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Final Four devoid of one-and-done talent won't change way Kansas recruits

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Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson drives as Dallas Mavericks forward Maximilian Kleber (42)) defends, while Suns forward TJ Warren (12) watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson drives as Dallas Mavericks forward Maximilian Kleber (42)) defends, while Suns forward TJ Warren (12) watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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.

Comments

Jonathan Allison 8 months, 2 weeks ago

"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. "

This is nothing more than an interesting statistical anomaly.

KU was the #1 overall seed and the best team in America in 2010 when X. Henry and co. lost to UNI. Henry was a good piece, but that was Sherron and Cole's team.

Selby was a non-factor on the 2011 squad that narrowly missed out on advancing the final four in Houston despite a horrific outing against a red-hot VCU team. If Selby had opted to stay at KU could we have been national champions in 2012?

Wiggins likely would have advanced at least to the Elite 8 if not for the loss of Joel Embiid to injury late in the season.

Josh Jackson was a great talent and a huge part of why KU made the Elite 8 last year. That team should have been able to beat #2 Oregon, but the madness has no mercy and anyone can catch fire or go ice cold on any given day.

Craig Carson 8 months, 1 week ago

That KU team with Josh Jackson was similar to this years team in that they were very reliant on the 3 point shot...Oregon actually had some good NBA talent..they were more than able to beat KU..that game came down to KU's inability to hit 3's and KU's inability to score in the paint..Oregon knew KU's plan and they forced them to drive..Bell had an out of body experience at shot blocking that game too..While Azibuike was an upgrade from Lucas, this team also lacked any inside scoring punch..it showed against Nova

Jason Venable 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Problem with our one and done players is they were the that one missing piece to take KU over the top. None of them. This year KU has some serious McD's.

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