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Kansas Basketball ranked number one next season despite recruiting concerns

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 30: Dedric Lawson #1 of the Kansas Jayhawks arrives during Practice Day for the 2018 NCAA Men's Final Four at the Alamodome on March 30, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas (Photo by Matt Marriott/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 30: Dedric Lawson #1 of the Kansas Jayhawks arrives during Practice Day for the 2018 NCAA Men's Final Four at the Alamodome on March 30, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas (Photo by Matt Marriott/NCAA Photos via Getty Images) /
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Kansas Basketball has been the popular pick for preseason number one in the early 2018-’19 polls. The FBI investigation has yet to affect the Jayhawks.

It’s no surprise that the early polls have Kansas Basketball near the top. To be an almost unanimous number one pick is quite impressive and keeps the expectations high for Bill Self’s new squad.

The Jayhawks have received preseason number one rankings from ESPN.com, CBSsports.com, USA Today, Sporting News, si.com, and just this week, NBCsports.com. Kansas Basketball has received the attention and respect of the nation, even with the fact that Kansas was named in the FBI investigation over the Adidas debacle.

Although the FBI report spoke on Kansas being the victim and not a suspect in the case, Jayhawk haters, Missouri fans, and social media trolls have worked overtime in calling the Jayhawks cheaters and suggesting that they will be playing under sanctions in the near future.

Kansas still remains innocent and have not come under scrutiny from any reputable source. Instead, they are being picked as the best team in college basketball next season. By everyone.

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Bill Self possibly has the deepest team he’s ever had as a coach this upcoming season. Even with losing four, possibly five players from last season, the Jayhawks are loaded and primed for success.

Bill Self revealed that he thought multiple players had the chance to win the Big 12 Player of the Year earlier this week, as can be seen here by 247sports.com. which would make three seasons in a row after Frank Mason and Devonte Graham. It looks more and more that Dedric Lawson will be a star next season. Self also mentioned that if Udoka Azubuike decides to return he will be in the running as well.

After Romeo Langford chose to go to Indiana rather than Kansas, his father spoke out that the FBI investigation didn’t help Kansas’ chances. According to CBSsports.com, Kansas wasn’t an option due to the investigation. Despite what Romeo himself had said previously. It should be noted that Indiana is an Adidas school as well.

The Jayhawks have a trio of exciting freshmen as well with Quentin Grimes, Devon Dotson, and David McCormack. Grimes has the potential to rack up some personal awards as well.

They won’t be playing for awards next season though, they will be playing for the ultimate reward. Anything less than a Final Four appearance will be a disappointment. Kansas, as always, will be the clear favorite to win the BIg 12 for the 15th straight season. Now that the Jayhawks hold the conference title record all by themselves, the focus now turns to national championships.

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