A look at how minutes might be distributed for 2017-18 Kansas basketball team


Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) celebrates during a Jayhawk run during the second half, Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., against Purdue.

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) celebrates during a Jayhawk run during the second half, Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., against Purdue. by Nick Krug

Dwight Coleby has one foot out the door, not officially gone but likely headed to another school to play his final season as a graduate transfer.

That solves the mystery of how Kansas can get to 13 scholarships in the event that Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk withdraws his name from the NBA Draft.

So let’s assume Coleby is gone and look at how minutes might be distributed with Svi back.

Point guard: Devonte’ Graham 33, Marcus Garrett 7.

Shooting guard: Malik Newman 30, Lagerald Vick 5, Garrett 5.

Small forward: Svi 20, Vick 20.

Power forward: Billy Preston 20, Jack Whitman 15, Svi 5.

Center: Udoka Azubuike 25, Mitch Lightfoot 10, Whitman 5.

Obviously, these are wild guesses that will fluctuate greatly, based on how quickly newcomers learn what coach Bill Self wants out of them in terms of effort, unselfish play and attention to detail.

If Preston competes well enough in practice to earn a starting spot along with Graham, Newman, Svi or Vick, and Azubuike, that would give KU four accomplished shooters playing with a stay-on-the-block center, a tough load for any defense to handle.

Azubuike's development will be the single biggest key to success, regardless of whether Svi completes the roster.

So much talent will be on the floor during practice, ideal circumstances for competitive athletes seeking to improve quickly to draw closer to earning money.

Transfers Charlie Moore (California) and Dedric and K.J. Lawson (forwards from Memphis) can't play in games, leaving the practice floor as the only outlet for their competitive juices.


Suzi Marshall 1 year, 1 month ago

I'm thinking Mykailiuk might end up with 15-20 minutes at the 4, with 10 at the 3. I'm not expecting that much out of Preston and Whitman.

Jonathan Allison 1 year, 1 month ago

I can see this breakdown being pretty close. I agree with Suzi, Preston and Whitman each playing 20 minutes seems a bit of a stretch.

right now I'd peg Preston at 17, Whitman at 15, bump Svi at the 4 up to 10 minutes (total of 30 mpg for Svi) and give the remainder to Lightfoot.

If Coleby leaves, the Udoka is the only true C that we have. When Udoka sits, we will pretty much either go small ball with Svi at the 4 or play two players out of Preston, Whitman, Lightfoot. I would think that playing small with Svi at the 4 would give us the best advantage.

I'm not sure how much of a shooting threat we have with Preston, Whitman, and Lightfoot. Thus I don't see how advantageous it would be to play two undersized bigs together if neither of them can shoot from outside.

Dustin Lewis 1 year, 1 month ago

Going to have to find some minutes for Sam Cunliffe second semester also.

Mike Greer 1 year, 1 month ago

Once you include Cunliffe, that's a 10 man rotation, that's a lot of bodies for coach Self.

It sure looks like Svi may stay in the draft, and it does look like Dwight is going to look for more minutes. I hate to see either of them go, but I'd like to see Dwight have a chance to really play at KU. Besides, Dok is going to have to learn how to stay out of foul trouble and it would be nice to have another large human to fill that position. Nothing against Mitch, but his body isn't there yet, if it ever will be. I see him as more the Perry Ellis type and not the enforcer that Dok is.

Jason Brinker 1 year, 1 month ago

Do we have any leads on any other recruits or graduate transfers? If Coleby and Svi don't return, that leaves us with only 9 scholarship players for 2017-2018. Throw in the possibility of Preston being ineligible as some have suggested and the roster is getting pretty thin.

Dirk Medema 1 year, 1 month ago

To think of Svi as a 4 or Mitch as a 5 seems crazy.

Whitman has played the 5, though he's come here in part for the opportunity to play more outside/Perry-mode. That could be somewhat effective if necessary if paired with Preston simply because they have the length to be versatile though they wouldn't appear to be ready to body against any one much.

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