May 25, 2007

Part One: KU solid at guard

It was a special year for the Kansas Jayhawks in 2006-07. An outright conference championship, a second straight conference tournament championship, and an appearance in the Sweet 16 capped off a 33-5 season. With the roster now set for 2007-08, Jayhawk Slant breaks down Bill Self's Jayhawks in a three-part special feature, beginning with the KU guards. Senior Russell Robinson leads a talented group will be looked upon to step up and lead Kansas to San Antonio, TX, site of the 2008 National Championship.

As the season kicked off in late 2006, Kansas was considered a favorite to cut down the nets in Atlanta, Ga. With so much talent returning, plus two key additions, the Jayhawks looked like a dominant team on paper.

With Darrell Arthur deciding to choose Kansas late in the recruiting period, the one weakness for Kansas, post play, received a major boost. Still, for Self's team to be successful, it was going to start with the backcourt of Brandon Rush, Mario Chalmers, Robinson, Sherron Collins, and reserves Jeremy Case, Rodrick Stewart, and freshman Brady Morningstar.

Chalmers, Collins, and Robinson are the three perimeter stars for Kansas, and with the loss of Rush at the small forward position, it is very likely all three will be on the court at the same time. Throw in Stewart, Case, Morningstar and freshman additions Tyrel Reed and Conner Teahan, Self looks to have a very deep and capable backcourt.

Typically, KU's head man would prefer to have a taller play at the small forward position, but during his tenure at Illinois, a three-guard lineup was not uncommon.

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