Kansas’ young guards will need some time to develop, Self cautions



November 9, 2018 - 7:46 PM

Kansas head coach Bill Self gets at his players during the second half on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse. LAWRENCE JOURNAL WORLD/NICK KRUG

Admittedly a bit spoiled after coaching 2017 and ‘18 Big 12 players of the year Frank Mason and Devonte Graham the past two seasons, Bill Self is willing to wait a while for his freshman guard tandem of Quentin Grimes and Devon Dotson to click.

“It’s been a little inconsistent. Our guys are not comfortable with anything other than survival right now,” Self, Kansas’ 16th-year coach, said in an interview with NCAA.com’s Andy Katz prior to Tuesday’s season-opening 92-87 victory over Michigan State at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

“Forget about a guard knowing what everybody should be doing every possession. To them it’s ‘I’ve got to worry about myself.’ We’re about a month away from those guys really maturing and developing into what I consider a big-time backcourt,” Self said.

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