Recent roster additions send Kansas climbing in national preseason polls


Kansas guard Marcus Garrett (0) has a laugh after an attempted dunk by Kansas forward Mitch Lightfoot went off the back iron during a scrimmage on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Marcus Garrett (0) has a laugh after an attempted dunk by Kansas forward Mitch Lightfoot went off the back iron during a scrimmage on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

He called his shot several days ago and backed it up on Wednesday, shortly after 4-star wing Jalen Wilson committed to Kansas.

The 2019-20 Jayhawks are the No. 1 team in all the land in the preseason according to national college hoops analyst Jeff Goodman, of, who bumped up KU from No. 2 into the top spot ahead of Michigan State.

If only this were the year the Jayhawks and Spartans were playing in the Champions Classic to tip off the season. But, hey, there is a real chance the two will meet in Maui later in November, so that works, too.

In his breakdown, Goodman said “the key move” to KU claiming the top spot was the recent addition of Iowa grad transfer Isaiah Moss, whom he dubbed a “proven shooter.” But on Twitter, Goodman also made it clear that he would not have made the move without Kansas landing Wilson, as well.

The Associated Press and preseason coaches polls won’t come out for months, but Goodman is far from the only national college hoops analyst plugging Kansas into the top spot in his or her preseason poll.

Former KU rival and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb also is ready to give the Jayhawks the nod.

Wrote Gottlieb on Twitter: “Kansas should be everyone’s number 1 team in the country. Loaded, great point guard, impressive big men, great coach, complete roster in terms of depth, experience and now a talented frosh like Jalen Wilson.”

Even before landing Wilson, the addition of Moss alone was catching some attention. Gary Parrish, of CBS Sports, moved the Jayahwks up from No. 12 to No. 7 in his preseason poll after the addition of Moss was announced and it wouldn’t be a surprise if the addition of Wilson, KU’s highest profile prospect in the 2019 class, would move the Jayhawks up at least another spot or two in Parrish’s poll.

None of this matters today, of course, but the early praise for the roster Bill Self has built is merely another indication that the Jayhawks are loaded heading into the 2019-20 season and should once again be firmly positioned as national title contenders, perhaps even the favorite.

It's worth noting that KU still has one scholarship remaining to hand out in the Class of 2019 should Self and company feel the need to do so. Adding yet another player would only strengthen KU's depth and case for the top spot entering the 2019-20 season.

But don't bank on it happening. Self told the Journal-World on Wednesday that he did not know whether he would give out that last scholarship this offseason or not, adding "it would have to be a no-brainer to use it."


Keith Gellar 5 months, 3 weeks ago

i've seen this movie before. Pre-season ranking don't mean a thing. just more fodder for all the messageboard geeks.

Tony Bandle 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Random Thoughts

1] Doug Gottlieb actually COMPLEMENTED the University of Kansas and the St.Louis Blues WON the Stanley CUP??!!!! Life as we know it is about to end!!!

2} I know, I's meaningless but I'd rather be ranked #1 than #100.

3] As good as we are, I think #1 may be a bit of a stretch..Top five, absolutely, but #1??? I don't know.

4] In true Jayhawk Nation tradition, since 2019/20 has not quite started yet, let's start talking about 2020/21. Dok, Isaiah & Mitch gone, De Sousa and Dotson very likely gone, That's 80%of the potential starting line up. Here we go again

5] Jersey numbers you might want to think twice about - 13 [bad luck], 69 [obviously], 666 [the devil made me do it], 0 [not a good look for a perimeter shooter. 00 [twice as bad], 3.14 [you can't have your pi and eat it too].

Sam Meyer 5 months, 3 weeks ago

I say we throw the ball in the air and decide it on the court

Martin Rosenblum 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Bill Self has succumbed to the new reality of college basketball recruiting and personnel management. He resisted, in his own way, long enough but had to throw out the recruiting bible and jump in the pool in order to remain competitive. Yeah, we look to next year and worry about players who might leave and who will be gone through the natural attrition process. But, that's the old testament. Live for today is the motto that winning programs must adopt. Just a few weeks ago, many of us were hanging our heads at the thought of having a worse team and season than last year. Today's players want to showcase their talents and want to play with others that have similar styles of play. It's not like the past wen recruiting was all about making a decision that would be a four year commitment and the team would be enhanced by adding even one talented player per year. Now, guys are signing on where they dependent on others in many cases. It takes a coach like HCBS to put the right blend of talent together on every play now and the heavy rotation will become like the NBA in order to put other teams away. We've had a deep bench in the past and we've had a limited group of bench guys to rotate. In both cases the results were made possible by the true talent of one man. I worried sometimes if we had too much talent and it would be hard to limit PT for some guys and if the rotation would present too little fluidity. Those things work themselves out when you have a team full of guys that are interested in winning for the their team and not running up their numbers. Hopefully, in today's landscape, the team will come first. It must be that way and the coaching staff should be insistent about that wile encouraging personal skills to be maximized.

I'm excited!

Dirk Medema 5 months, 3 weeks ago

That's quite the disparity; 2 & 12, 1 & 7.

Andy Godwin 5 months, 3 weeks ago

The biggest key is to finish the season healthy, with their full complement of player. Too many years of great promise have ended prematurely do to key injuries (reference the Golden State Warriors and KU's last few season when losing big men Embiid and Udoka). Everything has to fall in place to win a national championship and even though we pride ourselves as a top college program, KU has come up short most years (only one NC in 31 seasons under Williams and Self).

Joe Baker 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Garrett spent time with Hudy in the off season...geez

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