WHAT WE LEARNED IN NOVEMBER
No surprise, the Jayhawks look even more talented than last year, when they captured a fifth straight Big 12 title and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The return of C Cole Aldrich and G Sherron Collins, coupled with the emergence of G Xavier Henry, a freshman who can be deadly on the wing, makes this a complete, and deep, squad. Two other freshmen, F Thomas Robinson and G Elijah Johnson, have earned minutes.
DECEMBER AT A GLANCE
With UCLA struggling, the Dec. 6 trip to Los Angeles doesn't look risky for the Jayhawks, who play two other majors, Michigan and California, at home later in the month. Visits in early January to Temple and Tennessee provide additional character tests for Kansas, though veterans like Aldrich and Collins figure to be ready to step up. By the end of December, KU coach Bill Self should finalize a rotation he hopes to whittle to no more than nine players.
Usual Starters - F Marcus Morris, C Cole Aldrich, G Xavier Henry, G Sherron Collins, G Tyshawn Taylor. Key Subs - F Markieff Morris, F Thomas Robinson, G Elijah Johnson, G Tyrel Reed.
--G C.J. Henry did not play in the Dec. 2 win against Alcorn State because of a sore right knee, which has caused problems for the freshman since the start of the season.
--F Jeff Withey and G Brady Morningstar are two additional players Kansas may choose to incorporate into its rotation when they can play later this month. Withey must wait until the end of the semester after transferring from Arizona, while Morningstar is serving a first-semester suspension.
--G Mario Little and G Travis Releford elected to redshirt this season.
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