Mar 31, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kansas Jayhawks head coach Bill Self (right) and guard Travis Releford (24) celebrate after defeating the Ohio State Buckeyes 64-62 in the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball Final Four at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
Last week Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks announced the signing of Seattle guard Anrio Adams. Adams marks the 6th signing of this years class and what will be the final piece to the 2012-2013 roster. The final tally for that roster includes 8 freshman, 2 sophomores, 1 junior and 3 seniors.
It's an interesting blend of experience and youth as Bill Self and Kansas look to win a 9th consecutive Big 12 title next season. Kansas will have three starters returning in Jeff Withey, Elijah Johnson and Travis Releford. The Jayhawks will also add both Ben McLemore and Jamari Traylor who are listed as freshman but have been with the program for the last 12 months. Looking at the rest of the roster you'll find a host of players with potential and Self will be tasked with finding the right rotation to compliment what he already has to rely on.
Oddly enough it feels as though Kansas could be very well positioned. McLemore could step in at shooting guard with Johnson sliding over to take the point guard duties from Tyshawn Taylor. Naadir Tharpe will also be a sophomore and expected to compete for minutes at the point.
In the front court Kansas will look to Jeff Withey as the next leader in a Kansas big man lineage while Perry Ellis, a Wichita native and high school player of the year, should step in for Thomas Robinson. Kansas will need the seniors to step up and help offset the departing production while these two talented freshman find their stride in a Kansas uniform.
Beyond those five likely starters, Kansas will have a host of players to choose from and rotate in before settling on a rotation as Self has done in the past. The non conference schedule sets up nicely with some easier opponents and a few stiff tests before Big 12 play. Kansas always seems to receive a surprise lift from somewhere and ultimately pull together for the conference run. 2012-2013 will be about three seniors as well as learning a bunch of new faces, it should be fun.
|2||Anrio Adams||G||Fr.||HS||6-3/180||Seattle, WA|
|25||Milton Doyle||G||Fr.||HS||6-4/185||Chicago, IL|
|34||Perry Ellis||F||Fr.||HS||6-8/220||Wichita, KS|
|21||Christian Garrett||G||So.||HS||6-3/170||Los Angeles, CA|
|15||Elijah Johnson||G||Sr.||3V||6-4/195||Las Vegas, NV|
|33||Landen Lucas||C||Fr.||HS||6-8/240||Portland, OR|
|10||Evan Manning||G||Fr.||HS||6-2/175||Lawrence, KS|
|23||Ben McLemore||G||Fr.||RS||6-5/185||St. Louis, MO|
|32||Zach Peters||PF||Fr.||HS||6-9/235||Plano, TX|
|24||Travis Releford||G||Sr.||3V||6-5/207||Kansas City, MO|
|20||Niko Roberts||G||Jr.||1V||5-11/175||Huntington, NY|
|11||Tyler Self||G||Fr.||HS||6-2/160||Lawrence, KS|
|1||Naadir Tharpe||G||So.||1V||6-0/170||Wolfeboro, NH|
|31||Jamari Traylor||F||Fr.||RS||6-8/215||Chicago, IL|
|4||Justin Wesley||F||Jr.||1V||6-8/200||Fort Worth, TX|
|3||Andrew White||F||Fr.||HS||6-6/210||Richmond, VA|
|5||Jeff Withey||C||Sr.||3V||7-0/225||San Diego, CA|
|40||Kevin Young||F||Sr.||1V||6-8/185||Perris, CA|