Kansas is heading into next season with one of the best rosters in the entire country, with a number of key players returning to school. Head coach Bill Self also believes his team has the best defensive player in the entire Big 12.
The Jayhawks will be led by rising sophomore Devon Dotson, who decided to withdraw from the NBA Draft in May. Udoka Azubuike and Silvio De Sousa are back as well, providing the program with a dynamic duo in the frontcourt.
One key returning player that has flown under the radar, though, is Marcus Garrett. He's entering his junior season at Kansas, following a sophomore campaign where he averaged 7.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.
Although Garrett isn't the most exciting player on the offensive end, Self has nothing but praise for his work on defense.
In fact, Self thinks Garrett is the best defensive player in the conference.
From The Kansas City Star:
“Marcus Garrett is the best defensive player in the Big 12. He proved that by guarding 1 through 5 for us (in 2018-19),” Self said. “He guarded great players at all those positions.”
Garrett's ability to defend at such a high level should allow him to remain an important part of Kansas' rotation.
Any improvement on offense will just be an added bonus for Garrett. Fortunately for the Jayhawks, their top defender is now working on fixing his perimeter shooting.
As long as Kansas remains healthy this season, it should compete with just about any team in the country.