Now that the pandemonium of Vick’s return has died down the reality has settled in—he is here to stay. This is huge news even on a team as loaded as Kansas. They were projected to compete for a national title already, but now it’s an expectation.
But much to my surprise some Kansas fans weren’t happy about it.
Lagerald Vick came back to LFK as a senior, dropped 22 numbers, and, given his penchant for Self’s doghouse, will almost certainly play far fewer minutes in 18/19 than 17/18, in what world does this move make sense for either side? Not like KU needed bodies this season. #kubball
— Böyce (@samuraihawk) July 9, 2018
There is a reasonable chance that gift gets thrown across the room! Vick better give some effort and make rebounding a priority or he will just keep the bench warm. #KUBBALL
— PJ (@pjarnold) June 30, 2018
Vick has to get more heart, rebound the ball, play defense. He kills #KUbball he’s a bit lazy but talented.
— Chris Shepard (@Shepardchris) June 30, 2018
Dang…was glad he was leaving.
— Alexander (@Xander__88) June 30, 2018
I didnt want him to come back
— Michael luby (@Lulufulu85) June 30, 2018
We’re talking about senior leadership and a guy that not only started last year but also averaged 12.1 points per game, 4.8 total rebounds per game, 2.1 assists per game, and shot 48% from the field, 37.3% from three, and 67.3% in free throws. To me, that’s NOTHING to be upset about if you’re a KU fan. The good news though is for every un-approving fan there were multiple fans who approved.
Vick gives the Jayhawks exactly what they need in 2018-19: Shooting and experience. Good to see he and Bill Self get on the same page. He just might be the missing piece. #kubball
— Rock Chalk Blog (@RockChalkBlog) June 30, 2018
Welcome back Legarald Vick!! #KUbball
— Chalen Shuckahosee (@shuckc32) June 30, 2018
With Vick in the fold, it’s #kubball and everyone else next year. No pressure Self, but my goodness. Next year’s team is ridiculous.
— Steve Doyel (@stevedoyel) June 30, 2018
Surprised by super excited LaGerald Vick is coming back!! It’s going to be a fun year 😁💪🏽 #kubball
— Tina (@TFSportsaddict) June 30, 2018
…and possibly the best one of all…
True Jayhawk Story:
Upon hearing the news that Vick is returning to KU, Frank & Phog partied until dawn.
— The🍀Real🇮🇪Sully RCJH ❤️1️⃣🏀4️⃣💙 (@RealSullySays) June 30, 2018
Even with the upset fans the excited ones far outweighed them.
But now that Vick is here to stay, what will his role on the team be?
I’m confident he’ll start. Vick is so talented and even with his seemingly never ending slump last year he still had spurts of greatness. But not only that, he’ll be able to be a leader now. He’s the only senior on the roster and he’ll be the guy everyone looks up to. I think he’ll excel in that type of role.
Also, I think we’re going to witness the best version of Vick yet. He’s coming back to KU not only unexpectedly but highly motivated. How hard would it be to approach Self after already committing to leaving the program and then asking for your spot back? A man wouldn’t do that unless he was serious and willing to put in the work. And I’m quite confident Self wouldn’t take Vick if he didn’t think he was serious.
Either way, I’m excited Vick is back and I believe he’ll be a huge asset not only to the freshmen on the team but for the team as a whole. He now knows exactly what needs to be done after talking with the NBA scouts and I promise you he’ll do everything he can to make it happen.
A prime example is Svi’s situation. He was one of the more frustrating players to watch his junior year, but after he heard from NBA scouts he came back his senior year and by far had his best season yet. And now he’s dropping three’s in the NBA Summer League preparing to play with The King.
So in my opinion, Vick coming back isn’t a good thing, it’s a GREAT thing.
Welcome back, Lagerald!