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Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 6.28.12

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Apologies for the light content this past week. My wife had our second this past weekend so this week and next might be a little light on my end as we negotiate the early days with a newbie.

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Thomas Robinson, Tyshawn Taylor await NBA call |
Tuesday night, a little less than two days before the suits and smiles of the NBA Draft take the place of the more familiar high tops and high-fives, former Kansas University standouts Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor met up for one more game of basketball.

Charlie Weis knew his stuff all too well with Irish |
The three captains — quarterback Dayne Crist, left tackle Tanner Hawkinson and pass-rusher Toben Opurum — also happen to rank among the most talented guys on the Kansas University football team, but it doesn’t always work that way.

Welcome to the fourth showdown between two guys who care about the NBA more than you do - Grantland
Agree with the logic, agree with the pick as it applies to Cleveland … it's just hard for me to believe that Thomas Robinson or Andre Drummond don't have more value than Barnes, someone who legitimately soured everyone following college basketball at least a little last season.

Thomas Robinson - Kansas junior (6-9, 244) - Best Draft Prospects: Power Forwards - Photos -
The breakout star of the 2011-12 season, Robinson wowed scouts with his effort and intangibles. He possesses NBA-caliber speed, strength and scoring ability, and his NCAA-high 27 double-doubles turned many skeptics into believers.

NBA Draft Q&A: Answering questions about Robinson and Taylor -
the NBA Draft begins at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. And it could be a historical one for the University of Kansas.

KU’s Robinson ready for draft day and the unknown -
NBA commissioner David Stern will look on proudly, and Robinson, a 6-foot-8 power forward, will turn toward the cameras and have his NBA Draft moment — three seconds that will be logged into the archives and symbolize the birth of a new career.

Tyshawn Taylor - Kansas senior (6-4, 177) - Best Draft Prospects: Point Guards - Photos -
He's dangerous in the open court and as a penetrator in half-court sets because of his quickness, athleticism and leaping ability -- some of those same strengths make him a capable defender -- but he'll need to become a better decision maker to run an NBA team.


Jared Sullinger, Perry Jones show risks of leaving college later - Rob Dauster -
Two examples of why you get while the gettin is good. I know we've often wished that a few of our own would remain an extra year here or there, but I think Bill Self understands this extremely well and helps ensure that the right decision is made.