KU basketball prepares for season with high expectations

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Kansas basketball begins another season with championship aspirations. The Jayhawks welcome in one of the nation’s most talented recruiting classes, including North America’s top prospect: Andrew Wiggins.

“Since I have been here I have never felt any pressure,” KU head basketball coach Bill Self said jokingly. “I think there is pressure being a coach at a high-profile place all the time. But is there extra pressure? No.”

KU shared its 9th-straight Big 12 Conference regular season championship and the bar is raised once again to bring home another banner.

“I feel like we have a lot of new guys,” KU junior guard Naadir Tharpe said. “We have a lot of great players that surround us and the excitement is definitely at Kansas right now.”

Practices begin on Friday for teams across the country and KU will hold its annual Late Night in the Phog next week at Allen Fieldhouse.

“The expectations are expectations that we have of ourselves,” KU freshman guard Wayne Selden said. “We just want to come out, work hard and compete every time we touch the floor. That’s our biggest thing.”

The arrival of Wiggins certainly put Kansas in the mix to compete for not only another conference championship but a shot as a national title contender.

“I knew the expectations were high before I committed and I knew that wherever I went the expectations were going to be high so I kind of figured it,” Wiggins said.

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