RCW: MBB Faces in the Crowd

Each week in Rock Chalk Weekly, the top Kansas Jayhawk performances are recognized as Faces in the Crowd. Get to know the projected impact players in this week’s basketball preview, including career highlights and a link to their full bio.


Jr. | G | 6-2 | Raleigh, North Carolina
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Junior guard Devonte’ Graham exploded on the scene his sophomore year where he was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2016 Big 12 Championship and later to the NCAA Tournament All-South Region Team. He was an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selection who was also a member of the All-Big 12 Defensive Team, along with Frank Mason III. Graham scored a career-high 27 points twice his sophomore season against nationally-ranked foes Oklahoma (2/13) and West Virginia (3/12) in the title game of the Big 12 Championship. Graham is one of 20 candidates for the 2017 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award.


Fr. | G | 6-8 | Detroit, Michigan
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Josh Jackson is the third overall No. 1 recruit to play at Kansas since 2010-11, joining Josh Selby (2010-11) and Andrew Wiggins (2013-14). Along with sophomore Carlton Bragg Jr., and freshman Udoka Azubuike, Jackson is one of three McDonald’s All-Americans on the KU roster. Jackson grew up in Detroit where he led Detroit Consortium College Prep School to the Class C state title his sophomore year. He moved to Prolific Prep in Napa, California, for his junior and senior campaigns. Jackson averaged 31.2 points, 17.6 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.3 steals his junior year and 26.9 points, 13.1 rebounds and 6.3 assists his senior year.

Sr. | F | 6-10 | Portland, Oregon
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Landen Lucas came on strong at the end of 2015-16 in leading KU to its Big 12 regular-season championship, the Big 12 Championship title and run to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. Lucas started 19 of the final 20 games of the season only missing Senior Night in that stretch. Lucas led KU in rebounds per game at 6.8, which ranked seventh in the Big 12 and has the second-best returning average in the league. Lucas had four double-doubles last season and shot a team-best 64.3 percent from the field. He pulled down 10 or more rebounds 10 times and led KU on the boards 26 times.


Sr. | G | 5-11 | Petersburg, Virginia
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Senior guard Frank Mason III has become a household name in college basketball as he enters his third season as the starting point guard for Kansas. Mason, who has started each of the last 74 games for the Jayhawks, already ranks among the KU career leaders in scoring, currently 42nd with 1,132 points and assists, No. 16 at 389 entering the 2016-17 season. Mason is the 11th player in KU history to rank that high in both points and assists. Mason has been named to the All-Big 12 Second Team each of the last two seasons and is one of 20 candidates for the 2017 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award.