Although we are days removed from the 2017-18 college basketball season, it is safe to say that Bill Self will lead the Kansas Jayhawks to yet another successful campaign next season.
Kansas loses a considerable amount of talent from its latest Final Four squad, including senior guard Svi Mykhailiuk, sophomore guard Malik Newman, and senior guard Devonte’ Graham, the reigning Big 12 Player of the Year and consensus All-American.
Junior guard Lagerald Vick might get added to that list, too, as he recently declared for the 2018 NBA Draft, although he won’t hire an agent now.
For Kansas, that means a successful 2018-19 season largely will have to come by way of contributions from newcomers. Fortunately for the Jayhawks, Self’s latest recruiting haul is among his best. It ranks No. 5 nationally and No. 1 in the Big 12.
Kansas’ four-man 2018 recruiting haul features a trio of McDonald’s All-Americans: 5-star combo guard Quentin Grimes, 5-star point guard Devon Dotson and 4-star center David McCormack. The Jayhawks also remain in the mix with the nation’s No. 5 overall prospect, 5-star shooting guard Romeo Langford, whose pledge would push Kansas’ class to No. 2 nationally. Langford is down to Kansas, Vanderbilt and Indiana and has said he will announce his decision later in April.
With that kind of talent coming, as well as Kansas’ history of ripping through its conference en route to 14 consecutive Big 12 regular-season titles, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Jayhawks were pegged as a No. 1 seed in ESPN’s way-too-early 2019 Bracketology.
Joining Kansas as the projected 1-seeds are Duke, Gonzaga and national champion Villanova.
If Kansas can secure yet another No. 1 seed next season, it would mark the 15th time in school history that the Jayhawks have reached that feat and the fourth time in as many years.
As is, Kansas’ 14 No. 1 seeds are second all time.