Led by former Kansas coaches Larry Brown and Ted Owens, two teams comprised of some of the biggest names in modern Jayhawks lore will take to the court Sept. 24 at Allen Fieldhouse.
In a Monday press release, Head Coach Bill Self said he was grateful for the opportunity to turn a negative - such as the NBA lockout - into a positive, and bring so many players home.
“We have many committed,” Self said. "The majority being recent guys who have played (under Self) and several of Roy’s (Williams) players will be here as well, including NBA All-Star Paul Pierce, who is coming back for the first time in a long time."
Tickets for the event will be $20 for adults and $10 for students and youth. The bulk of the proceeds will be distributed in the name for former Kansas assistant Neil Dougherty, who tragically suffered a fatal heart attack this summer.
"We're working with Neil's family to find a cause that will definitely give Neil a lasting legacy in an area of his life that was very dear to him," Self added.
Kansas Athletics will donate an additional portion of the proceeds to the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, one of Dougherty's favorite local charities.
“It will be great coming back to Lawrence and catching up with some old friends and meeting the current players,” Pierce said. “No place compares to Allen Fieldhouse and the rich tradition that is Kansas basketball. When you are a Jayhawk, you’re a Jayhawk for life.”
Williams Educational Fund members and current KU students will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets. Tickets can be ordered via the KU Tickets Office online (www.kuathletics.com) or by calling 800-34-HAWKS. Parking for the event is free.
The Sept. 24 event is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.