The 2019 Kansas basketball recruiting class isn't among Bill Self's best on paper, even if the rankings are solid. The group is ranked No. 15 overall and No. 1 in the Big 12.
On the court, though, Self is very impressed with the new crew of young players. What they lack in the huge starpower of previous Kansas freshman, they make up for in depth and potential.
We're a few months out from the regular season. However, Self sees the freshmen all contributing sooner than later.
He spoke during Kansas' "Traditions Night" on Saturday night, and spoke about what is currently a four-man class. From The Kansas City Star:
“All the freshmen have reported and are here and certainly attending the student events that take place before school starts. I’m excited about all of our freshmen,” 17th-year KU coach Bill Self told The Star after speaking to about 3,000 first-year KU students who congregated in the west stands. Football coach Les Miles and athletic director Jeff Long also made comments to the crowd.
“I think they all have a chance to make an impact this year. It remains to be seen what extent, what role,” added Self, who was able to coach freshmen Christian Braun, Tristan Enaruna, Michael Jankovich, Issac McBride and Jalen Wilson four hours a week during June and July — while summer school was in session.
“I believe this will be one of our more solid freshman classes, but I don’t think you’ll see the star power that you may have seen initially when you had Joel (Embiid) and Wiggs (Andrew Wiggins), Ben McLemore and Kelly Oubre. I wouldn’t be surprised if we have another Devonté (Graham) or Frank (Mason) or Svi (Mykhailiuik) in the mix.”
While adding another Joel Embiid or Andrew Wiggins would be great, especially with what the former has done at the NBA level, you can imagine many Kansas fans would rather have a future four-year star like Devonté Graham or Frank Mason, who put together lengthy, accomplished Jayhawk careers.
Wilson and Enaruna are both four-star recruits, while Braun and McBride are both three-star guys. The class also features fast-rising guard Dajuan Harris, who flipped from Missouri State late in the process. He's still waiting to find out if he can enroll this year, or if he'll have to go to prep school. If he does make it to KU, it sounds like he'll be redshirting.
Whether or not this group produces an All-American or a lottery pick, Self seems pretty excited about what they will do as Jayhawks.