Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes: 5.15.2019

Scot Pollard was instrumental in the success of NASA’s Apollo program

Kansas News

Jayhawks improve by five strokes in round two at NCAA Stanford Regional | KUsports.com
Redshirt freshman Jeff Doty carded a 3-under 67 in the second round of the NCAA Stanford Regional at the Stanford Golf Course on Tuesday as the Kansas men’s golf team improved five strokes from round one and sits in 11th place.

KU recruiting target Precious Achiuwa says decision coming ‘this weekend’ | KUsports.com
Precious Achiuwa, a 6-foot-9 forward who played at Montverde Academy in Florida, made it known via social media that he will be announcing his commitment in the coming days.

Wake Forest basketball staff adds another Jayhawk as Manning hires Walters | KUsports.com
A pair of former Kansas basketball leading scorers who missed each other by a few seasons during their playing days in Lawrence are now teaming up as coaches at Wake Forest.

Early mock drafts feature one KU basketball player
Four KU basketball players are currently testing the NBA Draft waters, with at least two considered likely to stay in the event. Regardless, only one of the four has consistently appeared on the early NBA Mock Drafts to this point: Dedric Lawson.

247Sports expert shares fun story about a young Joel Embiid
“[There was] no recruiting to talk about ’cause [he was] unknown,” Meyer said. “[I] asked for his number. He said 34. His teammates fell out laughing.”

5-star 2020 SG Jaden Springer announces list cut
The five-star prospect in the class of 2020 put out a top 11 on Tuesday evening. His list included schools from four different Power Five conferences, including two schools in the Big 12: Kansas and Texas.

NCAA reveals plans to examine likeness policies
“This group will bring together diverse opinions from the membership — from presidents and commissioners to student-athletes — that will examine the NCAA’s position on name, image and likeness benefits and potentially propose rule modifications tethered to education,” said Val Ackerman, commissioner of the Big East and working group co-chair. “We believe the time is right for these discussions and look forward to a thorough assessment of the many complexities involved in this area.”

Other Sports News

What happened at the wildest NBA lottery ever seen
Holy smokes. What a wild lottery. That may have been the wildest lottery ever. The NBA’s new smoothed lottery odds raised the possibility of teams leaping from the middle toward the top, and boy howdy was there some leapin’ on Tuesday in Chicago.

New Orleans Pelicans Win Draft Lottery For Zion Williamson
The Knicks, Pelicans, Grizzlies, and Lakers all had a shot at Zion Williamson heading into the final reveals of the NBA Draft Lottery, and the sensational Duke forward might have gotten stuck in the most disastrous possible situation. The New Orleans Pelicans—who had a six percent chance of winning the lottery—will get the number-one pick in the 2019 Draft, and if the career of Anthony Davis so far is any indication, that’s bad news for Zion.

Sportswriters Mourn John Beilein, Show Their Asses
Sports Illustrated dubbed Beilein’s departure a “disheartening sign for a changed sport.” The Athletic went with a “dark day for the sport.” One nationally syndicated columnist said it was “not a good look for college basketball.” Another described it as “not good for college basketball.” All of these writers (and many others) highlight Beilein’s integrity and brilliance and conclude, in one fashion or another, that he is just too good and too pure for the slimy, selfish sport in which he has spent his professional life.

Testy Stotts, Blazers left seeking Curry solution
“I can’t remember — when he had 33 in the second half, were they trapping then?” Stotts said, referring to Curry’s performance in the Game 6 win to close out the conference semifinals against the Rockets. “They were? And he scored 33 in the second half? OK, yeah, we’ll look at that.”

Gentry ecstatic for top pick, says AD ‘will be fine’
“The fourth one comes up, I try to look at all our combinations and then they said, ‘The winner is the New Orleans Pelicans.’ And I said, ‘F— yeah!’ And then I said, ‘Excuse me, I’m sorry.'”

Winning Williamson: Pelicans land No. 1 pick
New Orleans leaped up from the seventh spot to the top of this year’s draft Tuesday night, earning the right to take Zion Williamson in next month’s NBA draft. The Pelicans had just a 6 percent chance to win the lottery.

Other News

US State Department orders non-emergency employees to leave Iraq amid Iran tensions – CNNPolitics
The State Department ordered Wednesday the departure of non-emergency US government employees from Iraq amid increasing tensions with Iran and warned US citizens not to travel to the country, citing a “high risk for violence and kidnapping.”

Alabama abortion bill: How it compares to Georgia abortion law
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – In 2019, more than a dozen states have either passed or attempted to pass stricter abortion legislation. Alabama’s Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would be the most restrictive in the nation.

Long winter is helping Flathead Cherry growers – KPAX.com
“It’s a little bit later of a pollenization period which for us is a good thing because it means our cherries will be ripening at a later time which is better market wise for us,” Johnson said.

Selena Gomez: ‘Social Media Has Been Really Terrible For My Generation’ – Variety
“I think our world is going through a lot,” Gomez said at a press conference in the South of France on Wednesday morning. “I would say for my generation, specifically, social media has really been terrible. It does scare me when you see how exposed these young boys and young girls are. They are not aware of the news. I think it’s dangerous for sure. I don’t think people are getting the right information sometimes.”

NASA Needs $1.6 Billion More to Send a Human to the Moon | WIRED
NASA REVEALED MONDAY that it needs an additional $1.6 billion in funding for fiscal year 2020 to stay on track for a human return to the moon by 2024. The space agency’s budget amendment comes in addition to the $21 billion the Trump administration asked Congress for in March.

Source: Rock Chalk Talk