The departure of two superstars from last year’s national runners-up is going to leave Kansas with a very different starting lineup for next season. Some of the 2011-12 supporting cast will be moving into more prominent roles, but there will also be plenty of newcomers expected to become major contributors from the get-go.
One of those new faces will be redshirt freshman Ben McLemore, who sat out his first season thanks to some issues in the classroom. McLemore has impressed teammates on the practice court, but he has to prove that he can stay on the real court next season without being derailed by academic problems (ESPN).
Read on for more on what McLemore and the rest of the Jayhawks’ projected starters need to do to keep KU on top of the Big 12 in 2012-13.