KU Basketball: All-Time Kansas Jayhawks Starting Five

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Nov 18, 2016; Lawrence, KS, USA; A general view of Allen Fieldhouse during warm ups prior to the game between the Kansas Jayhawks and the Siena Saints. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

KU Basketball is full of rich tradition and history. If you could go back in time and pick up any player from a Kansas team and put them on a present day roster what would you get?

I will tell you one thing, you would get a whole lot of talent. The Kansas Jayhawks have had plenty of talent run through the program. The components of KU Basketball across the years have seen plenty of talented frontcourt and backcourt.

Which is why an all-star Kansas Jayhawk team would be one of the most balanced teams in college basketball. Think about it. Wilt Chamberlain, Mario Chalmers, Darnell Valentine, Nick Collison, Sherron Collins, Paul Pierce, Danny Manning, Aaron Miles, and Frank Mason are the type of names that come to mind when considering the greats.

Lets not also forget the talented big men of the KU basketball program such as Joel Embiid, Sasha Kaun, Thomas Robinson, Wayne Simien, Raef LaFrentz, Jeff Withey, and Perry Ellis. These names represent the prestige that KU Basketball is known for.

So, with all of these great players how do you choose just a handful for an all-star roster? It is hard to do, but not impossible. Balancing out a starting five is easy considering how balanced Kansas usually is.

The hardest part is picking the best at each position. Kansas has seen hall of famers, wooden award winners, Naismith award winners, and plenty of other contenders for these great awards, which is why the definition of “best” is hard to decide.

If it was impossible, though, there would not be an article. So, with a daunting task of selecting the best for a starting five and their respective bench lets see who tops each position as the cream of the crop from the KU Basketball program.

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