Can Graham be missing piece?

Can Devonte Graham be the missing piece to the puzzle for the Kansas Jayhawks?

There has been no shortage of talent in Lawrence at the University of Kansas the past few seasons. Kansas has produced NBA wings, big time post prospects, and good scorers who have all gone on to be drafted highly and proceeded to the next level. However one thing has been lacking the last two seasons, and that is a trip to the Final Four.

The reason why KU hasn't been able to get there is because of a lack of consistent point guard play. Over the past few seasons Bill Self and his staff have recruited as well as nearly any program stacking up five-star talent everywhere except the most important position on the floor, point guard.

Self brought in three-star prospects like Naadir Tharpe and Frank Mason as well as a four-star combo guard in Conner Frankamp, though it is clear Frankamp is better off the ball than as a point guard.

Now however that could be changing. Only 24 hours following Tharpe's decision to leave Kansas, the Jayhawks landed Devonte Graham. The 6-foot-1 floor general comes in at No. 41 in the class of 2014 and has the natural ability that no other point guard on the roster has.

In the class of 2014, virtually no guard had a better final season than Graham. Suiting up with Wolfeboro (NH) Brewster Academy, Graham led the Bobcats to a NEPSAC title, and was consistently the team's most productive player. In fact Brewster Head Coach Jason Smith has gone on record as saying that Graham is a combination of point guards he has had in the past such as Tharpe, Mark Lyons, and Semaj Christon.

With that a lot of pressure is now on Graham. It is likely he steps in from day into a starting role. Also in the starting lineup is likely to be five-star talents like Wayne Selden, Kelly Oubre, and Cliff Alexander, as well as returning very productive power forward in Perry Ellis.

Quite simply the Jayhawks are big, athletic, skilled, and deep. The one hole they seemingly had on the roster was a playmaking floor general like Graham, and now that is filled.

Asking a freshman point guard to lead a team to the Final Four is a tough, but Graham knows that going in, and he isn't going to shy away from those expectations. How he fares right away will probably determine just how far Kansas goes, but one thing is for sure, there are no longer any excuses in Lawrence, the roster is stacked.

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