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Kansas forward Jalen Wilson (10) is introduced during Late Night in the Phog on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Jalen Wilson (10) is introduced during Late Night in the Phog on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

With its 2022 national title still being celebrate in Lawrence, the Kansas men's basketball team is preparing for the start of the 2022-23 season, which will arrive Nov. 3, when KU plays host to Pitt State in the season's lone exhibition game at Allen Fieldhouse.

In our latest episode, Journal-World Sports Editor Matt Tait & 610 Sports co-host and producer Nick Schwerdt take a look at this Kansas team's leadership, roster questions and the excitement surrounding the program as they look to start defense of their 2022 national title and make a run and hanging another banner in 2023.

Included in this episode:

• How long can KU celebrate its 2022 national title?

• Whose team is this?

• Can Jalen Wilson step into a starring role?

• What to make of the KU big men

• And more...

Comments

Dirk Medema 1 month, 1 week ago

Good to have these back. Great to hear your discussions.

Nick comments that the team was Ochai’s and CBs. While they were 2 of the best, and both were drafted, I’d question they were the leaders. At the beginning of the year, Matt commented that it would be either Ochai’s or Remy’s - I forget. In the classic sense, I think it was Ochai’s, but he didn’t handle it that way. It seems to me to be the reason half the team was at the postgame NC media Q&A. I don’t know that Ochai decided that, but it sure seems to reflect the way he led.

It also seemed to say a lot that Ochai and David were next to each other and almost in unison pointed to Dajuan as the difference in the second half. That David was the one who was emotionally peer coaching up the team at half time, and CB in particular.

It is good to hear that Jalen appears to have learned from and is embracing last year’s example. He doesn’t have the wealth of seniors, but a big part of the team’s success will be his ability to elevate everyone else. Definitely good to have Dajuan’s and Kevin’s help. It also won’t hurt if he can do iso 3’s to ice some games. Maybe worth noting that he essentially did it twice in the scrimmage.

Dirk Medema 1 month, 1 week ago

It is fun to bask in the championship. It’s enough that there isn’t even mention of also becoming the winningest program last year.

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