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CBB Insider Names Kansas Star "Most Important Player" In The Big 12

kansas players gather before ncaa tournament game

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH - MARCH 23: The Kansas Jayhawks huddle prior to their game against the Auburn Tigers in the Second Round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 23, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Kansas didn't play up to its standards this year, but Bill Self will have a strong team at his disposal for next season. Returning stars Devon Dotson, Silvio De Sousa and Udoka Azubuike should all provide a tremendous boost.

Azubuike only appeared in nine games this past season due to several injuries. In that limited time, the star center averaged 13.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.

This season was officially cut short because of torn ligaments in Azubuike's shooting hand. His absence clearly hurt the Jayhawks in conference play.

Instead of entering the NBA Draft, Azubuike decided to return for another year of college hoops.

College basketball insider Andy Katz continues to reveal his most important player for each major conference, and it turns out that Azubuike is at the top of his list in the Big 12.

Katz believes Azubuike will serve as an elite rim protector for the Jayhawks.

Rounding out Katz' list is Tristan Clark, Jahmius Ramsey, De'Vion Harmon, and Matt Coleman.

The key for Azubuike is staying healthy, which is obviously easier said than done.

At full strength, the Jayhawks should have a team capable of making a run to the Final Four. Kansas has a nice mix between experienced players and potential-packed underclassmen.