Kansas hits court at Late Night in the Phog
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Andrew Wiggins’ $10,000 black and white sport jacket made another appearance, only this time on the shoulders of Kansas basketball coach Bill Self.
Self confirmed that the jacket he was wearing was indeed the same one Wiggins’ wore when he was picked No. 1 by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA draft.
The latest edition of Late Night in the Phog showcased a variety of entertainment ranging from acrobatic and athletic to musical acts.
The Kansas cheerleaders opened up Late Night with high-flying acrobatic stunts. Big Jay and Baby Jay did a montage of dance numbers to correlate with the 10 straight Big 12 championships. The Rock Chalk Dancers performed after the women’s basketball scrimmage.
The women’s team broke out in four dance numbers. The men’s team did the same.
Sophomore guard Frank Mason did his signature back flip, twice, and coach Jerrance Howard did the “Nae Nae” with the whole men’s team around him.
During the breaks between performances, highlights of the ALCS Game 1 between the Kansas City Royals and the Baltimore Orioles were shown on the video screen. The fans got on their feet and shook the rafters after watching Alex Gordon hit a deep ball along the foul line and give the Royals a 4-0 lead.
Other entertainment to cater to the almost-capacity crowd was the Unity Dance Team and BMX Trick performers. Contests were held as well to give out prizes to fans.
Among those in the almost-full Allen Fieldhouse were highly touted men’s basketball recruits. Stephen Zimmerman Jr., Brandon Ingram, Jaylen Brown, Carlton Bragg, Tyler Dorsey, Malik Monk, De’Aaron Brown and nine others were in attendance Friday night. The fans gave them a standing ovation when they walked in together after the women’s scrimmage.