Frank Burlison believes that the Jayhawks' frosh pack will "matter the most" this season.
The class: Mario Chalmers (6-1), Julian Wright (6-7), Brandon Rush (6-5 ½), Micah Downs (6-8).
Who contributes immediately:
This is a better freshman class, at the same stage, than the one Bill Self recruited at Illinois - the one that helped the Illini come to within a few jump shots of a national championship last spring. Chalmers is the best "scoring" freshman point guard in the country and Self likely will want him to take more of a classical playmaking role. Any - or all - of the other freshmen could start, too. Wright was as versatile a player as there was in the national Class of 2005 and could play four positions for the Jayhawks. The slender Downs is the best deep shooter in the group and is a much underrated athlete. Rush is the most athletically explosive player on Self's roster but needs a much more reliable jump shot to keep defenders from backing off him and neutralizing some of that explosiveness.
And right behind is the Community College of the Carolinas...Go figure.