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KUFanMinneapolis (Chad Smith) says...

Kind of unrelated, but doesn't it just feel like Jeremy Case is going to be the next KU Head Coach whenever BS retires? I know Norm and Kurtis have been with Self forever, but they don't seem to want to take the role.

KUFanMinneapolis (Chad Smith) says...

Juan will need to score more. But so too will yesufu, clemence, and adams. I think they are all ready for the challenge. Juan is a valuable player and having Wilson there as a co-leader will be vital for the upcoming season, where everyone will be targeting KU to knock them off, as is always the case, but even moreso after having won a championship.

Juan seems like he's ready to elevate.

KUFanMinneapolis (Chad Smith) says...

I think he definitely needs to score more. We all know defensively we should be GREAT. But offensively, who are the guys getting buckets consistently? McCullar is not a lights out scorer, he's an all around player. Juan is not the scoring threat YET, though he has shown glimpses. His strength is the defensive end. The only proven scorer is Jalen Wilson. Banking on Freshmen coming in and lighting it up is a risky proposition. That's where Clemence, Adams and Yesufu need to step up in my opinion.

KUFanMinneapolis (Chad Smith) says...

Schedule is good. Our NonCon is typically top 20 usually. We don't play a ton of division II or directional schools all that often. We usually play a lot of mid-tier power 5 teams, a couple elite power 5 teams and then sprinkled in with what's left on the schedule with solid mid-majors typically.

KUFanMinneapolis (Chad Smith) says...

Can't prognosticate this early in the summer, so many unknowns. What I do know when it comes to actual playing time in the Big 12 season, we run a 7-8 man rotation typically. So that means a lot of guys on the outside looking in.

I think 3 guys are a lock as starters:

PG- Harris
sg -- tbd
sg/sf - McCullar
PF/SF - Wilson
c/pf - tbd

i don't know for sure who is filling those two spots, but there will be a lot of battling between now and November.

KUFanMinneapolis (Chad Smith) says...

If Udeh is as good as he's projected to be, I think he will play a lot. By now, we all know Self loves the high-low with post players and also middle ball screens like they ran to death with Doke. Clemence could easily come in and play at the 4 with Wilson at the 3 and they could go "BIG" while still stretching the perimeter because of clemence's shooting ability. There's a lot of line-up possibilities with more low post depth now. Though in reality, udeh and ejiofor probably won't be ready to Self's liking and they have an "experience" year like clemence just had. Martin feels like he should be garnering playing time given his college experience and that he also sat out and learned.

Having said all that, just too many unknowns still to really pin anything down for the post players.

KUFanMinneapolis (Chad Smith) says...

initial reaction is very positive. Wilson does everything on the court and will be a leader. mccullar, as I've stated just needs to be that lock down defender he's shown the past two seasons. I think under self he will actually get even better at that. he chips in some offense, that's a bonus. same with Harris, though he may be asked to score more. I think yesufu will need to score and that's what KU is leaning on from the perimeter. what do Rice and Dick bring? we'll find out. where do cuffe and pettiford fit in? the biggest question marks for me lay on the post players. will cam Martin be ready? how good is udeh? can kj Adams and clemency take the next steps in their development? the frontcourt feels like the weakest most unknown part on the team as it stands right now.

KUFanMinneapolis (Chad Smith) says...

He'll be an all conference player with KU. His defense alone is worth the investment. On the perimeter with him and Harris, KU will be tough. I wouldn't expect a lot of scoring from him anyway. As long as he chips in offensively in and does all the other things he's great at, we as fans will be glad they got him.

KUFanMinneapolis (Chad Smith) says...

Any time you can get a good player, you at least consider it. Scholarships can be figured out. But I don't think he's coming here. Just my gut he'll go to Louisville or Purdue. I think both those teams have an immediate need for guard.

KUFanMinneapolis (Chad Smith) says...

I actually feel like KU is in a good position heading into next year roster-wise. Even if Wilson and Braun leave

Martin, Ejiofor, Udeh
Rice, Dick, Clemence, Adams
Harris, Pettiford, Yesufu, Cuffe

It's not a national championship caliber team, but it's top 25 good at the very least. If Braun or Wilson come back, then they get even better.
We really need a another post player to have a nice rotation there. there are plenty in the portal.