KU basketball’s top transfer portal options to reload its NCAA championship roster
Lawrence The Kansas men’s basketball team’s banquet was held last month, and following the event, head coach Bill Self gave an insight into what the team might be looking for on the recruiting trail.
Self said that they were willing to try anything. As Self pointed out, a lot will depend on what current Jayhawks decide to do with their futures and whether or not they return. When it comes to the upcoming NBA draught, Self-thought they could use a guard with size who can shoot or a combo guard who can score, or simply a scorer.
Since then, the number of transfer spots that Kansas needs to fill, if any, depends on how many members of the 2021-22 national championship-winning team return. As of the end of the regular season, the Jayhawks had 11 scholarship players who were eligible to return and four incoming freshmen who had already signed. It’s unlikely that Agbaji or forward David McCormack will take advantage of the extra year of eligibility they were granted as a result of the pandemic, so Kansas will have two scholarship players over the limit for the 2022-23 season of 13.
Christian Braun and Jalen Wilson have yet to decide their futures, so now the focus shifts to their decisions. With the option to return to Kansas open to both Braun and Wilson, both junior guards and redshirt sophomore forwards, they are both evaluating their NBA draught prospects right now. If they don’t decide by June 1, they’ll be forced to return to school for another year.
Should either Braun or Wilson depart, or both, Self and his staff will have a few options for filling the resulting void. Multiple reports on Monday indicated that Baylor Scheierman, a highly-touted prospect contemplating a transfer from South Dakota State or turning pro, did not list the Jayhawks among his top five transfer options. According to reports, Scheierman ranked Kansas in his top ten schools.
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When McCullar tweeted Sunday that Kansas and Gonzaga were his top two choices if he decided to return to college, the likelihood that McCullar would play for the Jayhawks in the future increased significantly. One of the early entry candidates for the upcoming NBA draught is Texas Tech’s redshirt junior guard McCullar. In the NCAA tournament, he was an important part of the Texas Tech Red Raiders’ run to the Sweet 16.
Listed at 6-foot-6 and 210 pounds by Texas Tech, McCullar has been named an honourable mention All-Big 12 Conference selection for the past two seasons. The Naismith Trophy for defensive player of the year was also a consideration for him in 2022. He averaged 10.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game in 29 starts last season.
His desire to play in the NBA was hindered by an injury as a redshirt junior, which he stated in his announcement. This year’s 40.2 per cent field goal percentage and 31.1 per cent three-point field goal percentage from McCullar suggest that he may be more effective as an offensive threat when fully healthy. His defensive prowess is certain to be welcomed, no matter what.
Rivals’ Travis Graf’s report on Sunday bolstered those who have linked Mosley to Kansas as a possible transfer destination. It’s been reported that the Jayhawks are one of many schools working with Mosley, according to Graf. Former Kansas guard Dajuan Harris Jr.’s high school teammate Mosley played in the same MOKAN basketball AAU programme as Harris and Braun.
After his junior year at Missouri State, Mosley is one of the early entry candidates for the upcoming NBA draught. Mosley, a 6-foot-5, 194-pound guard, appeared in 34 games, starting 32 of them, and averaged 20.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per contest. First-team All-Missouri Valley Conference honours for the second year in a row for the Bears’ 2022 appearance in the National Invitation Tournament.
On Twitter, Braun referred to Mosley as the best scorer in the country, and he’s certainly a good fit for the Jayhawks’ style of play. He made 50.4 per cent of his field goals and 42.7% of his three-pointers as a senior. Plus, he made 90.2 per cent of his free-throw attempts to go along with it all.
Since Hunter’s last ranking, Kansas has been included in his list of the best six teams in the country. Having just finished his freshman year at Iowa State, he is the least experienced of the three. As a 447Sports Composite 4-star recruit out of high school and a top 40 prospect, Hunter is no doubt a player worthy of consideration.
A 6-foot, 178-pound guard named Big 12 freshman of the year by the Iowa State Cyclones this season. All-Big 12 honoree Hunter averaged 11 points, 4.9 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game this season. His Iowa State squad, which also advanced to the Sweet 16, had him start all 35 games in which he appeared.
Because Hunter was only 39.1% from the field, 27.4% from the 3-point line, and 68.7% from the foul line, it’s possible that shooting the ball wasn’t Hunter’s strong suit. However, he was still making an impact in games and would have plenty of time to grow. Among the players who are considering a transfer, Matt Norlander of CBS Sports reports that Hunter and McCullar have expressed an interest in receiving a significant NIL compensation.