KU Men’s Basketball Speaks at Big 12 Media Days

KANSAS CITY, MO. (WIBW) – The Kansas men’s basketball program attended the Big 12 Basketball Tipoff on Wednesday at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City to preview the upcoming season.

Head coach Bill Self declared less than a week ago that this team was the only team in the country that could win back-to-back national championships. This 2022-23 roster may have lost some key members of this 2022 National Championship squad, but the new guys have bought into the winning mentality and want to get back to it.

“We’ve got the guys to do it, we’ve got the guys who understand what it takes,” forward Jalen Wilson said. “The experience, the coaching staff. Coach Self, I think there’s only one other coach with two championships? We have everything it takes to rehearse. We have a great group of guys, a great new group of guys to fill in for the people we’ve lost, and we’re ready.

Coach Self has talked a lot about how young this roster is, and guys like Wilson and Dajuan Harris are considered its veterans. The two returning Jayhawks are really becoming leaders since losing guys like Ochai Agbaji, Christian Braun and David McCormick.

“As older guys, we have to help them. We have to lead and show them what to do,” Harris said. “Me and J-Wil (Wilson) have been here a long time now. 3 years, and we know what to expect, and what the coach expects. So we just have to help lead.

While talking about these young guys, Coach Self mentioned how impressed he was with each of them. He talked a lot about Gradey Dick, the former McDonald’s All-American and current freshman everyone was waiting to see on the field as Jayhawk.

“Gradey Dick was everything we thought he would be,” Coach Self said.

“He’s an out-and-out shooter,” Kevin McCullar Jr. said. “He’s competing at both ends of the court right now. He’s another guy like me who’s versatile and can do a bit of everything. Just getting involved and learning more about the game at the college level now, so he’s doing just fine.

McCullar, a highly sought-after transfer who is new to Lawrence after spending three seasons with Texas Tech, brings plenty of experience and high-level skills to the table.

“He became a very, very high priority for us when he became available because I love his versatility. I think he’s a perfect fit for us,” Coach Self said of McCullar.

The Jayhawks are the No. 5 team in the nation in the AP preseason rankings. They will begin their season by hosting Omaha at Allen Fieldhouse on November 7 at 7:00 p.m.

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