite college ...

Perry Ellis and Cliff Alexander work out for NBA personnel at D-League Elite Mini Camp

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/jun/09/308086/ Frank Mason III and Svi Mykhailiuk weren’t the only former Kansas players [hoping to impress NBA decision-makers][1] in Chicago this week. Although their draft days came and went without the results for which they hoped, former KU forwards Perry Ellis and Cliff Alexander continued pursuing their professional objectives the ...

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