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College Basketball Countdown: Kansas Jayhawks- #8

Published on November 6, 2012 by Scott Shirley   ·   No Comments

College basketball is right around the corner. Games will be starting before you know it, and practices are just right around the corner.

Here at Roundballchat I will release my top 100 teams for the 2012-13 college basketball season. I will start at 100 and count my way down. I will rank all the 75 programs in the six major conferences, as well as 25 mid majors in my top 100 countdown.

Along with my top 100 countdown I will also feature a ton of previews. Like the top players at each position, All Conference teams, top players by class, top games, previewing the early season tournaments and much more.

Who will put at number 1? Louisville or Indiana or maybe a surprise stay tuned to Roundballchat for the next month to find out.

# 8 Kansas

Coach: Bell Self (9 seasons at Kansas 269-52) Overall 476-158, 19 years

2011-12: Record 32-7 overall, 16-2 in Big 12 (1st)

Starters Returning (3) Jeff Withey, Elijah Johnson, Travis Releford

Preseason Tournament: Champions Classic, CBE Classic

Top Non-Conference Games: at Ohio State, vs. Temple, vs. Colorado, vs. Oregon State

Transfer Out: Merv Lindsay (New Mexico)

Early Departure: Thomas Robinson

Bill Self did another amazing coaching job last season getting the Jayhawks to the national championship game. Not many expected the Jayhawks to go to the tile game. The Jayhawks lose their top 2 players and scorers but this year’s team could be better than last year’s team. Why? Well this team will have a lot more depth thanks to a bunch of talented freshman. The Jayhawks also return three starters who are all seniors.

The Jayhawks will feature a very good backcourt. Leading the way will be point guard Elijah Johnson (10.2 ppg). He will take over the point guard duties this season; he was second on the team in assists and took better care of the ball than Tyshawn Taylor. Johnson made 69 three pointers last season but he can also drive the ball to the hoop. Johnson also led the team in steals. Joining him in the backcourt is Travis Releford (8.5 pgg). Releford is the glue guy for this Kansas team; he is the team’s top perimeter defender. He also finished 3rd on the team in rebounding. At the 3rd guard spot look for the starting job to go to freshman Ben McLemore. He was a top recruit a year ago but didn’t have the grades. McLemore is a flat out scorer than can score in a multiple of ways. He is also very athletic. The top option off the bench will be Naadir Tharpe (.9 ppg). The rest of the depth here could be a problem because of inexperience. Two freshman Rio Adams and Andrew White will provide depth. White is the better of the two.

Leading the Jayhawks in the frontcourt will be center Jeff Withey (9 ppg). Withey was setting block shots records as Kansas kept advancing in the NCAA tournament. He averaged a crazy 3.6 blocks shots per game and was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. He also improved his offensive game a ton last season with Thomas Robinson gone look for him to average in double figures. For now look for senior Justin Wesley (1.2 ppg) to start but he will get pushed by a host of players. He was solid for the Jayhawks last season in limited minutes. Providing depth he will be Kevin Young (3.4 ppg), and freshman Jamari Traylor and Perry Ellis. Young was Kansas 6th man last season but he is currently injured and will the beginning of the season. Traylor like McLemore sat out last season because of grades but is highly talented. Ellis is a highly thought of freshman. Freshman Landen Lucas and Zach Peters will also provide depth.

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