The taste of college basketball has come in sips for Ben McLemore and Jamari Traylor, just enough to make them thirsty for more.
The high-profile recruits were deemed partial qualifiers by the NCAA last season, which left them to watch as Kansas made another remarkable run to the Final Four. They couldn't practice until the second semester, and even then had to find their own way to see games played on the road.
They were finally able to suit up during a summer trip to Europe, and then got their first true taste of Allen Fieldhouse in a pair of exhibition games against Division II opponents.
On Friday night, the talented freshmen will finally get to absorb big-time college hoops.
The seventh-ranked Jayhawks - the eight-time defending Big 12 champions - open against Southeast Missouri in their only tuneup before next week's showdown against No. 14 Michigan State.
McLemore and Traylor should have been eligible last season, as far as coach Bill Self is concerned. But some ...