Kansas basketball: Predicting the 2020-2021 starting five

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Ochai Agbaji, Junior

Kansas basketball will likely have previous starter Ochai Agbaji back for his junior season, but he will probably at least test the NBA Draft waters. If there’s anyone that can benefit from another year of college though, it’s probably Agbaji (I said that Agbaji should leave after this season a few months ago, boy was I wrong).

That’s not a knock on Agbaji, but there are a lot of elements of his game that can be fixed before he declares for the draft, therefore improving his draft stock which was as high as a first-round selection at times. Here are some of Agbaji’s stats from last season:

  • 10 points per game
  • 4.2 rebounds per game
  • 2 assists per game
  • 33.8 three-point percentage
  • 1.9 turnovers per game

After his 2019-20 season, Agbaji was honored with an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selection.

Agbaji has insane athleticism, and he plays pretty good defense. His ability to soar through the sky and throw down an athletic dunk or lob is enough to make him a decent basketball player, but his decision making was questionable at times.

He threw his fair share of errant passes, including an inbound pass at the end of Kansas’ game against Texas Tech which could have cost the Jayhawks the game.

If Agbaji can iron out some of the wrinkles in his game, there’s no reason why he can’t have a tremendous junior season and help lead the Jayhawks to another Big 12 title.