“#4 KANSAS JAYHAWKS”


Article written by Rob Giannotti at www.inthegymrange.com

Last Season Record: 27-9 ( Lost in 3rd round NCAA Tournament to Wichita State 78-65)

Head Coach: Bill Self:  Entering 13th year at Kansas

Key Departures:

  1. Kelly Oubre (15th pick in NBA Draft), Atlanta Hawks
  2. Cliff Alexander (Undrafted), now with Portland Trailblazers

Key Newcomers: rivals.com #6 ranked recruiting class in the country

  1. Cheick Diallo (Power Forward) rivals.com # 5 player in the country.
  2. Carlton Bragg (Power Forward) rivals.com # 21 player in the country.
  3. Lagerald Vick ( Shooting Guard) not ranked among rivals.com top 150 prospects. 4 star recruit.

Key Returning players:

  1. Perry Ellis (Center/Power Forward) Senior: Avg. 13.8 ppg, 6.9rbg
  2. Frank Mason III (Guard) Junior: 12.6ppg, 3.9 apg, 3.9rpg
  3. Wayne Seldon Jr. (Guard) Junior: 9.4ppg, 2.8rpg

TEAM OVERVIEW

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As another basketball season looms on the horizon in Lawrence, Kansas, practice isn’t the only thing on Head Coach Bill Self’s mind. The other thing. The NCAA investigation regarding Freshmen Power Forward Cheick Diallo’s High School transcripts. Attending middle school in Mali before attending Our Savior High School in New York, The McDonald’s All American and top 5 national recruit was expected to help an already talented frontcourt (As of this article, the NCAA has not ruled on Diallo’s eligibility).

Even without Diallo, the cupboard isn’t bare. With a 3rd round NCAA Tournament loss to Wichita State behind the, the Jayhawks return a lot of experienced talent with unfinished business to attend to. Perry Ellis, a 6’8″ senior is the top returning player and a candidate for Big 12 and All-America honors this season. The coaching staff will be looking for and need a big year from Junior G/F Wayne Seldon Jr. After entering Kansas as a national top recruit, Seldon Jr. has been somewhat of a disappointment in his 2 years in a Jayhawk uniform.

Junior Guard Frank Mason III returns after starting all 36 games and earning All BIG 12 Second Team accolades. Sophomore Guard Devonte’ Graham will join Mason III in the backcourt and will hopefully provide scoring punch. Forward Jamar Taylor, a 6’8″ Forward along with heralded incoming  6’9″ Freshmen Forward Carlton Bragg will help Ellis and lead an imposing frontcourt. If Diallo becomes eligible at any point during the season, it might just be the top frontline in all of college basketball.

FINAL FOUR IF:

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An early season test against Michigan State (Nov.17) will provide the freshmen and lesser used players last year to give coach Bill Self a better gauge on his team. Playing at legendary Phog Allen Field House (pictured above, statue of Phog Allen), arguably the toughest home venue to play at is a huge benefit. Ellis needs to play like a National Player of the Year Candidate and Seldon Jr. needs to play up to his potential as a former high school all-american. Perhaps the biggest reason if Kansas is going to make the Final Four is the eligibility status of Cheick Diallo. Diallo is projected by many as a potential 2016 NBA Lottery selection and has the talent to lead the Jayhawks onto college basketball’s biggest stage.

2 thoughts on ““#4 KANSAS JAYHAWKS””

  1. Chris says:

    I would have Kansas outside the Top 5, but their MVP is Coach Self. You can never count them out.

  2. Chris, You have a good point. However, Cheick Diallo is now eligible and gives Kansas another talented front court option. Thank you for your comment.

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