The decision was prolonged just enough for Myles Turner to announce what school he was going to attend next season. The 2nd best recruit in America chose Texas. Plugging himself into an already stacked Longhorns roster, who will be returning entire starting lineup and bench production next season.
Leaving the door, that at the time was closed shut for the Big 12 race next season. Has slightly opened up ajar, mainly cracking wide open. Turner's decision wasn't much of a shocker in the current sense. Already, he was slightly perceived to sway towards Texas many weeks ago. In reality, this move was more drastically inflicted on Texas' side. Having 2 returning center pieces down low returning with Cameron Ridley and Prince Ibeh. Kansas however, has become already set with the attributes inside. Cliff Alexander and Perry Ellis will be the most likely starters in backcourt for next season. Has lethal bench production pending regardless of the situation at hand. Jamari Traylor, Landen Lucas, and a very trendy favorite to make important strides Hunter Mickelson.
So in following suite, Texas yet again returns entire slot in front court. Javan Felix, Isiah Taylor, Demarcus Holland, and Jonathan Holmes all gain 1 extra year of experience from last. As all of us know, Kansas returns a wide area of guard talent to spread around also. Naadir Thapre next year will mature (barring some bumps and bruises) into a polished senior guard. Wayne Selden and Kelly Oubre alongside him on the wings.
Texas as of right now, may very well have the upper hand in the paint. But, not at all gained experience. With Joel Embiid departing to NBA, this leaves a hole for Kansas to now fill in the absence of. And to take command in anchoring potential battles with Turner. Only option available is Cliff Alexander. Of course this happens to be a way too early insight and breakdown of many events yet to unfold thus far.
Giving a wait of suspense prolonged for a period of 5 months. Devonte Graham, a transfer point guard who has been sitting on the fence with his decision. Looks to have now narrowed down his collegiate path to NC State and Kansas. KU is at a certain influx at a point guard. Sophomores Frank Mason and Conner Frankamp are evolving as potential front runners in the near future. Graham's commitment to Kansas will greatly impact the state of roster and possibly chatter amongst the conference.
In recent memory, 2007 Texas and Rick Barnes landed freshman progidy Kevin Durant, in same year cracked Lamarcus Aldridge. A similar image that Myles Turner brings. Ironically, the moves never conflicted the Jayhawks conquest of becoming de-throned as Conference Champ. Next season will bring new concepts and formalities. In the same sense, this has become old hat for Kansas. Just another bigger, larger target on your back.