Kansas basketball: All-time Bill Self era Jayhawks team

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Since 2003, Bill Self has put together some of the best Kansas basketball teams of all-time. This is our ultimate Jayhawks squad of the Self era.

Kansas basketball has had a number of legendary coaches in its storied history. From James Naismith and Phog Allen to Larry Brown and Roy Williams, every coach of the Jayhawks has found success. There’s only one coach with a winning percentage as high as 82 percent though, and that’s Bill Self.

Since coming to Kansas from Illinois in 2003, Bill Self has continued to carry the great tradition of Kansas basketball and elevate it in many ways. Here are a few of his accolades (so far) with the Jayhawks:

  • 500-109 record (as of April 2020)
  • 1 NCAA championship
  • 1-time national runner-up
  • 3 Final Fours
  • 15 Big 12 titles
  • 6-time Big 12 Coach of the Year
  • 2009 AP Coach of the Year
  • 2012 Naismith Coach of the Year
  • 2016 AP Coach of the Year

That’s a pretty impressive resume and you’d be hard-pressed to find a coach that’s been as successful as Self has at Kansas. One of the many reasons Self has been so dominant is because of the players that he’s coached.

So far, over 35 of Self’s Jayhawks have gone onto a pro career. He’s also coached a multitude of All-Americans including a National Player of the Year winner. With so many great players, narrowing down the best of the best is a challenge.

Here is our Bill Self era all-time Jayhawks team complete with two players coming off of the bench.