LAWRENCE, Kan. (KSNW) – They’ve been practicing since Oct. 1 and Thursday afternoon the Kansas men’s basketball team met with members of the media in Allen Fieldhouse to preview the upcoming 2016-17 campaign.
KU student-athletes gathered for photos with local and regional websites and newspapers then the writers and videographers interviewed the 15-member squad on the floor of Allen Fieldhouse. Entering his 14th season at Kansas, head coach Bill Self then previewed the team with the media in the Allen Fieldhouse Media Room.
Preseason-ranked in the top five by numerous national outlets, Kansas returns three starters from last season’s 33-5 team which won its 12th-straight Big 12 regular-season title, the Big 12 postseason championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight.
Senior Frank Mason III and junior Devonte’ Graham return in the backcourt as starters, as does senior forward Landen Lucas. Led by No. 1 overall recruit Josh Jackson, Kansas’ newcomers rank as one of the highest recruiting classes in the nation entering 2016-17. Joining Jackson in the rookie class are center Udoka Azubuike and forward Mitch Lightfoot.