WRITER: Matt Tait

Kansas the pick, according to CBS' 'Candid Coaches' series

What do Kansas, Duke and Kentucky all have in common? In addition to being three of the biggest powerhouse recruiting programs in college basketball, being in the top four in all-time victories and having been led by Hall of Fame coaches, those three also were the most popular answers to the CBS Sports poll question, “Who will be the best team in college basketball in the 2018-19 season?” Big surprise, ...

KU freshman David McCormack nearly averaging a double-double in overseas contests

Kansas forward David McCormack is enjoying a strong showing during his overseas exhibition tour with Global Sports Academy in Belgium. In five games this week — all victories — McCormack has posted averages of 11 points and 9 rebounds per game, three times reaching double figures in scoring and recording a double-double of 10 points and 15 rebounds in the team’s 92-60 debut victory over the Antwerp ...

Kansas Basketball Record Watch 2018-19: Dedric Lawson

A couple of months ago, when KU junior Udoka Azubuike announced he would return for his junior season at Kansas instead of trying to make it in the NBA, the first thing that popped into my head was where Azubuike stood in KU’s record books in a few key areas. Granted, because he missed all but 11 games of his freshman season and also missed time during his sophomore season, Azubuike has not exactly played ...

Former KU guard Sam Cunliffe headed to Evansville

In the end, the right fit won out over the chance to finish his career closer to his hometown of Seattle. Either way, [former Kansas guard Sam Cunliffe][1] on Tuesday announced via Twitter that he was headed to Evansville, where he will sit out the 2018-19 season and have two years of eligibility remaining following his redshirt season. “Thank you Jesus for this opportunity,” Cunliffe Tweeted above a ...

Kansas Basketball Record Watch 2018-19: Mitch Lightfoot

A couple of months ago, when KU junior Udoka Azubuike announced he would return for his junior season at Kansas instead of trying to make it in the NBA, the first thing that popped into my head was where Azubuike stood in KU’s record books in a few key areas. Granted, because he missed all but 11 games of his freshman season and also missed time during his sophomore season, Azubuike has not exactly played ...

KU athletic department content with equipment policies in wake of UNC suspensions

The recent suspension of 13 North Carolina football players who sold exclusive, team-issued Jordan III shoes has college athletic departments across the country, including at the University of Kansas, on high alert. “You don’t have to be a Jordan school to be alerted,” said Jim Marchiony, associate athletic director for public affairs at Adidas-sponsored KU. “We all learn from each other’s ...

Kansas to face Marquette in NIT Season Tip-Off in Brooklyn

It’ll be Kansas versus Marquette on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, with the winner playing the winner of the Louisville-Tennessee the Friday after. A Kansas official confirmed the pairings of this year’s NIT Season Tip-Off event at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., to the Journal-World on Thursday night. Neither game is pencilled into the bracket on the NIT Season Tip-Off website nor on KU’s ...

Kansas Basketball Record Watch 2018-19: Lagerald Vick

A couple of months ago, when KU junior Udoka Azubuike announced he would return for his junior season at Kansas instead of trying to make it in the NBA, the first thing that popped into my head was where Azubuike stood in KU’s record books in a few key areas. Granted, because he missed all but 11 games of his freshman season and also missed time during his sophomore season, Azubuike has not exactly played ...

KU coach Bill Self willing to let 'significant changes' to NCAA rulebook play out

It’s anyone’s guess how much longer the FBI’s investigation into corruption in college basketball will last, but we now have concrete evidence that the probe has changed the game. The NCAA on Wednesday released a list of college basketball rule tweaks that Kansas basketball coach Bill Self termed “significant changes.” Although the timeline for each new rule varies and, in some cases, is dependent ...

Kansas cracks latest cut for pair of 4-star Class of 2019 hoops prospects

With the July evaluation period now behind us, several Class of 2019 prospects have started to get serious about their recruitment. And that means, first and foremost, the making and trimming of lists, with official visit dates and, ultimately, decisions to follow in the months ahead. Because just about every top prospect, year after year, at least kicks the tires on considering Kansas — a blue blood ...

Kansas Basketball Record Watch 2018-19: Udoka Azubuike

A couple of months ago, when KU junior Udoka Azubuike announced he would return for his junior season at Kansas instead of trying to make it in the NBA, the first thing that popped into my head was where Azubuike stood in KU’s record books in a few key areas. Granted, because he missed all but 11 games of his freshman season and also missed time during his sophomore season, Azubuike has not exactly played ...

KU's Charlie Moore a steady second PG option for USA squad

The second consecutive summer Italian tour for Kansas point guard Charlie Moore is nearing its end, and the KU sophomore has delivered a mixed bag of results thus far. Moore, in three games for the USA East Coast squad coached by Larry Brown, is averaging just over seven points per game in about 17 minutes per night and the USA team carries a 1-2 record into its Tuesday finale. After picking up its first win ...

Freshman Focus: Kansas PF David McCormack

By now, you've all read a dozen different places, and probably at least that many times, about how talented KU's incoming recruiting class really is. From five-star guards Quentin Grimes and Devon Dotson to beast big man David McCormack and under-the-radar potential steal Ochai Agbaji, Bill Self and company put together a deep and complete group that will go a long way toward softening the blow of having to ...

Freshman Focus: Kansas SG Quentin Grimes

By now, you've all read a dozen different places, and probably at least that many times, about how talented KU's incoming recruiting class really is. From five-star guards Quentin Grimes and Devon Dotson to beast big man David McCormack and under-the-radar potential steal Ochai Agbaji, Bill Self and company put together a deep and complete group that will go a long way toward softening the blow of having to ...

Cunliffe the latest Jayhawk to impact growing transfer trend and Kansas basketball

Updated 11:07 p.m. Aug. 14, 2018 Late last month, Sam Cunliffe became the 17th Kansas basketball player to leave the program for another Division I opportunity during Bill Self’s first 15 years at Kansas. That number, which does not include players who left basketball altogether, has been balanced out by Self bringing in 14 DI transfers during that same time. Three of those players — forwards Dedric and ...

Report: Malik Newman signs with Miami Heat

Former Kansas guard Malik Newman, who helped lead the Jayhawks to the 2018 Final Four and was one of the hottest guards in the country during the NCAA Tournament, has landed with his second NBA team since going undrafted in June. Michael Scotto, who covers the NBA for The Athletic, tweeted the news on Friday night. The Jackson, Miss., native who agreed to a two-way contract with the Los Angeles Lakers in the ...

Freshman Focus: Kansas PG Devon Dotson

By now, you've all read a dozen different places, and probably at least that many times, about how talented KU's incoming recruiting class really is. From five-star guards Quentin Grimes and Devon Dotson to beast big man David McCormack and under-the-radar potential steal Ochai Agbaji, Bill Self and company put together a deep and complete group that will go a long way toward softening the blow of having to ...

UNC to name basketball court after head coach Roy Williams

In a different world, a similar move could have happened at Kansas. Instead, it’s the University of North Carolina that will name its basketball court after long-time Tar Heels basketball coach Roy Williams, the school announced Thursday. Three weeks from today, during a Carolina Basketball reunion in Chapel Hill, N.C., Roy Williams Court at the Dean E. Smith Center will be dedicated, giving Williams a ...

Updated state of the KU basketball roster entering the final break of summer vacation

[Now that Sam Cunliffe is gone][1] and the Kansas basketball roster appears to be set for the 2018-19 season, we can take a deeper look at what’s ahead for the upcoming season, the rotation and each individual player. The Jayhawks recently wrapped up the second of two summer school sessions and will go their separate ways for the next few weeks before reporting back to campus before the start of the fall ...

Former KU guard Sam Cunliffe eyeing Washington as next stop

One of the big factors in former KU guard Sam Cunliffe's decision to leave Kansas was the desire to get closer to home. Eight days after [announcing his departure from Lawrence,][1] Cunliffe is closing in on making that happen. According to a source familiar with Cunliffe’s plans, the 6-foot-6, 200-pound guard from Seattle, who made a stop at Arizona State before coming to Kansas, is eyeing a return to the ...