2022 Record: 28-8 (13-5)
Head Coach: Bill Self (Career Record 787-237) (Kansas Record 580-132)
PG: Dajuan Harris Jr (8.9 Pts, 2.5 Reb, 6.2 Ast)
SG: Elmarko Jackson
SF: Kevin McCullar Jr (10.7 Pts, 7.0 Reb, 2.4 Ast)
PF: KJ Adams (10.6 Pts, 4.3 Reb, 1.9 Ast)
C: Hunter Dickinson (Michigan 18.5 Pts, 9.0 Reb, 1.5 Ast)
6: SG Nick Timberlake (Towson 17.7 Pts, 3.9 Reb, 2.4 Ast)
7: PF Parker Braun (Santa Clara 7.7 Pts, 5.8 Reb, 2.0 Ast)
8: SG Johnny Furphy
9: SG Jamari McDowell
10: C Zach Clemence (1.4 Pts, 1.3 Reb, 0.1 Ast)
Kansas returns starters Dajuan Harris, Kevin McCullar, and KJ Adams. Harris is a fantastic point guard who really knows how to run an offense. Harris is a pass first guard who averaged over 6 assists per game this past season. He was also efficient from the floor when he took shots with numbers of 47% overall and 40% from beyond the arc. Harris is also a great perimeter defender. McCullar, a former Texas Tech transfer, averaged over 10PPG this past season with the Jayhawks. He was efficient from inside the arc and was also a terrific rebounder grabbing an average of 7 rebounds per game. McCullar is another player who defends at a high level. Adams also averaged over 10PPG this past season he was efficient on the offensive end shooting 62% from the floor overall. Zach Clemence also returns for the Jayhawks. He initially transferred to UCSB, but ultimately decommitted and opted to return to the Jayhawks.
The Jayhawks landed what was considered by many as the most coveted transfer in the portal with former Michigan big man Hunter Dickinson. He averaged nearly 19PPG this past season with the Wolverines and was undoubtedly one of the best big men in the country last season. He fits perfectly in the Bill Self system with how he uses his big men in the offense. Dickinson was efficient shooting the ball this past season shooting 56% overall. He also developed a 3 point shot and shot 42% from beyond the arc this past year. He’s also great on the defensive end and is a solid rim protector. The next transfer the Jayhawks added was Towson transfer Nick Timberlake. He’ll be entering his 6th year of CBB next season and was heavily pursued in the portal due to his ability to shoot from beyond the arc. He averaged 18PPG this past season on a talented Towson team and shot 42% from beyond the arc. The final transfer that Kansas added was Santa Clara transfer Parker Braun. He is an efficient player who averaged 8PPG and is also a solid bench piece for Kansas. He is also the brother of former Jayhawk Christian Braun.
Kansas also added 3 freshman to the team this offseason. The highest ranked player in the 2023 class for Kansas was guard Elmarko Jackson who should be a starter for the Jayhawks and has serious potential to be a one and done prospect who could get chosen in the lottery of the NBA Draft. Johnny Furphy is a forward from Australia who was a late addition for the Jayhawks. Furphy was ranked as the #35 player in the class and is a very talented prospect who can score on all three levels. The last player in the class was SG Jamari McDowell who ranks as the #88 player in the class.
The Jayhawks have a team that will be atop the Big 12. Bill Self did a great job in the portal landing one of the best big men in the country and a great shooter off the bench. Kansas only has 10 scholarship players on the roster so they need to stay healthy to avoid depth issues. The Jayhawks should finish #1 in a very talented Big 12 conference with their floor being 3rd. This team has the potential to make a final four run and could cut down the nets in Phoenix.