Former Kansas Jayhawk shooting guard Brandon Rush (4, right) Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas Jayhawks In The NBA: Brandon Rush

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Brandon Rush played for the Kansas Jayhawks for three seasons from 2005-2008. He was part of the 2008 NCAA National Championship Kansas team with teammates including Mario Chalmers, Cole Aldrich, Sherron Collins, and Darrell Arthur, all great former Jayhawks.

Rush scored over 13 PPG in all three of his seasons at Kansas, leading the team in scoring all three seasons (courtesy of sports-reference.com). He was always known as the Jayhawks most potent offensive weapon, being such a great long-range shooter.

In the National Championship game against Derrick Rose and the Memphis Tigers in 2008, Rush scored 12 points on 5 for 9 shooting with 6 rebounds. Memphis head coach John Calipari made it a priority for his team to shut down Rush in the game, which was successful to an extent, keeping Rush out of his usual spot being Kansas’ top scorer.

Kansas ended up winning the game 75-68 in OT, and the game has become one of the most famous games in NCAA basketball history with the famous “Mario Miracle” shot to send the game into overtime with just four seconds left.

After the National Title win, Rush was selected 13th overall by the Portland Trailblazers in the 2008 NBA Draft, one of five Jayhawks drafted that year. Since then, Brandon has been with three different NBA teams including the Trailblazers, Golden State Warriors, and Utah Jazz.

Over his NBA career, he has averaged 8.3 PPG and 3.3 RPG, mostly coming off of the bench for all three teams. Last season, his first and only with the Utah Jazz, Rush averaged a career low 2.1 PPG in only 11 minutes per game off the bench.

Most recently, the six-year veteran signed back with the Golden State Warriors just in the last week on a 2 year, $2.42 million deal. Rush goes back to Golden Stat in order to be back on a contending team and hopefully get more minutes being the main backup to up-and-coming star off-guard Klay Thompson.

Hopefully the 2014-15 NBA season will be a rejuvenate one for Brandon Rush with Golden State, and all us Kansas fans out there should make sure we support him because just 6 years ago, we were chanting his name to bring us home a National Title, which he did.

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