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Jeremy Case promoted to full-time Kansas basketball assistant coach

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self announced Monday night that Jeremy Case has been promoted into a full-time assistant coaching role with the Jayhawks. Case fills the seat on Self’s bench that came open after the departure of Jerrance Howard earlier this year. But his addition to the staff hardly qualifies as adding a new face to the program. “I’ve known Jeremy since he was a baby and had the ...

A household name in college basketball he is not, but Jeremy Case is ready and qualified for his new role as a full-time KU hoops assistant

When Kansas fans first caught wind of Jeremy Case as a real option to replace Jerrance Howard on Bill Self’s staff, the reaction was somewhat mixed. I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like Case. In fact, most people absolutely love him. But there were — and probably still are — plenty of KU fans out there who were worried that Case would not be able to recruit at the level needed to be a factor in the ...

Realignment Today: Alliance chatter between ACC, Big Ten & Pac-12 brings potentially scary times for Big 12

The very thing that looked like it could save the Big 12 Conference a couple of weeks ago might now be the thing that winds up doing it in. Such is life on the wrong side of the realignment lunch room. If you’re not sitting with the popular kids today, you very much run the risk of getting overlooked when college football passes out its tastiest treats. We’re not there yet. But [a Friday report from The ...

KU assistant Jake Schoonover calls selfless special teams play a good indicator of a healthy culture

Jake Schoonover has a pretty simple philosophy for how to coach special teams that has very little to do with what takes place on the field. It also lines up perfectly with his run as one of the new assistant coaches working for the first time under new KU coach Lance Leipold. “I say this to our guys all the time: Our special teams is a reflection of the character in the locker room,” Schoonover said on ...

Despite offseason overhaul of KU hoops roster, point guard Dajuan Harris has a place

If Kansas point guard Dajuan Harris had it to do over again, he would start his first season as a Jayhawk the way he finished it. “I feel like I could play way better than I did last year,” the third-year sophomore recently said during a break at Brett Ballard’s Washburn Basketball camp earlier this summer in Topeka. “I should’ve been more aggressive (earlier) instead of waiting until later in the ...

KU assistant Jake Schoonover calls selfless special teams play a good indicator of a healthy culture

Jake Schoonover has a simple philosophy for how to coach special teams and it has very little to do with what takes place on the field. It also lines up perfectly with his run as one of the new assistant coaches working for the first time under new KU coach Lance Leipold. “I say this to our guys all the time: Our special teams is a reflection of the character in the locker room,” Schoonover said on ...

Kansas basketball alums Marcus Garrett, Udoka Azubuike off to fantastic starts at NBA Summer League

A pair of former Jayhawks who made a career out of making big plays during their time in Lawrence are now doing the same thing at the NBA’s Summer League in Las Vegas. Miami’s Marcus Garrett and Utah’s Udoka Azubuike have been two of the bigger stories with their respective squads in the early days of the annual summer showcase. And both have become that by doing the things that made them household ...

Class of 2022 prospect M.J. Rice to announce college choice on Tuesday

Marquise “M.J.” Rice, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound small forward from Prolific Prep in Napa, Calif., has pegged Tuesday as the day he will announce his college decision. Rice is expected to first share the news with Jason Jordan of SI Now on social media. Although he has not put out a list of official finalists, there are plenty of recruiting analysts out there who believe that the University of Kansas is in as ...

Former KU golf standout Chase Hanna cards third consecutive top-10 finish on PGA's European Tour

He’s still got a ways to go before he’s paired with major champion Gary Woodland at one of the world’s most famous golf courses, but Chase Hanna, another former Jayhawk standout, has been tearing it up on the PGA’s European Tour of late. Last weekend, Hanna finished tied for sixth at the Hero Open in Scotland, firing a 17-under for the tournament and moving his streak of rounds in the 60s to 11 of his ...

Former Jayhawk Ben McLemore eager for 'new chapter' in journeyman career with the Portland Trail Blazers

Former Kansas guard Ben McLemore is headed to Portland this offseason, where he’ll be playing for his fifth NBA team in nine seasons. Rather than struggling with the idea of being a journeyman veteran who has yet to find the right fit, McLemore embraced it. “I’m ready,” he said after last week’s Rock Chalk Roundball Classic game in Lawrence. “I’ve got two months to get ready so I can get this ...

Former KU All-American Devonte' Graham vows to remain the same after 'life changing' contract and fresh start in New Orleans

Former Kansas point guard Devonte’ Graham has a simple plan for how he’ll handle life with a newly signed, multimillion dollar contract. In short, it’ll be more of the same from the Raleigh, N.C. native and fourth-year pro, who just moved from Charlotte to New Orleans as part of a sign-and-trade deal worth $47 million over the next four years. “I don’t let that kind of stuff get to me,” Graham ...

Lance Leipold's willingness to work on full display at first Kansas football practice

With just two words during Thursday morning’s practice at KU, Kansas football coach Lance Leipold unveiled his plan for making up for lost time as the Jayhawks opened preseason camp. “More reps,” Leipold bellowed during a hand-placement drill with KU’s linemen near the start of the first official practice of the 2021 season. Then it was on to share that same message with the next group. Being ...

Former Kansas stars Markieff Morris, Devonte' Graham lead 3-point explosion at Rock Chalk Roundball Classic

On a night when some of the best shooters in recent Kansas basketball history lit up the nets and delighted the crowd at the Rock Chalk Roundball Classic, it was a player who made just 38 triples in his 3-year KU career that stole the show. Markieff Morris, who recently signed with the NBA’s Miami Heat, knocked in seven 3-pointers to help lead the Red team to a 108-97 victory over the Blue squad in Brian ...

Return of Rock Chalk Roundball Classic game set for Thursday night at Free State High

The Rock Chalk Roundball Classic returns on Thursday night, and four notable newcomers will be coming with it. Among the 32 former Jayhawks planning to play in the 13th annual event are twins Marcus and Markieff Morris, 2018 Final Four participant Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and former WNBA lottery pick Danielle McCray. Mykhailiuk, who participated in last year’s Shooting for the Stars 3-point contest but has ...

Realignment Today: U.S. Senator from Kansas calls on Department of Justice to investigate ESPN's role in conference realignment

United States senator Roger Marshall, a Kansas Republican, has called on U.S. attorney general Merrick Garland to investigate ESPN’s role in kick-starting the latest round of conference realignment. In a formal letter addressed to Garland, Marshall asked for the Department of Justice to look into ESPN’s role, if any, in Oklahoma and Texas leaving the Big 12 for the SEC. “I write today to ask that the ...

NBA Summer Leagues full of former Jayhawks trying to land roster spots

A handful of former Jayhawks still hoping to catch on in the NBA will get their chance to shine at the upcoming NBA summer leagues in Sacramento, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. While making an NBA roster through a strong showing in Summer League play is uncommon, it has happened in the past with a handful of players. And many others played their way into a two-way contract that led to good money and an even ...

Realignment Today: Reported meeting Tuesday between Big 12, Pac-12 worth noting for several reasons

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby has said throughout the past couple of weeks that he believed the Big 12 would have “options” that make it viable to stay together after Oklahoma and Texas depart. Although the conference — and college athletics as a whole — remains a long way from knowing what he meant by that, a hint surfaced Tuesday. According to a report from The Athletic’s Max Olson, Bowlsby was ...

Former Eudora standout Mitch Ballock to play NBA Summer League with Philadelphia

Former Eudora High standout Mitchell Ballock is getting his shot in the NBA. After going undrafted during last week’s NBA draft, the 6-foot-5 shooting guard agreed to join the Summer League squad of the Philadelphia 76ers. He’ll head to Las Vegas with the Sixers later this week. The team’s first game is slated for Aug. 9 against Dallas. Although the road to sticking with an NBA roster remains long, ...

Former Kansas PG Devonte’ Graham agrees to sign-and-trade deal with New Orleans worth $47 million

Updated at 9:03 p.m. Monday night Three days after Charlotte drafted UConn guard James Bouknight, crowding the Hornets’ backcourt even further than it already was, team GM Mitch Kupchak announced the Hornets had made a qualifying offer to free agent guard Devonte’ Graham. One day after that, Graham was traded to New Orleans as part of a sign-and-trade deal that will send Graham to the Pelicans and a ...

Former KU All-American Frank Mason III added to 76ers Summer League roster

Former Kansas point guard Frank Mason’s journey through the NBA has landed him an opportunity with the Philadelphia 76ers Summer League squad. Mason, the former college basketball national player of the year and 2020 G League MVP with the Milwaukee Bucks organization, is getting another crack with Philadelphia. There remains a long way to go before Mason is elevated into the conversation about joining the ...