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Tigers fall, need win to host first round -2/27/2015, 10:20 AM

Tiger women, MIAA champs, hang on -2/27/2015, 10:29 AM

Monarchs survive on senior night -2/27/2015, 12:17 PM

With KU back in control, Jayhawks prepare for 'high drama' -2/27/2015, 10:19 AM

Nino Williams takes long road to success at Kansas State -2/27/2015, 10:18 AM

Sub-state basketball pairings -2/26/2015, 10:37 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Younger part of youth movement for Railers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

Big 12 reprimands K-State after court-storming -2/26/2015, 10:53 AM

Hays High's top four headed to Salina -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- HDN area state qualifiers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Porsch seeks a repeat in state finale -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Freshman Hutchinson leads young group of Redmen -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Norton steps up again to have shot at 3-2-1A state crown -2/26/2015, 10:50 AM

Shockers fight past Indiana State, set up big Saturday -2/26/2015, 10:27 AM

Rhoades back at state -- this time in 4A -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

TMP survives Plainville -2/25/2015, 11:26 AM

K-State issues apology -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

HHS swept at Dodge -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/25/2015, 10:21 AM

Royals still hoping for Starling to break out -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Penske revels in Logano's victory at Daytona 500 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcat's win throws a roadblock at Jayhawks -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

KBCA prep basketball rankings, Feb. 23 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcats get it done -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

No-name Hahn wins Northern Trust Open -2/23/2015, 10:24 AM

FHSU softball splits on Sunday in Minnesota -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Logano wins first Daytona 500 -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Lutz: VanVleet has another day to remember -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

VanVleet takes Wichita State's assists title in win -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

'Cats seek confidence before game with KU -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

Perry Ellis, No. 8 Kansas rebound from loss, beat TCU -2/22/2015, 12:47 PM

Baylor drills K-State -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

Monarch girls run away from Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:38 PM

TMP wins physical game at Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Mathews all-state for HHS -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

HHS wins at Garden, jumps back into WAC race -2/22/2015, 12:41 PM

Wrestling roundup -- Hays High sends four to 4A state -2/22/2015, 8:19 PM

Victoria puts together complete game in win at Ness City -2/22/2015, 12:40 PM

HHS girls fall down early, lose at Garden -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Earnhardt Jr. makes Duel history, Patrick qualifies -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

HHS sends relays to state -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Tiger baseball takes two from UCM -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Gene Stephenson says he's filed his own appeal -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

TCU takes out K-State -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Bohuslavsky keys win for Tiger women -2/19/2015, 10:59 AM

Tiger men rally for MIAA win -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Tiger women No. 1 in Central Region -2/18/2015, 5:04 PM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/18/2015, 11:22 AM

Barton's Hensley named Player of the Week -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

TMP boys win, girls fall in Great Bend -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

K-State hopes to build some momentum at TCU -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

Two in a row for HHS girls -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

Hot early, HHS boys get win at Abilene -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

All is possible at Daytona -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

WVU tops Jayhawks in wild finish -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chiefs can find impact receiver in NFL draft -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chargers set sights on LA, push San Diego officials for action on stadium -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Defense a constant for Shockers -2/17/2015, 10:26 AM

FHSU, UCM series moved to Hays -2/16/2015, 10:55 AM

KU prepares for full-court press -2/16/2015, 10:17 AM

Foster lifts Kansas State past Oklahoma on Saturday -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Three Tigers crowned MIAA champs -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Bowyer, after crash, slams qualifying format -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Phillipsburg girls knock off TMP at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Hays High girls snap losing skid -2/15/2015, 2:21 PM

Hays High stunned by Liberal at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger women's streak halted at Pitt State -2/15/2015, 10:26 AM

Tiger softball 1-3 to start season -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger men fall at Pitt -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tigers drop to 0-2 with losses to Mines, Regis -2/15/2015, 1:10 AM

KU coach kicks off tour in Hays -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

K-State guard Johnson laughs off hecklers at W. Virginia -2/13/2015, 10:13 AM

The Tigers' do-it-all Shaw -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

Samac staying on court, providing big games for Tigers -2/13/2015, 11:09 AM

Wichita State baseball players see winning as antidote to distractions -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals, Herrera agree -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals purchase contract of Derek Gordon -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

KU's Ellis near 1,000 points -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Hoxies' record just a matter of time? -2/12/2015, 3:26 PM

New coach, new season for FHSU softball -2/12/2015, 11:25 AM

Tigers look for better pitching in 2015 -2/12/2015, 10:14 AM

Shox roll to win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

Kansas State rally again falls short at W. Virginia -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

FHSU wrestling rolls to dual win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

2015 Eight-Man All-Star rosters -2/11/2015, 11:54 AM

Indiana State backcourt thrives with new characters -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Scott City rolls over TMP -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Jayhawks cruise past Texas Tech -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Kansas State braces for Mountaineers' full-court press -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Salina Central outlasts Hays High -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Tigers' Lehman earns seventh MIAA honor -2/9/2015, 1:56 PM

FHSU's Samac earns MIAA men's honor -2/9/2015, 1:56 PM

KBCA rankings, Feb. 9 -2/9/2015, 1:47 PM

Big day for Plainville grad Dani Winters -2/9/2015, 11:24 AM

Cowboys' Forte plays through flu -2/9/2015, 10:17 AM

At KU, Smith played on scout team -2/9/2015, 10:16 AM

North Carolina coaching icon Dean Smith dies at 83 -2/8/2015, 5:19 PM

Wichita State easily beats weakened Missouri State -2/8/2015, 4:52 PM

FHSU men hold off Hornets -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

TMP's Rhoades third in Phillipsburg -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

Sports Scores

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Prep basketball

Boys

Atwood 76, St. Francis 65

Dighton 62, Oberlin 47

Hillsboro 50, Goodland 47

Lakeside 42, Lincoln 32

Minneapolis 68, Russell 35

Rock Hills 42, Natoma 37

Salina Central 62, Andover 58

Salina South 62, Sacred Heart 47

Sharon Springs 75, Leoti 38

St. John's Beloit-Tipton 57, Osborne 34

Sylvan-Lucas 61, Thunder Ridge 48

Girls

Dighton 44, Atwood 11

Dodge City 71, Hays High 28

Hesston 51, Goodland 18

Hoisington 60, Victoria 46

Hoxie 65, St. Francis 13

Lincoln 33, Lakeside 26

Minneapolis 47, Otis-Bison 24

Osborne 59, Wilson 34

Sharon Springs 63, Oberlin 42

Sylvan-Lucas 43, Natoma 41 (ot)

Tescott 41, Rock Hills 33

Trego 56, Leoti 27

Thunder Ridge 33, St. John's Beloit-Tipton 30

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Kansas' Jamari Traylor going to miss his friend

Published on -6/14/2014, 6:09 PM

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By Rustin Dodd

McClatchy-Tribune

LAWRENCE -- His best friend is gone now, so Jamari Traylor can admit it. He's going to miss Naadir Tharpe.

Traylor will miss his friend, because well ... that's what happens when you spend three years on a college campus with someone. In the intimate environs of a college basketball locker room, kinship comes easily.

Traylor and Tharpe arrived at KU in the summer of 2011, two parts of a recruiting class that also included future first-round pick Ben McLemore. Traylor and McLemore sat out that first year, redshirting after being deemed partial qualifiers, but the three friends always seemed to click. They hung out, and they helped Kansas to three more Big 12 championships, and they just seemed to get each other -- especially Traylor and Tharpe.

"It will be tough going on without him, that's like my brother," Traylor said. "I'm definitely going to miss him."

Back in late April, of course, Kansas coach Bill Self announced that Tharpe, a junior guard, would leave Kansas and finish his college career at a program closer to his home in Worcester, Mass. It was disappointing news for Traylor, who envisioned playing one more season with his friend. Tharpe would have been the only senior on a roster that will have nine freshmen and sophomores.

But now Tharpe is gone after a shaky junior season, and his departure does more than open up a spot on the perimeter.

It also leaves Traylor as the oldest scholarship player in the program.

"It's crazy the transition now," Traylor said earlier this week, after an intrasquad scrimmage. "I'm one of the older guys on the team, so it's definitely a lot different."

In the landscape of college basketball -- especially at a program like Kansas -- a player that stays four or five years can feel like a rare and endangered species. That's mostly perception, of course. In the past decade, KU has regularly churned out regulars that stayed four and even five years. And yet, Traylor can still feel ancient next to his young teammates. Especially when he begins to tell stories about practicing with Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor during his first year on campus.

"It's kind of weird," Traylor said. "Because I kind of feel like just yesterday I was a freshman with Thomas, Tyshawn, Elijah (Johnson) and Travis (Releford)," Traylor said. "And I didn't really know anything; just running around like a chicken with his head cut off."

For Traylor, though, it's been a steady ascent to major minutes. He redshirted in 2011-12, and then played just 9.6 minutes per game the next year. Then came this past season. Traylor developed into a key energy guy off the bench. He averaging 4.8 points per game. He played more than 16 minutes per contest.

You remember the Jayhawks' mostly forgettable NCAA Tournament victory against Eastern Kentucky, right? That was Traylor recording 17 points and 14 rebounds in 22 minutes while a mostly lifeless Kansas team advanced with a 70-59 point victory.

It was a watershed moment for Traylor, the kind of performance that can foreshadow better days ahead. But just 48 hours later, Traylor learned a rather cutting lesson in a season-ending loss to Stanford. The Cardinal defense mostly sagged off Traylor, daring him to shoot. The extra defender harassed freshman scorer Andrew Wiggins. The Jayhawks lost 60-57.

So now it's the summer, a time to spend hours in the gym, a time to build confidence in a jump shot that can still look mechanical and tentative. Self often likes to point out that Traylor was late to basketball, that he didn't start playing organized ball until his junior year of high school in Chicago. For Traylor, then, this is year six, and he's set a straightforward goal for the summer.

"Just being more aggressive on offense," Traylor says, "knocking down shots when I'm open. Being able to create for other people. I think I'm going to be able to do a lot more of that this year."

Even at an undersized 6 feet 8 -- measured with thick high-tops -- Traylor can be a useful player. His speed and agility can overwhelm bigger power forwards, and his athleticism allows him to be a solid shot-blocker for his size -- especially from the weak side. But a more refined offensive game could set a path to more minutes.

"It can improve his game a lot," sophomore guard Wayne Selden said, "because he can (already) put it on the floor."

When Traylor looks at the frontcourt, he sees opportunity. Joel Embiid left a 7-foot hole on the block. And for the first time in four years, the Jayhawks will begin a season without a true center in the rotation.

Junior Perry Ellis returns at power forward, and freshman big man Cliff Alexander is oozing with potential, and junior transfer Hunter Mickelson is eligible after sitting out last season. But Traylor will be in the thick of it, too, suddenly a veteran on another young team.

"I'm definitely going to step into my role," Traylor said, "and I want to help guys out."

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