WRITER: Matt Tait

New KU commitment Christian Braun no stranger to Border War basketball

When it comes to the 100-plus year history of Kansas basketball, finding good KU-Missouri stories is easy to do. For decades until its end in 2012, the Border War matchup was one of the most anticipated games of the season, no matter how each team was doing in the win/loss column. And KU and MU are responsible for some of the most intense and memorable games in the history of both programs. But would you ...

KU still has plenty of options after four-star forward Samuell Williamson picks Louisville

A few hours after [new Kansas basketball commitment Christian Braun made his pledge official,][1] a former KU target ranked in No. 34 overall in the class of 2019 ended his recruitment elsewhere. Small forward Samuell Williamson, a 6-foot-7, four-star prospect from Rockwall, Texas, orally committed to Louisville on Monday evening via Twitter. Williamson, who had KU in his list of finalists and had taken an ...

Christian Braun commitment evokes memories of a former Jayhawk great

Christian Braun’s opportunity to make a name for himself as a Kansas basketball player still may be a ways out. But, according to KUsports.com recruiting insider Matt Scott, the latest KU commitment is well on his way to following in the footsteps of a former KU star who later wrote a book about the way he played. “(KU coach Bill) Self hasn’t really had anyone like him,” Scott said of the 6-foot-5 ...

Early to bed, early to rise: Boot camp off and running for Kansas basketball

Monday was a feet-shuffling, legs-turning, lungs-working-overtime kind of morning for the members of the Kansas basketball program, who kicked off another year of Bill Self boot camp at 6 a.m. at the Jayhawks’ practice gym. And sophomore guard Marcus Garrett, now a one-year veteran of the 10-day conditioning crusade, said Monday’s fun was pretty much exactly what he remembered from his first go-around a ...

Jayhawks bracing for another Bill Self boot camp

In late August, just a few weeks after the Kansas men’s basketball team had arrived back on campus, KU coach Bill Self was asked a simple question. “How has the team looked?” a small group of reporters wondered. Without hesitating and in that self-deprecating, Self sort of way, the Kansas coach said simply, “Our conditioning’s awful.” There’s no doubt that the Jayhawks have taken plenty of ...

One Year Later: KU basketball coach Bill Self reflects on Hall of Fame induction after watching 2018 class go in

It’s been a year since Kansas basketball coach Bill Self stood on a brightly lit stage in Springfield, Mass., and saw his informal title instantly transform from elite college coach and national champion to Hall of Famer. But in the 12 months since that special night, when Self celebrated with nearly 150 family members, friends and former players, not much has changed for the basketball coach. Sure, he ...

Tracking the movement of a few KU basketball targets in updated Rivals rankings

The rest of the updated Rivals150 2019 basketball class was released Tuesday, one day after Rivals teased the new list by announcing the updated Top 10. Although Kansas currently is without a commitment in the 2019 class, there are plenty of noteworthy names dotting the Top 150 who have expressed interest in joining the Jayhawks and may some day suit up in crimson in blue. Two of them — Matthew Hurt and ...

2019 prospects Matt Hurt, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl still listed in updated Rivals Top 10

Class of 2019 Kansas basketball targets Matthew Hurt and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl each dropped a spot in the updated Rivals.com rankings, but both remained in the Top 10. Hurt, a five-star forward from Rochester, Minn., who welcomed the Kansas coaching staff into his living room over the weekend, dropped from No. 5 overall in the 2019 class to No. 6. Robinson-Earl, another five-star forward from nearby Kansas ...

Big weekend awaits Class of 2019 big man Matt Hurt

The recruitment for Class of 2019 forward Matthew Hurt is starting to heat up and this weekend it will invade the five-star senior’s Rochester, Minn., home. According to reports, the 6-foot-9, do-it-all forward ranked No. 5 in his class by Rivals.com, will host a trio of Hall of Fame coaches in his living room on Sunday, the first day of the open contact period. Kansas coach Bill Self, Duke’s Mike ...

Jayhawks, Spartans draw early tip at Champions Classic

For just the second time in the eight-year history of the Champions Classic, the Kansas men's basketball team will be playing in the early game. The Champions Classic on Thursday released official game times for this year's event, which will pit KU against Michigan State and Duke against Kentucky in Indianapolis, and the Jayhawks and Spartans will tip off at 6 p.m. Duke and Kentucky will follow around 8:30 ...

KU's 2018-19 schedule complete with release of Big 12 men's basketball dates

With dates for marquee games against Michigan State, Villanova and Kentucky already known, the Kansas basketball program officially learned what its road to a 15th consecutive Big 12 title would look like on Wednesday, when the Big 12 Conference released the Big 12 portion of the 2018-19 schedule. KU will open Big 12 play Jan. 2 at home against Oklahoma, and, as usual, will play in the maximum number of Big ...

Breaking down and ranking KU's 2018-19 Big 12 schedule, from No. 18 to No. 1

The wait is over, KU basketball fans. OK. Not that wait. For that one, you’ve still got 23 days. But, hey, not bad considering that this year’s Late Night in the Phog is earlier than ever and will, once again, mark the official beginning of the 2018-19 Kansas basketball season. The wait we’re talking about today is the wait for the KU men’s basketball schedule, [which finally was released by the Big ...

Joel Embiid opens up — even more — in Players' Tribune piece

Unless you've been living in a cave, under a rock or on a different planet, you know by now that former Kansas basketball center Joel Embiid, now one of the brightest shining stars in the NBA with the Philadelphia 76ers, is one of the most entertaining professional athletes on social media. From flirting with Rihanna to posting videos and pictures of him jogging or playing pickup games on the streets of Phily, ...

Highly ranked Class of 2020 combo guard R.J. Hampton schedules official visit with Kansas

Class of 2020 guard R.J. Hampton, a 6-4, 170-pound combo guard from Little Elm, Texas, told 247 Sports recruiting analyst Evan Daniels on Friday that, after considering reclassifying into the 2019 class, he planned to remain in the 2020 class. “A lot of factors led to it,” Hampton told Daniels. “There was a lot of stuff that weighed into it.” One thing might be Hampton’s enjoyment of the recruiting ...

Two Jayhawks appear on ESPN's initial 2019 NBA mock draft

ESPN draft guru Jonathan Givony released his most recent 2019 NBA mock draft on Wednesday morning and it featured a couple of notable names for Kansas fans. Even though the 2019 NBA Draft is still 10 months away, it’s worth tracking these sorts of things now so we’ll know how certain players rise and fall during the course of the fast-approaching 2018-19 season. It did not take long for the first ...

KU Kickoff 2018: The case for a 2-win Kansas football season

*Earlier this week, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan officially made his win/loss prediction for the 2018 Kansas football team, [picking the Jayhawks to finish David Beaty's fourth season with a 3-9 record.][1] Clearly, that's not the only possibility for the Jayhawks, who, with a veteran group mixed with some new faces, could finish with more or certainly even fewer victories than the three Keegan's ...

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.” ...