This will be a very talented group of individuals in 2021, and it all starts with David McCormack, who will easily be the Jayhawks biggest usage player in the middle. He was injured earlier this summer, but looks to return to his late form from last season. He earned All-Big 12 second-team honors last season, and is a fantastic free-throw shooter and offensive-rebounder. He can also shoot the basketball from close range, and is just an all-around dynamic talent.
Jalen Wilson is back this season, and with his return also comes his average of 11.8 points per game, a huge help on the inside. Wilson is a fantastic rebounder, and will play perfectly off of McCormack once again. These are two veteran players in the middle, and that type of value to a college basketball team is invaluable when it comes to title hopes.
There is also Cam Martin, who transferred over from Division ll. It is always hard to judge how a player will do when he switches to a more competitive league, but what Martin did in Dll shows that he's ready for a step-up in class. He averaged an insane 25 points and 9 rebounds per game at Missouri Southern State last season, and it was clear that he was a man among boys. There is also freshman Zach Clemence, and sixth-year man Mitch Lightfoot, both of which will provide solid depth for the squad.
"This is where the fun begins." Quoting Anakin Skywalker is always fun, but it is a true statement when it comes to Kansas basketball. The guard play will be crucial to the contention of this team in the 2021 season, and it all starts with Remy Martin, a transfer from Arizona State with star potential. Kansas needed a player of his caliber last season in the worst way, and a shot-creator off the dribble that could hit three's. Martin was first-team All-Pac-12 last season, averaging 19.1 points and 3.7 assists according to ESPN. He will be a huge addition to the team, and will be the conductor of this offense.
Guard Ochai Agbaji announced he'd be returning for a senior year, and forgoing the NBA Draft in order to come back. He led KU in scoring last season at 14.1 points per game, and was a consistent threat on the outside. His veteran presence will play off of Martin, a player he wishes he had on the team last season. Christian Braun is back as well, and while he isn't really a scoring type of player, he's a good defender and rebounder. Every team needs that type of guy, and he has been working on his outside shot as well according to Kansas.
Joseph Yesufu joins the team from Drake, and he made 38.4 percent of his three's a year ago, which will again give some extra versatility too the offense. Jalen Coleman-Lands transfers in from Iowa State, and is another outside threat after making 40 percent of his three's last year.