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Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 6.27.13

Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 6.27.13


Kansas Basketball

Opportunity awaits KU’s Ben McLemore at NBA Draft -
One year later, McLemore will finally get that opportunity. On Thursday night, he’ll become a lottery pick, shaking hands with NBA commissioner David Stern as he strolls across the stage at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

New York state of mind: Ben McLemore awaits his NBA fate |
New York City is no Lawrence, Kan., just as the NBA is no college basketball. But in the days ahead, beginning with today’s 6 p.m. draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, McLemore is determined to prove he belongs in both.

2013 NBA draft: Ben McLemore overcomes odds - ESPN
Poverty knows no boundaries.

Bill Self fills last two vacancies on KU coaching staff -
Kansas coach Bill Self completed his staff for the 2013-14 season on Wednesday, promoting Brennan Bechard into the Jayhawks’ director of basketball operations role and hiring former St. John’s assistant Fred Quartlebaum as the program’s director of student-athlete development.

Opinion: Cavs’ choice obvious |
Teaming with Cavs franchise player Kyrie Irving, Bilas said, would be a situation in which McLemore could thrive.

Pre-draft rumors roundup | 'Hawks in the NBA |
Of all the teams in the draft, McLemore's best fit is Minnesota. Fits a huge need, doesn't have to be the alpha dog and has a terrific point guard to help put him in scoring positions. It's in both of their best interests to find each other.

Kansas Football

Offensive lineman Apa Visinia orally commits to KU football |
Apa Visinia, a 6-foot-4, 375-pound offensive lineman from Grandview (Mo.) High School, has orally committed to the Kansas University football team, he announced on his Twitter account Wednesday afternoon.


Heat exercising option on former KU guard Mario Chalmers |
Heat President Pat Riley made the announcement on Wednesday. The former Kansas guard Chalmers is due to make $4 million this coming season, which will be his sixth with the Heat.

Top 25 college-bred NBA players in the modern draft era -- college basketball - ESPN
Playing alongside Antoine Walker on those early-aughts Celtics could have doomed Pierce to a long career of frustrating journeyman chuckery. He could have even picked up the Toine shimmy. Instead, "The Truth" stuck out the leanest years in Boston long enough to join forces with Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett and is almost certain to finish his career as one of the best Celtics ever.