WRITER: Matt Tait

Rapper 2 Chainz slated to perform at Kansas basketball's Late Night

The recent tradition of bringing a big-name rap star to Late Night in the Phog to help kick off another Kansas basketball season appears to be alive and well. And it was KU’s football coach, of all people, who dropped the announcement. Speaking about the hype surrounding the week ahead for Kansas athletics on his regular Hawk Talk radio show on Monday night, David Beaty revealed that famed rapper 2 Chainz ...

Cassius Stanley's "big announcement" trims list to final 3, including Kansas

When Class of 2019 shooting guard Cassius Stanley Tweeted on Thursday that he had a “big announcement” planned for Friday, the recruiting world began to spin on its head with speculation. Sure, Stanley previously had made it clear that there were a handful of programs he favored, so the mere thought of him making a decision about his future was not that far-fetched. But given the fact that the four-star ...

How KU's head basketball manager stole the spotlight during Thursday's boot camp

When Riley Cobb grabbed the sweat mop early Thursday morning, he had no idea what was coming next. On Day 4 of Kansas basketball boot camp, bright and early inside the Jayhawks’ practice gym, Cobb, a Kansas senior from Silver Lake, was running through his regular routine of keeping sweat off the floor so the Jayhawks could run as fast — and as safely — as possible during their preseason conditioning ...

KU senior Lagerald Vick more vocal during Kansas basketball boot camp

Quiet in public and seemingly content to play a supporting role during his first three years with the program, Kansas senior Lagerald Vick has stepped to the forefront this preseason. With the Jayhawks three days into their annual conditioning test known as boot camp on Wednesday, Vick has emerged as one of the early leaders on a team looking to fill a leadership void as it enters the 2018-19 season with high ...

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 junior Patricia Montero to miss yet another volleyball season after injury

The injury-plagued career of Kansas volleyball player Patricia Montero has taken another hit. Montero, a junior outside hitter from Ponce, Puerto Rico, who already has endured a pair of season-ending knee injuries during her time at KU (2015 and 2017), once again fell victim to the injury bug earlier this season. Montero confirmed the news with a Twitter post over the weekend, saying, “I’m writing this ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...