Kansas Jayhawks: Your Guide To The World University Games

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Mar 22, 2015; Omaha, NE, USA; A general view of official NCAA Tournament basketball during the second half of the game between the Wichita State Shockers and the Kansas Jayhawks in the third round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament at CenturyLink Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

It’s basically the Kansas Jayhawks vs. The World.

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At least it’s that way in the men’s basketball version of The World University Games which begins July 4 in the South Korean city of Gwangju.

The Jayhawks were chosen last year to represent the United States in the Games. Only those who are US citizens are able to play, which unfortunately means no Svi Mykhailiuk or Chieck Diallo, but two non-Jayhawks have been added to the roster.

The World University Games aren’t exactly The Olympics, but they are still a big deal. The fact the Jayhawks were chosen is not only a good thing because it’s extra practice and playing time, but it also helps with exposure for recruiting and speaks volumes of the kind of program Bill Self is running.

The USA Basketball committee is not going to choose a school that it doesn’t feel will represent the country well.

Now that the team has played one exhibition game, a 91-83 victory over Canada, and has one left, the real question becomes: What do you need to know about the Jayhawks and these Games?

Luckily we are here to help you with that, and fill you in on all the details.

We’ll start with the roster. You’ve read which Jayhawks won’t be playing, but here’s a look at who will.

Next: Who Is On The Roster?