This Week in KU History

Jo Jo White (AP Photo)

Jo Jo White was born; Raef LaFrentz committed

This week in KU history Jo Jo White was born.

White was born November 16th, 1946. Jo Jo White played for Kansas from 1966-69. The first team All American guard finished 4th in career points and is currently ranked 21st. He was All-Big-Eight three times and led the Jayhawks to two NCAA tournaments. Kansas lost in double overtime to eventual champions Texas Western in 1966. White won Olympic gold in Mexico City and spent six months in the Marines before joining the Boston Celtics in 1969. During his ten years with the Celtics White was a seven time NBA All-Star and MVP of the 1976 playoffs. White served as an assistant coach for Kansas before being dismissed by Larry Brown. Huh? Why Larry, why?

Other Birthdays:

(11.12.77) Terry Nooner
Noonball was a walk on player 1997-2000.

(11.14.74) B.J. Williams
Hailing from Wichita, KS Williams played from 1994-97. Williams was a solid reserve player and spent his college career married with children. Billy Jr is remembered as a strong shot blocker and perhaps the most "exposed" Jayhawk in recent history.

(11.16.78) Kenny Gregory
Gregory was a Jayhawk from 1998-2001 Gregory won MVP honors at the McDonald's High School All-American Game in 1997 and was an honorable mention All American at Kansas. "Air" Gregory was known for his spectacular dunking ability.

(11.17.52) Roger Morningstar
Morningstar played from 1973-75.

On November 12th, 1993 Raef LaFrentz committed to KU. LaFrentz was ranked #2 by Bob Gibbons and was a consensus top ten player nationally. He averaged 34.5 points, 16.3 rebounds, and 6.0 blocked shots per game as a senior at Monona High, Iowa and was a McDonalds All American. LaFrentz was drafted in the first round, the third pick, by the Denver Nuggets. LaFrentz currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks but was placed on the injured list earlier this month.

Foto Flashbacks

Kansas coach Roy Williams talks to his players on the bench during the first half against the Converse All-Stars in their first exhibition game of the season, Nov. 10, 1995, in Lawrence, Kan. The KU Jayhawks won 102-69. (AP Photo/Cliff Schiappa)

Kansas coach Glen Mason, right, pleads his case with referee Steve Usechek at the end of the second quarter against Nebraska on Nov. 11, 1995 in Lawrence, Kan. Mason was arguing after Kansas ran out of time in trying to kick a field goal. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

Kenny Gregory and Lester Earl squeeze Gonzaga's Mike Nilson on a second-half rebound Nov. 13, 1998, at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas won their regular season opener 80-66. (AP Photo/Cliff Schiappa)

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