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Healthy JaCorey Shepherd enters Eagles training camp inexperienced, but well educated

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/jul/26/309499/ It’s been close to 20 months since JaCorey Shepherd last played in a football game. Yet the former Kansas defensive back feels more prepared than ever as he embarks on the first true season of his professional career. Poised to start as a rookie nickel corner for Philadelphia last ...

Behind the scenes at Big 12 Media Days with Joe Dineen

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcMCCCXVmN4 Lawrence native Joe Dineen, who grew up watching Kansas football, represented his hometown program in Dallas at Big 12 Football Media Days this week. Dineen, a junior linebacker, took pride in wearing a Jayhawk lapel pin on his suit and talking KU football with sports reporters from around the ...

Wayne Selden Jr. trying to move past disappointment of going undrafted

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/mar/10/304528/ Projected as a mid- to late-second-round pick after leaving Kansas a year early to enter the NBA Draft, Wayne Selden Jr. remained mostly silent in the days following what had to be a disappointing night for the 21-year-old guard, who watched from afar as 60 other players realized their ...

Immense opportunity awaits Perry Ellis at Las Vegas summer league

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/feb/03/302737/ Four years worth of work with Kansas basketball wasn’t enough to get Perry Ellis drafted into the NBA. Now the 22-year-old forward has a few days in Las Vegas to secure a spot in the league the hard way. A free agent playing for the Mavericks’ summer league entry ...

Josh Jackson brings 'alpha dog mentality' to court, doesn't mind talking trash

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/jun/15/308365/ Kansas basketball coach Bill Self has to love bringing in some of the country’s top-ranked freshmen year after year. Naturally, some first-year players are more exciting than others — even if Self, like a proud father, wouldn’t admit it. As a coach, few recruiting experiences could possibly match the ...

Malik Newman's MSU highlights reveal much about his game

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/jul/01/308854/ Kansas basketball fans will have to wait a while to see the [team’s newest member, Malik Newman][1], suit up and contribute for the Jayhawks. NCAA transfer rules dictate Newman, a guard who spent his freshman year with Mississippi State, won’t be eligible to play for KU until the 2017-18 ...

Making a case for Joel Embiid as the NBA's 2017 Rookie of the Year

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/jun/28/308810/ No offense, Ben Simmons. Sorry, Brandon Ingram. Nothing personal, Buddy Hield. Don’t get upset, Kris Dunn. With all due respect to those lottery picks and the other big names from the 2016 NBA Draft class, if you asked me right now who I would pick to win Rookie of ...

Examining Perry Ellis' chances with the Dallas Mavericks

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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, ...

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