Lost: Thomas Robinson, Tyshawn Taylor, Conner Teahan, Merv Lindsay, Jordan Juenemann
Found: Ben McLemore, Perry Ellis, Andrew White, Landen Lucas, Rio Adams, Zach Peters, Milton Doyle, Evan Manning, Tyler Self
Kansas lost its two best scorers and its best rebounder, but the Jayhawks have reloaded for the 2012-13 season. They will once again be the favorite in the Big 12 and be in the running for a national title.
Elijah Johnson and Travis Releford make up an experienced and talented backcourt. Johnson, Kansas' top returning scorer, averaged 10.2 points and 3.5 assists. Releford averaged 8.5 points.
Added to the mix is freshman Ben McLemore, who was a top-50 recruit in the class of 2011. McLemore, who sat out last year as a partial qualifier, has had a year practicing with the team, which should make him all the more potent from Day 1.
Jeff Withey, who is coming off a breakout junior season, will be one of the best big men in the conference. Withey averaged nine points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.6 blocks last season. He was the biggest defensive force in the conference and set a NCAA Tournament record with 31 blocks over six games. With a more polished offensive game, he could be an all-conference player.
Fifth-year senior Kevin Young, who averaged 3.4 points and three rebounds last year, will take on a bigger role in the KU frontcourt.
Among newcomers, the Jayhawks have a pair of top-100 recruits in forwards Perry Ellis and Andrew White, both of whom could contribute immediately.