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Kansas coach Bill Self is in a tricky situation because he does not know exactly what his needs will be next season. It's a good bet he will require backcourt help, and he hopes to land one of the two remaining elite guards during the spring.
Freshman forward Andrew Wiggins is almost certain to enter the NBA draft, and freshman center Joel Embiid, another probable lottery pick, is likely to do the same.
However, the Jayhawks will still be in pretty good shape in the frontcourt. Perry Ellis, an improving 6'8" sophomore, is expected to return next season, and Kansas will add the best high school power forward in the country in 6'8" Cliff Alexander, an immediate impact player who signed with the Jayhawks during the fall signing period. For good measure, the Jayhawks also signed 6'7" forward Kelly Oubre, rated the nation's No. 10 overall recruit by ESPN.com.
The reason for concern is that freshman guard Wayne Selden also may leave for the NBA after this season. DraftExpress.com lists him as the No. 15 overall pick in its 2014 NBA mock draft, so he's a likely first-rounder.
His departure would leave a scoring void in the backcourt. Point guard Naadir Tharpe has another year of eligibility after this season, but he is not a major scoring threat. Freshman guard Frank Mason scored 15 points in the victory over Duke, so he might provide some offense next season.
More backcourt scoring will be needed if Selden leaves, though.
Kansas is among the finalists for both elite guards who are still unsigned: Rashad Vaughn, rated the No. 7 overall recruit by Rivals.com and No. 13 by Scout.com, and JaQuan Lyle, the No. 22 recruit according to Scout.com and Rivals.com.
The Jayhawks would seem to have the inside track on Lyle because he and Alexander are friends, and the pair would like to play together in college.