Bill Self has led the Kansas Jayhawks to 10 straight Big 12 regular season titles and has placed himself in the usual position as favorites to dominate the conference yet again. Self has already signed incoming freshman Cliff Alexander and Kelly Oubre, who are the third and 11th overall recruits respectively, which adds to the numerous returning contributors. But in order for Kansas to secure their 11th-straight Big 12 title, the Jayhawks must land the highly sought-after Myles Turner tomorrow.
If there were ever a weakness the Jayhawks roster would have for the upcoming season it’s the center position, which has a glaring vacancy after losing Joel Embiid to the NBA Draft. Turner isn’t a traditional center in his swingman mentality and willingness to shoot from the perimeter, but Self would be overjoyed to have the 7-footer fill that void nonetheless. And to put it simply, Kansas will not win the Big 12 Championship without him.
In the Myles Turner sweepstakes, most would agree either Kansas or their Big 12 rivals and the favorites for Turner, the Texas Longhorns, will land him. If tomorrow’s decision doesn’t go as planned for the Jayhawk faithful, there is much reason to doubt if they will be able to overcome an already loaded and experienced Longhorns squad with the addition of Turner.
The Big 12 next season looks to become a two-horse race between the Longhorns and Jayhawks, but if Turner stays in Texas after tomorrow’s announcement, the size of Texas’ frontcourt with the experience and depth of the backcourt will become an insurmountable roadblock en route to another Kansas Big 12 title.