3 Kansas Jayhawks on Thin Ice Ahead of NCAA Tournament

The Jayhawks are just 1-4 in their last five games
The Jayhawks are just 1-4 in their last five games / Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Johnny Furphy

Furphy burst onto the scene as a rangy, 6'9" guard with great shooting chops and stellar effort in transition, quickly becoming a favorite of fans and NBA scouts alike.

He's still raw though, and he's struggled to find his way deep into the season. Over Furphy's last five games, he's shot just 10-of-37 from the floor with seven turnovers. The freshman is making an impact on the glass and is oozing with potential, but Kansas needs him to rediscover his mid-season form to beat tough teams, especially given McCullar's injury.

I'm a huge fan of Furphy's game and hope he sticks around for one more year as a Jayhawk. This NCAA Tournament is a critical test for the youngster and NBA scouts will certainly be watching.

Without McCullar, Furphy is Kansas' most important wing. He has defensive issues, but his work in transition and ability to fire from deep can make the Jayhawks dangerous.

If Furphy becomes a darling of March Madness and shows his full potential, Kansas can make a legitimate run.