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Perry Ellis Prepares for his Summer League Debut

We'll crucify the insincere tonight

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Kansas News

Opportunity: Ellis makes summer league debut tonight |
Four years worth of work with Kansas basketball wasn’t enough to get Perry Ellis drafted into the NBA. Now the 22-year-old forward has a few days in Las Vegas to secure a spot in the league the hard way.

James joins Jayhawks’ Louisiana pipeline |
"We want to go up there and help Kansas be known as a football school, too," said James of himself and fellow Louisiana prospects Mike Lee, Takulve Williams and Travis Jordan. "We know that right now it’s a basketball school, but they used to say the same thing about the school I come from, ‘It’s a basketball school.’ But we turned it around and made it known as a football school, too, and I want to help do the same thing at Kansas."

Finley wins Olympic Trials discus |
Mason Finley, an eight-time All-American while at Kansas from 2010-12, won the discus championship Friday afternoon at the U.S. Olympic Trials at Hayward Field. The victory marked Finley’s first senior discus title and earned him a bid to the Rio Olympics Games. Finley’s qualification made him the third former KU track and field athlete to punch their ticket to the 2016 Games.

Greene scoreless in Memphis debut |
Ex-Kansas guard Brannen Greene was scoreless in his first action for the Memphis Grizzlies’ summer league team.

Jamari Traylor’s summer run ends |
An undrafted free agent, Traylor only appeared in one other summer league game in Orlando. He played close to four minutes Wednesday against Oklahoma City, and made the most of his time, scoring six points on 2-for-3 shooting while snagging four rebounds (two offensive).

Larry Brown resigns from SMU |
Well traveled basketball coach Larry Brown led SMU to at least 25 wins in each of the past three seasons, but won’t be back for a fifth year with the Mustangs.

Ex-Jayhawk Geubelle qualifies for Olympics in triple jump |
Kansas University product Andrea Geubelle, a three-time NCAA champion for KU from 2010-13, qualified for the Rio Olympics by placing third in the triple jump at the U.S. Trials on Thursday night at Hayward Field.

Henry to play for Warriors’ summer team |
Former Kansas University guard Xavier Henry is a member of the Golden State Warriors’ summer-league team, the organization announced. Henry, a 6-foot-6, 220 pounder from Oklahoma City, finished last season with Golden State’s D-League team in Santa Cruz, Calif.

Other Sports

Why Steph Curry and Kevin Durant will fit just fine in Golden State -
Kevin Durant had to see Stephen Curry in person. If Durant was going to join the Golden State Warriors, he needed to know the back-to-back Most Valuable Player really wanted him around. Curry has not only been the face of the Warriors as they've ascended from one of the league's laughingstocks to a 73-win juggernaut, he has become one of the most prominent athletes in the world.

First impressions: Ben Simmons will be worth watching as an NBA player -
In general, you need RIGBY for summer league player critiques because you're bound to get this retort: It's just summer league and none of it matters. I'm not so sure that's the case when you're watching Philadelphia 76ers rookie and overall No. 1 pick Ben Simmons.

Report: Cavaliers close to reaching deal with Chris Andersen -
The Cavaliers need to replenish their big man rotation after Timofey Mozgov left for the Lakers. It looks like they're turning to a former teammate of LeBron James' in Miami, as Tyronn Lue said on NBATV during Summer League Friday that the team is closing in on signing Chris "Birdman" Andersen, as reported earlier this week by Ethan Skolnick (CBS Sports, Miami Herald).

Michael Bennett hosts free camp for kids, rips Steph Curry for charging $2,000 -
I see a lot of different athletes come through Hawaii whether it's Steph Curry or whoever it is," Bennett told KHON 2. "They all come here and it makes me mad, because I live in this community and I understand this community -- that there's so many kids who can't afford to pay such a high amount of money. In my mind it's like, how much money do you need before you start giving back for free? And I think a lot of athletes should start focusing on that."

Discussion Questions

1. What would you rather, an all expenses paid trip to the Rio games with the requirement that you have to bring your entire family, or $100 in cash?

2. If you had to give up the use of one of the following for a year, what would it be and why? Arms, voice, hearing, or sight.