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Kansas Basketball: Lagerald Vick’s return means great things for Jayhawks

Kansas guard Lagerald Vick (2) talks with head coach Bill Self in the first half against Villanovaduring an NCAA Tournament national semifinal on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Villanova advanced, 95-79. (Travis Heying/Wichita Eagle/TNS via Getty Images)
Kansas guard Lagerald Vick (2) talks with head coach Bill Self in the first half against Villanovaduring an NCAA Tournament national semifinal on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Villanova advanced, 95-79. (Travis Heying/Wichita Eagle/TNS via Getty Images) /
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The return of Lagerald Vick for the 2018-19 season means one thing. Kansas Basketball is set to dominate the upcoming basketball season.

In a surprise move, Lagerald Vick is returning to play for Kansas Basketball. Vick had originally left to test the NBA waters, without getting much attention, it looked as though he was dead to rights as far as his collegiate career. At least, with Kansas.

There was plenty of speculation as to why the relationship between Vick and the Jayhawks seemed damaged, but that is all behind us now. What matters is Vick is back, and he’s back on a squad that could be the best in decades. Good things are on the horizon for Kansas Basketball.

Lagerald Vick seemed to get lost in the rotation from time to time last season but still managed a respectable 12 points per game on a team with three current NBA players.

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Vick benefited from a short bench last season. Bill Self had little choice but to leave the few playmakers in that he had for 30 plus minutes. Vick averaged 32 minutes.

So what will Vick’s role be on this squad? He probably will go from a role player last season to again, a role player. This season’s squad is quite different than last seasons.

The Jayhawks are two lineups deep and then some. Last year’s transfers are now ready to ball out. Dedrik Lawson, KJ Lawson, and Charlie Moore are all eligible to play. Incoming freshmen Quentin Grimes, Devon Dotson, and David McCormack should all see plenty of playing time as well.

The few that are returning are no slouches, in fact, the NBA is probably in their future as well. Marcus Garrett, Silvio De Sousa, Udoka Azubuike, and now Lagerald Vick return from the Final Four team last year.

No matter what the reasons for Vick’s temporary exit, the Jayhawk faithful are happy he is back. Already considered the preseason No.1 by most outlets, any doubts should be laid to rest as to how good Kansas will be.

It will be crowded this season. This is a good problem to have. Competition at practice makes for a more competitive team. Competition makes for a better team all around.

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Look for Lagerald Vick and his teammates to do some amazing things this season. There seems to be no other way this season can be described as but amazing. Not only because of the talent from bookend to bookend of the Kansas bench but the Hall of Fame coach leading the way.

*Note: All statistical facts are credited to sports-reference.com