Tale of the Tait

‘Hawks in the NBA: Joel Embiid continuing to elevate his stardom in Philly

*Slated to begin on April 19, the 2020 NBA playoffs and the end of the 2019-20 NBA season were put on hold because of the COVID-19 health crisis.* *League officials continue to look at ways to resume play, but whether they’ll reach a point where the season is completed remains to be seen. ...

KU freshman Gethro Muscadin to wear No. 35 with the Jayhawks

The Kansas basketball program on Saturday announced that incoming freshman Gethro Muscadin, a 6-foot-10, 215-pound forward from Aspire Academy, in Louisville, Ky., will wear No. 35 with the Jayhawks during the 2020-21 season. The move, in some ways, is reminiscent of the one made by a young ...

Juco transfer Tyon Grant-Foster to wear No. 1 with Kansas

Newcomer Tyon Grant-Foster will become the latest Jayhawk to wear No. 1, the Kansas basketball program announced recently. Rated by some analysts as the top junior college prospect in the country out of Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa, Grant-Foster, appropriately, was the ...

KU cracks top 10 for 5-star wing Kendall Brown

The Kansas men’s basketball program made the first cut for class of 2021 small forward Kendall Brown over the weekend. Brown, a senior-to-be at Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Aire, is a five-star prospect and the No. 14-ranked player in the 2021 class, according to Rivals.com. He’s ...

Breaking down how new KU commitment Zach Clemence fits at Kansas

While talking with new Kansas basketball commitment Zach Clemence on Monday morning about his decision to pick KU, I asked him if his game compared to any player whom Kansas fans might know. “I don’t think it’s just one person,” he said. “I see it in multiple guys.” Fair enough. ...

Ranking the 2020-21 Kansas Jayhawks heading into college basketball’s offseason

The Kansas men’s basketball team is losing two All-Americans this offseason, but ESPN.com’s John Gasaway still believes the Jayhawks will have one of the best players in college basketball next season. Gone are Udoka Azubuike and Devon Dotson, heading to the NBA to see how and where they ...

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 ...

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 ...

KU great Paul Pierce interested in NBA’s H-O-R-S-E idea for ESPN

With games on hold because of COVID-19 and live sports reduced to replays of games gone by, the NBA is working on plans to create a H-O-R-S-E competition, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Wojnarowski’s report indicates that the shot-making competitions would be televised by ESPN, ...