Final Four devoid of one-and-done talent won't change way Kansas recruits
No projected one-and-done players made it to this season’s Final Four in San Antonio, and the two schools that advanced to tonight’s national-title game typically recruit players just below the one-and-done talent line.
Yet, that doesn’t mean schools, Kansas included, will abandon pursuit of projected one-and-done talents.
“It’s such a fine line still,” KU coach Bill Self said. “The teams that have the best chance to advance are the most talented and if you can have talent and experience, that gives you obviously the very best chance.”
Villanova never has landed a one-and-done recruit, despite trying, but schools have won it all starting one-and-done players.
Kentucky had three one-and-done starters in 2012, as did Duke in 2015.
Self isn’t going to change his approach. For example, the coaching staff remains in pursuit of projected one-and-done guard Romeo Langford.
Kansas signee Quentin Grimes, a 6-foot-5 combination guard who had a terrific senior year, also is a potential one-and-done player.
Self’s three Final Four teams did not have any one-and-done players.
Eight of Self’s 15 teams have advanced to the Elite Eight and he has had nine one-and-done players.
Only two of his one-and-done recruits competed in an Elite Eight game.
Josh Jackson picked up two quick fouls in last season’s 74-60 loss to Oregon. He contributed 10 points, 12 rebounds and five assists.
Josh Selby totaled two points, one rebound and one assist in a 71-61 loss to VCU. The Rams outscored KU, 35-15, during Selby’s 15 minutes of playing time.
Cheick Diallo never made it off the bench in the 64-59 loss to Villanova two seasons ago.