Bill Self wasn’t impressed during Kansas 86-57 exhibition win over Fort Hays State on Tuesday evening.
He wasn’t impressed with the Jayhawks as a whole, and he was especially displeased with the effort he received from Billy Preston, Kansas’ blue-chip All-American freshman.
“I thought he can score,” Self said, via Jesse Newell of The Kansas City Star. “I thought he played poorly.”
“He didn’t understand what we were trying to do and certainly he was a liability on defense,” Self added of Preston.
A former 5-star recruit, Preston came to Kansas ranked within the top-20 nationally and as the headliner of Self’s 2017 class. But per usual, committing to Kansas comes accompanied by heightened expectations. For a program that’s enjoyed 13 consecutive Big 12 titles and no shortage of success throughout the NCAA Tournament, high-level additions such as Preston are essential to the Jayhawks success, as Self noted.
“We need him to be good so bad because we need our most talented guys to play well,” Self said. “If that is the best we got from an intangible standpoint (Tuesday), it was not good.”
Preston finished the evening with 11 points, although he did increase his level of play after halftime, connecting on all four of his shot attempts.
“I had a better (second) half,” Preston said. “I came out with a different mentality.”
Self, however wasn’t quite as high on Preston’s second half performance as the freshman was, saying, “I didn’t notice there was much of a difference.”
It would be putting it lightly to say Self would enjoy Preston performing at a level where the difference is noticeable in the very immediate future. After opening the season on Friday against Tennessee State, the No. 4-ranked Jayhawks will square off against No. 5 Kentucky on Tuesday, Oct. 14, and Kansas will almost surely need talents such as Preston to come to play in hopes of knocking off another blue blood program.
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