Tale of the Tait

Life after Ayton: Quick look at 2017 big men still available

Matt Tait

The Kansas men’s basketball team missed out on one of their top targets on Tuesday, when 7-foot center DeAndre Ayton, the nation’s top-ranked recruit in the Class of 2017, opted for Arizona over Kansas and Kentucky. Ayton’s decision, though not crippling, certainly served as a blow to KU’s recruitment of ...

Top-ranked 2017 hoops prospect DeAndre Ayton set to announce decision at 5 p.m.

Matt Tait

DeAndre Ayton, the No. 1-ranked player in the 2017 high school basketball recruiting class, announced on Twitter Tuesday afternoon that he will be revealing the identity of his future school on ESPN's SportsCenter at 5 p.m. Ayton, a 7-foot, 250-pound center from Phoenix's Hillcrest Academy will choose between Kansas, Kentucky ...

KU guard Frank Mason needs your help

Matt Tait

The hair's a bit longer than it was a year ago, but that's the least of senior guard Frank Mason's concerns heading into the 2016-17 season. Mason, who appears to be in the best shape of his life and — believe it or not — looks leaner, stronger and more ...

Even as things change, it's more of the same with Big 12 expansion talk

Matt Tait

I’m as interested as the next guy in seeing exactly what happens with all of this Big 12 expansion talk, chatter that makes the possibility of new schools joining the league seem more and more real every day. Wednesday, news surfaced across the country from various Big 12 expansion candidates ...

Bottoms up with Bill Self?

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/users/photos/2010/feb/22/187246/ More feedback from CBSsports.com, which has been conducting a “Candid Coaches” series all summer long. After revealing earlier this week that Self was one of the top three vote-getters among his peers to the question, [“Which college coach would you want coaching your own son,”][1] it seems that there’s ...

KU's Bill Self tapped by peers as one of the coaches they'd want their sons to play for

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/mar/12/304726/ When CBSsports.com’s Gary Parrish asked his latest Candid Coaches question of the summer, just three college basketball coaches received double-digit votes. The question, asked of more than 100 college hoops coaches across the country, read: [“Which college coach would you want coaching your own son?”][1] Answering under the condition ...

Why KU freshman Josh Jackson wears No. 11 and how he got it

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/jun/15/308365/ If you’re like most fans, you occasionally find yourself wondering why some of your favorite athletes wear the numbers they wear. It’s pretty much automatic to assume that a basketball player wearing No. 23 is doing so to honor Michael Jordan, even if that’s not the case. And there ...

Frank Mason set to fire first pitch at KU Day at The K

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/users/photos/2016/aug/16/309830/ KU senior Frank Mason Tweeted on Tuesday that he will be throwing out the first pitch at the Kansas City Royals game on Sunday. Sunday is KU Day at The K and several Jayhawks from all across the athletic department, including players, coaches and administrators, will be in attendance ...

It's never too early for some preseason college hoops predictions

Matt Tait

So here we sit, a little more than three weeks away from the start of football season and that means it’s time to start looking at preseason basketball predictions.... Wait, what? As much as that might not be a reality anywhere else in the country, it certainly is the case ...

Wiggins' star continues to shine brighter with new shoe release

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/mar/27/289135/ Shortly after becoming one of the prized signings of Kansas coach Bill Self, former KU star Andrew Wiggins became one of the premiere spokesmen for Adidas basketball. Earlier this summer, Wiggins took another step toward becoming a mega shoe mogul when he helped Adidas launch its newest basketball shoe, ...

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