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Travis Releford: Arguably, there has not been a player under Bill Self who reflects Kansas basketball more than Kansas City native Travis Releford.
The 6'6" versatile player gladly accepted a proposed redshirt during the 2009-10 season, a season that featured one of the deepest rosters in Kansas history, and has since become a dynamic defender and consistent scorer. Releford has averaged over 30 minutes per game over the last two seasons while always drawing the most difficult defensive matchup.
Tyshawn Taylor: What appeared to be a soap opera for an underachieving athletic guard from St. Anthony's turned into a feel-good story as the four-year player led KU to the national title game as a senior while receiving a 2012 AP Third Team All-American nod.
He never averaged less than 7.2 points and 23 minutes per game in his career, one that was highlighted by career-high averages of 16.6 points and 4.8 assists as a senior.
Mario Little: Little, a highly recruited 4-star junior college player never appeared comfortable in a KU uniform, even taking a redshirt beside Releford in 2009-10 to further develop. He averaged under 5 points per game in his two years on efficient shooting but rarely offered consistency.
Marcus Morris: The Philadelphia native arrived in Lawrence with his twin brother Markieff in hopes of replacing frontcourt players Darrell Arthur and Darnell Jackson, among others. Following a year of inconsistent play, Marcus Morris shot 57 percent from the floor in his final two years, averaging 17.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game as a senior.
Morris received a consensus 2011 AP Second Team All-American selection and Big 12 Player of the Year as a junior before departing for the NBA.
Markieff Morris: Similar to his twin, it took Markieff Morris awhile to gain a level of comfort in Bill Self's high-low offense but he eventually transitioned into a reliable force inside the paint.
He also averaged double-digit points (13.6) and teamed with Marcus to provide a dominating rebounding duo in averaging 8.3 rebounds in his final year. The twins unfortunately led teams that were handed two of the greatest tournament upsets in KU basketball history, with losses to UNI and VCU in 2010 and 2011, respectively.
Quintrell Thomas: Thomas arrived as a 3-star power forward from New Jersey, hoping to capitalize on the departure of three KU big men following the title run in 2008. However, the soon-to-be UNLV transfer rarely received meaningful minutes and averaged a personal foul every five minutes before leaving the program after his freshman year.
Tyrone Appleton: The 4-star point guard Appleton averaged a meaningless 2.2 minutes per game in one year at Kansas before leaving for Southwest Baptist.