Omar Wilkes may be seeing more court time if he proves he can cash the three. If not, Wilkes will have to continue spending more time on the bench than on the floor.
"I'd be lying if I said it wasn't a tough adjustment going from playing (in high school) to not playing," he said. "The first semester has been the biggest adjustment of my young life. It's a big cultural adjustment coming from L.A. to Lawrence, but it's coming together."
Simple solution: Get Simien the ball (HawkZone)
And all year, barring Wayne Simien's 28-point outburst against Michigan State, the Jayhawks' go-to big man has suffered the most from KU's inconsistent shooting and turnover tendencies. Simien said patience, and faith in his teammates, eventually would lead him back to a larger scoring role.
"I've been posting up strong within the context of our offense," Simien said. "But at the same time, I didn't think it'd be like this."
Michael Lee out a little longer (Wichita Eagle)
But now that he's had more than a month to stand back and watch, Lee said, "I've learned even more. I can see where I'm needed most. I almost look at it from a coach's eye now, which is scary. I see it a lot differently."
Giddens quickly took over Lee's starting spot and probably won't give it up when Lee returns. "I'm not really concerned about that right now," Lee said. "Whatever is good for the team is good for me. I just want to get back out there in any role."