The choice wasn’t easy.
After winning the coin toss during our latest SportsBeat KC podcast, I received the first pick in our fictitious “Bill Self-era draft” with Bleacher Report’s C.J. Moore.
The rules were simple: Draft a 10-man roster (with two walk-ons at the end for fun) from players in Self’s 13-year tenure at KU. Incoming freshmen are not eligible (sorry Josh Jackson) and the assumption is that you are getting the best version of that player during his time at KU.
So with the first pick, who do you take?
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There are obviously lots of worthy candidates. One could argue for Brandon Rush, Sherron Collins, Thomas Robinson or even Marcus Morris.
In the end, I chose Mario Chalmers, a player who not only thrived with steals but also was an elite three-point shooter who ended up hitting the biggest shot in KU basketball history.
Our final rosters looked like this:
Conner Teahan (walk-on)
Stephen Vinson (walk-on)
Christian Moody (walk-on)
Brad Witherspoon (walk-on)
The fact that guys like Perry Ellis, Julian Wright and Xavier Henry weren’t selected illustrates just how talented Self’s rosters have been the past 13 seasons.
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