WRITER: Matt Tait

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. ...

Kansas sophomore Ochai Agbaji impressed with KU freshmen during early portion of summer workouts

Kansas sophomore Ochai Agbaji had the rare advantage of a little history with one of the Jayhawks’ four incoming freshmen at his disposal when the newcomers reported to campus in June. But that did not keep Christian Braun from surprising his former AAU teammate — both played for MoKan Elite before joining the Jayhawks — during the first few weeks of pickup games and camp scrimmages. “He’s really ...

U.S. Open champ Gary Woodland honored with celebration in downtown Topeka

Topeka — A little more than two weeks removed from his first major golf victory at the 2019 U.S. Open, Gary Woodland found himself at Kansas basketball practice Tuesday afternoon. The setting proved to be the perfect place for Woodland to soak up a little insider information that would help him answer one of the tougher questions he was asked later in the day at Tuesday’s Gary Woodland Block Party in ...

KU newcomer Tristan Enaruna noticed Bill Self's success with foreign-born players when picking Kansas

Although their measurements and skills are not exactly the same, the college success of Ukrainian sharp-shooter Svi Mykhailiuk played a small role in Kansas landing 4-star forward Tristan Enaruna. Enaruna, who officially became a Jayhawk in early May, stands 6 feet 9 inches tall and is gifted with the kind of versatility that makes just about anything possible on the court and during his career. Five years ...

Did former Jayhawk Devonte' Graham catch a break or a bad deal with Charlotte on Sunday?

If you follow the NBA at all, whether for the superstars and sensational storylines or the former Jayhawks scattered throughout the league, you surely know by now that some pretty big things went down on Sunday evening. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to Brooklyn. Kemba Walker to Boston. Al Horford to Philadelphia. D’Angelo Russell to Golden State. Jimmy Butler to Miami. And a dozen or so more free agent ...

Landen Lucas the latest Jayhawk to land NBA Summer League spot

With his stint on team “Self Made” set for late July, former Kansas big man Landen Lucas found something to keep him busy during the early portion of the month that also will help whip him back into playing shape. Lucas on Saturday announced on Twitter that he will join the Atlanta Hawks’ summer squad next month in Las Vegas. The NBA’s Summer League is slated to run July 5-15 and will feature a ...

First-year Baker football coach Jason Thoren primed and ready for new role

Four months into his new role as the head football coach at Baker University, Jason Thoren is exactly where he believes he belongs. Sliding into the head coach’s office to replace former Baker coach Mike Grossner, Thoren acknowledges that there are a few differences about his new job and the one he did under Grossner for the past 15 years. But it’s still the same game. Coaching football is coaching ...

Former Kansas guard Quentin Grimes headed to Houston, reportedly seeking immediate eligibility

Former Kansas guard Quentin Grimes has found a new home. The one-time 5-star prospect who started all 36 games for the Jayhawks during his freshman season in 2018-19 announced on Twitter Thursday that he was transferring to the University of Houston to continue his playing career. The UH campus is roughly an hour away from Grimes’ home in The Woodlands, Texas. Grimes, who declared for the 2019 NBA draft ...

Class of 2020 5-star guard Bryce Thompson in Lawrence for unofficial visit

Now that the Kansas men’s basketball program has figured out a way to fill up its 2019 recruiting class, the KU coaches can spend their time focusing on what comes next. Although the big-picture answer to that question remains up in the air, the more immediate focus is clear. And it started Thursday, when Kansas welcomed Class of 2020 guard Bryce Thompson to town for an unofficial visit. Thompson, a 5-star ...

Late Night in the Phog set for Oct. 4 at Allen Fieldhouse

The Kansas men’s basketball program on Thursday afternoon announced Friday, Oct. 4 as the date for this year’s Late Night in the Phog at Allen Fieldhouse. This year’s event will be the 35th annual Late Night extravaganza that annually kicks off another season of Kansas basketball. As usual, Late Night in the Phog will feature music by the KU pep band, routines from KU’s spirit squad and dance teams, ...

KU sophomore Ochai Agbaji emphasizing personal development, team leadership this offseason

Within minutes of suffering a season-ending loss to Auburn in this year’s NCAA Tournament, then-Kansas freshman Ochai Agbaji immediately began looking forward. “This is going to be in my back pocket and my last few performances are going to be in my back pocket, too, how I kind of disappeared late in the season,” Agbaji said in the Kansas locker room in Salt Lake City, still allowing the loss to sink in. ...

Former Jayhawk Lagerald Vick lands Summer League spot with Houston

Former Kansas guard Lagerald Vick is getting his shot in the NBA. Vick, who had an up-and-down, four-year career at KU, both on and off the court, has agreed to join the Houston Rockets’ Summer League squad, according to a report from Ian Begley, who covers the Knicks, Nets and NBA for SNY TV in New York. Undrafted in last week’s draft, Vick, who graduated from KU in May, earned the opportunity with the ...

Former KU All-American Thomas Robinson eyeing another shot in the NBA

Former lottery pick Thomas Robinson is eyeing a return to the NBA this summer. Robinson, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft, has agreed to join the San Antonio Spurs’ Summer League roster in Las Vegas, according to Twitter account @HoopsRumors. The 28-year-old former KU All-American who led the Jayhawks to the 2012 national title game in New Orleans has played with Sacramento, Houston, Portland, ...

KU assistant Jerrance Howard catches up with Chicago Jayhawks old and new

Back in his hometown of Peoria, Ill., for a charity golf event this week, Kansas basketball assistant Jerrance Howard was in Chicago over the weekend and he caught up with a couple of Jayhawks past and present. As luck would have it, the two were actually working out together, making it even easier for Howard, now in his seventh season on Bill Self’s coaching staff, to reconnect with former KU forward Cliff ...

Class of 2022 guard Tre White commits to Kansas

It may have taken a while for the Kansas men’s basketball program to fill its 2019 recruiting class, but the Jayhawks are off to headstart in the Class of 2022. Tre White, a top-talent guard at Washington High in Milwaukee, on Sunday orally committed to Kansas, a move that was confirmed on Twitter by White’s AAU program, Mac Irvin Fire. The tweet included a typo, calling White a member of the Class of 2020 ...

Matt Tait: Rock Chalk Roundball Classic just keeps getting bigger, better

For years, the Rock Chalk Roundball Classic was a fun summer event that brought together a bunch of former KU basketball players for a night of highlights. Today, the Roundball Classic has become a powerhouse, three-day fundraiser for a great cause — helping area families that are fighting against pediatric cancer. According to event organizer Brian Hanni, the voice of the Jayhawks, the early returns on ...

Report: Dedric Lawson agrees to free agent deal with Golden State after going undrafted in NBA Draft

Former Kansas forward Dedric Lawson, a 6-foot-9 junior from Memphis who left school a year early to pursue his NBA dreams, went undrafted during Thursday’s NBA Draft in Brooklyn, N.Y. But it did not take him long to catch on with a team. Just minutes after the draft wrapped around 11:30 p.m. Thursday night, a report from Yahoo! Sports indicated that Lawson had agreed to a summer league deal with the Golden ...