KU Men’s Basketball

KU coach Bill Self sees potential, versatility in deep Kansas backcourt

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self has a simple way of sorting out the crowded house that exists in KU’s backcourt heading into the offseason. “The way we should look at it is to say they’re all guards,” Self told the Journal-World during a recent phone interview. In all, Kansas is ...

Former Kansas point guard Jeff Hawkins hired by Pembroke Hill

The Pembroke Hill School athletic department announced Monday that former Kansas point guard Jeff Hawkins had been named the school's head varsity boys basketball coach. Hawkins had coached the eighth grade boys team at Pembroke Hill during the 2019-20 season. A native of Kansas City, Kan., ...

Mamba Mentality: Incoming Jayhawk Bryce Thompson to wear No. 24 at Kansas

The Kansas men’s basketball program announced last week that incoming freshman Bryce Thompson will wear No. 24 with the Jayhawks. A single-digit wearer throughout his senior season at Booker T. Washington High in Tulsa, Okla., Thompson is making the move to double digits as a way to keep ...

Eight class of 2021 and 2022 basketball prospects report new offers from Kansas

The Kansas men’s basketball program has been busy passing out scholarship offers to players in the next two prep classes this week, according to several Twitter accounts. After receiving offers, many prospects typically post messages to their social media accounts, complete with photos of ...

Danny Manning moves to next phase of coaching career with no shortage of options

[Fired from his job as the head basketball coach at Wake Forest on Saturday morning,][1] Danny Manning will move forward in an enviable position. Set financially and loaded with connections throughout all levels of basketball, Manning has the luxury of being extremely picky about what he does ...

Danny Manning dismissed by Wake Forest

Danny Manning has been dismissed as the head basketball coach at Wake Forest after six seasons at the helm, the school announced Saturday. Under the 53-year-old Kansas alumnus, Wake Forest finished the 2019-20 season at 13-18 overall and in a last-place tie in the ACC at 6-14. Manning’s ...

Underclassmen to watch on the Kansas basketball recruiting trail

Already full in the 2020 class and focusing most of its recruiting efforts on prospects in the classes of 2021 and 2022, [the Kansas men’s basketball program has not been slowed down by the recruiting restrictions put in place because of the pandemic.][1] Things have been different, of ...

17 years ago today, Bill Self was introduced as the next Kansas basketball coach

When Kansas basketball coach Bill Self was formally introduced as the eighth head coach in program history 17 years ago Tuesday, then-KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway called it “a day to make dreams come true.” No one could have known then that Self would go on to exceed the highly successful ...

Looking back on the night Michael Jordan suited up in Lawrence, Kansas

On Oct. 11, 1997, three weeks before they kicked off one last run to an NBA title, the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan came to Allen Fieldhouse for an exhibition game against the Seattle Supersonics. That season, which capped off the second of a pair of three-peats in Chicago for Jordan and ...

Sophomore big man David McCormack the latest Jayhawk to announce return to Kansas

The Kansas men’s basketball program may be losing its biggest player this offseason, but one of the few guys on the roster who can stand face to face with departing senior Udoka Azubuike will be back. KU sophomore David McCormack on Thursday joined teammates Ochai Agbaji and Marcus Garrett ...

Kansas junior Marcus Garrett announces plans to return to KU for senior season

The reigning Naismith Defensive Player of the Year will be on the 2020-21 KU basketball roster. Junior guard Marcus Garrett on Wednesday announced his plans to return to Lawrence for his senior season. “We have achieved a lot in my three seasons at Kansas and I am looking forward to adding ...

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji returning to school for junior season

After two seasons as a role player and underclassman, Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji is eager to see what life is like as one of the Jayhawks’ most experienced players. That’s why the 6-foot-5 guard from Kansas City, Mo., is planning to return to KU for his junior season instead of testing the ...