will the starting point be
reed, johnson, or taylor
and will the starting c be
withey or mk morris
Taylor will probably be the starting PG (He was for most of this season) and he'll probably share that with the freshman Josh Selby, who I personally think will sign with KU soon.
I think either Markieff Morris or Jeff Withey will be the next C. Withey supposedly has the potential to be the next great C for Kansas, and most of the KU fans are high on him
I would really like to see Elijah Johnson take the reigns at point.
The biggest thing for me is, Self has got to find a way to get Thomas Robinson more minutes. He has (2012) lottery potential.
I see either Selby or Lamb at PG with Taylor at the 2.
^Taylor is much more of a PG than Selby is. Selby is like a taller Sherron Collins, and Collins didn't even run PG for Kansas when Taylor was on the court.
Selby and Taylor are both only 6'3". That's a very small backcourt, do you think they can play together, or would they start Taylor at PG and Morningstar at SG?
Well well well..i was hoping to have this debate AFTER monday night when my jayhawks took home the championship, but since we flopped in the second round, I've been forced to have this discussion with my fellow jayhawks for a couple weeks now..as of right now, I see Taylor at pg, brady morningstar at sg, Marcus morris at sf, Markieff at pf, and Whithey (sp?) at C..now this could all chance. It wouldnt surprise me to see, if he were to sign, Selby and Taylor in the backcourt, with Morningstar and the Morris twins in the front court (A 3 guard line-up of course). Morningstar is able to defend 3 spots on the court, but this lineup would have some serious problems against a team like Baylor, who's back court would be suspect (if Dunn leaves), but the front court would be Perry Jones, Anthony Jones, Ekpe Udoh (if he returns) and Quincy Acy.
Now, Adi, this is a shoutout to you. The second I saw Elijah pull that 360-through-the-legs in a game, I thought we could possibly have a Baron Davis pre injury here at KU. I think he'll come off the bench, unless we dont get Selby, Lamb, or Knight..which is a possibility if both Wall and Bledsoe bounce. If we get none of those blue chips, we'd be looking at a backcourt of Elijah and Taylor wth Morningstar at the 3 spot.
Thomas Robinson on the otherhand has the best motor on the KU squad, and has athleticism to boot. he doesnt have much of an outside game, but lets not forget that he's working with Danny Manning everyday, and he'll show serious improvement next season. I wouldnt be surprised if he had a season like Marcus Morris had this year. On defense he looked lost, but still managed to rebound the ball at a decent rate. Big things out of Robinson this year.
Finally, KU nation had two red shirts this past season. Travis Releford was a top 50 player coming out of high school and had offers from UNC and other high profile schools. He could steal some minutes, as could Mario Little, arguably the most versatile player on KU's roster. He can play 1-4, but is most effective in the post.
Selby announes Saturday, April 17th at MSG. That's the date of the Jordan All American Classic. I'll be in attendence, so I'll let you know the second he announces. Aren't iphone's a beautiful thing?
I dont agree that selby and taylor in the backcourt is a small backcourt at all. The way the game is changing with the combo guards that can slash and get to the rim at will is the new style that has been picking up lately. A backcourt of Selby and Taylor would be extremely dangerous seeing as both guards are above average atheletes. Defensively they both have the potential to be lock up defenders that would cause many backcourts a world of trouble because they are both quick and strong. Most college teams don't have NBA sized players running the 2 anyways. (And by NBA sized 2 guards I mean the mold of players between the height of 6'5 and 6'7) Sure some do and you can point some out but most teams don't. Backcourts who have had recent sucess of smaller backcourts off the top of my head would include, D-Will and D-Brown from Illinois, Collison Westbrook from UCLA, Villanovas backcourts the past 5 or 6 years, and I'm sure there are plenty more.
I think that backcourt would be small for NBA standards, but in the college level it is just about the tenacity and drive of the defender. In the league the defense is different so mismatches can get exposed more, but in college the no defensive three seconds can play to a undersized 2's advantage because weakside help is not too far away.
Taylor and Selby can play together but I would let Taylor create the offense and Selby as an off Guard. Inside, Morris is more of a power forward and Withey is supposed to be good since his days at Arizona, his size can help when you see how Zoubek disturbed for Duke, and if Withey has been able to work on his skills, he has to display that next year.