Kansas basketball: 3 X-factor players who can help lead the Jayhawks to a championship

These three players could be X-factors that help Kansas basketball make a deep run in March

Kansas freshman guard Elmarko Jackson (13) looks back after scoring against Missouri during the Border Showdown
Kansas freshman guard Elmarko Jackson (13) looks back after scoring against Missouri during the Border Showdown / Evert Nelson/The Capital-Journal / USA
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Dec 9, 2023; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Dajuan Harris Jr. (3) reacts
Dec 9, 2023; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Dajuan Harris Jr. (3) reacts / Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

1. Dajuan Harris

Although Hunter Dickinson and Kevin McCullar are the primary scoring threats, Dajuan Harris is the man who sets the offensive plays and creates easy buckets for his teammates. There are very few point guards in the country who play with the poise that Harris does, and we have seen him flourish under pressure many times.

Statistically, the senior from Columbia, Missouri is having a down year. His point-per-game average is down 2.1 points from last year, and his steals average has reduced from 2.2 to 1.3. Additionally, his field goal percentage is down five points, and his 3-point percentage is down more than 12 points.

However, those numbers won't matter come March Madness considering his experience in big games. Across his four seasons at KU, the team is 28-1 when Harris scores 10 or more points — the only loss coming when he played on a hobbled ankled against Arkansas in last year's NCAA Tournament.

It has become evident that the Jayhawks are a much better team when he is aggressive on the offensive end. He is an X-factor because of his inconsistent play, but when he is at his best, very few schools can take down Kansas basketball.