WRITER: Matt Tait

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] ...

Matt Tait: Beer sales at Memorial Stadium worth the risk for Kansas football

Selling beer at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium won’t automatically fill the place with 50,000 rabid KU football fans. But it’s a start. And, frankly, I’m not sure what took this long. Wednesday morning, KU officials announced that beer and wine would be sold inside KU football’s home stadium during the upcoming season. The move is yet another indication that Athletic Director Jeff Long has ...

MOKAN connections: Four players from nearby AAU program now on KU basketball roster

With the count of recent MOKAN players at Kansas now up to four, head coach Chris Neff needed just three words to explain his feelings about Chris Teahan, Ochai Agbaji, Christian Braun and Dajuan Harris all joining the Jayhawks. “It’s very special,” Neff told the Journal-World late Tuesday night, a couple of hours after Harris became the latest player from his AAU program to commit to KU. While none of ...

Gary Woodland ready for first major since joining golf's elite

The last time he played in one of the PGA Tour’s four major golf tournaments, former Kansas golfer Gary Woodland had to hold off major monster Brooks Koepka to win the U.S. Open. This time, he’ll have to deal with the tournament favorite for the first two rounds. Teeing it up in a major for the first time since joining the fraternity of golf’s major winners last month, Woodland will play Rounds 1 and 2 ...

Living the Dream: Former KU basketball coach Ted Owens turns 90

Still humming along with equal amounts of pride in his home state of Oklahoma and the basketball program at Kansas, former KU head coach Ted Owens turns 90 today. One of nine head coaches in the 121-year history of Kansas basketball, Owens led the Jayhawks from 1964-83 and guided his teams to two Final Fours (1970-71, 1973-74), 348 victories and a .657 winning percentage. Sandwiched between names like ...

Former Jayhawk Perry Ellis inks with professional club in Japan

Nine days shy of opening play in The Basketball Tournament event in Wichita with nine fellow KU alums, former Kansas forward Perry Ellis solidified his future on Tuesday. Ellis, who spent the early portion of his pro career playing in the NBA’s G League as well as overseas in Australia, Italy, Germany and Turkey, has plans to add a new stamp to his passport. According to a report from Sportando.com, Ellis ...

Point guard Dajuan Harris commits to Kansas

The Kansas men’s basketball program has found a taker for its 13th and final scholarship for the 2019-20 roster. Dajuan Harris, a fast-rising 3-star point guard who is destined to crack the top 100 and earn a 4-star rating from Rivals.com when the updated ratings are released, announced his commitment to Kansas via Twitter on Tuesday night, just before 9 p.m. A recent graduate of Rock Bridge High in ...

KU target Dajuan Harris continues summer surge at Peach Jam

The MOKAN Elite AAU program won the star-studded Peach Jam AAU tournament in Georgia over the weekend and a current KU target was one of the team’s stars. [Dajuan Harris, a 3-star point guard out of Columbia’s Rock Bridge High,][1] who Rivals.com analysts have said is on the fast track to becoming a 4-star prospect when the next rankings come out, helped pace MOKAN Elite to the title. True to his ...

Jayhawks at Summer League: Thomas Robinson's new approach

As the NBA’s Summer League in Las Vegas draws to a close, it’s time for one final look at how a few former Jayhawks fared. For the past two weeks, nearly a dozen players who once suited up for Bill Self tried to put their best feet forward to catch the eye of NBA teams in time to earn a spot on one of the league’s 30 rosters heading into the 2019-20 season. Some of them, like Charlotte’s Devonte’ ...

Matt Tait: What if college basketball followed the NBA's free agency model?

Imagine a world in which KU big man Udoka Azubuike left for North Carolina, Devon Dotson jumped ship to Texas and Michigan State point guard Cassius Winston wound up at Villanova for his senior season. Now imagine that Duke point guard Tre Jones left for Kentucky, Kentucky point guard Ashtan Hagans bolted to Memphis, Baylor big man Tristan Clark landed at Duke and LSU guard Javonte Smart headed for Gonzaga. ...

Comparing Frank Mason III's pro path to that of other recent college basketball players of the year

Two years ago, Kansas point guard Frank Mason III was on top of the basketball world, sitting as the reigning college player of the year and just a couple of weeks removed from being drafted into the NBA with the No. 34 overall pick by the Sacramento Kings. Today, Mason, who has been dealing with a nagging right hip injury, is fighting to find his footing with the Kings’ summer league squad and is in search ...

KU to face host school Chaminade in Round 1 of the Maui Invitational in November

It’s been known for quite some time that the Kansas men’s basketball team was headed back to paradise this season. But now the Jayhawks know who they will be playing when they get there. The full bracket for the 2019 Maui Jim Maui Invitational tournament was released on Thursday and it features the Jayhawks squaring off with host school Chaminade at 8 p.m. (central) in the opening round on Nov. 25. The ...

3-star PG from Missouri picks up offer from Kansas

One of the fastest rising players in the Class of 2020 appears to have caught the attention of the Kansas basketball program. Dajuan Harris, a 6-foot-1 point guard from Columbia’s Rock Bridge High, revealed Tuesday on Twitter that he had received a scholarship offer from Kansas. Harris, a 3-star prospect in the Class of 2020, initially had been committed to Missouri State but, according to Rivals.com ...

Devon Dotson's decision to stay marks return of one of Bill Self's true workhorse point guards

It’s been a little more than a month since Kansas [freshman Devon Dotson made the big announcement that he was returning to KU for his sophomore season.][1] And given just how massive that news is for the 2019-20 Kansas basketball program, it’s worth celebrating it the way junior high kids in relationships tend to celebrate their anniversaries — by the week, to the day or even on the hour would all be ...

Schedule, uniforms set for Self Made squad in TBT

Ten former Jayhawks are now just two weeks away from returning to the court in crimson and blue. Self Made, a 10-man team put together by former KU guard Elijah Johnson for a run at the $2 million prize in this year’s edition of The Tournament, is putting the final touches on their plans for the big event. Johnson, who graduated from KU following the 2012-13 season, has said that the team will host a ...

Jayhawks at Summer League: Svi Mykhailiuk off to another hot start in Vegas

Former Kansas Jayhawk Svi Mykhailiuk is at it again out in Las Vegas. After shining with the Los Angeles Lakers’ Summer League squad in 2018, Mykhailiuk found a similar groove with his new team, the Detroit Pistons, over the weekend. Showing steady feel and rising confidence, Mykhailiuk proved to be one of the Pistons’ main offensive weapons over the weekend. In the opener, a 96-80 exhibition-type ...

Class of 2020 KU target Bryce Thompson invited to USA Basketball training camp, eyeing date to trim list

According to his Twitter account, Class of 2020 Kansas basketball target Bryce Thompson is headed to training camp for the USA Basketball Junior National Team. That fact is only going to add fuel to his fast-rising recruitment, which already includes KU and North Carolina and figures to reach the best of the best by the time it’s finished. Thompson, a 5-star guard from Booker T. Washington High in Tulsa, ...

KU's depth eye-opening for freshman point guard Issac McBride

Throughout his time as a standout basketball player on the Arkansas prep hoops scene, Kansas freshman Issac McBride made a name for himself as a prolific scorer. Last season, as a senior at Baptist Prep in Little Rock, Ark., McBride averaged 29 points per game and earned All-State and Gatorade Player of the Year honors. But he might not need to tap into those skills quite as much during his freshman season ...

Jayhawks galore on NBA Summer League rosters

With the NBA’s Summer League now under way, it’s time to take a look at the handful of former Kansas Jayhawks competing for various NBA teams this month. The list includes several well-known names from KU’s recent past and features players in a variety of positions with the teams they’re playing with, from players who already have guaranteed contracts to those who are simply trying to make their break. ...