Who Stays and Who Goes? 🤔🏀

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VIP updates today include:

  • A new transfer name added to KU’s short list.

  • A new Hearing that got the Discord fired up on Tuesday evening 😏 

  • These updates are at the bottom of today’s article.

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1)Who Stays and Who Goes? 🤔

The hardest thing to predict about Kansas basketball is projecting who will return from this year’s roster. I’ve Heard the Jayhawks are anticipating adding two more players this offseason. They currently have space to add one additional player.

Just one week ago, I said Jamari McDowell and Zach Clemence are transfer candidates, which I don’t think is entirely right anymore. McDowell, Clemence, and Jackson are interested in returning next season… but I still don’t think all three will return.

My current guess is that one of those three transfer out, but this is a moving target. New enter the portal daily, and the recruiting dead period ends Thursday at noon, so things are about to get busy again.

For example, I could see Jackson leaving if KU lands a big-time combo guard. Jackson and McDowell would face a major uphill battle for playing time in that scenario — and I think the former McDonald’s All-American guard is more likely to seek playing time elsewhere.

Transparently, I’m not sure who stays and who goes. As soon as I think I know, I Hear something that makes me reconsider. I’d rather wait until I get a clearer picture to share more predictions.

This is all subject to change rapidly as I Hear more.

2) What About Hunter Dickinson?

  • I continue to Hear that KU expects Dickinson back next season. He may get NBA feedback, but the staff is recruiting as if Dickinson is returning.

  • If you see a starter quality big man commit to KU, you can scrap the above Hearing. If a major center commits, it’s a sign Dickinson is likely gone.

  • Again, I don’t think that’s likely. It looks like Dickinson will be back in Lawrence next year.

3) And What About Johnny Furphy

  • Furphy is another moving target. He’ll almost certainly declare for the NBA Draft while maintaining college eligibility.

  • I’ve Heard KU is recruiting as if Furphy won’t be back next year, but this could also be the staff preparing for the worst while hoping for the best.

  • I think Furphy is still truly undecided. His decision will likely come down to his performance in NBA workouts. If he gets a promise in the teens, it starts to look shaky.

There are so many “if, then” scenarios to work through. As always, I’ll keep you posted.

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  • 1st Place: Eli Loney

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3 bullet points for KU fans!

🏀 The rape case against Arterio Morris was dismissed on Tuesday due to insufficient evidence. He will reportedly enter the Portal.

⛳️ You’ve gotta watch this. Gary Woodland hit a hole-in-one in The Masters’ Par 3 Contest on Wednesday.

🏀 With Scott Drew being Kentucky’s top choice to replace John Calipari, let’s remember the time the Baylor coach wished KU luck in the locker room after an NCAA Tourney game… and Svi didn’t know who he was. 😂

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