KU Men’s Basketball

KU’s Frank Mason remains team-first despite barrage of individual honors

Being honored and praised for one’s individual play on a national stage 10 times during a three-week stretch can temporarily alter the focus of even the most die-hard team-first athletes.But not Kansas senior Frank Mason III.The Petersburg, Va., native who leaves Kansas as the No. 6 scorer in ...

KU’s Frank Mason III completes player of the year sweep with Wooden Award

Kansas senior Frank Mason III on Friday night completed the national player of the year sweep in Los Angeles, hopping on stage one final time at the annual College Basketball Awards to collect the 2017 John R. Wooden Award.Friday’s ceremony, shown live on ESPN2, capped a whirlwind stretch of ...

Former KU player, assistant Brett Ballard hired to lead Washburn basketball program

Former Kansas basketball player and assistant coach Brett Ballard is coming home. After leaving Kansas following the 2009-10 season to take over as the head coach at Baker University, Ballard spent five seasons working on Danny Manning’s staffs at Tulsa and Wake Forest. With both him and his ...

Carlton Bragg Jr. leaving Kansas

If 6-foot-10 forward Carlton Bragg Jr., a former McDonald’s All-American from Cleveland who delivered a mixed bag of results during his first two seasons as a Jayhawk, is going to realize his full potential, it won’t be at Kansas. KU coach Bill Self on Thursday announced in a press release ...

KU big man Udoka Azubuike has successful surgery Tuesday

Kansas freshman Udoka Azubuike, who suffered a season-ending injury to his left wrist last December, took another step toward recovery on Tuesday.“Udoka had surgery today to remove the hardware, the screw, and it went well,” KU coach Bill Self told the Journal-World Tuesday night. “He’s ...

Frank Mason III named 2017 Naismith Trophy winner

Make it two for two for Kansas senior Frank Mason III, both in big time player of the year awards and on a sunny Sunday in the desert. The KU point guard, who led the Jayhawks to a 31-5 record and 13th consecutive Big 12 title this season, on Sunday morning was named the 2017 recipient of The ...

Tom Keegan: Kansas has back-to-back-to-back Hall of Fame basketball coaches

Now that it’s official and Bill Self is a Hall of Famer, joining the previous two Kansas basketball coaches, it’s time to glimpse deep into the future to imagine two of the most pressure-packed jobs in all of sports: Kansas athletic director and next Kansas basketball coach.The heat on the ...

He’s in! KU’s Bill Self elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Saturday morning at a ceremony in the desert not far from the site of this year’s Final Four, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame officially confirmed something that Kansas basketball fans have believed for years. Bill Self is a Hall of Famer. Self, 54, on Saturday was announced as ...

Hall of Fame Material: Bill Self’s style, passion make Danny Manning a proud alum

He played for Larry Brown at Kansas, was coached by John Thompson on the U.S. Olympic team and has been in contact with more than a dozen other Hall of Fame coaches during his playing and coaching career.So when former Kansas standout and assistant coach Danny Manning says that KU coach Bill ...

KU’s Frank Mason III adds Oscar Robertson Trophy to Player of the Year haul

Make it two days in a row of making history for Kansas senior Frank Mason III, who on Friday was named the winner of this year's Oscar Robertson Trophy given out annually to college basketball's player of the year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. One day after becoming the first KU ...

Tom Keegan: No reason to sell Frank Mason short in NBA draft

Frank Mason became on Thursday the 51st college basketball player named Player of the Year by the Associated Press, which has handed out the award 57 times.A check of the records shows that the first 50 recipients all went on to play in the NBA with varying degrees of success. All 50 were NBA ...

KU’s Frank Mason III named Associated Press Player of the Year

Already honored as the top player in college basketball during the 2016-17 season by several national publications, Kansas senior Frank Mason III on Thursday picked up one of the big boys. Just after 3 p.m., The Associated Press revealed that Mason, who became the first player in Big 12 history ...

Billy Preston scores 10 in McDonald’s All-American Game victory

Chicago ? A loud contingent of Kansas fans were in the United Center on Wednesday night for the 40th annual McDonald’s All-America game, cheering on future Jayhawk forward Billy Preston. The highly touted prospect did not disappoint them.Preston, playing for the West team, scored his team’s ...