LAWRENCE — When KU coach Bill Self says he’s never had a player like freshman Andrew Wiggins, he’s generally not talking about the Sports Illustrated cover, or the GQ feature, or the swelling wave of hype. Instead, he’s talking, in part, about Wiggins’ ability to score in the post as a guard.
By RUSTIN DODD
The Kansas City Star
For the first time since he arrived at KU, Self would like to use guards — Wiggins and freshman Wayne Selden — as weapons in the post.
“We won’t do it a ton and change how we play,” Self said, “but we gotta get (Wiggins) and Selden opportunities to catch the ball in the post, because they could be two of our very best post players.”
• Self said he is still thinking about possible redshirts on this season’s roster, but the candidates are dwindling.
Sophomore forward Andrew White III has earned playing time, Self says, and forward Landen Lucas already redshirted last season. That leaves freshman guards Brannen Greene, Frank Mason and Conner Frankamp as the only potential redshirts, with Mason and Frankamp both having value as possible back-up point guards.
“I thought initially we’d redshirt at least one,” Self said, “and I’m not even sure about that right now. I really don’t have a feel. Hopefully the exhibition games will give us a better feel of that.”
All players can play in exhibition games and still redshirt as long as they don’t play in any regular-season games.
• Self on Tuesday continued to express mild concern over college basketball’s new rules on guarding the ball on the perimeter, which aim to eliminate hand-checking and excess contact on ball handlers. The new rules were prompted by declines in offense and scoring across the country.
“We’re going to have more scoring because we’re going to shoot more free throws,” Self said, “and I don’t think that makes for a better game. Because if you want a better game, then get free flow (for) three or four possessions. Well, there’s not going to be three or four possessions of free flow; they’re going to blow the whistle every possession.”
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