No. 4 Thing We Learned About Kansas Basketball: Defense could be an issue at the beginning of the year
Bill Self prioritizes defensive-oriented players more than anything, but despite having a handful of excellent on-ball defenders on paper, KU has done a poor job on that side of the ball thus far. Teams have taken advantage of the Jayhawks inside due to their poor rim protection.
The Jayhawks can’t get by expecting McCullar and Dajuan Harris to be lockdown defenders on every possession. It will require the services of all five guys on the court. Right now, that is not the case.
For Kansas basketball to maximize its defensive potential, Dickinson must pose a more considerable threat to players driving into the paint. If they feel they can drive in on him and either score or draw a foul every play, they won’t respect him. And if KU needs to bring help, then they’ll be abandoning the 3-point line.