Found October 09, 2013 on Universal Takeover Sports Network:
2013-14 Kansas Jayhawks are No.4 in the Preseason Polls 2013 Record: 31-6 , 14-4 in the Big XII 2013 Postseason: Loss in the Sweet 16 to Michigan Key Losses: Elijah Johnson, Ben McLemore, Travis Releford, Jeff Withey Returning Stars: Peryy Ellis Key Additions: Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, Wayne Selden, Brannen Greene, Hunter Mickelson, Tarik Black   2013-14 Outlook: Rock Chalk Jayhawk is coming back fully retooled and reloaded for this 2013-14 season and Bill Self has his biggest recruit ever, with Andrew Wiggins. The 6’8 210 pound freshman from Toronto is a once in a decade prospect that everyone will watching this season. The long, athletic and speedy forward/guard combo is a freak of nature and an instant 20 point a night guy. You will hear about Wiggins every night with good cause but in order for this to make a legit championship run Wiggins is going to need help a la Carmelo Anthony at Cuse’ when they went on to win the title. Unlike his on court rival Jabari Parker of Duke, Wiggins doesn’t have the luxury of the Jayhawks returning anyone with big time minutes or veterans in this lockeroom. The players that need to help him the most Tarik Black and Wayne Selden who are both newcomers themselves. Selden is an explosive combo guard who will replace Ben McLemore who left for the NBA Draft. Black is a transfer from Memphis but who will be the sixth man at the 4 and 5  next to Wiggins and they need him to rebound and defend effectively and early on. Joel Embiid another newcomer is needed to round out the front court in order from them to retain there BIG XII title. Sophomore power forward Perry Ellis will be the leader and starter that needs to improve the most, Ellis showed flashes but will need to finally put it all together this season for KU. Kansas Univ has been a No. 1 regional seed five times in the past seven seasons and this year it looks like they’ll get another one but Self wants another National Title. The frontcourt is fine but what will define this squad is the backcourt that loss McLemore, Releford and Johnson those three were one of the best backcourts in the country and will be replaced by Frank Mason, Naadir Tharpe and Conner Frankamp. Frankamp and Mason will need to get off tho great starts and gradually improve over time, they are elite freshman but not ready for big time just yet. Tharpe and true freshman Brannen Greene will be important in the rotation as well, Greene is a streaky shooter but can be deadly from downtown. The Georgia native can play the role of Elijah Johnson through his years at Kansas. 2013 Prediction: Kansas fans are going to reach the Final Four barley but they’ll make it. Wiggins will make the most of his 365 days in college basketball and his upside is crazy and insanely good. Embiid isn’t Whitey in the paint but he is better than most centers in the nation and Self’s Jayhawks look like a potential juggernaut     0 Frank Mason 5-11 185 Guard Fr. Petersburg, Va. / Massanutten Military Academy 1 Wayne Selden, Jr. 6-5 230 Guard Fr. Roxbury, Mass. / Tilton (N.H.) School 3 Andrew White III 6-6 210 Guard So. Richmond, Va. / Miller School 4 Justin Wesley 6-9 220 Forward R-Sr. Fort Worth, Texas / Lamar 5 Evan Manning 6-3 170 Guard So. Lawrence, Kan. / New Hampton Prep 10 Naadir Tharpe 5-11 170 Guard Jr. Worcester, Mass. / Brewster Academy [N.H.] 11 Tyler Self 6-2 165 Guard So. Lawrence, Kan. / Free State HS 14 Brannen Greene 6-7 215 Guard Fr. Juliette, Ga. / Tifton HS 15 Christian Garrett 6-3 185 Guard R-Jr. Los Angeles, Calif. / IMG Academy [Fla.] 20 Niko Roberts 5-11 175 Guard Sr. Huntington, N.Y. / Saint Anthony’s HS 21 Joel Embiid 7-0 250 Center Fr. Cameroon/Gainesville, Fla. / The Rock School 22 Andrew Wiggins 6-8 200 Guard Fr. Thornhill, Ont., Canada / Huntington Prep 23 Conner Frankamp 6-0 165 Guard Fr. Wichita, Kan. / Wichita North HS 25 Tarik Black 6-9 260 Forward Sr. Memphis, Tenn. / University of Memphis 31 Jamari Traylor 6-8 220 Forward R-So. Chicago, Ill. / IMG Academy [Fla.] 33 Landen Lucas 6-10 240 Forward R-Fr. Portland, Ore. / Westview HS 34 Perry Ellis 6-8 225 Forward So. Wichita, Kan. / Wichita Heights HS 42 Hunter Mickelson 6-10 245 Forward Jr. Jonesboro, Ark. / University of Arkansas   The post Kansas Jayhawks (Season Preview) appeared first on UTSN - The Universal Takeover Sports Network.
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