Kansas Jayhawks head coach Bill Self was recently quoted in saying that if the timing was right, he may consider a leap to the NBA level. He touched upon the opportunity to match wits with some of the best athletes and the greatest of talents that the game of basketball has to offer, and while that chance speaks for itself, it’s not necessarily one that he needs to even consider.
Under Self, the Jayhawks have consistently become a national championship contender, year in and year out. The second you start to think that Kansas is heading for a rebuilding year, you’re sadly mistaken not too long into the season. Kansas is the dominant force of the Big 12 Conference and once again they are sizing up a chance at not only continuing their streak of league championships, but they are also glancing at a potential national title in 2014.
When you think of Self and a potential leap to the NBA, it’s obvious as to why he would be intrigued. Another challenge and another opportunity to continue his coaching career elsewhere. But isn’t that what Rick Pitino and John Calipari once thought? Some coaches are just better suited for the collegiate level and Self is undoubtedly one of the premier coaches in the game today and in its history, as well.
With the nation’s top recruit coming to Lawrence this season in Andrew Wiggins, the Jayhawks are once again expected to be loaded. Fellow freshman Wayne Selden and rising point guard Naadir Tharpe give Kansas one of the nation’s most elite back courts. Toss in a potential breakout season for sophomore forward Perry Ellis and well, Self and the Jayhawks are undoubtedly going to be a tough out come March.
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