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Breaking down the future of KU's basketball roster

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Kansas guard Devon Dotson (11), Kansas guard Quentin Grimes (5) and Kansas forward Dedric Lawson (1) celebrate a late three-pointer from Kansas forward Mitch Lightfoot during the second half, Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Vivint Smart Homes Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Kansas guard Devon Dotson (11), Kansas guard Quentin Grimes (5) and Kansas forward Dedric Lawson (1) celebrate a late three-pointer from Kansas forward Mitch Lightfoot during the second half, Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Vivint Smart Homes Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. by Nick Krug

Well, here we are. It’s the first Monday following the end of another Kansas basketball season and, predictably, the skies are gray and cloudy around Lawrence, Kansas, and there’s a slight breeze and still a chill in the air.

Not to worry, KU fans. The forecast for the rest of the week — at least locally — looks much better, with sunshine returning and temperatures soaring into the 70s.

It’s funny, but in some ways, that very well could be a metaphor for the Kansas men’s basketball roster, which enters the offseason fraught with uncertainty and half of a dozen players loaded with options.

Sure this team lost 10 games and bowed out in the second round. And, yeah, the season as a whole was a rocky ride full of frustration, disappointment and confusion.

But the lessons learned during those days will no doubt benefit this program in the not-too-distant future and several key members of this year’s squad will be back with some serious motivation next season.

A handful won’t, of course; that’s the case every year. And that’s at least a part of why those post-NCAA Tournament-loss locker rooms are filled with tears and emotion. No matter how one season ends, the next will almost certainly feature a new cast of characters, new roles, new challenges and the patience required to put it all together.

With that in mind, here’s a quick look at KU’s roster heading into the offseason. We’ll dive deeper into all of these situations and scenarios in the months and weeks ahead. But enough people are curious today about so many of these players’ futures that it’s worth addressing it quickly right away.

Remember, the information below is based on what I know, think and/or have heard as of March 25, 2019. Things certainly can change — and often do — and we’ll be there every step of the way tracking any decisions and movement that any of these players make.

First, The Starting Five:

• Devon Dotson – I can’t recall anyone taking losses at Kansas quite as hard as Dotson did all season. From the first loss of the year at Arizona State (I’m still convinced that up until that point Dotson thought he would win every game he played at KU) to the tearful ending last Saturday, Dotson’s emotions often came pouring out following KU’s losses, which perfectly fits the way he plays with passion and intensity on the floor. Dotson will be back for the Jayhawks next season and he’ll have an even bigger role than he did this season. In addition to becoming a stronger leader, I look for the point guard from Charlotte to become a better scorer and to get even stronger. First-team all-Big 12 is well within reach for the sophomore-to-be, who will no doubt be a pro someday. The hope among KU fans is that someday is still two or three years down the road, but Dotson is well on his way after a fabulous first year.

• Ochai Agbaji – As much fun as Ochai’s season was, it ended on a bit of a sour note. After exploding onto the scene midway through the season, Agbaji hit a bit of a wall down the stretch and never fully got his mojo back. He’ll find it this offseason — in a big way — and he, along with Dotson, will enter the 2019-20 season as the unquestioned leaders and face of this KU program. There was some talk about Agbaji finding his way onto the NBA radar following his hot start. And, yeah, they know about the kid now. But he still has work to do in college and he both knows that and wants to do it, so there’s no reason to expect anything but a strong return from one of KU’s most exciting players.

• Quentin Grimes – There’s no denying that Grimes’ first season as a Jayhawk left a little to be desired. The fans will tell you that, Grimes will tell you that, pretty much anyone you ask will tell you that. But give the guy credit for being a consistent and reliable starter who played big minutes night in and night out and gave it his best shot. There were times when Grimes showed flashes of the player many expected him to be. There were other times where he looked lost, overwhelmed or in his own head. That’s all part of being a freshman college basketball player and, back in the day, used to be completely OK. These days, though, with everyone expecting these highly ranked players to explode, it can leave people scratching their heads and criticizing the kid. There’s no doubt in my mind that Grimes’ size, skill set, age and upside still make him an incredibly attractive option in the eyes of NBA scouts. We’re not talking lottery pick like people projected when he came to KU, but he’s still very draftable. Things definitely could change, but I’m moving forward with the idea that Grimes will seriously explore making the jump to the NBA and, if the feedback he gets is good, will not be back at KU next season.

• Dedric Lawson – If ever there were a player who you thought might be willing to come back for his senior year just because of his vibe and personality, Lawson is it. But the reality of his situation makes it hard to see the junior forward returning. For starters, he averaged a double-double this season and was a unanimous pick for first-team all-Big 12 honors. If he were to return, he would have to at least do that again or risk hurting his stock in the eyes of the NBA. That’s pretty risky considering so few players have ever even come close to putting up the kind of numbers Lawson did under Self. Beyond that, Lawson has now put off his NBA dream for four seasons of college — two at Memphis, a transfer year and this season at KU. That’s a long time to wait for a player who once was a Top 10 prospect. And even though there are no guarantees that he’ll be drafted — my guess at this point is he’d be a second round pick — I think Lawson is ready to roll the dice and get his pro career started.

• David McCormack – His strong end to the season should fuel him for a big jump this offseason. And that is, without question, one of the brightest silver linings to come from the disappointing 2018-19 season. McCormack’s a monster. He has great size, an even better motor and skills that, when he harnesses them, will make him a load to handle for any team. Beyond that, the guy doesn’t know anything other than hard work. He’s bright part of KU’s future — both in the immediate and long-term looks — and he’ll come back ready for a much bigger role in 2019-20. By the way, I’m still really struggling to transition to putting the year 2020 into my writing. Unreal!

The Bench:

• Marcus Garrett – As close to a sixth starter as the Jayhawks have, Garrett’s value is insane. A lockdown defender and fearless competitor with the type of demeanor that makes him ready for anything and everything the coaching staff could ask him to do. There are a lot of moving parts and pieces with this team and program, so it’s hard to know whether Garrett will be in the mix as a starting option or stay in his incredibly valuable role as a reliable sub off the bench. Either way, he’ll be a veteran next season and that will be very good news for Kansas.

• Mitch Lightfoot – Speaking of veterans, here’s your guy. Senior Mitch will be back and better than ever next season, ready to give everything he’s got to his final hurrah with his beloved Jayhawks. It’s far too soon to know exactly what that will mean in terms of the role he’ll play, but this much we know, for three seasons Lightfoot has been a guy that people thought would not have a huge role and for three seasons he’s found a way to be a key part of KU’s rotation. No reason to doubt him now. That urgency he’ll feel from it being his last season — both when it arrives and in the offseason leading up to it — should push Lightfoot to not only bring the best out of himself but to demand it from others, too.

• K.J. Lawson – His is one of the most interesting situations on this entire roster. On pace to graduate this semester — he’s also getting married in July — the older of the Lawson brothers easily could move on before the start of next season. But there’s something about it that leads me to believe he’ll be back. I asked him in the locker room on Saturday if he and Dedric could do different things and go different ways and he said, “definitely.” That doesn’t mean either has made up his mind yet on what the future holds, but it does mean that even if Dedric goes pro, K.J. could return to KU for another year. He loves it here and he found a nice role during the second half of the season. Like I said, interesting.

• Charlie Moore – Moore had a rough year with the Jayhawks. He played, but often struggled when he was out there and did not look like the 13-points-per-game-at-Cal-as-a-freshman player that he was. Beyond that, the biggest area where KU was hoping to get help from Moore — 3-point shooting — yielded just 26.7 percent shooting for the season from downtown and very little consistency. It’s hard to see Moore having any bigger role a year from now and because of that it’s not hard to see him exploring the idea of moving on. I’m sure he wants to play. And I’m not sure the minutes will be there for him at KU. Beyond that, as a junior next season, the clock is ticking on his college career. If he’s back, he’s a deep bench player at best. But don’t be shocked if he looks around and finds a better fit.

The Others:

• Udoka Azubuike – After suffering his third significant injury in three seasons, the 7-foot center missed all but nine games of KU’s 2018-19 season and his absence significantly impacted the Jayhawks’ chances at a big run. So what’s next for the big fella? That’s anybody’s guess, but I wouldn’t bank on him returning to KU. Azubuike wanted to leave after his sophomore season and took his decision to return all the way down to the end of the deadline to pull his name out of draft consideration following the NBA’s pre-draft combine. There’s little doubt that his desire to leave between then and now has changed all that much and, the reality of it is, Azubuike may be looking at his injury situation as a risk and something that he does not want to derail any hopes of a pro basketball future. His situation is right up there with K.J. Lawson’s in terms of the most interesting to me. There’s no doubt that he could be back, but, again, I wouldn’t say anybody should count on that as things stand today.

• Silvio De Sousa – As far as we know, KU is still waiting for a ruling on the appeal of De Sousa’s two-year suspension, but I do think there’s some optimism around the program that the penalty will become less harsh. Whether that means he gets the entire 2019-20 season back or maybe just has to sit an additional 5-10 games, I think the prospects are good that De Sousa could play at some point next year. If that’s the case, he’ll be back for sure. Even if it’s not, though, I think De Sousa still could stay. For one, he lives like a king here and is loved by the entire KU basketball community. For two, this place and the people here have become like family to him and, remember, Angola is a long way away. Beyond that, he continues to get the best training, coaching and nutrition possible, all while working toward his degree at the same time. It wouldn’t shock me if he left if the appeal is denied, but I think De Sousa loves KU too much to just run away quickly.

Incoming Talent:

• Christian Braun – The guard from nearby Blue Valley Northwest had another monster year while leading the Huskies to a state title. He’s tough, can shoot it, is fearless and works as hard as anyone out there. The idea of him playing some kind of role right away is not in any way, shape or form a long shot. With his size and athletic ability, he definitely can be in the mix, especially if Grimes, Moore or K.J. Lawson leave.

• Issac McBride – Like Braun, I think this true point guard from Little Rock, Ark., also has a chance to come in and gain immediate playing time. The kid’s a scorer. And KU needs people who can score. It’s not just that he can shoot it or can finish — and he can do both very well — but McBride can create his own shot and scoring opportunities pretty much anytime and anywhere. He’ll have a golden opportunity to be the primary back-up to Dotson next season and if he’s able to handle it, his presence will help Dotson a ton, too.

The 2019 Targets:

• Matt Hurt – Top 10 prospect in the Class of 2019 is still at the very top of KU’s recruiting wish list and there’s no reason to think that the Jayhawks can’t land him. They’ve been on him the longest, they’ve put in the time and resources necessary to sell Hurt and his family on the KU program and experience. And there figures to be immediate playing time and a big role for Hurt in the lineup regardless of who stays and who goes. Duke has made some noise in its pursuit of Hurt in recent weeks and those two are probably his top options at the moment. If KU can land him, he’ll turn the 2019 class into a big deal.

• Cassius Stanley – Top 35 shooting guard who is a freak athlete out in California at 6-foot-5, 185 pounds. Stanley has liked KU for a long time and is merely waiting a few more weeks to announce his college choice between KU, Oregon and UCLA on April 17, the first day of the spring signing period. Stanley choosing KU would go a long way toward upgrading the athleticism on the roster and would be huge news for the 2019 class.

• Precious Achiuwa – The 6-9, 215-pound power forward from Montverde Academy has been on KU’s radar for a while and just recently took an official visit to campus. His physical style and good size would be a big get for the Jayhawks who could be looking to replace a lot of rebounds if Dedric Lawson turns pro.

• Tristan Enaruna – A 6-7, 205-pound small forward from Mt. Pleasant, Utah, Enaruna has landed more heavily on the KU radar in recent weeks because of his good size, athleticism and long-term potential. Ranked No. 105 by Rivals.com in the current class — one spot behind McBride — Enaruna is also considering Creighton, Georgia Tech, Illinois and others.

As you can see, there’s a lot up in the air with this roster moving forward, from recruiting pieces to stay-or-go decisions. And depending on how things play out, there could even be a few other names that surface as possible additions, be them late bloomers on the recruiting scene or grad transfers who help fill out the roster.

What you’ve read here is merely a best guess as of today about what could happen, and we’ll stay on top of it in the weeks and months ahead to bring you as many updates as possible on all of these players, and others, who might shape the 2019-20 Kansas basketball roster and be a part of what KU hopes is another deep run a year from now.

Comments

Ryan Mullen 5 months ago

Well at least Football season is coming up.

Greg Bowles 5 months ago

Not sure Football is something to look forward too. We have been at the bottom of the league since Mangino left the program. We just can't get the quality players out of Texas that we need to compete in the Big 12.

John Strayer 5 months ago

Would be nice if a sharp shooting grad transfer would fall out of the skies...a la Texas Tech's Mooney...

Kurt Eskilson 5 months ago

This was a great article, Matt. Very thorough and interesting! And the optimism was exactly what I needed to read about the program today. I was NOT devastated by the way this season turned out. I truly believe everyone was trying to do their very best, given the talent they're blessed with and the breaks they encountered. And that's one reason why I have followed the Hawks closely for several decades. Season after season there are so many fine young men on the team working hard to live up to the name Kansas Jayhawks. I'm looking forward to next year's journey! As with every season, I'll enjoy it wherever it leads.

Dirk Medema 5 months ago

In some ways, Charlie reminds me of Jeremy Case - at least I think that's who I remember hearing comments from his teammates about him being the best 3 pt shooter on the team, though it never seemed to materialize. There was 1 game late in his senior year, but that's obviously too late. IIRC, not only was Charlie a 13 ppg scorer at Cal, but he was also Mr. BB in Illinois. Somehow, that never seemed to materialize. There were a lot of players that were underachieving this year midway through, but Charlie was the only one that never seemed to break out. It seemed that he got steadier as the year went on, but still not nearly as productive as I'm sure he or Coach wants. The nostalgic, Jayhawk family side of me hopes he returns, but I'm not really optimistic. Guessing he goes the route of Andrew White, and the Seattle via ASU kid (Why am I spacing his name?).

Brian Leslie 5 months ago

Charlie has already redshirted a year, so if he transfers to D-1, he is down to his 5th year senior season as his one remaining season..

More likely is that he is a deep bench player for KU for 2019-20, graduates, and then as a grad transfer has immediate playing time at low-mid-major or low-major, where he would probably do pretty well.

Self was still playing him every game, so I don't think there's any friction there. Self doesn't want to ruin his college experience by running him off. It's on Self and his staff for a bad scouting job.

Layne Pierce 5 months ago

If both Dawson and Doke leave then we are looking at top 15 reality. And if Grimes leaves, then you are loosing 3 5 star players. And so far you are replacing them with 2 4 star players. And if we get really lucky DeSouza who was a 5 Star. we lose 4 5 Stars if you consider Vick.

However, our fate just might not be in our stars. It's physically and emotionally what people bring to the table that matter. Suppose that Braun and McBride are actually aggressive and tough kids, not afraid to mix it up, not afraid to fail. Not worried about living up to some magazines expectations, then look out, this team really could be something.

I loved Josh Jackson because he did not play like a 5 Star one and done, he played like a man possessed that loved basketball, loved his team, and love his school. You knew always that he was focused on winning, and whatever it took. Not afraid of the moment, ever.

So if it turned out like Matt suggests, then a starting line up would be?
McCormack and De Souza, if DeSouza can play, or Hurt if we get him, Ochai, Dotson and Garrett. McBride, Braun and Lightfoot off the bench. and of course if we get Sendish, then he plays many minutes. If that all came true, then we would have a very different, but shooting and intensity wise, defensively and athletically a better team by the time the Big 12 begins.

RCJH

Pius Waldman 5 months ago

Food for thought: Self has promoted the importance of inside scoring. But the inside players need to set up so passes can be made. Simply throwing the ball inside hoping the player can catch and score. is not easy. Also bounce passes are harder to intercept. And that 3 point line has changed options to score. Successful teams need 3 point shooters. Garrett is obviously a great defensive player but he needs to arch his long attempt shots more. I call his efforts as throwing to the goal instead of shooting. Udoka needs to return as his dunking only shots would be hard to make in the pros. Grimes needs another season to earn a 1st round pick. Silvio has been punished unfairly and his 2nd year of ineligibility needs to be changed. Moore has shown what his potential is and hard to see much improvement. The Lawson boys future appears to be hard to decide. Dedric probably is a 2nd round pick. K.J. would be a great contributor if he stays. Guys I sayeth you all need to return and celebrate a championship next year.

Tony Bandle 5 months ago

Matt, maybe you missed the biggest question of all.....What about Bill !!????

Craig Carson 5 months ago

why do people even keep saying this?? there has literally been no talk of Self leaving...who cares if Pop is leaving and his son works for the Spurs..Self has been here 16 years without a single NBA rumor..why in the hell would that suddenly change now?? its not

Eric Brunner 5 months ago

I think what most people are thinking is that it wouldn't be by "choice." And yes, there has been talk of him jumping to the NBA since 2008. Just because he and the NBA admin can't openly comment on it doesn't mean there isn't "talk." It's the same talk that surrounds Coach K, Calipari, etc. every year. I 100% guarantee you Self and his agent are contacted by multiple GM's every year, whether formally or informally. One exposed slip-up linked directly to Self and he not only faces huge NCAA penalties, he could be indicted on federal charges. Think about it, there are assistants HE KNOWS PERSONALLY that are going to jail...real jail...not NCAA jail. Hell, Sean Miller might be following them. That would spook anyone in their right mind. If he gets implicated in something major, he's gone, it'll just be a matter of where to.

Marius Rowlanski 5 months ago

There has been some mumbling but the Oklahoma Thunder, the team Self would probably be most interested in, is doing pretty well under Bill Donovan. But if he has the NBA bug, he will go.

Dane Pratt 5 months ago

Don’t understand the NBA appeal for college coaches. Pitino, Calipari, Tarkanian, Krueger, Hoiberg, Carlisimo, Floyd, Montgomery all failed. Billy Donovan and Brad Stevens are currently coaching in the NBA and in a weird twist of fate so is Quinn Sndyer but overall the track record is not good.

Barry Weiss 5 months ago

I think UCLA or the Lakers could be options.

Bj Cassady 5 months ago

IF Bill leaves get the UCF coach. But we have a team that looks like swiss cheese, soft, not athletic, one that cannot shoot. Charlie Moore, Lightfoot, Grimes, Garrett none can shoot with any regularity. D Lawson is soft on defense and is not athletic. Dotson is the best player along with DeSousa athletically speaking. Doak cant shoot beyond 5 feet. I do like KJ. Mac will do well. Dotson is a great shooting guard. We need a point guard and a couple of power forwards.

Eric Brunner 5 months ago

I wouldn't get that excited about Dawkins. He had a fun run this year and almost beat a great team. But the guy is the same age as Self and has only made 2 NCAA TOURNEY APPEARANCES in 11 SEASONS! Self had been to 2 ELITE EIGHTS in 5 TOURNEY APPEARANCES in 10 SEASONS before taking over at KU (not to mention, the team he left behind at Illinois went on to the national title two seasons later). If you want a successful coach from the Dukie tree keep your eyes on Steve Wojciechowski. 2 TOURNEY APPEARANCES in only 5 SEASONS and he's more than ten years younger than Self and Dawkins. Even a guy like Wojciechowski still has a lot more to prove before taking over a blue blood program. We aim higher than that

Steve Zimmerman 5 months ago

We need shooters like we had last year. We need coaching staff to either train whoever we have - train them real good in shooting 3pt, pull-up jumpers, floaters. We need to implement suffocating D in and out of the perimeter. We need everyone, I mean, everyone in the team to shoot. But I'm really afraid with "ready for anything and everything the coaching staff could ask him to do" - to me, it sounds like this will prevent us from seeing what Pius or most of us want to see. If the staff sticks to keep pounding inside, that means we won't see any difference next year. These kids need to be trained so they have hops, they can run, they can set pick and rolls or pick and pops or pick and lobs, so they can shoot 3s. I mean everyone has a chance to score, not just the bigs inside or 3pt shooters. Teach these kids skills other than just weaving or setting screens for nothing. Time has changed. Now it's time to catch up with the rest of D1!!!!

Craig Carson 5 months ago

I think this team has enough shooters, especially if Grimes comes back....they just needed to execute better...

Marius Rowlanski 5 months ago

I hope you're right Craig because as of now, there aren't any available scholarships which include those given to Braun and McBride. I don't see many options for transfers. Moore and the Lawsons clearly aren't transferring anywhere except maybe Dedric to the NBA.

Jay Scott 5 months ago

So what you're saying Steve...is that the coaches just need to make sure that the players make all the correct decisions and make all their shots....plus they have to be magically coached to be faster, jump higher ...

Steve. Do you have any real idea how stupid the stuff is that you post? Is it intentionally stupid or is that what you really think?

Steve Zimmerman 5 months ago

Hey Jay, you finally showed up. Read my comment again, ir you still don't get it.

Jay Scott 5 months ago

Steve...seriously. Your posts are nonsense. If you think you're posting something truly intelligent you must have mental and emotional development issues.

Marius Rowlanski 5 months ago

Steve, I don't think we have fallen behind anybody in tactics or strategies. Coach Self has repeatedly shown the ability to mold his team to fit its talent and not the other way around. Eventually, he might need to go full in on the high/low or transition basketball.

I think that if we were lacking in ability and Coach Self wasn't able to develop talent (which I still think is his best skill) then maybe a back to basics is in order. Of course, I would think that would mean a new coach is also in order. I certainly do not think that.

I think what our problem has become is in waiting on these prima donnas who are only looking for maximum playing time, they come with incomplete/iffy backgrounds with too many uncles and often end up sitting at the end of the bench and causing distractions no matter how unintended.

And getting Lester Earl's son would have been nice. Villanova? I guess when you win your second NCAA you get to open a lot more doors.

Steve Zimmerman 5 months ago

Marius, I got your points. I still think something can be done better in developing players at KU.

Marius Rowlanski 5 months ago

Next year, I'm just hoping we can pick up a legitimate three-point shooting threat from either a senior transfer or a JUCO player.

We've had a lot of players come through here who started off as mid to low rank recruits who have either gone on early to the NBA or earned their degree while being a key contributor. I can start naming players but I hardly think you need me to.

We also have had a few misses. Greene - what a joke. Some players cannot make the jump from high school/AAU to a top Division I team. Coaches try to weed these players out but they aren't going to scare away a top 20 recruit.

Brian Wilson 5 months ago

Ignore the Jay Bird all he can do is squak! Steve it's ok to give your opinion on what your seeing right or wrong.

And IMO, You are correct about our 3 point shooting. Just watch our last game where the other team beat us outside. Our players shoot awkward, over deliberate, and we rarely take shots in rhythm. Auburn moved to the line and bam....shot the ball in quick smooth strokes. The quick lob passes down the lane by Auburn also demonstrated how effective practicing timing on certain plays has become. Much like timing passes in football in the past few years we have been seeing more of it in college basketball. Passing to empty spots before your target gets there. It is difficult to defend when the 3pt shot goes up so quickly or when you do step out to defend you leave the inside open to such designed plays.

Marius Rowlanski 5 months ago

Devon Dotson is one of the few players who always plays with pride. He makes some incredibly bad decisions but more often than not, he gets it right. If more shots start falling, Dotson is still the player I expect to go the furthest in his career.

Ochai Agbaji should have never removed his redshirt status. He had several good showings until reality set in. Obviously much better than his once 300+ placement on Rivals but he still hasn't had enough game time experience to make any real contribution. I hope three years will be enough for him but I think he leaves in two years. Still a bad decision.

I have no idea what Self ever saw in Charlie Moore but whatever it is, it's gone now. Grimes was overrated. Fortunately, he does have the tools if he can put them together.

Dedric, thank you for coming to Kansas. There is nothing left for you to prove and staying at Kansas can only hurt your future chances. You have all the skills to have a decent NBA career. With a little more athleticism, you could have been one of the stars.

David McCormack aka 'the beast'. Okay, maybe not till next year but he is undoubtedly more talented and his position then Udoka is. By the end of the year, McCormack will be the dominant player.. Just a few of my thoughts, none of which may come close.

David Kemp 5 months ago

Don’t forget unlike Dok, McCormick can shoot free throws

Marius Rowlanski 5 months ago

I am psyched for McCormack next season. Imagine if he had been able to play a complete freshman season.

Clarence Haynes 5 months ago

Are there any graduate Reid Travis type forwards out there?

Dane Pratt 5 months ago

Whoever decides to go pro just don't sign with an agent.

Dane Pratt 5 months ago

Once you sign with an agent you give up your college eligibility.

Cora Smith 5 months ago

K.J. Lawson graduates this semester. I see him returning to Memphis to play for Penny Hardaway.

Cora Smith 5 months ago

Azabuke pulls an Embiid and goes pro.

Marius Rowlanski 5 months ago

Azabcdfdxcfrd an Embiid had two completely different situations. There really isn't any basis for comparison other than both players came from Africa. Is that your point?

Embiid was going to be a top three draft. Even going to Philadelphia, it took two years for him to be ready to play again. What would he have been doing in Kansas during this time? Recruiting?

Azijhgffasw has been at Kansas for three seasons. He initially stated he would stay for two years at the most. What is staying a fourth-year going to prove?

Not really sure what business it is of yours Chlora.

Barry Weiss 5 months ago

I don't see any possible way Grimes goes. He is more of a four year player. Dok, well Matt, maybe what you say about another injury causing him to come back and take whatever he can get, makes sense. I would like him to come back. Losing him and Dedric would be a big blow.

Curtis Blankenship 5 months ago

I liked Dotson's explosiveness, but I would give him homework on our tradition of PG, Vaughn, Miles, Chalmers, Mason, the team has has some really exceptional leaders on the floor over the years and hopefully Dotson can become the next one.

Marius Rowlanski 4 months, 4 weeks ago

True though not all in their FRESHMAN years. Is this idiot day?

Brad Avery 5 months ago

Grimes to the NBA? To put this in the kindest way possible, if he is a serious NBA candidate, it will not be because the league's scouts have carefully analyzed the tapes of the of KU's 2018-19 basketball season.

Tan Hong Woon 5 months ago

Dotson, Grimes and D. Lawson will tryout at the Combine. In the end of the day, Dotson, Grimes will probably stay in KU for at least one more year. As for D. Lawson, if a second round pick is what he is going to get, he would probably stay for one more year because I see him as a Morris caliber player. If Azubuike is healthy next season, we basically have a team like the beginning of this year, only with one more year of experience, a few more good freshmen to strengthen the bench. A very rare scenario where we don't have to reload the whole team. The only good piece that we miss is Vick, who has to leave anyway since he is a senior.

Brian Leslie 5 months ago

The Morris twins left after 3 seasons. Dedric has been in college for 4 and is probably topped out. You're not reading the hints in the article correctly if you think he is coming back for another season.

Tan Hong Woon 5 months ago

No, I read the hints in the article. Just that if the scout report points to a late second round, which like Perry Ellis, may end up not being drafted. So, the risk is high. Therefore, if he stays one more year in KU, as I said, saving injury of players, a deep run in the NCAA tournament is very likely, that will highly improve his stock.

Matt Stone 5 months ago

McBride will be a great get! Love his tape against high competition AAU players! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WkOr47j... I believe D Lawson will test the waters but not hire an agent. I think he is the only one that we potentially lose. The latest Nike scandal may help get M. Hurt to commit here vs Puke. Many have said a grad transfer or Juco 3 pt guy would be a great get and I agree. I believe reducing turnovers, better free throw %, better 3 pt % and working on better defensive schemes are the main issues this team needs the most work on.

Mike Riches 5 months ago

Dedric might get drafted late in the second round but it's really hard to see him as a contributor in the NBA. Right now, he's like a slow Perry Ellis. I'm not sure if another year at Kansas would make him faster, but he could definitely work on his inside game, which could be attractive to scouts.

Brad Watson 5 months ago

These guys will improve a lot over the summer......but they really do need to be SERIOUS gym rats...meaning...they have to do it unsupervised and not need anyone to motivate them...1000 free throws a day...10 sets of 100...they need to not only catch and shoot..but be able to shoot 3's off the dribble...and the ..guys..need to learn how to box out on every shot...not just the big guys...but boxing out on the long rebounds off of missed 3's.....Duke UCF Game..we all watched the coaches son...the star...miss an alley oop late..and a tip in late....but his most glaring mistake...was when he did not box out on the Duke player...and that lost the game ...its ..the little things...free throws...boxing out...50/50 balls...disrupting passing lanes..getting up underneath guys.....knowing what the player you are going against likes to do and taking that away....those are the things ..that win championships....talent can only get you so far...coaching can put you into a position to be successful...but its the details......the little stuff... that will determine if you are a Champion.... or just another wannabee.....if these kids want to be WINNERS...then they will do these things without thinking...it becomes part of their makeup...

Craig Carson 4 months, 4 weeks ago

Im not feeling too good about KU landing any other these recruiting targets...this might not be a bounce back year

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