Kansas Basketball: 5 Storylines to Monitor During Jayhawks' Offseason

Andrew DoughtyCorrespondent IIMay 5, 2013

Kansas Basketball: 5 Storylines to Monitor During Jayhawks' Offseason

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    Five weeks removed from an NCAA tournament loss, Kansas' offseason has already been littered with national storylines.

    As the college hoops world continues to await Andrew Wiggins' decision, a decision that has dominated the early months of that long offseason, Kansas has already lost a transfer, gained another one, lost a coach and is looking to gain another one.

    Those personnel moves and a few others have set the table for a busy offseason in Lawrence.

Andrew Wiggins

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    Since his reclassification back to the 2013 class, all-world small forward Andrew Wiggins has trimmed his list a few times, but otherwise, he has given no indication on his college choice.

    With Kansas on his list alongside Kentucky, Florida State and North Carolina, the Jayhawks remain in adequate position to land the most talented high school player in a decade.

    His recruitment has dominated the prep circuit and will continue to do so until he signs a letter of intent in the next few weeks.

6th or 7th Recruit

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    Regardless of Wiggins' decision, Bill Self will add at least one more player to his current five-member class.

    Who is available?

    Allerik Freeman is the only other remaining player in the 2013 ESPN 100 Rankings, as the 6'3" Findlay Prep shooting guard is the No. 72 ranked player. He decommitted from UCLA last month following Ben Howland's dismissal and previously held an offer from Kansas.

    Only a handful of 3- or even 2-star recruits remain on the market, none of whom are publicly considering the Jayhawks.

Will Another Transfer Join Hunter Mickelson?

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    Former Arkansas forward Hunter Mickelson, a versatile 6'10" power forward, will join the Jayhawks this offseason and will have two years of eligibility remaining after a redshirt season. He might not be the only one switching schools this summer.

    While Bill Self isn't known to fill transfer-heavy rosters, Arizona transfer Jeff Withey's dramatic improvement became highly publicized over the past two seasons, leaving many to wonder if the 10th-year head coach will seek more transfer options.

    As reported by CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman, more than 360 players will transfer before the 2013-14 season, with nearly 300 still deciding on their new school as of May 3.

    With a young rotation coming in November, Kansas could snag a veteran role player with immediate eligibility following graduation.

Replacing Joe Dooley

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    Joe Dooley joined Bret Ballard, Danny Manning and Barry Hinson as former Kansas assistants leaving Bill Self's staff for a head coaching job since 2010.

    The new Florida Gulf Coast coach spent 10 years in Lawrence, gaining a reputation as one of the best all-around assistants in the nation. Dooley had tremendous recruiting ties along the East Coast, helping bring the likes of Tyshawn Taylor, Thomas Robinson and Naadir Tharpe to Kansas in the past five years.

    Self will likely fill the void with an external candidate but could look to graduate assistant Brennan Bechard, a former KU bench player.

Redshirt Candidates

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    Aside from Wiggins, the sixth or seventh recruit would most likely be a candidate for a redshirt on the KU bench.

    Current roster options are either Frank Mason or Conner Frankamp, and no one else.

    While both guards could land the primary backup role to Naadir Tharpe, Frankamp holds the upper hand with a sweet shooting stroke and improved ball-handling at the point.