The Kansas Jayhawks recently lost out on prized recruit Myles Turner, but the fans in Lawrence should not panic just yet. They are going to have a pretty solid starting lineup next season, and head coach Bill Self should have no problem leading them to another Big 12 title.
Turner will do his best with the Texas Longhorns to stop the Jayhawks from winning the conference again, but Rick Barnes coaching could end up being his team’s undoing.
Kansas lineup next year? G Naadir Tharpe G Wayne Selden F Kelly Oubre Jr. F Perry Ellis C Cliff Alexander
— AAU Ranks (@AAUHoop) April 27, 2014
For evidence, just look up what happened to Kevin Durant’s squad in the first round during his freshman season. The Slim Reaper wisely only stayed in Texas for one season, although if his pro squad ends up getting bounced in the first round then it would not surprise me to see him jump ship after his contract runs out. Don’t you think he would enjoy playing with his former teammate James Harden? I certainly do.
The start of the college basketball season is a little bit too far away for me, but in the meantime you can always stop by Rant Sports Prep for the latest updates.
The main reason the Jayhawks will have success next season is because of the rebounding ability of Cliff Alexander; the talented forward could end up averaging close to a double-double next season without batting an eye. You do not get a player like him every year, although it would be hard to top the hyped arrival of Andrew Wiggins last season. The Jayhawks have not been to the title game in a while, but Self just keeps the five star recruit assembly line rolling.