WRITER: Matt Tait

NCAA.com's Andy Katz picks KU in 2020 Final Four

With all of those way-too-early preseason polls now a thing of the past, it’s time to transition into the era of media types making their Final Four picks long before the 2019-20 college basketball season begins or the bracket is even formed. One such prognosticator made his picks public on Tuesday, when Andy Katz, of NCAA.com, pegged KU, Michigan State, Florida and Louisville as his preseason Final Four. ...

KU-related recruiting storylines from last weekend's USA Basketball mini-camp in Colorado Springs

Fresh off another strong showing at last weekend’s USA Basketball mini-camp in Colorado Springs, Class of 2020 guard Bryce Thompson started talking timeline for a decision. “I may end up getting it done before my senior season starts just so that I can play freely, have fun and not having to be stressed about not having to perform every night but I don’t know,” Thompson recently told Rivals.com analyst ...

Former KU broadcaster Max Falkenstien dies at 95

Max Falkenstien, whose enthusiastic voice was a key part of the soundtrack of Kansas basketball and KU football for decades, died Monday afternoon. He was 95. News of his passing reached all corners of the country and no doubt affected both those who knew him and those who only felt like they did in a similar manner. “Max was a member of the greatest generation, a pioneer sports play-by-play broadcaster ...

Mission Accomplished: Eagle Bend's Ryan Cloud earns PGA Professional status

From the first time he heard he had a nice swing to the time he saw Tiger Woods’ epic chip fall softly into the cup at the 2005 Masters, Ryan Cloud knew he wanted to work in golf. Today, he’s doing it at the highest level possible and enjoying every second. Earlier this summer, Cloud, 35, officially received his PGA Professional status after completing the final steps in a seven-year journey that led to ...

Self Made to square off with unfamiliar opponent in first round of TBT tournament

It’s hard to know exactly how the Self Made squad will fare in both the TBT tournament as a whole and in today’s 6 p.m. opener against Sideline Cancer at Wichita State’s Koch Arena. But the former Jayhawks suiting up in the uniforms that bear their former head coach’s last name believe they’ve got all they need to make a run. “We’ve got a little bit of everything,” said former KU guard Brady ...

Summer practice battles highly prevalent for Kansas basketball

Loaded with a deep and talented roster full of new faces and returning veterans, summer workouts for the Kansas men’s basketball team have been intense. From players trying to prove themselves and earn their spots to individual battles and constant pushing for the sake of team improvement, the past couple of months have featured a hungry team fighting every day for the chance to get back on track. “Our ...

Former Jayhawk Dedric Lawson reportedly joining the San Antonio Spurs; McLemore on the move, too

Quick, think for a second about the one current or former NBA player who you would hire to help mentor and tutor former KU forward Dedric Lawson as he starts his NBA journey. Got one? Anyone? How about Tim Duncan? The Big Fundamental, who recently retired from a Hall of Fame career with the San Antonio Spurs seems like the perfect choice to help facilitate Lawson’s development from sleepy smooth college ...

Matt Tait: Training camp a key component of Self Made's TBT journey

Station to station they went, running not jogging, knowing that any wasted time could cost them. The faces and bodies have changed a little since their playing days at Kansas, but the players who make up this summer’s Self Made squad appear to remember how to prepare. Running through a 2-hour workout Monday morning at KU’s practice gym — a venue that everyone on the team but veteran big man Darrell ...

KU freshman Tristan Enaruna preparing for FIBA Europe U18 Championship with Netherlands national team

With his new teammates eyeing the end of summer workouts and a three-week break from the grind before the start of school, Kansas freshman Tristan Enaruna is preparing for competition. Playing with the Netherlands national team at the FIBA Europe Under 18 Championship in Greece, Enaruna for the past couple of weeks has been back in his home country playing in tune-up events and practicing with his countrymen ...

Former Jayhawk guard Brady Morningstar to handle coaching duties for Self Made

When former Kansas guard Brady Morningstar first heard that his friend and former teammate Elijah Johnson was putting together a team for The Basketball Tournament, he knew he wanted to get involved. But with roster spots already spoken for and additional bodies costing the team money, the opportunities were limited. And then Morningstar figured out a way and it’s been full-steam ahead since then. “It ...

Frank Mason III agrees to two-way contract with Milwaukee

Former Kansas point guard Frank Mason has found a new NBA home. A little more than two weeks after being waived by Sacramento, the team that drafted him with the No. 34 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Mason agreed to a two-way contract with the Milwaukee Bucks, according to a weekend report from Shams Charania, NBA writer for The Athletic. Mason later confirmed the news on Twitter, saying, “Proud to be ...

Mike "Scoop" Harding leaving LHS for college coaching job

A longtime face of basketball at all levels in Lawrence is leaving town. Mike “Scoop” Harding, who most recently served as an assistant coach at Lawrence High but also was the head coach at Bishop Seabury for two seasons, has accepted a position as an assistant coach with the men’s basketball program at Garden City Community College. “I’d like to thank Coach Patrick Nee and Athletic Director Greg ...

Current Jayhawks judge dunk contest at Lawrence AAU event

Four current Jayhawks, a couple of whom have experience playing in the Hardwood Classic AAU event and others like it, served as celebrity judges for the event’s slam dunk contest on Friday night. Juniors Marcus Garrett and Silvio De Sousa, sophomore Ochai Agbaji and freshman Christian Braun, took their spots at the judges’ table on Friday night to watch a series of competitors break out their best and ...

KU's Bill Self, others react to new college hoops recruiting calendar

The first of two annual Hardwood Classic AAU basketball tournaments hit Lawrence this weekend. But it did so without a key part of past events — big name coaches. For years, the Hardwood Classic has been a major attraction for several well known Division I basketball coaches, — including KU’s Bill Self — all of them flocking to Lawrence’s Rock Chalk Park to watch some of the nation’s top high ...

Self Made TBT squad to host meet and greet Sunday in Lawrence

Team Self Made, the all-KU alumni squad that hopes to be playing for a $2 million prize in The Tournament in the weeks ahead, is hosting a meet and greet for fans at Jefferson’s West in Lawrence on Sunday. Self Made general manager and lead guard Elijah Johnson will co-host the event from 3-6 p.m. Sunday and the club will be selling T-Shirts and mingling with fans as a small break in their training camp for ...

Gary Woodland misses cut at British Open

Kansas golf alum Gary Woodland’s dream of winning back to back majors came to an end on Friday evening at The Open Championship in Northern Ireland. Playing in his first of the PGA Tour’s four major tournaments since winning the U.S. Open in mid-June, Woodland followed up Thursday’s first-round 74 with an even-par 71 on Friday at Royal Portrush Golf Club in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, but the ...

The Big 3: Former KU greats set to return to KCMO this weekend with Ice Cube's BIG3 basketball league

Three of the biggest names in recent Kansas basketball history are coming back to the area this weekend, and they’re bringing a new brand of basketball with them. Former Jayhawks Mario Chalmers, Drew Gooden and Julian Wright are all slated to play with separate teams in the BIG3 event at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., on Saturday, and league officials could not be happier about bringing their league to ...

KU's Bill Self earns Kansan of the Year honor in Washington D.C.

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2018/dec/01/327981/ Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self was in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to accept the 2019 Kansan of the YEar award from the Kansas Society of Washington D.C. The society hosted its annual banquet Wednesday evening at the Westin Washington, D.C., City Center, and Self and his wife, Cindy, along with KU Athletic Director Jeff Long and other KU ...

Another MOKAN Elite prospect pops up on KU's radar

Add another member of the MOKAN Elite AAU program to the list of prospects on KU’s radar during the current recruiting cycle. According to his Twitter feed, Kennedy Chandler, the No. 28-ranked prospect in the 2021 class per Rivals.com recently picked up an offer from Kansas. Chandler, who teamed with [recent KU commitment Dajuan Harris to help bring home the Peach Jam title last weekend in Georgia,][1] ...

Another MOKAN Elite prospect pops up on KU's radar

Add another member of the MOKAN Elite AAU program to the list of prospects on KU’s radar during the current recruiting cycle. According to his Twitter feed, Kennedy Chandler, the No. 28-ranked prospect in the 2021 class per Rivals.com recently picked up an offer from Kansas. Chandler, who teamed with [recent KU commitment Dajuan Harris to help bring home the Peach Jam title last weekend in Georgia,][1] ...