Bill Self is ready for his newest transfer guard, Remy Martin, to bring the “speed” and the “fun” to Kansas Jayhawks basketball this season.
Martin, the former Arizona State guard, transferred to Kansas after last season, one of five transfers the Jayhawks took in after losing five players to transfer. Martin brings impressive credentials to the table, including his selection as Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year.
But there’s more to Martin’s presence at Kansas than just bringing in another scorer to fill out a projected lineup with four returning starters.
“Remy is a guy that adds an energy, a speed, a fun way (of playing) that others will enjoy playing with,” Self said on Wednesday at Big 12 Media Day. “He’s pretty darned good at playing fast and he can create plays you can’t coach. It’s different for him than it was at Arizona State, not because of what they did wrong or what we do right. It’s a different philosophy and he has to get comfortable with it. Once he does he can be one of the better players around.”
Martin led the Pac-12 in scoring last season. He’s bolstered the lineup for Kansas, which was selected No. 3 in the AP Top 25 Preseason poll released on Monday.
The Jayhawks are coming off a 21-9 season during which the Jayhawks dropped out of the Big 12 Tournament due to COVID-19 protocols, coming after a win over Oklahoma. From there, the Jayhawks reached the NCAA Tournament and beat Eastern Washington in a hard-fought first-round game, 93-84. But the Jayhawks lost to USC in the next round, 85-51.
Self placed a priority on getting quicker and stronger during the offseason, and it was a unique offseason for the Jayhawks. Five young players transferred away from the program and Kansas took in five new, experienced transfers, including former Iowa State guard Jalen Coleman-Lands, who is in his seventh season in college basketball.
The Jayhawks were selected the Big 12 Preseason favorite. Martin should start alongside four returning starters — Ochai Agbaji, Christian Braun, David McCormack and Jalen Wilson. Agbaji and McCormack made it on the Big 12 Preseason team.
The Jayhawks open the regular season on the road on Nov. 9 against Michigan State in the Champions Classic in New York City.
Heartland College Sports Big 12 Basketball Preview
Top 25 Returning Players: No. 25 Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua| No. 24 Christian Braun | No. 23 Rondel Walker | No. 22 Umoja Gibson | No. 21 Matthew Alexander-Moncrieffe | No. 20 Nijel Pack | No. 19: Marcus Santos-Silva | No. 18 Mike McGuirl| No. 17 Jalen Bridges | No. 16 Kalib Boone | No. 15 Kevin McCullar | No. 14 Isaac Likekele | No. 13 Adam Flagler | No. 12 Jalen Coleman-Lands | No. 11 Sean McNeil | No. 10 Taz Sherman
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