LAWRENCE, Kan. Lassie in the classroom, Cujo on the court. Is that too much to ask?
"Nice kids are great, but we definitely need that aggressiveness, that mindset," says Kansas coach Bill Self, whose No. 7 Jayhawks lift the lid on 2012-13 on Tuesday in an exhibition tussle with Emporia State. "We don't need blenders. We need guys to take charge."
The Lassie part, Ben McLemore has down. It's the Cujo bit that's the great unknown right now, one of the biggest "X" factors for a Kansas bunch earmarked to win a ninth-straight Big 12 title.
"I really want to bring a lot of energy to the team and to my players, just bring my energy and my effort," says the highly-touted 6-foot-5 St. Louis native, who'll make his competitive debut at Allen Fieldhouse after redshirting last season as a partial academic qualifier. "Coach wanted us to just bring a lot of energy and effort to the team."
Energy and effort, McLemore has plenty of, right along with all the other tools in the kit: Quicks. Hop...