First came Paul Endacott and Charlie Black during the title seasons of 1922 and 1923. They were followed three decades later by dominating big man Clyde Lovellette. Danny Manning then captivated the nation in 1988 followed by Mario Chalmers 20 years later.
It is easy to get lost in a dense Phog that features 58 First Team All-Americans and 28 retired jerseys, a Phog that Mario Chalmers was able to navigate as the Most Outstanding Player in the 2008 NCAA tournament.
Chalmers and the others became Kansas legends upon leading their respective teams to titles, while other potential heroes fell short by inches or victim to the Ali Farokhmanesh's of the world. Just ask Michael Lee or Sherron Collins.
This year's Jayhawks will enter postseason play with a diverse roster, one that features a handful of potential heroes who could land in the same sentence as the revered Danny Manning or Mario Chalmers.