WRITER: Matt Tait

Former KU great Sherron Collins picks up college degree

On pages 42 and 43 of the 2009-10 Kansas basketball media guide sit a couple of small glimpses into the academic career of former KU point guard Sherron Collins. On page 42, under the section called “The Collins File,” it lists Collins’ favorite subject as English. On page 43, under the section titled “Off the Court,” it lists the major of Sherron Marlon Collins as African and African American ...

KU cracks Top 12 for elite 2019 point guard Cole Anthony

Even if their squad is on it, it’s hard for a college coaching staff to get too excited when a prospect they covet trims his list to a final 12. So many teams remain, so much work still to do, the finish line is still so far away. But in the case of a player like Class of 2019 point guard Cole Anthony, who did just that late Monday, there’s plenty of reason to be pumped up. Anthony, who is ranked No. 2 ...

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl sets official visit to Kansas

Class of 2019 forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl will officially visit Kansas during the weekend of Sept. 28 for Late Night in the Phog, his mother, Katie Robinson, told KUsports.com. Robinson-Earl, who transferred to IMG Academy for his senior year, named his top five schools earlier this month, with Villanova, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Arizona joining Kansas on his list. Robinson-Earl has long been one of ...

Five-star 2019 center James Wiseman plans visit to Kansas

One of the top-ranked prep basketball players in the Class of 2019 has scheduled an official visit to Kansas for Late Night the weekend of Sept. 28. And, according to his mother, James Wiseman’s trip to Lawrence is not just a formality. Speaking with 247 Sports recruiting analyst Evan Daniels this week, Wiseman’s mother, Donzaleigh Artis, classified her son’s recruitment as “wide open.” ...

Class of 2019 PG Tre Mann ends recruitment, picks Gators

The on-again-off-again recruitment of The Villages, Fla., point guard Tre Mann appears to have come to a close. According to a Tuesday evening Tweet from his own account, Mann has orally committed to Florida, picking the Gators over Kansas, North Carolina and Tennessee and eliminating the need for planned visits with the KU coaching staff in the coming weeks. "I'm 100 percent committed to the University of ...

Why KU's 2019 recruiting class doesn't have to include a point guard

Last week, we learned that [longtime KU commitment Markese Jacobs, a point guard in the Class of 2019 ranked No. 92 overall by Rivals.com, was reopening his recruitment][1] and likely headed toward not becoming a Jayhawk. To most who follow recruiting closely, including our own KUsports.com recruiting insider Matt Scott, the news came as little surprise. After all, Jacobs — 5-foot-11, 170 pounds — ...

KU coach Bill Self to be honored by OSU Alumni Association

His goal, these days, is to emerge victorious at least twice a year in his matchups with his alma mater. But that did not stop Oklahoma State University’s Alumni Association from honoring Bill Self as Distinguished Alumni Award recipients for 2018. Self, along with six other OSU alums, will be recognized at a public reception at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center on Sept. 14 and again during an on-field ...

Jayhawks set to get serious with preseason basketball workouts

Hernia surgery kept Kansas coach Bill Self mostly away from his team during the Jayhawks’ first week on campus. But before he went into the operating room last Thursday, Self saw enough to know where the 2018-19 team stood entering the start of the fall semester. “You know, our conditioning’s awful, which you would anticipate it being,” Self began. “And I’ve said hundreds of times already, and ...

KU sports figures, Lawrence schools deputy superintendent rappel down 7-story building for charity

Seated seven stories down, near the corner of Ninth and New Hampshire streets, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self craned his neck to watch assistant coach Kurtis Townsend and former KU basketball players Jeremy Case and Jeff Hawkins rappel down the 888 Lofts building for Saturday’s “Over The Edge” charity event. Originally slated to be the one in the harness, Self was forced to miss the event, a ...

KU-Marquette tipoff set for 6 p.m. Nov. 21 in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The opponent was revealed a couple of weeks ago, but we now know the tip-off time for KU’s first game in the Big Apple this November. Kansas and Marquette will square off at approximately 6 p.m. on Nov. 21 in the second of two games played at Barclays Center that day as part of this year’s NIT Season Tip-Off event in Brooklyn, N.Y. Louisville and Tennessee will face each other at 4 p.m. Nov. 21, in the ...

Class of 2019 point guard and KU commitment Markese Jacobs reopens recruitment

According to a Friday afternoon report from 247 Sports recruiting analyst Evan Daniels, the lone player committed to Kansas in the Class of 2019 is now uncommitted. Markese Jacobs, a Chicago senior ranked No. 92 in the class by Rivals.com, told Daniels that he was reopening his recruitment and still considering Kansas. Jacobs, 5-foot-11, 170 pounds, committed to Kansas shortly after making an unofficial ...

KU coach Bill Self sidelined for Saturday fundraiser in downtown Lawrence

It was billed as the day Kansas basketball coach Bill Self would go “Over the Edge” and rappel down a seven-story downtown Lawrence building for charity. Instead, the KU coach will watch staff members Kurtis Townsend and Jeremy Case scale down the 888 Lofts building in his place. The KU basketball program on Friday announced that Self’s recovery from “a minor hernia repair” would keep the KU coach ...

New KU deal with ESPN+ means Jayhawk TV Network will be available nationwide without blackouts

Frustrations from KU fans unable to see the six men’s basketball games broadcast only by Jayhawk TV during recent years are now a thing of the past. Thanks to a new agreement between KU and its media partners, which includes an expanded lineup of Spectrum Sports, Cox Cable, KMCI, MidCo Sports Network and ESPN, the blackout associated with those six early season, men’s basketball games has been ...

Kansas Basketball Record Watch 2018-19: Devon Dotson

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 administrator calls college basketball's new NET system a good replacement for RPI

College basketball is changing the system it uses to evaluate the strength of its teams for inclusion and seeding in the NCAA Tournament. But, according to KU administrator Larry Keating, who, for years, has been heavily involved in making the schedule for the KU men’s basketball program, the new system does not figure to have much of an impact on KU. “Overall, I think the whole concept of this new system ...

Class of 2019 PG Tre Mann sets visits with Kansas

The original announcement was supposed to come three weeks ago, [but then Tre Mann reopened his recruitment.][1] Now, the four-star point guard from The Villages, Fla., is in the process of setting up official visits and Kansas remains on his list. Mann, a 6-foot-4, 170-pound point guard who had previously narrowed his choices down to a final three of Kansas, Florida and Tennessee, has put North Carolina ...

Jayhawks back on campus, ready to dive into preseason hoops work

The gang’s all here and the Kansas men’s basketball team is officially ready to begin preparations for the 2018-19 season, which officially opens in just 39 days. That date — Sept. 28 — marks the arrival of Late Night in the Phog, KU’s first official practice of the season, with KU’s first exhibition game of the 2018-19 season (Oct. 25 vs. Emporia State) coming less than a month after that. ...

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 ...