Without any more hesitation ... let’s rank some stuff.
Oh man, this is a good one. And a tough one, because “good passer” is a subjective thing.
I probably should start these with the caveat that for most of these lists, I’m going back to the early- to mid-1990s, as I don’t believe it’s fair for me to rank guys I didn’t see play.
Here’s my five:
5. Julian Wright
You never knew what was going to happen when he was on the floor, which made him fun to watch. That meant passes like this were always possible.
4. Marcus Morris
Do yourself a favor and watch this one-minute clip of Marcus Morris passing highlights. He was good.
3. Josh Jackson
2. Aaron Miles
KU’s career assists leader deserves a top spot.
1. Jacque Vaughn
The first one who comes to mind when I think of KU passers.
Good question. I’m going with this:
5. VCU — 2011
The pain from this one stems from what could have been. KU would have had to beat VCU, Butler and UConn for a national title before stumbling as a double-digit favorite.
4. Rhode Island — 1998
People forget how good this team was (35-3 before the loss). The defeat seemed to also have a multiplying effect following the shock of 1997.
3. Northern Iowa — 2010
The Jayhawks were 33-2, went 15-1 in Big 12 play and were considered the favorites to win it all before Ali Farokhmanesh’s famous shot. Though that name is still cursed around these parts, be sure to watch this great video if you haven’t yet.
2. Bucknell — 2005
Though KU struggled late in the season, but this was a shocker. I’ll still hear KU fans on Selection Sunday talking about how they want to avoid “B” schools.
1. Arizona — 1997
Cody is right. This is an easy pick for No. 1. One of the greatest KU teams ever, and probably one of the best in college basketball history as well.
A silly one to end on!
5. 1929 Jayhawk
Has a bit of a mean look to him.
4. 1912 Jayhawk
Looking great for 105 years old. I also appreciate that KU was always committed to its Jayhawk having shoes.
3. 1941 Jayhawk
Also known as “Angry Jayhawk,” this has been a good look on KU football helmets.
2. 2006 Jayhawk
KU has a logo that’s both unique and easily recognizable. But the Trajan font with it seems a little forced, even if it’s better for branding.
1. 1946 Jayhawk
The longest-tenured Jayhawk (60 years) for a reason.