Kansas underachieved by its own standards last season, but Bill Self has a roster full of returning starters that are ready for a run to the Final Four.
The key returning players for the Jayhawks are Devon Dotson, Udoka Azubuike and Silvio De Sousa. Self also expects a major jump in production from Ochai Agbaji, who showed signs of star potential in his freshman season.
Agbaji could take that leap in his sophomore season, however, he won’t be the only second-year player ready to showcase their improvements.
Self believes that out of all the players on his roster, rising sophomore David McCormack has improved the most.
McCormack averaged 3.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in his first year. He’ll need to show the strides he’s taken in practice during the regular season if he wants to crack the rotation.
Fortunately for McCormack, he has his coach’s full support.
From The Kansas City Star:
“I think he had a really good summer,” Self said of the 6-foot-10, 265-pound graduate of Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia. “But I think others did, too. To me, he’s the most improved player on the team,” Self added.
Even in the event that McCormack doesn’t improve as much as Self expects him to, the Jayhawks have the talent to win the national title.
An improved version of David McCormack would only validate the high expectations in Lawrence.