1. What about this other Morris twin?
Sure, Marcus Morris stepped through to the other side last season, becoming one of the best players in the Big 12 after a so-so freshman season. This might be Markieff's breakout season. Marcus established himself a season ago when he averaged 12.8 points and 6.8 rebounds. Markieff was a key reserve, but still a reserve. He averaged 6.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and a foul every 6.9 minutes. He has to stay on the floor to be productive, so be listening for whistles when Markieff gets his opportunities. The fewer, the better. There's no reason his numbers can't jump the way his brother's did last season, especially if he stops the hacking.
2. Will Tyshawn Taylor let his game do his talking?
Gotta say, the kid has personality. But so far during his KU career, Taylor's performance hasn't matched his mouth. Yet he's always been on the brink of being a star, and this should be the season he pushes through. Taylor has quickness and is a good defender. He sometimes doesn't make the right decisions, but I think it was difficult for him because of the large shadow cast by Sherron Collins. Well, Collins has departed and Taylor is the Jayhawks' quarterback. That'll make a lot of people nervous, and rightly so. But he's a junior now and he has a defined role. There's no need for him to look over his shoulder.
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3. Who are these guys?
There are quite a few new faces, for sure. And some familiar faces (Mario Little, Travis Releford) who haven't been seen in a while. And, of course, the face everyone wants to see — freshman Josh Selby, whose status is still up in the air while the NCAA investigates his relationship with an adviser for NBA star Carmelo Anthony. I've thought all along that Selby's eligibility was a fait accompli. But as we get deeper into November, I'm starting to wonder just what the hold-up is. I still think Selby gets on the floor relatively soon, but every minute counts for a player who is likely to be a one-and-doner. There are enough familiar faces, though, to make KU a big postseason threat. And the incentive of a NCAA Tournament second-round loss to Northern Iowa. With Selby, the Jayhawks have what it takes for a much deeper run. Without him (which is possible, I guess), it's more complicated.