New Places New Faces: University of Kansas

The year has ended for us Jayhawk fans but we have plenty to be excited for. While we have a chance for a record breaking year. While many of our fans are sad by the departure of Perry Ellis, Wayne Selden, and Jamari Traylor, we have a couple players coming in who will hopefully make us fans feel a little better.

#44 Mitch Lightfoot

He is the lowest ranked member of our recruiting class this year at 116 nationally. However he will not be asked to play this year by coach Self he his has plenty of room to grow. He has a good size at 6-9 but may need to add some weight to his frame. He played three years of Varsity basketball in Arizona averaging 22 points a game and 12 rebounds over his career. He had offers from Utah, Arizona, St. Johns, and Stanford. He will benefit from practicing with some veteran post players on this Kansas roster. I predict him to be a rotational player his Junior year.

#35 Udoka Azubuike

Udoka is ranked as the 35th player nationally in the class of 2016. He is a physical specimen to say the least. People who are 7-0 and 280 pounds do not grow on trees. However he is even more rare than just being incredibly large, he is only 16. You read that correctly there is an incoming freshman who is the age of a sophomore in high school. Being originally from Africa I guess he may have jumped a couple of grades. However, he will have to be in Kansas until at least his junior year due to the NBA eligibility rules. Bill Self has said this summer that Udoka has already impressed him more than he expected; adding in the fact he has to stay and cannot be a one and done prospect he has the ability to be a game changer for years to come.

#14 Malik Newman

Malik Newman was a member of the Class of 2015. When he was in high school he was a top ten recruit. He was a McDonalds All American and Jordan Brand Classic game member. He was recruited by Kansas out of high school but he chose Mississippi State instead. It was incredibly strange for a top ten recruit to choose Mississippi State for basketball and now Malik has decided to make the correct choice, Kansas. He averaged 11.3 points a game last year. He will not be allowed to play this year so he will only be allowed to practice with the team. He will benefit from going against Devonté Graham and Frank Mason everyday. They will make them better and vice versa. You will not get to see him this year but after this season I expect him to be the focal point of our team.

#11 Josh Jackson

I made everyone wait for the man who will hopefully lead us to win our 13th straight Big 12 Championship. He is considered the #1 recruit by many sites and is a projected top 3 draft pick in next years draft. The man is the second coming of Andrew Wiggins. While being an All American and all of the accolades is great those players at Kansas don’t turn out the best. Josh Selby, Cliff Alexander, and Xavier Henry were all highly touted recruits who flopped at Kansas. However I don’t think we could have more of a sure thing here with Josh Jackson. He is 6-8 and 200 pounds with elite athletic ability. He is the most complete player coming out of this recruiting class. He can defend positions 1-4 while handling the ball, can facilitate, or be the focus of the offense. His jumpshot is not on an elite level, but you cannot dare him to shoot. He will 100% be an one and done prospect so for all Kansas fans enjoy him for the one year we get him.

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