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Kansas sophomore guard Naadir Tharpe was inconsistent as a freshman but may see increased minutes without a true point guard on the Jayhawks roster.
1) Elijah Johnson— Many questioned former Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor's ability to run Self's high-low offense prior to last season, but Taylor quickly proved otherwise with his improved decision-making.
Senior Elijah Johnson has always possessed the needed athleticism and size, but he lacked the consistent outside shooting, a skill he rapidly developed during conference play in 2011-12.
Johnson has slashing ability and can penetrate to the rim. But don't expect him to play point guard the way Taylor did, even though watching Taylor's development should help him tremendously with his decision-making.
2) Naadir Tharpe— Self repeatedly attempted to work Tharpe into last year's rotation, but he never looked comfortable running the offense, routinely falling victim to aggressive Big 12 point guards.
Without a true point guard on this year's roster, Tharpe may have the opportunity to receive starter minutes if the Jayhawks go with a smaller three-guard set.
3) Rio Adams— After months of eligibility uncertainty, Adams officially joined the Jayhawks just prior to the fall semester. Adams is a lights-out shooter who can also handle the ball, playing both point and shooting guard at Rainier Beach High School (Seattle, Wash.).
With Conner Frankamp committed for 2013 and Self pursuing additional elite true point guards, it seems unlikely Adams would redshirt. He should play a role similar to Naadir Tharpe's last season.
4) Evan Manning— Manning, a walk-on combo guard and son of now-Tulsa head coach Danny Manning, spent the 2011-12 season playing at New Hampton (N.H.) Prep after spending time at Lawrence (Kansas) Free State High School. With the athleticism above him on the Kansas roster, it is unlikely Manning will see significant time and should be relegated to late-game back-up duty.
5) Niko Roberts— Also the son of a KU coach, first-year assistant Norm Roberts, Niko enters his third season with the Jayhawks and has yet to see regular playing time. Despite a small game role, Self has lauded Roberts and fellow backup guard Christian Garrett for their exceptional contributions in practice and off the court.