3. Elmarko Jackson’s growth
No matter how you spin it, the loss of Arterio Morris will harm Kansas. A guard room once chock full of talent is now down to a returning player, two freshmen, and a transfer. Elmarko Jackson will likely start alongside Harris at the 2-guard slot, and the potential one-and-done has high expectations heading into the 2023-24 season.
A 6-foot-3 combo guard, he was a consensus top-20 recruit in the 2023 class. Jackson must use his athleticism to his advantage to become KU’s X-factor this year.
Jackson was pretty good during the Puerto Rico games. Here are his stats:
Statistics: 10.6 PPG, 2.7 APG, 2.0 RPG, 2.0 TOPG, 52.1% FG/37.5% 3PT/62.5% FT
It was a pretty strong performance for a freshman who was months away from playing his first collegiate game. However, he was outshined by Morris, who was arguably the best player on the team when he was on the floor. He’ll have an opportunity to step up on Friday.