Kansas basketball’s Late Night in the Phog is one of the more extravagant spectacles in all of college basketball. From choreographed dance routines to comedy skits, it’s one of the most-anticipated midnight madness events each fall.
For head coach Bill Self, it’s becoming a tad bit more expensive. For the second year in a row, Brennan Bechard, the Director of Basketball Operations, sunk a half-court shot that netted a student $10,000.
Bechard won the money for student Jordan Stiers. According to Jesse Newell of the Kansas City Star, the KU sophomore is going to share the winnings with her Nana, Roxanne Edwards, her paternal grandmother who adopted her from foster care when she was 10.
In 2015, Jerrod Martin Castro, another KU sophomore, watched Self sign a check right at half-court after Bechard had pulled off the feat for the first time.
The Jayhawks enter the season as an arguable top-5 team. Kansas brings back point guard Frank Mason and Devonte Graham, and welcome in heralded freshman wing Josh Jackson. The trio should form one of the scariest perimeters in the nation, while Carlton Bragg will be looked upon to anchor the frontline.
Kansas begins the 2016-17 season on November 11 against Indiana in the State Farm Armed Forces Classic in Honolulu.