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Report: Bulls to draft Kansas’ Tyshawn Taylor at No. 29


The Bulls have a point guard — that Derrick Rose guy is pretty good. But whenever he returns from his ACL rehab, he will be the man.

But who will be the backup? Next season and long term?

This report from Vin Parise of the NBC Sports Network may answer that.

According to league sources, the Chicago Bulls are drafting Tyshawn Taylor from Kansas tonight with the 29th pick — backup for Derrick Rose

This could be a good fit. Taylor is a very athletic combo guard and is one of the best defensive guards in this draft, which you know Tom Thibodeau likes. Taylor also reportedly did will in workouts for teams. However, he had better improve is decision making and limit turnovers if he wants to stay on the court. A steady jump shot would be nice, too.

It will be interesting to see what this means for C.J. Watson and free agency for the Bulls. They may still need someone of quality while they wait at least a month and maybe much more for Rose to return.

Kansas’ Thomas Robinson to make it official, enter NBA draft

Kansas Jayhawks forward Thomas Robinson celebrates with fans after the Jayhawks defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes in their men's NCAA Final Four semi-final college basketball game in New Orleans
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In something that was long expected, Kansas junior forward Thomas Robinson will make it official that he is entering the NBA draft at a Monday press conference.

That is what the Kansas Journal-World is reporting.

KU coach Bill Self confirmed to the Journal-World on Sunday that Robinson would be turning pro. Self indicated he would say no more until the news conference.

DraftExpress has him going No. 4 overall. Robinson finally got to spread his wings as a Jayhawk with the Morris twins gone and averaged 17.9 points and 11.9 rebounds a game and was runner up to Anthony Davis at just about everything — from AP player of the year to the national title game.

He has a real NBA power forward body at 6’10” (in shoes) and he is a strong rebounder and defender who can jump out of the building. While he scored a lot of points at Kansas he isn’t the most polished offensive player yet, but the tools are there.

A lot of other key underclassmen have yet to announce — Andre Drummond of UConn, pretty much everyone at Kentucky — but that will happen over the coming weeks. We gave you a list of underclassmen that have declared, now you can add another to it.

Book on Kansas hoops call Kris Humphries an “absolute jerk”

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To most of America, Kris Humphries is that guy who married Kim Kardashian. Not that Laker that married the other sister, but if pressed people might remember Humphries plays basketball for a living.

But Humphries was a big deal player coming out of high school in Minnesota, a guy that was pretty clearly going to be a one-and-done and chased down a number of big colleges.

Including Kansas and coach Roy Williams. Which brings us to an excerpt from a new book “Beyond The Phog” about Jayhawk hoops, quoting Kansas shooting guard Keith Langford about Humphries. (Via I am a GM and Larry Brown Sports.)

Kris Humphries came on a visit and tried to commit. He really wanted to come here. But no one on the team liked Kris Humphries. He was arrogant. He told everyone he was going to come in and be the leading scorer as a freshman and that we’d all have to take a backseat to him. We were trying to be respectful and not say anything. But he was an absolute jerk. It was tough, because Roy was really excited about him. Kris Humphries was a big deal. He was a one-and-done or a two-and-done kind of player. Roy wanted him to commit on his visit. But we told him, “Coach, you can’t bring this guy in. You can’t do it.” You’d figure Roy would say something like, “Let’s work on him,” or “Let’s give him another chance.” Instead he told Humphries, “Sorry, but you can’t come.” Bill Self did the same thing years later with Terrence Williams.

Humphries went to Minnesota, averaged 21 and 10 on a losing team, and was a one-and-done.

You can watch Humphries on what is sure to be a slate of upcoming reality shows and decide for yourself if Humphries is an absolute jerk still or not.

Mario Chalmers opens shop for cancer patients

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Good on Mario Chalmers.

The free agent point guard who should have seen more minutes in the finals (if it meant fewer minutes for Mike Bibby) has opened a shop for cancer patients in a Lawrence, Kansas, hospital, the Associated Press reports.

Cancer claimed the life of the mother of a childhood friend of Chalmers, and he said he wanted to give back.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house for the shop, called Mario’s Closet, is set for July 22 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The shop will carry a variety of free or low-cost accessories such as wigs, prosthetics and hats.

If you’re asking why Lawrence, remember that is where he went to college and helped lead the Jayhawks to a national title. He hit the dramatic three pointer that sent the finals against Derrick Rose and Memphis to overtime, a game Chalmers and Kansas went on to win.

Marcus Morris likes his own game. A lot.

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Marcus Morris should have some swagger — he was the leading scorer on a very good Kansas team last season.

He has a good back-to-the-basket game, is a good rebounder and works hard. He has a jump shot you need to respect (needs to improve it, but it’s nice) and he can put the ball on the floor and get around you. There are questions if he is athletic enough to hang with the guys he’ll match up with at the next level — he keeps saying he’s an NBA three, scouts say he’s an undersized four — but he will be a lottery pick this year.

Morris seems to think that is underestimating his talents. That seems to be what he told the Deseret News after he worked out for the Jazz.

“Honestly, I think I’m the most complete player in the draft,” the 6-9 Morris said. “I think I’m one of those guys that can just do a lot. (There are) lots of parts of my game I can hang my hat on.”

What did the Jazz think about that?

But Walt Perrin, the Jazz’s vice president of player personnel, laughed when asked to comment on Morris’ confident comment….

“That’s his opinion,” Perrin said, smiling. “His opinion doesn’t count on draft night.”

In most drafts, where Morris would fall to around the end of the lottery (15ish) he is a good pick. With him more likely to go around 10 (NBC/Rotoworld’s Steve Alexander has him going No. 10 to the Bucks) more will be expected of him. Morris thinks he can live up to that.