November 7, 2006
2006-07 Preview: Kansas forwards
Brandon Rush, who is widely considered the top player at Kansas, begins his second season at Kansas. Named Conference Co-Player of the Year with teammate Julian Wright (first time in conference history), Rush will be looked upon to play closer to the basket.
The 6-foot-6, 210-pound forward is a gifted scorer, but with fellow teammate Sasha Kaun out at least three weeks with a knee injury, Rush will need to hit the boards and use his athleticism on the blocks.
While Rush must add another dimension to his game, Wright will once again be asked to make a difference down low. Throughout the summer, Wright worked extremely hard on his perimeter game under the assumption that his roll from last season would change, allowing him to use his ball-handling skills away from the basket.
However, Wright must now drop down to the blocks and help the Jayhawks control the boards. Wright might be the perfect example of the 'tweener' player.This season could be his opportunity to show his skills at multiple positions.
Just a few weeks ago, the Jayhawks were solid at every position on the court. Now, coach Self must make up for two key losses. Talented players like Rush and Wright will need to help carry the load down low for Kansas, at least for a few more weeks.
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