Previewing Kansas Jayhawks’ Likely Starting Guards
The polls are out and the Kansas Jayhawks are once again in the top 10 to start the 2012-13 college basketball season. What a surprise, since this team is literally good on a yearly basis. The Jayhawks will have plenty of great talent on its team this year, but let’s focus on their starting guards entering the season.
Travis Releford and Elijah Johnson both started for the team last year and should both start for the team this year. Both players are seniors and will be playing in their final season at Kansas.
Johnson will likely move over to the point guard position, since Tyshawn Taylor is no longer on the team. Last season, Johnson averaged 10.2 points per game, 3.2 rebounds per game and 3.5 assists per game. Now that Johnson will get more looks this year, you can expect those numbers to increase.
As for Releford, he put up 8.5 points per game and 4.2 rebounds per game. Releford will also play a bigger role for Kansas this year, and will be a mismatch for most defenders, thanks to his size.
Although Johnson and Releford are great guards and will make a huge impact at Kansas in their final year, redshirt freshman Ben McLemore is getting all of the press. Thanks to McLemore’s tremendous athleticism, he should be one of the best wing guards in the entire country. His perimeter game is still improving, but he seems to have a pretty lethal shot from anywhere on the court. Not to mention, the Jayhawk also has good ball-handling skills and should be tough for other guards to defend, since he can also drive to the basket.
Kansas will have three very good guards this season. Not to mention, all three of these players have pretty decent size. Johnson is the shortest at 6’4”, Releford stands at 6’6” and McLemore is 6’5”. Although these guards will be racking up the threes, they will also be driving to the basket and jamming it home all season long.
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