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Kansas basketball has cameo in commercial for new ‘NBA 2K16’ video game

Kansas basketball is featured in a new video game.
Kansas basketball is featured in a new video game. YouTube screenshot

Earlier this week, the Sporting News reported earlier that filmmaker Spike Lee wrote and directed a special “My Career” mode in the video game “NBA 2K16,” which is due to be released soon. The Sporting News story says 10 colleges have been licensed for the game.

On Friday, NBA 2K released a video on YouTube that shows a recruit picking his college and a brief shot of the court of his new team. Guess what? He chose Kansas.

Take a look:

This is interesting considering the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit against the NCAA still hasn’t reached a full resolution. O’Bannon is a former UCLA basketball player who filed a lawsuit against the NCAA six years ago after he saw his image used in video game.

I guess that’s why this new game will have a nondescript athlete (you, the player) picking his college.

No word on whether or not we’ll see Jayahwks coach Bill Self in the game.

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