It’s been a busy month for the Kansas Jayhawks, as they brought home gold medals from South Korea in the World University Games before coming home and helping out with a local All-Area Fantasy Camp.
Since one camper decided to talk some smack to Kansas sophomore Devonte’ Graham, the guard decided to get some revenge by dunking on the poor kid in the midst of taking a photo. The kid doesn’t even see the dunk coming, and according to the camp’s Facebook page, Devonte’ was pleased to get revenge.
“Devonte’ said “this is what happens when campers talk smack!” #bodybag LOL,” the camp’s Facebook post said.
Here’s a video of Devonte’ getting the best of this poor kid.
With three players (Dwight Coleby, Cheick Diallo and Svi Mykhailiuk) unavailable for next month’s trip to the World University Games due to the fact that they’re natives of other countries and another (Brannen Greene) out due to injury, Kansas won’t have its full roster in South Korea. And Friday morning it was reported by the Kansas City Star that another player has been ruled out due to injury.
Rising sophomore Devonte’ Graham, who averaged 5.7 points and 2.1 assists in just under 18 minutes of action per game, will not play after suffering a partially torn quadriceps tendon. While the injury won’t require surgery, it will sideline Graham for three weeks per the report.
Kansas head coach Bill Self will look to add another guard to the roster if possible, with said addition joining SMU point guard Nic Moore as players making the trip with the Jayhawks. Moore joined juniors Frank Mason and Wayne Selden, freshman LaGerald Vick and walk-ons Evan Manning and Tyler Self as perimeter players on the World University Games roster.
One Kansas freshman close to returning, another dealing with back issue
Saturday marks the Big 12 home opener for No. 12 Kansas, hosting Texas Tech.
It could also mean the return of freshman point guard Devonte Graham, who has missed the last six games with a sprained toe. Graham participated in practice on Friday, but his status for Saturday remains uncertain, according to Kansas head coach Bill Self.
“I wouldn’t bank on it,” Self told Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star. “I would still say, right now, he’s probably doubtful, but that may could become questionable. But I don’t think it’s probable.”
Graham was averaging 5.9 points and 1.0 assists per game. He hasn’t played since Dec. 10 against Georgetown. In his absence, starting point guard Frank Mason is logging more than 35 minutes a night.
The Kansas City Star is also reporting that freshman forward Cliff Alexander has been dealing with a back problem this week. The 6-foot-8 forward still managed to play 20 minutes, scoring four points and dishing four assists in KU’s 56-55 win over Baylor on Wednesday night.
“He’s a tough kid and his back locked up on him Tuesday,” Self told reporters. “He couldn’t practice; he tried to get out there and go, and then it was locked up the whole day.
“So we were lucky that we got the minutes we go out of him. He wasn’t effective at all in the game, in large part because of his back. (But) just his presence and his size definitely helped us win the game.”
The Jayhawks and Red Raiders meet at 3 p.m. inside Allen Fieldhouse.
The freshman injured the toe on Wednesday when No. 10 Kansas played at Georgetown. The Jayhawks take on No. 13 Utah on Saturday afternoon.
It’s a major loss for Kansas considering that Connor Frankamp has already transferred out of the program. Graham, who was averaging 5.9 points in just under 15 minutes this season, has backed up Frank Mason at the point, but he was also the only backup point guard on the roster.
Without Graham available, expect Wayne Selden to handle the ball if Mason has to go to the bench.
Kansas point guard out with sprained shoulder, hopeful for Monday
Kansas is hoping to have reserve point guard Devonte Graham back for Monday night’s game against Rider.
During No. 1 Kentucky’s 72-40 drumming of No. 5 Kansas on Tuesday night in Indianapolis, Graham went down with a shoulder injury. Kansas head coach Bill Self said on Friday afternoon that his freshman floor general hasn’t practiced the last two days, but is hoping he will be available on Monday night at home.
“Devonte’ sprained his shoulder against Kentucky from a fall,” Self said in a statement, according to Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star. “He left the game to get it checked. It’s sore, and he’s taken a couple of days off. But we anticipate him back in practice in the next day or two.”
Graham played only 14 minutes on Tuesday night. He had an impressive debut against UC Santa Barbara last Friday, scoring a team-high 14 points, dishing two assists and grabbing four rebounds in a 69-59 win. Graham sparked a late first half run turning a deficit into an eight-point halftime lead for the Jayhawks.
Tip for Monday night’s game is set for 8 p.m. After that the Jayhawks head to Florida for the 2014 Orlando Classic, drawing upstart Rhode Island in the quarterfinals.
Kansas, ranked No. 5 in the preseason rankings, welcomed in one of the top Alan Williams and UC Santa Barbara — one of the top mid-major programs in the nation — to Allen Fieldhouse on Friday night, and pulled out a 69-59 win.
The Gauchos had kept it close in the first half, and a 10-0 run in the opening minutes of the second half cut the Jayhawks lead to 39-37. But for a five-minute stretch, the trio of Frank Mason, Cliff Alexander and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk scored KU’s 19 points to extend the lead to 15. UC Santa Barbara would get it to 10 on multiple occasions, but could never crack through and cut the deficit to single digits.
Bill Self did not start any of his heralded freshmen, but Devonte Graham led all Jayhawks with 14 points. Graham, the former Appalachian State signee who fought all of last winter to get his release, was the spark late in the first half. After being hit with his second foul, Graham returned to the game and behind the freshman floor general, KU went on a 10-0 run, which led to a 31-23 halftime lead.
Williams, the 6-foot-8 senior, recorded 16 double-doubles last season, ended with game-highs in points (22) and rebounds (13) to go along with four blocks.
Kansas now sets its sights on top-ranked Kentucky in Tuesday night’s Champion Classic in Indianapolis. UC Santa Barbara plays one of the best mid-major non-conference games of the year on Monday night at Florida Gulf Coast.