WRITER: Matt Tait

KU coach Bill Self says nothing new to report on Silvio De Sousa's status

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said Thursday that he did not have “anything new to report on that at all,” when asked about the eligibility status of sophomore forward Silvio De Sousa. De Sousa, who remains sidelined at KU’s discretion pending the outcome of an NCAA investigation into his eligibility, has not played at all this season — including exhibition games — and is awaiting the results of a ...

Second-ranked Jayhawks winning early despite sluggish practice habits

The Kansas basketball program’s annual boot camp routinely takes place in September, shortly after the players report to campus and a new school year officially begins. But earlier this week, thanks to a lackluster effort by the second-ranked Jayhawks during a regularly scheduled Tuesday practice, a mini-boot camp broke out during an evening session scheduled at the last minute by KU coach Bill Self. “It ...

KU senior Lagerald Vick's stellar start about way more than hot shooting

After blistering the nets by making 15 of 20 3-point shots in back-to-back home victories that resulted in new career-highs, Kansas senior Lagerald Vick opened each of KU’s games in Brooklyn, N.Y., by lighting it up from the outside as well. In the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinal against Marquette, Vick hit his first three before cooling off, temporarily pushing the astronomical figure to 18 of his last 23 ...

Matt Tait: History of developing NFL talent an added bonus of Les Miles hire

The list of former LSU Tigers who played for Les Miles and were drafted into the NFL is roughly as long as the number of junior college transfers the Kansas football program brought in during the past 10 years, hoping against hope that the juco route would be the elixir that cured KU’s woes. Can you imagine if Miles flips the script? OK, OK. Predicting that Miles will put a bunch of current and future ...

KU coach Bill Self seeking more aggressive approach from freshman guard Quentin Grimes

After his 21-point, 6-of-10 from 3-point-range shooting performance against Michigan State in Kansas’ season-opening victory at the Champions Classic in Indianapolis, a lot of the talk surrounding freshman Quentin Grimes’ delightful debut centered on the fact that the shooting guard played with a free mind and just let it fly. In the three weeks since that night, the Grimes glider has been grounded due to ...

Matt Tait: Kansas coach Les Miles doesn't have to win big right away to make good on recent claim

Last week, on his final “Les Is More” podcast with his daughter, Smacker, for The Players Tribune, new Kansas football coach Les Miles caught people’s attention with one simple sentence: “I think we will win in the first year.” Bold plans for a bold man. But while some Kansas fans — those no doubt still shaking from the joy of luring a man of Miles’ stature to town in the first place — ...

Self says sophomore guard Marcus Garrett on track to return Saturday

[Sidelined for last Friday's showdown with No. 5 Tennessee in the title game of the NIT Season Tip-Off in Brooklyn, N.Y.,][1] Kansas sophomore Marcus Garrett is on his way back. But he’s not there yet. Speaking to a live audience during Tuesday’s “Hawk Talk” radio show at Johnny's West in Lawrence, KU coach Bill Self provided an update on Garrett’s status after the Dallas native was held out of ...

Self, Jayhawks have more to focus on than KU's spot in AP poll

Looking for a Monday morning jolt to shake them out of their Thanksgiving food hangovers and the start to another full work week, Kansas Basketball fans may well have started counting down the minutes and hours until the newest AP poll gets released. That will come in a couple of hours and we’ll know then whether two Top 10 victories in their first five games will return KU to the No. 1 ranking or if yet ...

Jayhawks jumped by Gonzaga, stay at No. 2 in latest AP Top 25

For the second time during this young college basketball season, the Kansas men’s basketball program was jumped in the Associated Press poll without losing. This time, however, the Jayhawks (5-0) did not fall, rather they stayed in the same spot they were in a week ago, despite No. 1 Duke losing. Kansas, which won the NIT Season Tip-Off in Brooklyn last week, stayed at No. 2 in the AP Top 25 but watched ...

KU's Dedric Lawson earns second Big 12 player of the week honor of 2018-19 season

After posting a pair of double-doubles in New York last week, Kansas junior Dedric Lawson earned Big 12 player of the week honors for the second time this season, the Big 12 announced Monday. Lawson, who also received the honor back in Week 1 after recording a double-double in KU’s season-opening victory over Michigan State at the Champions Classic, averaged 25 points and 12.5 rebounds during KU’s NIT ...

Jayhawks land at No. 11 in NCAA's first NET rankings of 2018-19 season

The Kansas men's basketball team may have held on to the No. 2 spot in this week’s Associated Press poll, voted on by various media members who cover college basketball, but the Jayhawks could not crack the Top 10 in the first ever NET Rankings, released Monday by the NCAA. New to college basketball this year as a replacement for the RPI system that long has shaped the way teams are added to the postseason ...

Vick for Player of the Year, K.J. Lawson becomes a starter or a Quentin Grimes breakout?

It’s hard to believe that just a week ago we were all digesting the news that Les Miles was the new Kansas football coach. Now, after the season football finale against Texas and an impressive week of basketball in the Big Apple, the whole idea that Miles is KU’s football coach seems to be commonly accepted and embraced both here in Lawrence and across the country. Crazy how fast things can change. ...

Jayhawks return home from Big Apple with increased confidence, lingering questions

After four days of basketball-centric time in New York City last week, the Kansas men’s basketball team celebrated its NIT Season Tip-Off title with a little fun in the Big Apple. From the top of the Freedom Tower’s One World Observatory to the heart of Times Square, the Jayhawks soaked up a little life in the big city before returning home on Sunday afternoon. “First of all, it’s great to come to the ...

Big night on big stage leaves KU's Lawson brothers beaming

New York — Their pick-and-roll might not have been as vicious at 3 feet tall as it is today at 6-foot-9 and 6-foot-7. But Dedric and K.J. Lawson sure are glad to be back out on the court together making plays for their team. “That’s been our game our whole life,” Dedric said after he and his brother combined for 32 points and 19 rebounds in KU’s 87-81, overtime win over Tennessee on Friday night at ...

Jayhawks, Vols ready for Top 5 showdown in Brooklyn

New York — It’s a top 5 showdown on Black Friday for the NIT Season Tip-Off title at Barclays Center. And Kansas coach Bill Self believes the game could be more important for his second-ranked Jayhawks than it is for No. 5 Tennessee. The reason? It has nothing to do with future seeding, fancy trophies or feel-good victories. Although the Jayhawks (4-0) would take a win in any of those categories, as ...

4-star PF Zeke Nnaji picks Arizona over Kansas, four others

A little more than nine hours before No. 2 Kansas and No. 5 Tennessee got to work in the title game of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Barclays Center, the Jayhawks got a bit of bad news from the recruiting trail when four-star power forward Zeke Nnaji announced his commitment to Arizona. Nnaji, a 6-foot-10, 215-pound prospect from Hopkins High outside of Minneapolis, announced the news in the Hopkins gymnasium ...

No. 2 Kansas outlasts No. 5 Tennessee to stay undefeated

Brooklyn, N.Y. — Kansas freshman Devon Dotson may not quite be worthy of mention in the same breath as former KU stars Frank Mason III and Devonte’ Graham just yet. But he’s gaining on it. And one of the big reasons he is stems from the fact that Dotson already appears to have learned a valuable lesson that served both Mason and Graham extremely well during the past couple of seasons — get the ball to ...

Notebook: Marcus Garrett misses game against No. 5 Tennessee

Brooklyn, N.Y. — Kansas basketball coach Bill Self revealed before Friday’s game with No. 5 Tennessee that sophomore forward Marcus Garrett would not play because of what KU officials called, “concussion-like symptoms.” Garrett, who started the second half of KU’s win over Marquette on Wednesday in the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals, was hit in the head late in the win over the Golden ...

Notebook: Defensive prowess earns Marcus Garrett second-half start vs. Marquette

Brooklyn, N.Y. — Kansas sophomore Marcus Garrett was on the floor to start the second half of KU’s come-from-behind, 77-68 victory over Marquette at Barclays Center Wednesday night. And Kansas coach Bill Self said afterward that there was a very simple reason for Garrett temporarily taking the spot belonging to freshman guard Quentin Grimes. “Well, we were just trying to play the guys that played ...

Matt Tait: KU linebacker Joe Dineen Jr. ready for final act in classic career that rang familiar

The onslaught of campaign ads has dissipated and the elections are over. But there’s still one more order of business and a couple of key votes ahead for Kansas senior Joe Dineen Jr. During the past couple of months, the Kansas football program has had a little fun with election season and Dineen’s status as a nominee for several prominent national awards. While he technically has not had to run against ...