Back to reality and a look ahead to the 2012-2013 Kansas University basketball season with answers to frequently asked questions.
Does KU have a chance at recruiting any uncommitted McDonald’s All-Americans?
Yes, Tony Parker, a 6-foot-9, 250-pound center from Lithonia, Ga., has Kansas on his list of five finalists, along with favorite UCLA, Georgia, Duke and Ohio State.
Are there any other top-100 recruits still unsigned that Kansas can land?
Yes. Anrio Adams, a 6-3, 183-pound combination guard from Rainier Beach High in Seattle, ranked No. 98 by Rivals, has orally committed to KU, but hasn’t signed yet because he hasn’t yet passed his ACT.
Rainier Beach, why does that ring a vague bell?
Former Kansas players C.J. Giles and Rodrick Stewart, the guy who blew out his knee dunking at the NCAA Tournament public practice during his senior year, played at Rainier Beach.
If Kansas lands both Parker and Adams and nobody else transfers, wouldn’t that leave Kansas one over the limit of 13 scholarships?
Yes, but there is always the possibility that Justin Wesley, who came to Kansas as a walk-on and then was awarded a scholarship, could return to walk-on status.
If neither Parker nor Adams joins KU for next season and nobody else signs, who would the 12 scholarship players be, what positions would they play, and can you rank them in order of possible playing time?
Point guards: Senior Elijah Johnson and sophomore Naadir Tharpe.
Wings: Senior Travis Releford, red-shirt freshman Ben McLemore and freshman Andrew White (ranked No. 51).
Posts: Senior Jeff Withey, red-shirt freshman Jamari Traylor, freshman Perry Ellis (No. 24), senior Kevin Young, freshman Zach Peters (No. 137), freshman Landen Lucas (not in top 150), junior Justin Wesley.
Can you name a possible starting five?
Johnson, McLemore, Releford, Traylor or Ellis and Withey.
Who would have a shot at becoming an darkhorse starter?
Adams, if he qualifies academically.
Where will Kansas be picked to finish in the Big 12?
First, ahead of Baylor, which has a lot of talent returning, and Texas, which has yet another touted recruiting class coming in.
Where will the Jayhawks be ranked in the preseason national polls?
In the top five. Look for big, big things from Johnson, a natural point guard who has a steadying hand, plays with a great deal of confidence and will thrive in the role of team leader. Once he fixed his outside shot, there wasn’t anything Johnson didn’t do well. He has first-team all-conference written all over him and has a shot at All-American honors.
Withey also could make a big step forward by extending his scoring range to 15 feet.