Bill Self is an extremely savvy and forward-thinking recruiter. He and his staff are able to identify and attract both elite recruits (see: Brandon Rush, Xavier Henry and Josh Selby) and lower tier role players (see: Tyrel Reed and Brady Morningstar) while continuing to keep an eye on upcoming classes down the road. Upon losing early entrants to the NBA Draft on numerous occasions, Self has been able to curb these episodes of mass exodus with carefully vigilant recruiting methods.
The Jayhawks’ 2012 class is filled with six prep players along with two members of the 2011 class that sat out last season due to academic reasons (Ben McLemore and Jamari Traylor), therefore initial reaction might be to compare their talents to another large class, 2008. While this may not be a poor idea as three of those 2008 targets were selected in their respective NBA Drafts, the roster make-up is significantly different as they prepare for the 2012-13 season.
With two verbal commitments for 2013 (Conner Frankamp and Brannen Greene) Self has already filled two huge future holes, but there still remains a host of both elite prep stars and crafty role players on the market that he will attempt to lure into the Phog in 2013.