KU working in new faces as practice opens

LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) - "With this team, I don't really know the answer yet."

That's what Bill Self said on Wednesday in response to being asked how last year's Final Four run would impact his current Jayhawks. And it'll take some time to figure it out.

KU will feature many players who didn't experience that last season. There are the transfers: Dedric and K.J. Lawson from Memphis with Charlie Moore from California.

Then there are the hyped freshmen in former McDonald's All-Americans David McCormack, Devon Dotson and Quentin Grimes. And don't forget Kansas City standout Ochai Agbaji.

Self believes all of those new contributors will be the biggest factor for his team.

"I think it will be the Dedric's and the K.J.'s and the Charlie's," Self said. "You got seven of our key players who didn't experience it last year (the Final Four). I would think you'll have a combination of we want to get there because of what we saw last year and hopefully, the veteran guys want to get back because of how much fun it was."

Most preseason predictions think the improved depth and size will put Kansas in a position to contend again. But junior Mitch Lightfoot isn't paying much attention to that.

"We know what people think," Lightfoot said. "We're not letting that affect us. We still got a year ahead of us and wishing it into fruition isn't going to happen."

You can hear more from Self, Lightfoot and McCormack in the video below. They discuss KU's frontcourt as having the potential to be one of the best in the nation, McCormack's early emergence as a leader and much more.