It’s that time of year again. That time of year in which college basketball players transfer to new programs. Last year, Kansas Basketball impressively was able to haul in former McDonald’s All American, Malik Newman. This year, Kansas coach Bill Self, yet again, hauled in another talented transfer class.
K.J., the oldest of the two, is a redshirt-Freshman who averaged 12.3 points per game and 8.1 rebounds in the 2016-17 season. K.J. also was named American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year. Dedric, on the other hand, is a 6’9 Sophomore who averaged an impressive 19.2 points per game and 9.9 rebounds. Dedric also was voted first-team All-AAC.
Sadly, due to NCAA transfer and eligibility rules, the two brothers will be required to sit out for the 2017-18 season. On the bright side, they will be eligible just in time for when Kansas loses Devonte’ Graham and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, who will be Seniors this upcoming season.
Interestingly enough, this marks the first transfer from Memphis to Kansas since Tarik Black did back in 2013. Black averaged 13.5 minutes and 5.5 points per game during his stint at Kansas.
Ultimately, this is an impressive haul by Bill Self. For Kansas Basketball, perhaps the most exciting part about this is not only are these brothers extremely talented, but they have a few more years left of eligibility to get even better. Knowing this, it’s safe to say that Kansas may have hit the motherload.
As for Kansas fans, they should be excited to see another pair of brothers dominate the court, just like twins Marcus Markieff and Markieff Morris did from 2008-2011.