Kansas men’s basketball saw its season come to an end on Saturday night in San Antonio with a lopsided loss to Villanova in the Final Four of the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
It wasn’t the finish that Jayhawks fans envisioned after the team overcame plenty of adversity in the stretch run of the season. But if it’s any consolation, Kansas should be more than ready to complete some unfinished business when it returns to the court next season.
Sporting News ranked the Jayhawks No. 1 overall in its way-too-early top 25 rankings for the 2018-19 season on Sunday, and a whole lot of that has to do with the exceptional talent which will be filling in the voids left by several departures — some certain and others expected — over the offseason.
From Sporting News:
“For next year’s Jayhawks, it’s all about the newbies, adding two 5-star guards, Quentin Grimes and Devon Dodson, and 4-star big man David McCormack. The thing KU fans probably are most excited for, though, are the transfers. The Jayhawks have three established college players ready to hit the ground running after a year of pushing the starters on the scout team.”
Those three transfers — point guard Charlie Moore (California) and brothers Dedric and K.J. Lawson (forward and guard, Memphis) — all recorded impressive numbers in their most recent seasons at their previous schools. Moore averaged 12.2 points per game for the Golden Bears during the 2016-17 campaign. Over in Memphis, K.J. averaged 12.3 points per game that same year while Dedric averaged 19.2 points per game that same season.
Dedric, at 6-foot-9, is also expected to be a force for the Jayhawks when it comes to rebounding. He recorded an average of 9.9 rebounds per game in his final season with the Tigers.
Certainly, Kansas fans will miss household names from the 2017-18 team who are on their way out, including guards Devonte’ Graham and Svi’ Mykhailiuk. But as coach Bill Self attempts to lead the Jayhawks to a 15th straight season with at least a share of the Big 12 regular-season title, and perhaps more, the future is looking pretty bright in Lawrence, Kan.