KU Men’s Basketball

Tom Keegan: KU needs to find the department leader who can find the football leader

If the recent Scottsdale pow-wow attended by billionaires (with a ‘b’) didn’t cost Sheahon Zenger his job, it obviously didn’t save it. It represented Zenger’s last chance to scratch out a hit with two strikes by getting the heavy hitters to join the chant for a renovated football ...

Possible AD candidates for Kansas

The University of Kansas is in the market for a leader of its athletic department for the first time since late 2010 now that Sheahon Zenger is out. Monday morning's news that KU Chancellor Doug Girod had relieved Zenger of his duties, effective immediately, means that the university is ...

Chancellor Girod fires KU Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger; search firm hired

University of Kansas Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger has been fired, effective immediately, KU Chancellor Douglas Girod announced Monday, citing a lack of progress and a need for new leadership. "This morning I met with Sheahon and relieved him of his duties," Girod said in a news release ...

With the NBA combine behind him, it’s now countdown to decision time for Azubuike

This week's NBA combine in Chicago brought with it a mixed bag of results for Kansas center Udoka Azubuike, the lone KU player of the five in attendance who still could return to Kansas for the 2018-19 season. The 7-foot sophomore's point production during the two five-on-five scrimmages in ...

Tom Keegan: Class of 2020 basketball prospect N’Faly Dante worthy of hype

The best basketball prospect playing Saturday night on Court 3 at Lawrence Sports Pavilion wasn’t difficult to spot. He was the one calling for the ball and, more often than not, wasn't having it passed to him. Such is the fate of AAU centers more often than not it seems. They still benefit ...

NBA Combine Notebook from Friday: Graham gets going, Svi stays hot

The NBA combine taking place this week in Chicago is all about drills, testing, scrimmages and interviews designed to give all 30 NBA franchises an even better picture of the players they might draft during the June 21 NBA Draft in Brooklyn, N.Y. But just as technology continues to advance the ...

Girod: Athletics important to KU, but there is a “disconnect” too

When University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod thinks about his university’s athletic department, a number sometimes comes to mind. It is not one you’ll find on the scoreboard or in the record books, though. Rather, look through enrollment records. The number is 40 percent, and that ...

KU’s Mykhailiuk shoots lights out during Day 1 of scrimmages at NBA combine

While Day 2 at the NBA combine in Chicago proved to be beneficial for all five Jayhawks in attendance, sharp-shooting guard Svi Mykhailiuk may have helped himself the most. Mykhailiuk, who is participating at the pre-draft combine for the second year in a row, was one of the top performers in ...

It’s NBA combine time for five Jayhawks

The mere idea that former Kansas point guard Devonte' Graham — he of 17 games of 40-plus minutes and 11 more of 38-plus during the 2017-18 season — could be deemed “out of shape” less than two months after the end of his senior season is borderline laughable. Yet, there was Graham, in ...

Tom Keegan: Legalized gambling will make sports more exciting, more dangerous

Before getting too euphoric over the Supreme Court’s decision to put the fate of legalized sports gambling in the hands of the states, consider the reason that an inordinate number of gamblers still wear polyester disco shirts that went into and out of style in the early 1970s. It’s not ...

KU center Azubuike ready for next step in stay-or-go decision

KU sophomore Udoka Azubuike may have made his first trip to workout with an NBA franchise at this time last week, but according to Kansas coach Bill Self, now that final exams have finished, Azubuike's workout schedule may increase dramatically. “The teams contact us. We're the ones who are ...

A Mother’s Day first for Kansas basketball coach Bill Self and family

The smile surfaced after one of those particularly tough Kansas losses, the kind every team experiences at least once or twice during the rough and rugged Big 12 Conference grind. Bill Self's Jayhawks had just been manhandled by Baylor in Waco, Texas, back in February, an 80-64 loss that left ...

Former KU teammate Brett Ballard: Collison ‘at peace’ with decision to retire

In Nashville to check out the Justin Timberlake concert with his wife, Kelly, former Kansas basketball player and current Washburn head coach Brett Ballard got a first-hand look this week at the end of an era. On Thursday afternoon, Ballard's old teammate and friend, Nick Collison, announced ...

Former KU great Nick Collison calls it a career after 15 years in the NBA

While his NBA statistics, outside of longevity, might leave a little to be desired, Nick Collison will forever be remembered around these parts as one of the greatest Kansas basketball players of all time. Collison, a lottery pick of the Seattle Supersonics in the 2003 NBA Draft, spent his ...

Tom Keegan: Too early to bury Tall Ball in college basketball

Generally, danger lurks where fads flourish. Fads warp minds, blind fashion taste from born followers and stunt individualism.Remember the Tamagotchi, the hand-held, digital pets that flew off the shelves late in the 20th century? It supposedly was marketed to children, but the inventors knew ...