The Kansas Jayhawks basketball team was one step away from playing in the NCAA Championship game last season, but couldn’t get past the Villanova Wildcats in the Final Four.
However, like the Jayhawks seem to do every year, they’re reloaded and ready to make another run at a championship this year.
Head coach Bill Self’s squad lost seniors Devonte Graham and Svi Mykhailiuk in the off-season.
This year, their talent is replaced with the likes of the Lawson brothers, Dedric and K.J., who transferred from Memphis a year ago.
Returning players like Lagerald Vick and Udoka Azubuike will also be expected to shoulder the load.
At KU’s media day Wednesday, Self did say his team isn’t where they need to be just yet.
“With our chemistry right now, we’ve had some really, times where we’ve looked pretty fluid together and we’ve had some times where we don’t look very good together and I’ll say this, we haven’t had many bad days, but our bad days can become awful days because our chemistry and leadership isn’t quite there yet,” said Self.
Several players this afternoon echoed what Self said, knowing they are still trying to figure out their roles and identity before the season tips-off.
“I wouldn’t say we are better than the other teams, just different, and I think that different translates well today, coach has done a great job of showing us how good we can be and I think we are all buying in an figuring out who we are as a team,” said Mitch Lighfoot, Jayhawk junior forward.
Newcomers, like freshman Ochai Agbaji, say they are still getting accustomed to what the college game will be like.
“The speed of play since I’ve been here at the beginning of the Summer has just been way quicker than high school obviously,but, so, I mean it just takes time to get adjusted to that,” said Agbaji.
The Jayhawks will square off against Emporia State in an exhibition game at Allen Fieldhouse on October 25th.
That game is set to tip-off at 7 p.m.