"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."
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INDIANA GUARD Victor Oladipo made it official Tuesday: He's headed to the NBA.
The junior, first-team All-American announced his decision during a news conference inside Assembly Hall.
Oladipo, who is on track to graduate in May, was the Hoosiers' second-leading scorer, averaging 13.6 points to go along with 6.3 rebounds per game.
Oladipo is currently projected as a top-six choice.
Indiana's sophomore center, Cody Zeller, is expected to decide whether he will leave for the NBA as early as today.
Zeller led the team in scoring and rebounding as Indiana reached the No. 1 ranking for much of the year and advanced to the NCAA East Region semifinals, where they lost to Syracuse.
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THE FATHER of Russ Smith says the Louisville junior guard will leave school to enter the NBA draft.
Russ Smith Sr. said the Cardinals' leading scorer "did it all" during his college career that culminated with Louisville's 82-76 win over Michigan on Monday for the NCAA championship. That title, two Big East and an all-conference first-team selection this season completes a resume he said made it easy for his son to take it to the next level.
Smith's father said his son will announce his decision in the next week.
Smith averaged 18.9 points this season including 23.3 in six NCAA Tournament games. But he struggled in the Cardinals' title-clinching victory, missing 13 of 16 shots and finishing with just nine points.
Nonetheless, Smith Sr. said, "he's going."