Raef LaFrentz or Paul Pierce?
It wasn’t an easy call for C.J. Moore of Bleacher Report in our latest SportsBeat KC podcast, as he pondered whom he should take as the first player in our fictitious Roy Williams-era Kansas basketball draft.
In the end, C.J. took Pierce, citing the fact that there were fewer dominant wings during Williams’ tenure than big men, meaning the selection could potentially improve his overall roster construction. That left me happy to take LaFrentz with the second pick, as the 1997 and 1998 Big 12 player of the year was the top player on my board from the beginning.
A few caveats about our draft: We filled out 10-man rosters, and the last two picks had to be walk-ons. For comparison purposes, we also were drafting the best version of each player in a year that they played for Williams, which meant a player like Wayne Simien was eligible, but only the freshman or sophomore version of him that played before Bill Self took over.
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Our final rosters look like this:
Brett Ballard (walk-on)
Chris Zerbe (walk-on)
T.J. Whatley (walk-on)
Christian Moody (walk-on)
In our Self-era draft from a couple weeks ago, the vote was deadlocked. So who drafted the better team this time around?
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