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McLemore’s departure, which had been expected, means the Jayhawks will have to replace all five starters from a team that finished 31-6 this season. Jeff Withey, Elijah Johnson, Travis Releford and Kevin Young were all seniors.

“On the surface it would look like a huge rebuilding job,” Self said, “but we’ve had rebuilding jobs here before.”

Self has already started to restock with one of the nation’s top recruiting classes, headlined by top-50 guards Conner Frankamp and Wayne Selden. Two other top-50 players, forward Brannen Greene and center Joel Embiid, have also signed along with point guard Frank Mason.

Self still has three scholarships available after McLemore’s departure and the decision this past week by freshman guard Anrio Adams to transfer closer to his home in Seattle.

The Jayhawks are still in the running for Andrew Wiggins, a 6-7 forward who many experts consider the top high school player in the country. Wiggins is being pursued by Kentucky, Florida State and North Carolina, and is expected to announce his intentions in the next few weeks.

Wiggins’ brother, Nick Wiggins, just finished his junior season with Wichita State.

“We’d like to add another piece or two, without question,” Self said. “It’s hard to say if we’re going to be good, or how good, but I’d be really surprised if next year’s team isn’t competitive, and doesn’t compete for championships, just like other teams we’ve had here.”