- Adam Finkelstein
Kansas and Texas both scored huge recruiting wins in recent weeks as they continued to climb the national recruiting rankings. Elsewhere in the conference, there was a big emphasis on junior college players, as virtually all coaches were looking for recruits capable of making an immediate impact.
Coach Bill Self has a three-man class coming to Lawrence, all of whom are capable of competing for immediate spots in the starting lineup and helping the Jayhawks sustain their position among the national championship contenders. Cliff Alexander, the third-ranked prospect in the ESPN 100, is going to be a force on the defensive end and the glass from day one, not to mention a better offensive player than most are expecting, especially in Self's high-low offense. Kelly Oubre is as explosive a wing as there is in the country and just as capable of burying deep 3s as he is getting all the way to the rim. He'll slide right in replacing Andrew Wiggins on the wing. The most recent addition, Devonte Graham, is another high-level athlete and two-way playmaker who will fit right in for the departed Naadir Tharpe at point guard.