Bill Self is already a Hall of Famer but deserves to be in the Hall solely due to his spring/summer time recruitment. Self, Jerrance Howard and the Kansas Jayhawks add their 5th and final recruit to the 2019 class, Dejuan Harris.
When Kansas lost to Auburn in the Round of 32, the roster for the next year and the future looked bleak. Dotson, Udoka, de Sousa were all likely candidates to leave for the NBA, Dedric Lawson and Quentin Grimes were surely gone and the Jayhawks lost Charlie Moore and KJ Lawson due to transfers (along with Grimes). Kansas faces a situation in which they had to replace 7 rotation players with a recruiting class that only involved Christian Braun and Isaac McBride. The spring time comes around, and that’s when Bill Self does his best work.
Kansas got the de Sousa decision overturned, and he will be reinstated next season, Udoka never ended up testing the NBA waters even though Self thought surely he was leaving and Devon Dotson, arguably next years best college basketball point guard, withdrew his name from the NBA draft and returned. Then Self went back to work on the recruiting trail. He landed Tristian Enaruna, Jalen Wilson, Isaiah Moss (grad transfer from Iowa) and now Dejuan Harris.
Harris a 4 star PG will bring a lot to the Jayhawks and will develop nicely into the Bill Self system. He’s a tough nosed point guard, who doesn’t fear getting on the floor for a loose ball, plays outstanding perimeter defense and has a high assist-to-turnover ratio. Kansas will need guys handling the ball next season, because if Kansas wants to make a run at this title, Dotson can’t be playing 40 minutes a night in December and January. Now, Kansas brings in two backup point guards to handle the ball handling when Dotson needs a breather. This also adds to the ridiculous depth Kansas has now. Kansas goes 13 deep. A redshirt could be in play somewhere, but right now, Kansas is the deepest team in the country. However, as we saw last year, deep doesn’t always mean success. I know Udoka getting hurt last year hurt us but our bench didn’t live up to the expectations. If Kansas wants a deep March run, they will need their bench to do a serviceable job when they replace the starters. However, what makes this team different from last year is more depth and more experience.
Get ready Jayhawk fans, it’s almost that time.