2009-2010 Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Preview
Last season, the Kansas Jayhawks (27- 8 overall. 14- 2 Big 12)
took the league title and then swept past North Dakota and Dayton
in the Big Dance before being defeated by Michigan State 67- 62
in the regional semifinals. This season, the Jayhawks, who are
coached by Bill Self, look primed to not only take the Big 12
Championship but the national title as well.
In the conference, Kansas was second in scoring defense, allowing 65.4 PPG. Better yet, they were first in rebound margin, notching a plus-7.2 mark. From the field, the Hawks shot 48% (2nd) while they were good from downtown 37 % (3rd) of the time. They were fourth in the Big 12 (73%) from the charity stripe. The team averaged 76.4 PPG (5th).
In the front court, Kansas features six-foot-eleven, 245-pound center Cole Aldrich (14.9 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 1.0 APG). The big center, who averaged 2.7 BPG last season, may be the best shot blocker in college hoop. Aldrich, a junior, has a nice touch from the outside and can get the ball to the hoop in the paint. After a fine summer league showing, sophomore forward Marcus Morris (7.4 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.1 APG) looks ready to bring his game to a new level. Seven-foot center Jeff Withey, a transfer from Arizona, and frosh forward Thomas Robinson, an extremely athletic player, will offer important minutes.
Senior Sherron Collins (18.9 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 5.0 APG) commands the floor. But Collins, a quality player, has to be mindful of his weight if he's going to be effective. Although he can get hot from downtown, he can also turn cold. To be a true leader, he has to find consistency. Freshman Xavier Henry, who looks to be in the NBA after one year of college ball, is a talented top 10 recruit. Combo guard Tyshawn Taylor (9.7 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 3.0 APG) had a fine freshman season last year and should contribute even more in 2009- 2010. There's solid experience coming off the Kansas bench.
The Jayhawks will get some competition from the Texas Longhorns, but that should not impede their run for the league title. Self has a deep and experienced group of seniors, juniors and sophomore. Plus there are some top frosh recruits including NBA bound Henry. This is the time for the Kansas Jayhawks to shine. The National Championship could be theirs.