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Done in Sacramento, where might new free agent Frank Mason end up?

For now, Frank Mason III is a Sacramento King. Kind of. But not really. The franchise that drafted the former Kansas All-American in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft announced earlier this week it is waiving Mason but keeping the 25-year-old point guard on its summer league roster. The ...

Path to Golden State roster spot will be difficult for Dedric Lawson

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2019/feb/11/328705/ There are far easier paths to an NBA career than the one Dedric Lawson must now traverse. No one expected the offensively gifted forward who spent his redshirt junior season at Kansas leading the Big 12 in scoring and rebounding to become a ...

Udoka Azubuike in early stages of getting back to his dominating ways

Cleared to play basketball again just a few weeks back, University of Kansas center Udoka Azubuike isn’t quite back to his rim wrecking ways. That’s not to say one of the leading candidates for Big 12 Player of the Year next season has much to worry about regarding his future on the court. ...

KU’s 4 freshmen haven’t needed star power to impress observers

Not one of the four four-star freshmen on the 2019-20 roster screams guaranteed NBA lottery pick at this point, the earliest stage, of each of their college basketball careers at the University of Kansas. Yet not one of them has failed to impress their new teammates and coaches in one fashion ...

Silvio De Sousa and David McCormack ready to battle for playing time

Both have just one season of college basketball experience on their résumés. In terms of height, one of them has just one inch on the other. And when it comes to fit, either of the two University of Kansas big men have the ability to partner effectively inside with 7-footer Udoka ...

Jayhawks need some surefire 3-point shooters to surround their deep front court

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2019/feb/09/328692/ Topeka — Between Udoka Azubuike, Silvio De Sousa, David McCormack and Mitch Lightfoot, manning the paint should be a non-issue for next season’s Kansas basketball team. There’s no doubt the Jayhawks’ bulky frontline of 6-foot-8 to ...

Silvio De Sousa’s return ‘motivating’ Jayhawks already

Topeka — On what seemed at the time like an uneventful Friday afternoon in late May, a two-word text message sent University of Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji into a frenzy. “He’s free,” read the incoming note on Agbaji’s phone, sent from Fred Quartlebaum, the team’s director of ...

Devon Dotson’s presence eliminates concerns, raises KU’s ceiling

A Devon Dotson-less Kansas basketball team would have figured out some way to succeed in the 2019-20 season — Bill Self is still the Jayhawks’ head coach, after all. That alternate reality isn’t one even the most die-hard KU follower could stomach in fan fiction form, though. If Dotson ...

Jayhawks need a decision season victory from contemplative PG Devon Dotson

Since the Kansas basketball team’s loss to Auburn in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the Jayhawks have been steeped in decision season. Which players would decide to declare for the NBA Draft? Who among the 2018-19 Jayhawks would elect to transfer? Would five-star prospects such as ...

Welcome to the year of Silvio De Sousa

Silvio De Sousa wasn’t just the man of the hour in Lawrence when news broke on Friday that the NCAA had backed off its bizarre decision to ban him for a second season. Nor was De Sousa only the man of the day, even though his name was the predominant topic of discussion throughout this ...

KU’s Les Miles lands just inside top 40 in Power Five coach rankings

What a difference a year makes. Or more specifically, in the case of the University of Kansas football program, what a difference two leadership shakeups seem to have made. A year ago at this time, when CBS Sports rolled out its rankings of Power Five college football coaches, the man in ...

How Kansas QBs learned the offense during early stages of Les Miles’ 1st year

Thomas MacVittie was only two-thirds of the way through spring football when he plopped down in one of Mrkonic Auditorium’s numerous seats inside Anderson Family Football Complex. The University of Kansas quarterback and his teammates had just wrapped up their 10th practice and MacVittie had ...

Bill Self to San Antonio conspiracy theorists won’t be proven right any time soon

From the time that it became clear to those who obsess over Kansas basketball that Bill Self was indeed the long-term answer for the program and a more than suitable replacement for Roy Williams, who left KU for North Carolina, those among the fan base prone to worrying about these types of ...

Udoka Azubuike’s presence elevates KU’s ceiling

With so many rotation players from the Kansas basketball team transferring, declaring for the draft or testing the NBA waters it seemed a safe bet that Udoka Azubuike, who dipped his sizable toes into the pre-draft process a year ago, might not be around for the 2019-20 season, ...

Les Miles and Bill Self become ‘Step Brothers’

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2019/feb/06/328652/ The Kansas football fans who showed up Saturday for the Jayhawks’ spring game at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium got a bit of a surprise during one of the breaks in the action. And for that matter, so did the man responsible for ...

Evolving early entry rules even make it hard for Bill Self to manage a roster

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2019/mar/23/329080/ Since the day he accepted the position 16 years ago, Bill Self’s job title at the University of Kansas has been head men’s basketball coach. But it might as well be general manager, CEO, president of basketball operations and czar of ...