- KANSAS SPORTS -
Kansas senior Frank Mason III and freshman Josh Jackson have been named two of 10 semifinalists for the 2017 James A. Naismith Trophy honoring the most outstanding college basketball player, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Wednesday morning. The No. 1 Jayhawks are the only school with two semifinalists.
Frank Mason III has put himself in position to become KU’s first John R. Wooden and/or Naismith award-winner since Danny Manning in 1988 and the first ever to play for Self.
It marked the second game in a row in which Self followed a victory by bringing up his thinking that turnovers are one of his team’s flaws. When you’re coaching the No. 1-ranked team in the nation, of course, complacency isn’t an attribute you’re striving for, either — that’s why Self initiates these types of discussions.
Kansas signee Marcus Garrett is working on bringing Dallas Skyline High its first-ever state championship, leading the Raiders to a No. 1 ranking in Texas and a 31-1 record into the regional quarterfinals.
College basketball’s consensus national player of the year is an award that has eluded one of the game’s most storied programs.
"I mean if you are player of the year in the league or if you are an All-American, it’s done. Now he still has to be player of the year in our league and he still has to be a first-team All-American. Even though our criteria has been flexible, that’s been criteria here a long time. That should be automatic. If you are national player of the year, how could you not have your jersey hung or if you’re a first-team All-American? That just doesn’t happen every year."
Bill Self tried his best to treat all his seniors the same. Try as he might, Self couldn't quite treat all of them the same Monday night. One of them, he admitted, is "my favorite Jayhawk of all time."
- COLLEGE SPORTS -
Travon Blanchard is named in a protective order against him by a woman.
- PROFESSIONAL SPORTS -
The rookie sensation from Cameroon has missed 14 games since due to a left knee injury, and Philadelphia announced Monday the the center and presumed Rookie of the Year favorite is out "indefinitely."
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Ames led 43-40 when Kephart drained an acrobatic game-tying 3-pointer with 3.6 seconds remaining. A timeout ensued and then Ames coughed up the ball near half-court on the inbounds pass. It all set up Kephart's miss and Williams' heads-up play that helped the Dragons advance in the postseason.
Mr. Ed says: I actually happened to be up and saw this as it aired - it was amazing. I just forgot to link it yesterday!