Kansas seniors Devonté Graham and Svi Mykhailiuk have signed with agents well in advance of the June 21 NBA Draft.
Graham, a 6-foot-2 point guard from Raleigh, N.C., on Wednesday told The Star he had signed with CAA (Creative Arts Agency), which has U.S. offices in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Moorestown, N.J., and Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
Former KU standout Joel Embiid is represented by CAA, as well as Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, Paul George, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Tony Parker and others.
Mykhailiuk re-tweeted a Twitter posting by SIG (Sports International Group), which revealed it had reached agreement with the 6-foot-8 forward from Ukraine.
SIG clients include former KU forward Tarik Black, plus Lauri Markkanen, Alex Len and others.
Graham has been listed as a second-round draft pick by ESPN.com (No. 42 overall to Detroit), SI.com (No. 31 overall to Phoenix) and NBAdraft.net (No. 40 overall to Brooklyn).
Mykhailiuk is also listed as a second-round pick by ESPN.com (No. 49 overall to San Antonio), SI.com (No. 56 overall to Philadelphia) and NBAdraft.net (No. 35 overall to Orlando).
Meanwhile, former KU guard Malik Newman will announce his choice of an agent on Friday, his dad, Horatio Webster, told The Star on Wednesday.
Newman is listed as the 13th pick of the second round (to Denver) by ESPN.com, the 26th pick of the second round (to Dallas) by SI.com and 17th pick of the second round (to the Los Angeles Lakers) by NBAdraft.net.
Former KU guard Lagerald Vick has not yet signed with an agent. The 6-foot-5 Memphis native is not listed in any of the mock drafts at this time.
Doke to announce plans
KU sophomore Udoka Azubuike is expected to announce his future plans soon. Azubuike, a 7-foot center from Nigeria, has until 10:59 p.m., Central time, Sunday, to decide if he wants to enter his name in the NBA Draft.
If Azubuike enters the draft without hiring an agent, he would have until 4 p.m., Central time on June 11 to remove his name if he wants to return to KU for a junior year. If he declares without an agent, he (if invited) could attend the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago from May 16-20. Those invited to the combine receive feedback on skills as they currently translate to the NBA level.
Dick Vitale gala nears
KU coach Bill Self and the other three 2018 Final Four coaches will attend Dick Vitale’s 13th-annual fundraiser gala in support of cancer research on May 11 at the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota, Fla., USA Today reported Wednesday.
Vitale told the paper he is “very optimistic” he’ll reach his goal to raise $3.5 million, which would push the all-time total money raised (at the gala) for pediatric cancer research to $25 million.
The event will honor ESPN sideline reporter Holly Rowe and longtime ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman. Vitale's All-Courageous Team, made up of 10 children beating cancer, will be recognized, USA Today indicated.
"I've called so many games, but this is the most satisfying thing I do in my life," Vitale told USA Today. “But there's so much that needs to be done. I get obsessed with it because no mother, father or grandparent should ever have to lose their child to this. I've been to too many funerals for these kids and cried my eyes out.
"If we went to any major university football program and asked them to raise $50 million for facilities, they'd get it at the drop of a hat. But I'm out here begging and pleading 24-7 to save these kids' lives. People say to me, 'Dick, it's really great what you're doing.' I don't look at it that way. If we were doing enough, Tony Colton (a 17-year-old friend of Vitale who died in August of cancer) wouldn’t have passed."
Donations can be made through the V Foundation.
Borzello’s pick for Langford: Indiana
ESPN.com’s Jeff Borzello predicts Indiana will beat out Kansas and Vanderbilt for Romeo Langford, a 6-foot-5 senior wing from New Albany (Ind.) High, who will announce his college choice on April 30 at his high school gym. Borzello’s “confidence level” stands at 55 percent for Indiana.
"It’s nearing the end of the road for Langford, who has had the same three schools on his list for months: Kansas, Indiana and Vanderbilt,” Borzello wrote on Wednesday. “For most of the winter, it seemed like Indiana and Vanderbilt were battling for the lead, but Kansas has made a strong push over the last few weeks. Early decisions by Malik Newman and Lagerald Vick to head to the NBA only help the Jayhawks’ cause, opening up minutes on the wing.
"Meanwhile, Indiana is looking to keep Langford home and has made him a priority since the day Archie Miller took over in Bloomington last spring. Vanderbilt is hoping Langford is the missing piece to an elite recruiting class that already includes five-stars Darius Garland and Simisola Shittu. Langford has shut it down and is ready for decision time, which will come on April 30. It’s still too close to feel entirely confident about a prediction, but at this moment, the Hoosiers are earning most of the buzz. It’s also worth noting Langford is having an announcement at his high school, open to the public — meaning there will be 4,000 Indiana fans in the building.”