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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes: 6.26.15

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- Kansas Sports -

Oubre Taken No. 15 in the 2015 NBA Draft

"Whoever winds up getting me, I'm definitely going to give them 110 percent effort," Oubre told the ESPN audience after hearing he could be traded to the Washington Wizards. "I want to show everybody what I can do and be great someday."

Capital trade: Kelly Oubre picked 15th, dealt to Washington; Alexander fails to hear his name called | KUsports.com

Self spoke with Cliff, “two of the last four days asking him what he was hearing. He was pretty much in the dark on that too. It doesn’t shock me. Here’s the thing: Cliff didn’t have a chance to play at the end of the season (because of NCAA issues) and certainly that hurt him. I don’t know how he performed in workouts and interviews. The percentage play if you are not taken in the first half of the second round, you probably have a better percentage play in not being drafted,” he repeated. “He gets to pick any of 30 teams to go to now as opposed to being locked in that one team. I bet you right now he’s the most sought after guy not taken in the draft.”

USA National Team to Meet Canada in Second Exhibition Game Friday in KC at 7 p.m.

In preparation for the 2015 World University Games (WUG), Kansas men's basketball, the USA National Team for the games, will host the Canada WUG squad in its second of two exhibition contests on June 26 at 7 p.m. (Central) in Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. The game will air on the Jayhawk IMG Radio Network.

Canadian coach raves over KU crowd in Kansas City | KUsports.com

“That’s a fantastic crowd,” Craddock said of those who chose to attend KU’s 91-83 victory earlier in the week over a squad of current and former college players from schools in Canada. “They’re loud, vocal. Every basket that went in it was hard for our guys to stay focused and stay positive with the crowd that loud. It’s exciting to play here and it’s a great fan base that gives a lot of support and makes basketball games like that be played the way they should be,” Craddock added.

- College Sports -

Big 12 expansion: Examining the pros, cons and candidates - CBSSports.com

"The contract says that our main television contract ... if we grow from 10 to 11 or 11 to 12, their payments to us grow proportionally," Boren said. "So everybody's share stays the same. If it's 'X' dollars, it stays 'X' dollars."

- Video of the Day -

WATCH: Drunk golfer gets head stuck in trash bin after trying to toss clubs - CBSSports.com

Mr Sayers, from Cross Heath, Newcastle-under-Lyme, said: "We were coming to the end of the day and I had been losing it a bit with a few bad shots. We'd all had a few beers.

- KU Troll Jack Harry Retiring -

Mr. Ed says: Jack is a blowhard.  He's been a caricature in Kansas City for years now.  It was announced several months ago that he would be retiring at the end of June.  Here's one last bit of fun with Jack.

KSHB-TV's Jack Harry announces retirement after 40 years of Kansas City sports coverage - + KSHB.com

KSHB-TV, Kansas City's 41 Action News station, announced Thursday that sports director Jack Harry will retire on June 30, 2015.

Jack Harry asks KU chancellor to kill Jayhawks football | The Fast Pitch | The Pitch

"I'm calling on the chancellor at Kansas to do everything in her power to drop football," Harry says in the video. "Just do away with the sport and all the embarrassment it has brought to the university."

Now that was just ridiculous.  Even for an "embarrassment" like KU, football still brings in tons of money to the university.  He just doesn't think before he opens his mouth.  Kinda like another KC area blowhard and fellow caricature... Ladies and Gentlemen, Kevin Keitzman:

Kevin Kietzman shreds Jack Harry's take on Mizzou-less Big 12 | The Fast Pitch | The Pitch

Kietzman told Harry he had lost his mind if he believed that Kansas City could continue to host the tournament after Missouri took up with another conference. "I hear you keep harping on this thing, and I wasn't even going to bring it up today, and you just brought it up out of nowhere," he said. "That is the most harebrained idea I've ever heard. The Big 12, everybody in the conference should be fired if they play this thing in Missouri."

Seems to me the Big 12 just re-upped for the conference basketball tournament at Sprint Center, so good call, Kevin.  But nothing will ever top this episode of Jack Smack, where KU "will be lucky" to finish in the top 5 (of the Big 12 in 2012):

Jack's Smack: KU will be lucky to finish in the top 5

Bill Self had a disastrous year on the recruiting trail. They have no bench and have a big problem protecting the basketball. Be aware, this Missouri team is really good.