11/1 WASHBURN (exh.)
11/7 EMPORIA STATE (exh.)
Armed Forces Classic (Honolulu, Hawaii)
11/11 vs. Indiana
Champions Classic (New York, N.Y.)
11/15 vs. Duke
11/21 CBE Classic (Kansas City)
11/22 CBE Classic (Kansas City)
11/25 UNC ASHEVILLE
11/29 LONG BEACH STATE
12/17 DAVIDSON (Kansas City)
12/22 at UNLV
01/28 at Kentucky
For the last seven seasons Kansas has ranked no lower than fifth nationally in the final Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), which is one of the tools the NCAA Men's Basketball Committee uses in selecting the NCAA Championship field. Three of those times – 2010, 2011 and 2016 – the Jayhawks were ranked No. 1. KU's strength of schedule has ranked in the top 10 in eight of head coach Bill Self's 13 seasons, including fifth in 2015-16. In that span, KU has had the nation's toughest schedule three times: 2004-05, 2013-14 and 2014-15.
“It will be a tough, tough nonconference slate, just like it always is. I’m sure it will be rated one of the best nonconference schedules in the country, hopefully preparing us for what could again be as good a league as there is in America — the Big 12,” KU coach Bill Self said. “We’ll get our share of frequent-flyer miles right off the bat playing Indiana in Honolulu and Duke in New York City. We’re playing 10 of our 12 nonleague games against teams which went to the postseason last year, including four NCAA teams. It’ll be tough, challenging. I think it will make us better as we go through the season.”
KU opens the regular season against 2016 NCAA Tournament teams Indiana (Armed Forces Classic, Honolulu) and Duke (Champions Classic, New York) on Nov. 11 and 15 respectively. The other NCAA squads on the noncon slate are Kentucky (Jan. 28, Lexington) and UNC Asheville (Nov. 25, Allen Fieldhouse).
George Washington is reigning NIT champion, while UAB and Georgia also competed in the NIT, along with Davidson (Jayhawk Shootout, Dec. 17, Sprint Center) and Long Beach State (Nov. 29, Allen).
KU also will meet Stanford on Dec. 3 in Allen. Stanford will be led by first-year coach Jerod Haase, a fan favorite during his playing days at KU. The Jayhawks will return the game to California in 2017-18. The venue for the return game has not yet been announced.
The Jayhawks also will play at home vs. Siena (Nov. 18), UMKC (Dec. 6) and Nebraska (Dec. 10) and at UNLV in the pre-Christmas break game on Dec. 22. KU will return the NU game on Dec. 16, 2017. The Nebraska game marks the return of former KU shooting guard Andrew White III, who transferred to the Big 10 school after his sophomore season at KU.
The Jayhawks will also play Washburn (Nov. 1) and Emporia State (Nov. 7) in exhibitions. The Big 12 portion of the schedule will be released in August.
For the first time, Maize High School is hosting a stop of Bob Chipman’s College Stars Basketball Camps, the annual summer tour that’s a favorite for local families.
Washburn Coach Bob Chipman organizes multiple stops for players from KU, K-State, and Wichita State to come help area high school coaches run basketball camps for kids.
Today was the first day of the two-day camps, as the tour made stops at Maize and Wichita Collegiate High School. From 9:00am to noon, boys ages 6-9 and all girls were at the camp, and the afternoon sessions from 1:00-4:00 host boys ages 10 and up.
Collegiate hosted Jayhawk guard Devonte Graham and Wichita State guard Conner Frankamp this morning, while Maize welcomed KU’s Frank Mason III and Dwight Coleby, along with Kansas State big man Dean Wade.
Former KU wing Brannen Greene, who turned pro after three seasons at KU, was one of six players to work out for the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday. The others: Texas’ Isaiah Taylor, Boise State’s James Webb, LSU’s Tim Quarterman , Weber State’s Joel Bolomboy and Texas A&M;’s Danuel House. Sixers’ center Joel Embiid, a teammate of Greene’s at KU, watched the workout. Comcast Sports Net reports the 6-7 Greene will work out for the Toronto Raptors today and later the New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets and Atlanta Hawks.
Former KU forward Perry Ellis was one of 12 to work out for the Phoenix Suns on Monday. Others included Kentucky’s Tyler Ulis and Alex Poythress, Vanderbilt’s Damian Jones and Thon Maker, who did not attend college.
A driver for a ride-sharing service, who lives in Yonkers, N.Y., says he would not be alive today if not for former Kansas University basketball player Brannen Greene.
“He is my hero. He saved my life. When I speak to him I will say, ‘Thank you so much. I thank God and thank you,’’’ said Henry Moran, the Uber driver who, with Greene as a passenger in the back seat, had his vehicle rear-ended on May 21 at Major Deegan Expressway, Bronx, N.Y., and 233rd St.
Moran’s car was sent airborne onto a guardrail, back up in the air and down again, where it eventually burst into flames shortly after Greene and Moran exited the totaled car.
“If he doesn’t help me I could not have made it out,” Moran added in a phone interview with the Journal-World. “He (Greene) was screaming, ‘Get out. Get out! Cmon it’s on fire. It will be exploding.’
“I couldn’t get out. The doors were crushed,” Moran added. “He (Greene) was able to get out (after frantically removing his seat belt in a scene explained in a J-W story at the Web address http://bit.ly/1OHcVOt). “I got out because he helped me out from the back. After I got out, we were running together. I heard, ‘Boom, boom,’’’ Moran added of the car igniting in flames.
Kansas Athletics' Andrea Hudy and the University of Kansas School of Business will team up for "The Business of Sports: Branding Matters" conference on Friday, June 10 in the new Capitol Federal Hall located east of Allen Fieldhouse across Naismith Drive…Kansas men's basketball coach Bill Self will give the opening remarks at the conference.
“Pay Heed. The game you love began here. Respect those who came before you. Make their legacy your own. Because destiny favors the dedicated. And rings don’t replace work. In this game you don’t get what you want. You get what you earn. We are Kansas. Together we rise. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!”
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There have been few big man more impressive than DeAndre Ayton over the past year.
The Class of 2017 7-footer from the Bahamas led his California Supreme team to a 3-2 record at the Nike EYBL stop here, and a 10-6 record over the course of the four sessions on the EYBL circuit, averaging 19.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game.
The No. 1 ranked player in the nation -- and the potential No. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft -- has recently maintained that Kansas is the only school really recruiting him. But now he says he has been hearing from quite a few schools recently.
"There have been a lot of schools working hard actually," Ayton told SNY.tv. "I've heard from Kentucky, Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA. Kentucky and Kansas, though, I hear from them a lot, Arizona too."
Ayton plans to visit Arizona before Peach Jam in July.
"I'll be going to Arizona in June for a visit," Ayton said. "That's a definite."
A target time for Ayton to take the official visits will be during his senior season at Hillcrest Prep (AZ).
"I'll be taking most of my official visits next year, during my senior year," Ayton said. "I want to take visits to Kansas, Arizona and probably Kentucky. I will have more coming, I just want to feel all of the schools out first."
Rivals.com’s No. 8-ranked player in the recruiting Class of 2015 who ultimately chose his dad’s alma mater, Mississippi State, over Kansas University and Kentucky — on Monday announced plans to transfer after one season at the SEC school.
The 6-foot-3 combo guard has not yet revealed a list of possible destinations, though the Clarion-Ledger newspaper reports, “Newman will take the summer to decide where he’ll play next. He hasn’t talked to any schools yet. The family hasn’t placed a deadline on when a decision could be made.”
Newman’s dad, Horatio Webster, told the paper: “We haven’t even gotten to that point. We’re just at the point that he won’t be going back to Mississippi State.”
…Newman is one of three former high school standouts looking for a new home. Derryck Thornton, a 6-2 point guard who left Duke after one season, has visited KU, Miami, Washington and USC. Marcus Lee, a 6-9 former Kentucky player, is to visit California today and likely to commit, CBSsports.com reports. All has been quiet regarding high school senior forward Jarrett Allen, who has yet to announce for KU, Texas or Houston.
1. C DeAndre Ayton
Class of 2017, 7-1, 235
ESPN 60 rank: 1
Player comparison: Combination of Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs) and Ed Davis (Portland Trail Blazers)
Ayton has seemingly never-ending length and a terrific skill set for a player of his size. When you factor in his ability to rebound and block shots, he is a potential first team All-American and one-and-done candidate The five-star center scores in the post with either hand and has an excellent turnaround jumper and hook over his left shoulder. Ayton is a good and willing passer when he draws double coverage as well. He will need to remember to keep his motor running in high gear on every possession and be more conscious to start the game with more of an inside-out approach but his talent, skill and feel are simply in the advance stages. Arizona, Kentucky, Kansas, Duke, Maryland and UCLA will battle it out for this front-line difference-maker.
The Class of 2016 was known as the year of the point guard with Lonzo Ball, Dennis Smith Jr., Markelle Fultz, De'Aaron Fox and Frank Jackson all capable of finding immediate stardom on some of the biggest stages in college basketball next season.
The 2017 point guard class is quite different. In fact, there is only one point guard, Trevon Duval, ranked among the top 19 players in the ESPN 100. Trae Young and Matt Coleman both currently hold five-star status, but aren’t on the same level as their aforementioned predecessors from 2016.
…Kansas has gone a few steps further with recent offers for Waters, Green and Collin Sexton to add to a list that already included Duval, Young and others. They’re also courting Duke transfer Derryck Thornton, an unexpected move, but that makes sense considering he’ll be back on the floor in the fall of 2017 when the rest of this current class enters the college ranks.
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