Kansas coach Bill Self knows he has a special talent and person in senior forward Perry Ellis. However, he also knows that Ellis can’t be asked to carry his team throughout the season if the Jayhawks are to get to where they want to go.
As the early season continues, there are nights where the Wichita native shows the traits of a player that can single handily deliver a team to college basketball’s promised land. Although, it would be in Kansas’ best interest to find the right complimentary pieces to join Ellis on that quest.
“I know the options. There are five of them,” Self said. “A lot depends on Perry. We need him to play bigger, and I'm not being negative, but the whole thing is that Perry's strength in a lot of ways is moving away from the basket.”
“Well, if you move him away from the basket and you put somebody in there that's not good at playing close to the basket, that doesn't bode well for our team,” Self continued. “We have to get somebody that can score in tight or get Perry to where he's scoring in tight again. But I think it varies day-to-day based on how they're playing and based on scouting reports and who you're playing against and what the other team's strengths are and a lot of different things. But, everybody is doing fine. It's just nobody is separating themselves from the others.”
Still, Self and Kansas have many pieces, it'll all just be about who fits best with what they want to do. It's a position that the Jayhawks are lucky to be in.
" I think everybody is about the same," Self said. "Carlton (Bragg) and Cheick (Diallo), to me, have the most upside of anybody in our program from a big-man perspective, but we also need to win games now, and so although we want to develop them and I still think they'll be great options moving forward, I'd like to see a little bit more consistency out of those guys, too. But, everybody is doing fine. It's just nobody is separating themselves from the others."