Self Comments on Lineup Possibilities

Andy Katz at comments on the lineup, including some very interesting comments attributed to Coach Self:

Self already is considering his possibilities. Junior-to-be Russell Robinson and sophomore Mario Chalmers (they were 2-3 in scoring for the Jayhawks last season), along with incoming freshman Sherron Collins, are expected to share the backcourt duties.

Self said Rush would play the majority of minutes at small forward, while sophomore Julian Wright (the team's fourth-leading scorer) would play behind Rush, if he's not at power forward. Arthur, known as "Shady," would share power forward with Wright. Scorers 6-8 last season -- juniors Sasha Kaun, Darnell Jackson and C.J. Giles -- would rotate at center.

That's a solid nine-man rotation that shouldn't create gripes about minutes, as there wasn't a playing-time issue last season. Kansas may have finished with a dud in the NCAA Tournament, losing in the first round to MVC upstart Bradley, but the Jayhawks had a sensational Big 12 season, finishing 13-3 (25-8 overall) and winning the conference tournament over Texas.

"We'll play all nine," Self said. "We can do great things if the guys work and stay healthy. We'll have healthy competition."

Healthy competition . . . Coach has a gift for understatement!  I suspect that this nine-man rotation may, from time to time, be shaken up with a (1) three-guard and wing lineup(i.e. Robinson, Collins, Chalmers, Rush, and a big man); or a (2) single guard and four athletic big men and wings (i.e. a guard with Rush, Wright, Arthur, and a big man).

You've got to love the possibilities, which Coach calls "interchangable parts."