NCAA rule regarding draft cuts evaluation time for players

Players have to decide by today — the day before the spring signing period, which begins April 16 and continues through May 21 for Division I basketball this year — whether to remain in the NBA Draft or lose their future NCAA eligibility. The effect is that, rather than spending a month working out for NBA teams and receiving a thorough examination, decisions by players such as Missouri’s Jabari Brown will be based primarily on scouting reports prepared by NBA executives.

Former William Jewell star athlete PeeWee Summers dies at 71

William “PeeWee” Summers died at age 71 on Sunday from complications with diabetes, and the Kansas City area lost a former resident who not only was a respected official at several levels, including the Big Eight and Missouri Valley Conference, but also a pioneer. William Summers was the first African-American student at William Jewell when he enrolled in 1961. Summers became a star athlete at Jewell, competing in basketball, baseball and track.

NAIA to bring women’s basketball tournament to Independence in 2015-16

The NAIA will bring its Division I women’s basketball tournament to the Independence Events Center in 2015 and 2016, giving the Kansas City area both major NAIA basketball tournaments. The women’s tournament will run concurrently with the Division I men’s tournament, which will continue to be played at Municipal Auditorium.

Missouri could be in tough spot without Jabari Brown

Depending on what junior Jabari Brown learns from his NBA evaluation, there’s a chance he might return to Missouri next season. He left the door open when he decided not to sign with an agent, giving him until April 15 to decide if he wants to return to the Tigers.

Future Jayhawk Cliff Alexander tries to lure Myles Turner to KU

Early on Monday morning, Cliff Alexander and Myles Turner stepped onto the same floor here inside the Quest Multiplex gym on the west side of Chicago, preparing for Wednesday night’s McDonald’s All-American Game at the United Center. Alexander, a Chicago native who signed with Kansas in the fall, is one of the top frontcourt players in the senior class. So is Turner, who has yet to pick his college destination. “I told him: ‘Come be a Jayhawk, Bill Self will get you ready,’” Alexander said.