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Amid NBA Draft preparation, Devonte' Graham returns to Lawrence for Rock Chalk Roundball Classic |
With one of the biggest days in his basketball existence coming up next week, no one would have blamed Devonte’ Graham if the aspiring NBA point guard had spent this week focusing on his future.

USA stays unbeaten at FIBA Americas U18 Championship, reaches semifinals |
It wasn’t quite on par with the complete demolition job USA Basketball pulled off to flatten Panama earlier in the week, but the US opened tournament play at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship Thursday night in similarly devastating fashion.

Tom Keegan: Ben McLemore still reaching for the stars |
That time of year arrived again Thursday night, that time when Ben McLemore dominates the Rock Chalk Roundball Classic and leaves everyone in the packed gymnasium at Free State High wondering the same thing to themselves as they either line up for autographs or head outside for fresh air.

Notebook: KU's next starting point guard following footsteps of greats |
After back-to-back years of playing an All-American at point guard, the position will look distinctly different this coming season at the University of Kansas.

Robinson-Earl fills stat sheet as Team USA drills Ecuador, reaches semifinals
Bishop Miege forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl scored 11 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out six assists while Kansas freshman guard Quentin Grimes contributed eight points with three assists as USA Basketball’s under-18 men’s national team defeated Ecuador, 132-55, in the quarterfinals of the FIBA Americans U18 Championship on Thursday in St. Catherines, Canada.

What's Devonté Graham been up to since graduating? Workouts and more workouts
Devonte’ Graham’s fingerprint doesn’t work to get into “the mansion” — KU's McCarthy Hall — anymore, and that was a humbling moment for the recently-graduated Jayhawk.

McLemore erupts for 52 points in Roundball Classic, dreams of duplication in NBA game
“This is special for me. Fifty in an NBA game would sound great too,” added the 6-foot-5, fifth-year NBA veteran who averaged 7.5 points per game last season — his first with the Memphis Grizzlies after four with the Sacramento Kings.

Other News

LeBronWatch: Jeanie Buss Tweeted A Thing That Could Definitely Conceivably Be About LeBron
Lakers! No, Knicks! No, Nuggets! No, elsewhere, but definitely not Rockets! The LeBronWatch ‘18 news is coming fast and furious these days, but you can all probably stand down because Lakers owner Jeanie Buss tweeted a cryptic tweet that maybe could if you squint be a clear sign that LeBron James is due to take his talents to Tinseltown:

LeBronWatch: Scottie Pippen Can Neither Confirm Nor Deny That LeBron Is Definitely Going To The Lakers
He didn’t knock it down! All Pippen had to say at first was, “I kind of made a few calls yesterday, and from what I’m hearing nothing is official yet.” Later in the segment, when Nichols pushed him once again to refute Payton’s report, Pippen responded by saying, “I wish I could.”

LeBronWatch: Earl Boykins Says LeBron Will Never Play For The Knicks, Is A Near Lock To Join The Nuggets
But Wednesday night brings this incredible scoop, from former tiny NBA point guard Earl Boykins, known the world over for filling roughly a sixth of that photo up there: LeBron James despises New York City and every single person who lives there; and he is almost certainly joining the Denver Nuggets this summer:

LeBronWatch: LeBron Definitely Headed To The Lakers, Take It To The Bank
All of which means you’re going to see a lot of shit like this, which is Gary Payton sharing a dubious “scoop” with BSOTV about LeBron’s eldest son enrolling at a Los Angeles area private school:

LeBronWatch: LeBron James To The Knicks, And He's Bringing Paul George
The way he approaches things, the way he wants his legacy to be, I think, coming to a franchise that hasn’t done anything as of late. You know, last time they went to the Finals was ‘99, last time they won it was ‘73. You know what I’m saying. So it’s like, just imagine for him, to come here, and that—make a deep playoff run, to not even win it right away. Just make a deep playoff run. Make the playoffs. Have a shot at making the playoffs, with the Knicks. Yeah you know what I’m saying? Yeah but, yeah but, a guy like him and Paul George teaming up been coming up a lot. I think that’s, with [David] Fiz[dale] being the coach now, that’s a viable option.

LeBronWatch: LeBron Despises The City Of Houston, Will Never Play There
Ridenour called into an ESPN radio show and dropped this bombshell: LeBron hates Houston! Here’s what she had to say (go to the 36:00 mark here to listen):

LeBronWatch: Tyronn Lue's Posture Crumbles Upon Hearing The Words "LeBron James"
There can be only one interpretation of Lue’s slumping, defeated posture upon hearing the words “LeBron” and “James”: LeBron is absolutely, definitely leaving Cleveland, never to return. It’s a stone cold lock.