With so many former KU basketball stars playing professional ball, NBA games are popular events for alumni chapter members to attend.
Jayhawks in the Sacramento area attended KU Night with the Sacramento Kings last night. Kent Hohlfeld, j’95, sent us this recap of the game:
Approximately 25-30 KU alumni and fans showed up for the Kings season finale against the Phoenix Suns. Former Jayhawk players Ben McLemore of the Kings and Suns players Marcus and Markieff Morris signed pre-game autographs for the fans.
During the game, McLemore had a career-high 31 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, while Marcus Morris had 22 points and 6 rebounds. Markieff Morris had 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists as the Morris twins’ Suns team beat McLemore and the Kings 104-99.
Another cool thing? The Sacramento Kings’ official Twitter account tweeted this short Vine video of McLemore meeting fans before the game:
Kent also sent us a few pictures he took during the meet-and-greet before the game. Check out the collage below– and does anyone else think it’s strange to see all three players wearing purple?
If you’re in the Sacramento area, join the Sac Jayhawks Facebook group. All KU alumni, fans and friends are welcome!
Ben McLemore, who became a top NBA draft prospect after playing just one season at KU, shares intimate details about his life’s journey with ESPN’s Andy Katz. Today’s draft coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. (Central) on ESPN.
Several KU students recently had the opportunity of a lifetime–the chance to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
The students were pictured with KU basketball star Ben McLemore on the magazine’s regional cover for its NCAA Tournament preview edition that was released last week. The students—many of them Athletic Department employees, student athletes or spirit squad members—were assembled the day of the shoot in Allen Fieldhouse. A couple of the students on the cover (circled below) are familiar faces in the KU Alumni Association office: Erica Witty, the 2013 Homecoming Steering Committee director, and Andy Kriegh, a former KU Alumni Association intern and S.A.L.B. member. Both are working this Spring in the Allen Fieldhouse Ticket Office.
We asked them about the experience of being in a S.I. cover shoot with Ben McLemore under the direction of S.I. Photographer Al Tielemans.
“It was a fun experience— one I am definitely glad I got to a part of,” Erica said. “Everyone there was having a good time, and the people from Sports Illustrated said we were one of the livelier groups they have photographed. They thought it was funny how when we took the pictures we would all yell like we were at a real game— someone said it was because we were in the Fieldhouse, it’s a tradition to yell!”
Andy added, “The directions were a bit silly, ‘jump up and yell like you just watched McLemore dunk! Actually making noise brings more energy to the picture.’ So there we are, all fifty or so of us ‘woo-ing!’ for a half-hour in the middle of the afternoon in an empty AFH.”
Andy noted that McLemore’s role was brief, arriving after the students had been organized and arranged by height, but that he was pretty cool about the whole thing. “I think we were all a bit awestruck,” Andy admitted.
Both felt good about the final cover, which KU fans will agree was the best among the four regional covers that also featured Gonzaga, Indiana and Syracuse. Erica agreed.
“I like the one they picked, it really shows what our student section looks like! It is definitely something that I will remember!”
Andy, however, just missed getting in the shot. “I got covered up perfectly by the “t” in “Illustrated,” but I understand. I don’t think the cover could have handled all of the star power if they had McLemore AND me on it— haha! It was still a blast and just another unique experience that I have gotten to enjoy while going to KU.”