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Morris twins, Thomas Robinson need fans' help to enter team in summer hoops tournament

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2012/jun/30/237070/ Marcus Morris is the coach. Markieff Morris is the general manager. Thomas Robinson is the team’s booster. What is this? Some Kansas basketball fanatic’s twisted NBA 2K dream? Not exactly. Actually, this is the structure for team FOE, a potential entry in this summer’s The Basketball Tournament — better ...

Stock watch: Wayne Selden's knee injury not helping 2nd-round status

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/apr/23/272327/ When Wayne Selden Jr. opted to undergo a procedure to fix a [“small” meniscus tear][1] in his right knee, it meant the junior shooting guard from Kansas wouldn’t be able to, you know, play basketball at the NBA Draft Combine. Theoretically, Selden could have helped his draft status — ...

Cheick Diallo proves at combine he belongs in NBA Draft

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/jan/30/302552/ Kansas basketball head coach Bill Self, who basically doubles as the general manger, president of basketball operations, CEO, guru, etc. of the program, has told the Lawrence Journal-World’s Gary Bedore on multiple occasions he didn’t expect KU big man Cheick Diallo to return and play for the Jayhawks next ...

Frank Mason III one of top candidates for Big 12 Player of Year next season

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/mar/24/305329/ Perhaps it is far too early to claim Player A will beat out Player B and Player C for some college basketball award that will be handed out 10 months from now. Maybe we should save such discussions for weeks before the season starts, instead of months. Whatever your ...

JaCorey Shepherd eager to return, compete for Eagles following ACL injury

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/sep/26/297090/ A sixth-round draft pick in 2015, former Kansas defensive back JaCorey Shepherd had worked his way up the Philadelphia Eagles’ depth chart heading into his rookie NFL season. But after putting himself in position to play as the Eagles’ nickel corner, a training camp collision with Darren Sproles tore ...

Stock watch: Cheick Diallo borderline first-round prospect entering combine

Benton Smith

In his 27 games at Kansas, freshman Cheick Diallo never turned into the interior force most expected the highly-rated big man to become. After a 13-point debut against Loyola (Md.) at Allen Fieldhouse, Diallo neither matched nor topped that total again, and only reached double-digit points on one other occasion ...

Unhyped Mitch Lightfoot has time to grow and contribute at Kansas

Benton Smith

Every year, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self brings in a new batch of recruits to add to the Jayhawks’ stockpile of talent. When he does, many of those freshman arrive in Lawrence with fans hoping the first-year college players will take on key roles in propelling KU to the Final ...

Stock watch: Perry Ellis looks like late 2nd-round pick (for now)

Benton Smith

If the NBA Draft happened today, odds are four-year Kansas forward Perry Ellis would last deep into the second round — or perhaps not be selected at all. A consensus All-American in his senior season with the Jayhawks, all Ellis did was average 16.9 points and 5.8 rebounds, shoot 53.1% ...

Comparing potential point guard transfers for KU

Benton Smith

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self and his assistants [remain in the hunt for a high school player][1] who can help the Jayhawks in the upcoming 2016-17 season. In the meantime, it seems increasingly likely they will also add a transfer with college experience. Reports surfaced in early April of KU’s ...

Bill Self wise to continue pursuing one-and-done talents such as Josh Jackson

Benton Smith

If you follow Kansas basketball, you’ve surely heard the theory thrown about on social media, internet comment sections, message boards or, you know, in actual in-person conversations. The argument usually goes something like: Bill Self can’t win with these one-and-done college basketball players, so KU should stop pursuing recruits the ...

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