Gregg Doyel picks KU #5 in Big 12

A decent pick, I suppose, as he has KU going to the Big Dance. What's interesting is that he's one of the only pundits with KU in the top 25 (a very comfortable 19th in his preseason rankings).


Top three: SF Brandon Rush, PG Mario Chalmers, SF Julian Wright.

NCAA or bust: The Jayhawks replaced four departed starters with four of the best high school players in the country. Over the long haul, that's advantage: Kansas. Short term? Not so much. Very good seniors are generally better than exceptional freshmen, though Kansas' freshmen are so exceptional that Bill Self might win big anyway. But he might not. Roles must be determined and then fulfilled, and there's a potential chemical reaction with so many talented young players on the wing in Wright, Rush, freshman Micah Downs, sophomore Russell Robinson and Southern California transfer Rodrick Stewart. Then again, too much talent is a problem most coaches would love to have. Meanwhile, under the radar, Kansas' season might just hinge on two of its three sophomore big men -- C.J. Giles, Sasha Kaun and Darnell Jackson -- being able to replace Wayne Simien.