Did the Kansas Jayhawks Choke or Overachieve?

Jordan LanningCorrespondent IMarch 28, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS - MARCH 22:  Sherron Collins #4 of the Kansas Jayhawks reacts against the Dayton Flyers during the second round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on March 22, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

As the Kansas Jayhawks' season comes to an end and the Elite Eight upon us, we Jayhawk fans must sit from our couches and watch other teams compete for the ultimate prize.

But before we talk about how much we should be in the Elite Eight and how this team has underachieved, let's look back.

Did anybody think we were going to be regular season Big XII Champions and a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament?

For Pete's sake, we lost all five starters and some key subs after the National Championship run of last year.

I know we are Kansas and we should be in the Final Four every year but lets be grateful for what has happened this season. Nobody projected Kansas to be this good, and some didn't think we would make the Big Dance.

The Jayhawks have exceeded just about everyone's expectations and we should already be looking forward to next year where we should be better as all the Jayhawk freshman grow into Sophomores.

But there is an important question that will be answered before long. Do Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich go pro?

This is a very debatable question and I have no clue if they will go or stay. As of now, they are both should be Lottery picks in the NBA Draft.

Man, this team would be something else if they stayed and the Morris twins along with Tyshawn Taylor coming back. This team would be big time contenders for the Final Four.

The Jayhawks also have a strong recruiting class coming in this year. They already have commits from forward Thomas Robinson, and guard Elijah Johnson.

Bill Self is still in the process of recruiting No. 1 prospect, according to Rivals.com, guard John Wall. I have heard whispers that it is mostly down to Memphis and Kansas for the extremely talented Wall.

The No. 9 prospect, Lance Stephenson is also being recruited hard by the Jayhawks. Stephenson has set Mar. 31 as the decision date for the forward.

This next season should be a very good one for the 'Hawks, as they will be in pursuit of another Final Four berth and the hope of playing for the National Championship.