Can Trevor Lacey And DeAndre Daniels Provide The Scoring Punch Kansas Needs?

LAWRENCE KS - JANUARY 15: Tyshawn Taylor #10 of the Kansas Jayhawks scores on a fast break during the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers on January 15 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Whether or not they announce for Kansas or announce at all remains to be seen, but one things for certain and that's how these two pieces fit into the puzzle.  They can score.  Right now Kansas has a team that is thin on experience, thin on proven ability and if we're being honest, they aren't proven scorers. 

Let's start with the rotation down low.  What we know is that we have Thomas Robinson underneath.  He's a beast plain and simple.  Hits the offensive class, scores those scrappy buckets in the paint and he's also been able to step out an knock down a shot from time to time.  But how will the departure of two strong scorers in the Morris twins affect his production?

Go a step deeper and you have Jeff Withey and Justin Wesley currently on the roster.  Wesley we know nothing about and Withey only slightly more.  Withey has height and was recruited to Arizona by Lute Olsen where many thought he could be a versatile big man with some decent range.  Kansas hasn't seen that so far, but perhaps that's due to playing time. 

That's where Daniels can step in.  Although he is more of a wing or a Jordan Hamilton style of player, Daniels might find himself in the Marcus Morris role with Kansas.  It's not likely he'll post up as regularly or drop down inside as often, but perhaps Daniels would fill that part of the rotation with a tendency to open the floor up and play more from the perimeter. 

In the backcourt the Jayhawks have two great athletes in Tyshawn Taylor and Elijah Johnson, but neither has consistently knocked down the deep ball.  Trevor Lacey is a player known for his ability to spot up and shoot and also create.  Yes Jayhawks have heard this song and dance before with Xavier Henry and then Josh Selby.  Sometimes expectations are a tough thing to overcome, but Lacey along with McClemore would certainly provide an option and a style that Kansas doesn't currently have on the roster.

It's two recruits and a late push by Bill Self.  Win the battles and you have a top 10 class with the addition of two players that could just provide the depth and enough boost on the offensive end to push Kansas over the edge in the Big 12 race.  Kansas has won seven straight, Bill Self has bridged that gap before and now we're just a day away from possibly knowing if he has a few more of the pieces in place to do it again.

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