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Former KU players Perry Ellis and Wayne Selden waived by NBA teams on Saturday

Former Kansas forward Perry Ellis was waived by the Charlotte Hornets and guard Wayne Selden by the Memphis Grizzlies, the NBA teams announced Saturday.

The two former Jayhawks, who were not selected in the 2016 NBA Draft, were trying to make the 15-man rosters of those particular teams as free agents.

 

Ellis, a 6-foot-8 native of Wichita, was able to play just four minutes in one preseason game as he rehabbed from Aug. 30 sports hernia surgery. The eighth leading scorer in KU history could ultimately decide to play for the Hornets’ NBA Development League team in Greensboro, N.C., this season. He also could head overseas. The D-League begins play on Nov. 11.

The Hornets also waived guard Rasheed Sulaimon and center Mike Tobey on Saturday.

Selden, a 6-5 guard from Roxbury, Mass., who joined the Grizzlies on Aug. 8, averaged 8.0 points, 3.4 rebounds  and 2.0 assists while averaging 18.6 minutes in five preseason games. The Grizzlies also waived forwards JaKarr Sampson and D.J. Stephens on Saturday.

Selden also has the overseas option or could wind up with the Grizzlies’ D-League affiliate in Des Moines, Iowa.

Former KU center Jeff Withey, who entered Utah Jazz training camp with a non-guaranteed contract, appears to have made the team. The Jazz cut forward Chris Johnson on Saturday, paring the roster to the maximum number of 15 players.

Withey, a 26-year-old fourth-year pro, averaged 4.3 points and 3.4 rebounds a game for the Jazz last season. He started 10 games. He averaged 12.9 minutes a game in 51 contests. Published reports indicate he is expected to earn $1,016,000 this season.

The 7-foot Withey, who played at KU during 2010-13, is the Jayhawks’ all-time shot blocker leader with 311.

Former KU guard Brannen Greene, an undrafted free agent, will enter the NBA Developmental League draft on Oct. 30 and likely play in the D-League this season, according to Chris Reichert of upsidemotor.com.

Former KU forward Thomas Robinson as of Saturday night was one of three players awaiting word whether he’d made the roster of the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers have 14 guaranteed contracts and reportedly will keep either Robinson, Yi Jianlian or Metta World Peace.

“It’s out of my hands now,” Robinson told the Los Angeles Times. “I feel like I’ve done everything I can to this point to give myself the best shot that I can to make this team. It’s up to the front office now.”

 

Robinson, 25, has played for five teams in four seasons in the league.

Scott Ward, KU’s associate athletic director for academic and career counseling, is “doing great,” his wife, Robin, indicated Saturday on Facebook. She wrote that Ward, who suffered a tear in his aorta on Oct. 7 and had emergency heart surgery at University of Kansas Hospital, could be moved to an inpatient rehab facility as soon as clearance is given by Scott’s cardiologist.

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Wayne Selden Jr.

Wayne Selden Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League. He played college basketball for the University of Kansas. After going undrafted in the 2016 NBA draft, Selden signed with the Memphis Grizzlies on August 8, 2016. He was waived by the Grizzlies on October 22 after appearing in five preseason games, and was subsequently acquired by the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League on October 29, the Grizzlies’ affiliate team.

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Perry Ellis

Perry Ellis is an American professional basketball player. He played college basketball for the University of Kansas. After going undrafted in the 2016 NBA draft, Ellis joined the Dallas Mavericks for the 2016 NBA Summer League. On September 23, 2016, he signed with the Charlotte Hornets, but was waived on October 22 after appearing in one preseason game.

Sources:
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Lebron James Career

Who Is Lebron James?

LeBron Raymone James became an immediate star after skipping college to join the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers. He led the Miami Heat to NBA titles in 2012 and 2013, and won a third championship with Cleveland in 2016.

He was born on December 30, 1984. He is an American professional basketball player who is a free agent. James has won three NBA championships (2012, 2013, 2016), four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013), three NBA Finals MVP Awards (2012, 2013, 2016), two Olympic gold medals (2008, 2012), and NBA scoring title (2008), and the NBA Rookie of the Year Award (2004). He has also been selected to 12 NBA All-Star teams (named the game’s MVP twice), 12 All-NBA teams, and six All-Defensive teams, and is the Cavaliers’ all-time leading scorer.

Lebron James Basketball Career:

  • High school career

As a freshman, James averaged 21 points and 6 rebounds per game for St. Vincent-St. Mary’s varsity team. The Fighting Irish finished the year 27–0, winning the Division III state title.  As a sophomore, he averaged 25.2 points and 7.2 rebounds with 5.8 assists and 3.8 steals per game. For some home games during the season, St. Vincent-St. Mary played at the University of Akron’s 5,492-seat Rhodes Arena to satisfy ticket demand from alumni, fans, and college and NBA scouts who wanted to see James play. The Fighting Irish finished the season 26–1 and repeated as state champions. For his outstanding play, James was named Ohio’s Mr. Basketball and was selected to the USA Today All-USA First Team, becoming the first sophomore to do either.

  • Career with the Cleveland Cavaliers (2003–2010)

During the Rookie season (2003–04), James was selected with the first overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. In his first professional game, he recorded 25 points against the Sacramento Kings, setting an NBA record for most points scored by a prep-to-pro player in his debut outing. At the conclusion of the season, he was named the NBA Rookie of the Year, finishing with averages of 20.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game. He became the first Cavalier to receive the honor and just the third player in NBA history to average at least 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists per game in his rookie year. The Cavaliers finished the season 35–47, failing to make the playoffs despite an 18-game improvement over the previous year.

During his Rise to superstardom (2004–2008), James earned his first NBA All-Star Game selection in 2004–05, contributing 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists in a winning effort for the Eastern Conference. On March 20, he scored 56 points against the Toronto Raptors, setting Cleveland’s new single game points record. With final averages of 27.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 7.2 assists, and 2.2 steals per game, he was named to his first All-NBA Team at season’s end. Despite a 30–20 record to start the year,[31] the Cavaliers again failed to make the playoffs, finishing the season at 42–40.

His First MVP tenure (2008–2010). At the conclusion of the 2008–09 season, James finished second in NBA Defensive Player of the Year voting and made his first NBA All-Defensive Team with 23 chase-down blocks and a career-high 93 total blocks. He also became only the fourth postmerger player to lead his team in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks in a single season. Behind his play, Cleveland went a franchise record 66–16 and fell one game short of matching the best home record in league history. With averages of 28.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 7.2 assists, 1.7 steals, and 1.2 blocks per game, he became the first Cavalier to win the MVP Award.

During the 2010 free agency. James became an unrestricted free agent at 12:01 am EDT on July 1, 2010. During his free agency, he was courted by several teams, including the Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets, and Cavaliers. On July 8, he announced on a live ESPN special titled The Decision that he would sign with the Heat.

  • Career with the Miami Heat (2010–2014)

During his Debut season (2010–11)

James officially became a member of the Heat on July 10, completing a sign-and-trade six-year contract with the team. With the move, he became only the third reigning MVP to change teams and the first since Moses Malone in 1982. Although his contract would have allowed him to earn the maximum salary under the collective bargaining agreement, he took less money in order for Miami to be able to afford Bosh and Wade as well as further roster support. That evening, the Heat threw a welcome party for their new “big three” at the American Airlines Arena, an event that took on a rock concert atmosphere. During the gathering, James predicted a dynasty for the Heat and alluded to multiple championships. Outside of Miami, the spectacle was not well-received, furthering the negative public perception of James.

During the Back-to-back championships (2011–13)

Humbled by the Heat’s loss to the Mavericks, James spent the off season working with Hakeem Olajuwon on his post game. His work with Olajuwon paid off, fueling what Grantland’s Kirk Goldsberry called “one of the greatest and most important transformations in recent sports history“. Behind James’ more post-oriented play,[117] Miami matched their best start to a season in franchise history, and at the conclusion of the lockout-shortened 2011–12 campaign, he was named MVP for the third time, finishing with averages of 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 6.2 assists, and 1.9 steals per game on 53 percent shooting.

During the Fourth consecutive Finals (2013–14):

On March 3 of the 2013–14 season, James scored a career-high and franchise record 61 points in a game against the Charlotte Bobcats. Throughout the year, he was one of the few staples for a Heat roster that used 20 different starting line-ups because of injuries, finishing with averages of 27.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 6.4 assists per game on 56.7 percent shooting. In the second round of the playoffs, he tied a career postseason-high by scoring 49 points in Game 4 against the Brooklyn Nets. In the next round, Miami defeated the Pacers to earn their fourth consecutive Finals berth, becoming one of only four teams in NBA history to do so. In Game 1 of the Finals, James missed most of the fourth quarter because of leg cramps, helping the Spurs take an early series lead. In Game 2, he led the Heat to a series-tying victory with 35 points on a 64 percent shooting rate. San Antonio eventually eliminated the Heat in five games, ending Miami’s quest for a three-peat.  For the Finals, James averaged 28.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 2 steals per game.

  • Return to the Cavaliers (2014–2016)

On June 25, James opted out of his contract with the Heat, officially becoming an unrestricted free agent on July 1. On July 11, he revealed via a first-person essay in Sports Illustrated that he intended to rejoin the Cavaliers. In contrast to The Decision, his announcement to return to Cleveland was well received. On July 12, he officially signed with the team. ] A month after James’ signing, the Cavaliers acquired Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves, forming a new star trio along with Kyrie Irving.

Hampered by back and knee problems, James missed 13 of 82 regular-season games in 2014-15. However, he was as dominant as ever when healthy, averaging 25.3 points and 7.4 assists per game. James led the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals, becoming the first player in nearly 50 years to reach the championship round in five consecutive seasons. However, injuries to star teammates Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving damaged his hopes of claiming a third title, and the Cavaliers lost to the Golden State Warriors in six games.

The following year, the Cavs overcame the distraction of a midseason coaching change and breezed through the playoffs to earn a rematch with the Warriors, marking the sixth straight NBA Finals appearance for King James. In perhaps the crowning achievement of his career, he led his team back from a 3-1 deficit, scoring 41 points in both Games 5 and 6, before recording a triple double in Game 7 to give the Cavs their first championship in franchise history.

Voted Finals MVP, James said, “I came back to bring a championship to our city. I knew what I was capable of doing. I knew what I learned in the last couple years that I was gone, and I knew if I had to—when I came back—I knew I had the right ingredients and the right blueprint to help this franchise get back to a place that we’ve never been. That’s what it was all about.”

Did You Know?

Lebron James Standing at 6 feet 8 inches (2.03 m) and weighing 250 pounds (113.4 kg), James has started at small forward and power forward, but can also play the other three positions. With career averages of 27.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 6.9 assists, and 1.7 steals per game, he is considered one of the most athletic and versatile players in NBA history and has been compared to Hall of Famers Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, and Michael Jordan. Since 2011, he has been ranked the best player in the NBA by ESPN and Sports Illustrated.

That’s not all…

Outside of the NBA, James has worked to help others. He established the LeBron James Family Foundation in 2004, along his mother Gloria, to help out children and single-parent families in need. Among its many programs, the organization builds playgrounds in economically disadvantaged areas and hosts an annual bike-a-thon.

SOURCES:
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A Look at the Big 12 Tournament’s Top Six Seeds

The Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament known since its inception in 1997 under sponsorship agreements as the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament is the championship men’s basketball tournament in the Big 12 Conference. It is a single-elimination tournament of four rounds, with the top four seeds getting byes in the first round. Starting in 2012, the top six seeds will get byes in the first round. Seeding is based on regular season records.

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Now, here are the 2016 Top Six Teams in the Big 12 Tournaments:

First: KANSAS

Kansas is the No. 1 team in the country as well as the top seed in the conference tournament.

  • Quarterfinal opponent: Kansas State/Oklahoma State winner
  • Season series: 2-0 vs. Kansas State, 1-1 vs. Oklahoma State

The Jayhawks, riding an 11-game winning streak, are a near-lock for a No. 1 NCAA Tournament seed heading into the Big 12 Tournament. KU is led offensively by senior forward Perry Ellis, who averaged 17.7 points while making 54 percent of his twos, 44 percent of his threes and 79 percent of his free throws in Big 12 play. The Jayhawks haven’t won the conference tournament since 2013, falling to Iowa State in each of the last two seasons.

Second: WEST VIRGINIA
  • Quarterfinal opponent: Texas Tech-TCU winner
  • Season series: 2-0 vs. Texas Tech, 2-0 vs. TCU

The Mountaineers, looking for their first Big 12 Tournament victory, carry a four-game winning streak into the postseason, and three of those victories came against likely NCAA Tournament-bound teams by double digits. Defensive pressure continues to be the Mountaineers’ calling card. They lead the Big 12 in steals at 9.8 per game and turnover margin at 4.4 a game. They’re also the league’s most relentless rebounding team, topping the league in offensive and defensive rebounding percentage.

Third: OKLAHOMA
  • Quarterfinal opponent: Iowa State
  • Season series: 1-1

Three starters — Buddy Hield, Isaiah Cousins and Ryan Spangler — are the top three in the Big 12 in minutes played. Oklahoma won its final two games, but went 4-3 to finish the season. Still, the Sooners are in the conversation for a No. 1 seed. Hield is the league’s most talented offensive player, averaging 25.1 points and shooting 47 percent on three-pointers. Oklahoma makes more three-pointers per game (10.6) and shoots at a higher percentage (43.0) than any other team in the Big 12.

Fourth: TEXAS
  • Quarterfinal opponent: Baylor
  • Season series: 1-1

In his first season as coach, Shaka Smart raised the energy level of the Longhorns. Now, he’ll see if he can alter Texas’ postseason fortunes. The Longhorns have advanced past the quarterfinal round just once in the last three seasons. Smart said that Cameron Ridley could see action this week. The 6-10, 290-pound senior was averaging 12.7 points and 10.0 rebounds through 11 games when he went down because of a broken foot in December.

Fifth: BAYLOR
  • Quarterfinal opponent: Texas
  • Season series: 1-1

Baylor was the only Big 12 team with a better conference road record (6-3) than home (4-5). All-conference forward Taurean Prince has scored in double figures in 14 straight games and is averaging 19.3 points in his last three. After winning at Texas by 15 on Feb. 20, the Bears closed the regular season by losing three of four. Baylor joins Michigan State and Oklahoma as the only teams ranked in the top 25 in men’s and women’s basketball and football.

Sixth: IOWA STATE
  • Quarterfinal opponent: Oklahoma
  • Season series: 1-1

The Cyclones are bidding for their third straight tournament championship. Iowa State has been a giant-killer over the last three seasons. Its 22 victories over teams ranked in The Associated Press poll in that time ranks second nationally. The Cyclones lead the Big 12 in scoring (82.0) and in field-goal percentage (50.3) and are trying to become the first Big 12 team in four years to shoot 50 percent or better from the field.

Did You Know?

The tournament has been held every year since the first full basketball season was completed in 1997. The Big 12 was formed in 1996. Since that time, it was held in Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri in early March for every year up until 2003, and also in 2005. In 2003, 2004, and 2006 it was held at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, and in 2007 it was held in the Ford Center at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In 2008 it was again held in Kansas City, but this time at the Sprint Center.

 

 

The 2009 edition of the championship was held in Oklahoma City, with the event returning to Kansas City from 2010 through 2014. On June 1, 2012, it was announced that the Big 12 Tournament would stay in Kansas City through 2016. Kansas has won the most Big 12 postseason titles as well, winning 10 out of 20.

 

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