Brew: There is an upside for Kansas
- Apr. 1, 2013
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Close your eyes and take a deep breath. Hold it for a few seconds. Now, exhale slowly and open your eyes again. Everything will be OK. As our basketball team now heads into the offseason, maybe a little sooner than expected, there are plenty of reasons why everyone should be just as excited for next season as they were for this one.
Although the team is losing four of its starters because of graduation, nothing has been said about redshirt freshman guard Ben McLemore’s future. Despite many people believing that he will enter this year’s NBA draft, he did have a relatively poor postseason, only averaging 12 points per game and showed signs of not appearing in the big moments. This could mean that his draft stock can go down, resulting in him deciding to stay another year. Another year of McLemore? I have absolutely no problem with that.
As for the bench, people tend to undervalue them. Sophomore guard Naadir Tharpe and freshman forward Perry Ellis are going to be exceptional players for this program, as their careers have tremendous upsides. Unlike Elijah Johnson, Tharpe is a natural point guard, so running the offense will not be an issue for him. Ellis is a great post player, who took drastic steps of improvement this postseason, showing off to everyone the offensive skill set that he has. He is going to be an important piece to any kind of success that Kansas has in the future.
The only thing holding redshirt freshman forward Jamari Traylor back from being a physical beast that opposing teams won’t want to deal with is the fact that he has not had as much experience as everyone else. Sometimes it is forgotten he started playing basketball just three years ago. He is an extremely gifted and physical athlete who I think has Thomas Robinson potential. He also has shoulders that remind me of Dwight Howard, so that in itself tells me how he good could be.
Another crucial aspect returning to next year’s squad is Coach Bill Self. If his nine straight Big 12 Championships do not say anything about rebuilding, I do not know what does. Year after year, he loses players either because of the draft, players transferring or graduation and he always finds a way to bring back a solid group of guys that want to compete for a national championship. How does he do it? Who cares, because it works. So Coach, whatever it is you do to make our Jayhawks great every season, keep doing it.
Despite the fact that this season may not have been what the Jayhawk Nation expected, there is an upside for next year that everyone should be anxiously awaiting for. Oh, and I almost forgot. Redshirt forward Landon Lucas will be wearing a uniform next year, as opposed to the stylish outfits he wore on the bench this season.