This article is part of our Conference Preview series.
In some ways, there is a changing of the guard in the Big 12. Pretty much every team in the conference suffered great personnel losses. Baylor, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia lost primary pieces from successful teams. This change does not include the team on the top of the standings seemingly every year. Even Kansas had some turnover with Perry Ellis and Wayne Selden moving on, but the Jayhawks are once again prohibitive favorites to win the conference. They have experience in the backcourt with Frank Mason and Devonte' Graham and plenty of role players to put around perhaps the best player in the country.
Josh Jackson (F)
The last time Kansas did not at least win a share of the Big 12 regular season title was the 2003-04 season when Jackson was seven years old. The San Diego native has grown into a 6-foot-7, 200-pound specimen who should lead the team in scoring. He is a great all-around player and head coach Bill Self should have no problems inserting Jackson into the lineup. There may be some concern that Kansas has not always been the best landing place for one-and-done talent (with the Andrew Wiggins/Joel Embiid year as the exception), but Jackson is known as a team player, and fantasy owners should take him early with little need to worry about his production.
Monte Morris (G)
The Cyclones were expected to challenge Kansas in head coach Steve Prohm's first year in Ames, but they were