Rio Adams (Freshman)
Perry Ellis (Freshman)
Landen Lucas (Freshman)
Ben McLemore (Redshirt Freshman)
Zach Peters (Freshman)
Jamari Traylor (Redshirt Freshman)
Andrew White (Freshman)
We'll get to Kansas' incoming class, which includes five commits, two ESPN Top 100 players and a No. 13 ranking by ESPN, in a second. But first, all attention is on redshirt freshman Ben McLemore.
The St. Louis native was ranked No. 49 overall in the 2011 class by ESPN, but he was still fairly raw and had a slender frame, so redshirting made sense. You know, and the fact that he was academically ineligible
Now it's time for Bill Self to finally reap the benefits of the top recruit.
According to Kansas' website, the 6'5" McLemore is up to 195 pounds, which means he's added about 10 pounds of muscle. If he continues to add a little bit of bulk and strength, he screams NBA talent.
Not only does he have the stroke to be an elite outside shooter, but he has the quickness to take defenders off the bounce and the gaudy athleticism to finish at the rim. You aren't going to to mistake him for a point guard, but that won't really matter as you're drooling over his natural scoring ability.
Self's incoming class doesn't have any can't-miss prospects, but as always, there is tremendous potential.
The most notable impact true freshman is the hometown boy, Perry Ellis, who hails from Wichita.
The 6'8", 225-pound power forward has the unfortunate task of making people forget about Thomas Robinson, but he's a versatile forward who can score away from the basket and create mismatches on offense. He's not Robinson, but he's going to be effective in his own right as a stretch four with plenty of muscle.
Then you have the West Coast guys.
Rio Adams, who hails from the same high school in Seattle that Doug Christie, Jamal Crawford, Terrence Williams and Nate Robinson are from, is a lighting-quick combo guard who, according to Self, can "handle it like a one and he can score like a two."
Landen Lucas, a skilled 6'10", 240-pound big man, is the top recruit from Oregon. He's still a little raw, but he can play both post positions and gives the Jayhawks some depth down low.
Finally, Andrew White also has the skills to find solid playing time coming off the bench. He's athletic and has a good shot that extends to the three-point line. He should log minutes behind both McLemore and Travis Releford at the wing positions.