The Kansas Jayhawks will most likely be strong in the backcourt, but Bill Self likes to run his offense through his big men.
It will be interesting to see if how well these big men develop, and how quickly. Outside of Lucas, there isn’t much experience among these players within Kansas’s system. Even Lucas, though he’s been around a long time, hasn’t played a large number of minutes in his career.
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The big men may be supplemental in this year’s edition, but if the Jayhawks plan on winning a 13th straight Big 12 title, these five players will have to improve and contribute positively.
Being five-deep along the front line is a luxury few teams enjoy, and chances are, KU will need all of these players throughout the season.
Look for Lucas, Bragg, and Coleby to play the most minutes, and the two freshmen can certainly carve out playing time with their skill sets. It will depend on how quickly they grasp the system, and how well they develop.
This KU basketball team has a tremendous amount of talent on it and one of the best coaches in the country. They should be in contention, and probably the favorite, in conference play, and should be a top ten team nationally.
How these big men develop will go a long way in determining how successful the Kansas Jayhawks will be in the 2016-2017 season.