Weippert Wednesday: What Late Night means for Kansas

‘Tis the season! Jayhawk basketball is back, and the official start of the season is right around the corner. The annual “Late Night in the Phog” event takes place this Saturday, October 1, at 6:30 PM.

Bright lights, fog (“phog”?), and energy are all regular occurrences at Kansas’ annual “Late Night in the Phog.” Usually held in early October, the event attracts Jayhawk fans who are looking to get their basketball fix. Sandwiched between baseball, football and other fall events, Late Night in the Phog offers an early glance of what is to come for the upcoming season. With Kansas football underperforming for years, it is all you can do to mark your calendar for Winter. If it is watching your favorite Jayhawk player attempt to dance, or just enjoying the Allen Fieldhouse atmosphere, it is no secret that the event holds much more meaning than just a scrimmage.

At Late Night, each player from the team is introduced. This introduction is in no ways casual, as each player walks into the arena with their desired song choice. Kansas caps it with smoke, lights, and a tunnel entrance, something every athlete/sports fan dreams about. The same tunnel will welcome the string of 2016-17 recruits that decide to call Kansas home next season. In fact, Late Night is the first big glance of what the University of Kansas has to offer. A host of recruits will be in attendance, featuring Billy Preston, Tremont Waters, Collin Sexton, and many more. (View the list below for a full list of recruits visiting the event.)

Late Night in the Phog is business for the Kansas coaching staff, but that does not curb the fun. All week, Kansas Basketball on Twitter has been sharing various video clips from previous Late Night skits, including the one below of Bill Self as “Anchorman.” In previous events, Self appeared in the signature Andrew Wiggins NBA Draft jacket. In 2015, Self made a reference to the “Rob Lowe” commercials.

According to Kansas Athletics, the event will highlight the Jayhawks’ 12th consecutive Big 12 title. The event will also feature the much anticipated scrimmage, player introductions, and much more. Kansas basketball returns on Saturday; well, at least a little bit. This year, Late Night should feature no distractions, as in each of the last two years, Royals playoff games hindered event attendance.

On a side-note, maybe, just maybe, Tyler Self will walk in-to “Frank Mason” by RedHead!

Official Visits to Late Night National Ranking

(ESPN 100)

National Ranking

(247 Sports)

Position
Billy Preston 20 12 PF
Tremont Waters 32 37 PG
Collin Sexton 10 7 PG
Troy Brown 18 13 SF
Cody Riley 45 35 PF
Unofficial Visits to Late Night National Ranking

(ESPN 100)

Composite

(247 Sports)

Position
Immanuel Quickley (2018) 11 .9936 PG
Bol Bol (2018) 34 .9957 PF
Jeremiah Robinson (2019) NR .9860 PF
Zach Harvey (2019) NR .9832 CG
Brandon Williams (2018) 14 .9901 PG
Markese Jacobs NR .9719 PG

Late Night in the Phog Event Specifics:

  • Free Parking in all lots
  • Doors open at 5:00 for students, and 5:30 for the general public (subject to open early in the events of extended lines)
  • Free admission: First come, first serve basis
  • Event begins at 6:30 PM
  • Will be broadcasted on Time Warner Cable, with Brian Hanni on the call

Special thanks to Kansas Recruit for the names of recruits that are attending 2016 Late Night in the Phog.

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Nick Weippert

Just a typical teenager that thinks above the box. Probably have to deal with more Kansas State fans than you do. I love playing sports and also sharing about my passions through writing. I also do a little bit of graphic design work.