Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas has shooters (McLemore), shot blockers (Withey), defenders (Releford) and energizers (Young), but they need somebody to become a playmaker.
Ben McLemore has certainly shown signs of being a play maker, but there is still room for improvement. The shots that McLemore made against Iowa State were a perfect example of the ability he has, but more often than not he has not been able to create his own shots this season.
If McLemore is still counting on Elijah Johnson to create rhythm and scoring opportunities for him in March, then this team could be in trouble. It seems more likely that McLemore would become a playmaker than Johnson becomes a trust-worthy ball-handler.
Obviously, it's not easy to create shots off the dribble when ball-handling is a weakness as it is for McLemore, but he does not need to drive his way to the basket to create these scoring chances. McLemore has an ability to rise over defenders on his shots that few other players in college basketball have right now.
It would be a big step in McLemore's game if he could learn to use his ability to rise up off one dribble into a mid-range shot, as he did against Iowa State.
McLemore would be an unstoppable scorer with a dribble move to free himself up. This goes back to the improvement needed in ball-handling; it goes deeper than the point guard position.
Travis Releford is more set in his skills as a senior, but with the involvement he has in the offense he may need to become more of a playmaker also. The Jayhawks need players that they can go to under pressure and feel confident that they can find a way to score.
Right now, the shots have to be set up.