November 14, 2006

KU thin at center

If there is a hole anywhere on KU's roster, it's at the center position. Over the past couple of seasons, Kansas has struggled to find consistency in the post, something Self was hoping to correct this season. For the next three weeks, the Jayhawks will once again need to rely on the perimeter play for scoring, while the big men play solid defense and hit the boards.

Junior Sasha Kaun looked to be the starting center for KU. While he sits, 6-foot-8, 250-pound forward Darnell Jackson will take over starting duties. Losing a 6-foot-11 center is tough, but Jackson possesses unbelievable strength and the aggressiveness to fill in for his injured teammate.

While Self shuffles his roster around to fill the void, putting a premium on starting may not be as important, especially with ultra-talented freshman Darrell Arthur (who stands at 6-foot-9), standing by. Arthur is skilled on both ends of the court, and is maybe the best overall athlete on the roster. He is still in the learning faze of his career, but has been extremely impressive throughout the summer and into the first few weeks of practice.

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