college basketball



  College Basketball  NBA Draft  Recruiting  Preview  Community  Store

  Email Page | Print Page |


college basketball tickets

 ▪ College Basketball Tickets - 200% Guarantee

 ▪ Get Your Final Four Tickets Here!




Ranking & Predictions

Division Two & Three

Awards / Features


Message Board



Basketball History


 ▪ About CHN

 ▪ Write for CHN

 ▪ Advertising

 ▪ Links

Site Map

Teams List




Return to the 2006-07 Top 144 Preview

November 6th, 2006

By Joel Welser

Broadcast Basketball


Kansas Jayhawks


Overall Rank: #3

Conference Rank: #1 Big 12


2005-06: 25-8, 13-3, 1st (t)

2005-06 postseason: NCAA



Over the last 15 games last season, Kansas started three freshmen and two sophomores.  The group went 13-2, including the disappointing loss to Bradley in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.  If last years team could win the Big XII, a year older and wiser, this team should dominate.  Whether or not that means a victory in March is another question.


Whos Out: Forward Christian Moody saw his playing time diminish with the influx of talent in Lawrence.  The former walk-on earned nine starts his senior year and averaged 3.4 points and 2.9 boards.  Jeff Hawkins and Stephen Vinson ended up relatively far down the depth chart by March, but still provided quality minutes off the bench.  Micah Downs transferred after his first semester at Kansas.  In 13 appearances, the guard averaged 4.3 points and 2.2 rebounds.


Whos In: The perimeter found some depth with Sherron Collins and Brady Morningstar.  Collins is rated as one of the best point guards in the class.  Hes a great ballhandler, finisher and long range shooter.  The only knock on the 5-11 Chicago, Illinois native is the fact that hes 5-11.  However, Collins is tough enough to make that a moot point in the end.  Morningstar often gets overlooked in this class, but the Jayhawks will need the guard to fill in some minutes.  Walk-on Brennan Bechard, a transfer from Barton County Community College in Kansas, will use his sharpshooting to provide more depth.  Darrell Arthur will battle for a starting job in the paint.  The 6-9 forward is an agile big man who can face up and hit the mid-range jumper.  Hes a great rebounder, but needs to develop a low post move or two to add another dynamic to his game. 


Who to Watch: On the perimeter, few teams can match the pure talent of Russell Robinson, Mario Chalmers and Brandon Rush.  Robinson, the underappreciated point guard, will have the job of making all the scoring talent around him happy.  Chalmers and Rush both had tremendous freshmen campaigns.  Chalmers averaged 11.5 points and 3.8 assists, while Rush added 13.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists.  Rush has the ability to take over a game, but he usually wont have to with this roster.  Jeremy Case and Rodrick Stewart will battle for minutes off the bench with the newcomers.


Final Projection: Sasha Kaun* and Julian Wright are the returning starters up front.  Kaun is a solid defender and Wright is an amazing finisher.  C.J. Giles** and Darnell Jackson are experienced options off the bench.  Giles is a great shot blocker and averaged 6.2 points and 4.8 rebounds as a sophomore; however, his status with the team is uncertain after some off the court issues.  Jackson will do the dirty work under the basket and is strong on the glass.  Throw freshman Arthur into the mix and the Jayhawks have a deep and talented frontcourt.  An issue could be chemistry and playing time.  Its never a bad thing to have so much talent, but Coach Bill Self has to keep everybody happy and make sure they understand their role on the team.  Theyll have until March to sort it all out, because this much talent wont be watching the tournament on the couch.  If they get over the first round upset hurdle that has haunted the Jayhawks for the last two years, these guys can win the whole thing.


* - Kaun will be out until early December due to a knee injury.

** - Giles will not be rejoining the team from suspension until at least mid-December.


Projected Post-season Tournament: NCAA


Projected Starting Five:

Russell Robinson, Junior, Guard, 9.3 points per game

Mario Chalmers, Sophomore, Guard, 11.5 points per game

Brandon Rush, Sophomore, Guard, 13.5 points per game

Julian Wright, Sophomore, Forward, 8.5 points per game

Sasha Kaun, Junior, Center, 8.2 points per game


Also: Complete Big 12 Preview & Ranking

4 Kansas Complete List 2 North Carolina

Discuss Kansas Basketball in the NEW CHN Message Board

New: CHN 100 Player Ranking

We rank the nation's top 100 Players, freshmen included

College Basketball Fan Shop

click to view



   Homepage | Media Kit | Write for CHN | Site Map | Privacy Policy