A look at how minutes might be distributed for 2017-18 Kansas basketball team
Dwight Coleby has one foot out the door, not officially gone but likely headed to another school to play his final season as a graduate transfer.
That solves the mystery of how Kansas can get to 13 scholarships in the event that Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk withdraws his name from the NBA Draft.
So let’s assume Coleby is gone and look at how minutes might be distributed with Svi back.
Point guard: Devonte’ Graham 33, Marcus Garrett 7.
Shooting guard: Malik Newman 30, Lagerald Vick 5, Garrett 5.
Small forward: Svi 20, Vick 20.
Power forward: Billy Preston 20, Jack Whitman 15, Svi 5.
Center: Udoka Azubuike 25, Mitch Lightfoot 10, Whitman 5.
Obviously, these are wild guesses that will fluctuate greatly, based on how quickly newcomers learn what coach Bill Self wants out of them in terms of effort, unselfish play and attention to detail.
If Preston competes well enough in practice to earn a starting spot along with Graham, Newman, Svi or Vick, and Azubuike, that would give KU four accomplished shooters playing with a stay-on-the-block center, a tough load for any defense to handle.
Azubuike's development will be the single biggest key to success, regardless of whether Svi completes the roster.
So much talent will be on the floor during practice, ideal circumstances for competitive athletes seeking to improve quickly to draw closer to earning money.
Transfers Charlie Moore (California) and Dedric and K.J. Lawson (forwards from Memphis) can't play in games, leaving the practice floor as the only outlet for their competitive juices.