Kansas basketball opened the season as the No. 1 team in the nation and should see improvements from multiple players. These three Jayhawks will increase their scoring average from last year.
No. 1 Kansas is expected to be one of the most dominant teams in the country, though they do have a very top-heavy roster. It is going to take time for Bill Self to properly mesh this group together with four newcomers expected to become significant contributors, but KU could be one of the best squads come March.
Some players will be searching for their niche early in the season, while others could click immediately. Kansas needs all the offense it can get considering its 3-point shooting has left something to be desired during the team’s two preseason scrimmages. These three players should make up a good portion of the Jayhawks’ scoring.
Three Kansas basketball players who will improve upon their 2022-23 scoring average
1. Kevin McCullar
McCullar looked nothing short of terrific during Kansas’ trip to Puerto Rico and its pair of scrimmages this past week. He seems to have taken massive strides offensively and still brings that same level of defensive intensity and hustle during every possession.
Coming off a career-high 10.7 point-per-game average, McCullar should have no issue surpassing that number. In fact, his scoring average could approach 15 or more if he continues to display his offensive improvements.
He withdrew from the NBA Draft so he could prove to scouts that his offense was sufficient enough to play at the next level. McCullar certainly has looked like a player worthy of a draft selection this upcoming June.
While he shouldn’t be expected to be the focal point of the offense in most games, we could see a Jalen Wilson-like jump in his fifth and final season of college ball.