Breaking down Kansas Basketball Roster for 2017-2018 season

Alright so the offseason is basically set, with Svi announcing that he’s coming back for his senior year. Kansas now is LOADED in the backcourt and have a very deep team. How does their roster shape out?

Here we go…

Projected Starting Lineup

*In parentheses will be projected minutes*

  • PG: Devonte Graham (32-34)
  • G: Lagerald Vick (26)
  • G: Malik Newman (31)
  • F: Svi Mykhailiuk (25-27)
  • C: Udoka Azibuke (27)

Jack Whittman was supposed to add depth to the front court. In the original projections he was even slated to start to offload some pressure of having to play small. Yes, Kansas has McDonalds All American Billy Preston coming in, but unless you are Andrew Wiggins or Josh Jackson, freshman have to earn their minutes. Look at Kelly Oubre, Cliff Alexander, Joel Embiid, etc… So Preston won’t start right away unless he completely blows away Self in the preseason or in Italy when they play there this month. Now, it may seem like Vick will start and Kansas will roll out a similar roster construction as last season. Kansas will space the floor, shot threes, have four players capable of handling the ball as the feature Azibuke in the middle. Expect huge numbers from Azibuke in his sophomore season.

Projected Bench

*In parentheses will be projected minutes*

  • G: Marcus Garrett (5-7)
  • G/SF: Sam Cunliffe (See below)
  • F: Mitch Lightfoot (11)
  • F: Billy Preston (20-24)

Sam Cunliffe is not eligible to play until after Christmas due to transfer rules so his minutes are not included yet. However, when he does become eligible Cunliffe is a very good guard/forward and will get around 15-20 minutes a game for his first year at Kansas.

Now, the minutes will vary. Udoka is Kansas only true center so when he goes to the bench Kansas will play with likely play with there 4 guard lineup again, with Lightfoot at the 5. Unless they want to put Preston at the 5 and really stretch the floor but that won’t happen often.

Again, this is just guesses on how it’s likely to play out. We’ll see how the minutes are distributed in Italy and when the exhibition games start up.

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