The Kansas men’s basketball program officially released its updated roster this week, with seven new names and eight familiars.
Ochai Agbaji and Jalen Wilson, potential KU returns who are testing their NBA draft stock, are both listed on the updated roster, with the words “Stated for the NBA Draft but is eligible to return” written in the column. titled Class.
Both players have until July to decide their futures, so the distinction is unlikely to change anytime soon.
The deadline for early registrants to register for the 2021 draft is May 30. And the deadline for those players to remove their names from the draft is July 19 at 4 p.m. ET.
This year’s project is slated for July 29 – about a month later than normal – and the combine project has also been pushed back from May to June.
Draft hopefuls invited to compete in this year’s combine will do so from June 21-27. The exact details of how the combine works, in light of ongoing COVID-19 protocols, remain to be determined and it is possible that this year’s format is a hybrid of the virtual experience of 2020 and normal workouts and maintenance. in person. the past.
Also noteworthy on the updated KU men’s hoop list are the jersey numbers claimed by the seven newcomers.
Here’s a look at what each new Jayhawk will wear during the 2020-2021 season:
0 – Bobby Pettiford Jr. – 6-foot-1, 175-pound freshman from Durham, NC
Former Louisville engagement that signed with the Jayhawks in April becomes the last Jayhawk to wear the number 0, just past former National Player of the Year Frank Mason III and 2020 Defensive Player of the Year Naismith Award Marcus Garrett. Thomas Robinson and Drew Gooden are the only other Jayhawks to ever wear No.0. Talk about a great tank top to fill.
1 – Joseph Yesufu – 6ft 180lb second year guard from Drake University
The former Drake star will wear the same number he wore while playing for the Bulldogs and for at least part of his prep career at Bolingbrook High outside of Chicago. Wayne Selden Jr. and Dedric Lawson are the last two Jayhawks to wear number 1.
5 – Kyle Cuffe Jr. – 6-foot-2, 180-pound freshman goaltender from Toms River, NJ
Cuffe reclassified to arrive in Kansas a year earlier than expected and is snatching the number most KU fans likely associate with Keith Langford. Quentin Grimes (2018-19), Evan Manning (2013-16) and Jeff Withey (2010-13) also recently donned No.5, with an old-school Jayhawk couple in Howard Engleman and Charlie Hoag and the frontrunner fans of all time. walk-on Terry Nooner, who is now the Associate Head Coach of the Kansas Women’s Basketball Program.
21 – Zach Clemence – 6ft 10in, 221lb freshman from Sunrise Christian Academy
Clemence, a stretch type 4 player with the athleticism and skills to play indoors and outdoors, wears the number he has worn throughout his career at Sunrise. Clemence will be the first scholarship holder to wear the number 21 since Joel Embiid during the 2013-14 season. Walk-on Clay Young wore 21 from 2016 to 2018.
23 – Sydney Curry – 6-foot-8, 260-pound junior forward from Logan College in Carterville, Ill.
While you might not always think of a ton of Jayhawks wearing the number Michael Jordan made famous, there have been a few sensational ones. Wayne Simien and Ben McLemore are the two greatest of the Bill Self era.
24 – KJ Adams – 6-foot-7, 220-pound freshman forward from Westlake High in Austin, TX
Adams wore the number in high school and he will become the 16th player in KU history to wear the number 24, making it the second most popular roster number of all time behind number 22.
31 – Cam Martin – 6-foot-9, 240-pound super-senior from Missouri Southern State University
The Division II transfer who shot 45% of the 3-point reach during his senior season at MSSU opts for the Scot Pollard / Jamari Traylor number, which could make all those 3-point shots he’s hoisting a bit strange.
According to the updated roster, all returning KU players, including Agbaji and Wilson if they choose to return for the 2021-22 season, are expected to wear the same numbers they wore last season – Christian Braun (2 ), Dajuan Harris (3), Jalen Wilson (10), Chris Teahan (12), Michael Jankovich (20), Ochai Agbaji (30), David McCormack (33) and Mitch Lightfoot (44).