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The Lockout, The Morri and Recruiting

In thinking about the possibility of Xavier Henry going to the NBA, one of the most frequent comments is the potential for a lockout after next season.  What hasn't been discussed is how the lockout might affect our current roster and recruiting for 2010 and 2011.  How does a hypothetical lockout affect the KU roster?

If the owners and the players association do not come to a collective bargaining agreement, we possibly could see a lockout with no 2012 NBA season.  Assuming that Xavier goes to the NBA, here's our 2010-2011 roster:

Guards:

Swing:

Posts:

Obviously, there is a chance that we sign a player like Josh Selby or Doron Lamb.  Signing either of those players would be terrific, for this reason alone: With an NBA lockout, they wouldn't be one-and-done.  There's a caveat that they could leave to play in Europe, but personally, I think it's more likely they stay and play for a second year at KU. 

Given that Selby signs (most people think that's the most likely option), let's consider our 2011-2012 lineup:

Guards:

  • Tyshawn Taylor (Sr.)
  • Josh Selby (So.)
  • Elijah Johnson (Jr.)
  • Royce Woolridge (So.)

Swings:

  • Travis Releford (RS Jr.)

Posts:

  • Marcus Morris (Sr.)
  • Markieff Morris (Sr.)
  • Thomas Robinson (Jr.)
  • Jeff Withey (Jr.)

Obviously, this does not benefit Kansas exclusively.  A sophomore Harrison Barnes will help Carolina much more than he would his freshman year.  If anyone stays at Kentucky for their sophomore year, they'll be far more valuable playing as juniors (if their still eligible and if Calipari still has his job).  But Kansas would be looking at two seniors and two juniors in the post and a top three guards of Senior-Junior-Sophomore, with a sophomore Royce Woolridge and a RS junior Releford backing them up.

So my question is this: do players like Selby or Lamb play two years in the face of a lockout, waiting for a new collective bargaining agreement?  Or do they play one year in college on the chance the lockout doesn't happen?  And do players like the Morri leave after next year to play overseas, making some money before coming back for the draft?  Or come back for what could be a truly glorious senior season?  And finally, what recruit in 2011, except for possibly a small forward/swing guard even considers KU with this much depth at almost every position?

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