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He said he’s ready to “take a back seat” to teammates while his role with the team takes shape.

“The only thing I would like to do is don’t mess up the chemistry my team already has because they have a great chemistry out there when you watch the games,” he said. “That’s the only thing I want to do as far as not winning. Whatever my team and coaches want me to do, I will do to help them win. So if it’s scoring, or natural point guard, that’s what I have to do.”

A big help through it all has been the support of fans who frequently chanted his name while he sat on the bench in street clothes while Kansas started 9-0 for the second year in a row.

“The fans _ that means a lot to me and my family because to hear people chant your name, that makes you feel wanted,” he said. “And there’s nothing better than feeling wanted by that many people. I’m just happy they want me here and they want to see me on the court.”