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Originally published July 6, 2021 at 02:08p.m., updated July 6, 2021 at 07:54p.m.

Remy Martin withdraws from NBA draft, will play 2021-22 season at Kansas

In this Feb. 22, 2020, file photo, Arizona State's Remy Martin (1) shows his feelings after a run by his Sun Devils against Oregon State during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Tempe, Ariz.

In this Feb. 22, 2020, file photo, Arizona State's Remy Martin (1) shows his feelings after a run by his Sun Devils against Oregon State during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Tempe, Ariz.

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The final piece of the Kansas basketball roster for the 2021-22 season is now in place, as Arizona State point guard Remy Martin has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft pool and will attend Kansas.

CBS Sports Insider Jon Rothstein was the first to report the news on Tuesday afternoon.

News of Martin’s decision surfaced roughly six hours after KU senior Ochai Agbaji announced similar plans to return to KU for the 2021-22 season.

Both players had until 10:59 p.m. Wednesday to withdraw their name from the NBA draft and return to school with their eligibility in tact.

"I was blessed with the opportunity to put my name in the draft,” Martin said in a news release sent out Tuesday evening. “The main objective was to learn what I needed to do to get better and try to be the best player I can be. It was pretty easy when it came to Kansas (and) playing for such a historic program and a Hall of Fame coach. I want to be a part of it. I want to be part of the brotherhood and help the team win as much as I can.”

Agbaji performed well in some areas of the NBA combine last month but also struggled at times. And Martin, who averaged 19.1 points a game for Arizona State during each of the past two seasons, was not invited to the combine.

That duo joins Jalen Wilson in returning to Kansas after testing the NBA waters. Wilson, who joined Agbaji in KU’s starting lineup throughout last season, announced his plans to return late last week.

In Martin, Kansas gets a true point guard with the potential to make everyone around him better. He’s a natural scorer and lightning quick with and without the ball. He's also known as a fierce competitor and natural leader.

“Remy is a guy that had great success at Arizona State," KU coach Bill Self said in the release. "We saw him up close on two different occasions where he got the best of us. I’m certainly glad he’s on our side moving forward. I think those are all reasons to be excited about him coming here and helping our basketball team achieve special things this upcoming season.”

Martin will provide the 2021-22 Jayhawks with something they lacked a season ago. Although Marcus Garrett was capable of running the show in many ways, he spent his senior season playing a bit out of position and was never viewed as a true point guard.

Martin is, and his quickness, solid outside stroke and ability to get into the paint and create for others should make the Jayhawks one of the toughest teams in the country.

Martin comes to Kansas after a stellar career at Arizona State, where he scored nearly 2,000 points in four seasons and was a two-time first-team all-Pac 12 selection after averaging 19.1 points per game during both his junior and senior seasons.

Martin also averaged 3.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game last season and 5 assists and 1.3 steals per game during the 2019-20 season.

Martin and Agbaji became the second and third Jayhawks in the past week to opt out of the draft in favor of a return to Kansas. Sophomore Jalen Wilson announced his decision to pull out of the draft last Friday.

KU now has 14 scholarship players and four walk-ons on the roster for the 2021-22 season. The Jayhawks are allowed one more than the limit of 13 because senior forward Mitch Lightfoot’s super senior season — granted because of the pandemic — will not count against KU’s final number.

The Jayhawks unofficially open the season with Late Night in the Phog on Oct. 1 and will tip things off for real on Nov. 9 against Michigan State in the Champions Classic in New York City.

2021-22 Kansas Basketball Roster

G - Remy Martin, Sr.^

G - Ochai Agbaji, Sr.

G - Chris Teahan, Sr.*

G - Jalen Coleman-Lands, Sr.^

F - Mitch Lightfoot, Sr.^

F - David McCormack, Sr.

F - Cam Martin, Sr.^

G - Christian Braun, Jr.

G - Michael Jankovich, Jr.*

F - Jalen Wilson, Soph.

G - Dajuan Harris, Soph.

G - Joseph Yesufu, Soph.

G - Bobby Pettiford Jr., Fr.

G - Kyle Cuffe Jr., Fr.

F - KJ Adams, Fr.

F - Zach Clemence, Fr.

G - Charlie McCarthy, Fr.*

F - Dillon Wilhite, Fr.*

^ super senior

* walk-on

Comments

Rick Willard 2 months, 3 weeks ago

With Ochai Jalen, and Remy on board, it’s official…we’re loaded!

Rodney Crain 2 months, 3 weeks ago

You mean because we have18 players on the roster?

Jonathan Allison 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Mitch and the walk-ons don't count against the 13 scholarship limit.

regardless, the team bus is going to be a little more crowded for road games.

Jonathan Allison 2 months, 3 weeks ago

wow, Senior night is going to be busy. Bill Self will have to institute the 5 minute time limit.

Weird seeing 7 seniors on the roster, and 3 of them are newcomers to the program.

Matt Gauntt 2 months, 3 weeks ago

This is going to be crazy/exciting. Probably 7 guys that are legit starters (Martin, Agbaji, Coleman-Landis, McCormack, Cam Martin, Braun & Wilson) and 8 if you include Yesufu. Plus a ton of talented freshmen and some decent role players like Lightfoot and Harris. With lots of great subs, we can run other teams into the ground. Anyone that plays us better have good cardio.

Jonathan Allison 2 months, 3 weeks ago

it will be very interesting to see the rotation develop.

How the newcomers adjust to the Kansas system will determine a lot of who gets the minutes when it comes to guys like R. Martin, Yesufu, JCL, and C. Martin. It seems like the talk on R. Martin is hopeful that he can be plug and play with the starting 5, but time and time again we see newcomers with high expectations who struggle to adjust to KU. Based on hype I expect R. Martin to start at PG, if he struggles and Yesufu, Harris, and even Pettiford all will be gunning for PG minutes.

Yesufu is an interesting piece. If he adjusts and fits he is the type of combo guard who can see lots of action under Bill Self plus he's got multiple years of eligibility unlike JCL and R. Martin. However the eligibility really is a non-factor in today's game because as we've seen with the transfer portal you can expect 1/3 of your roster to hit the revolving door each year. Which is why a duo like Frank and Devonte is so rare. You can't develop that chemistry coming in in July for a one year run.

JCL may see action as a floor stretcher/sniper, but if he fits into the 8 man rotation we won't know till they play some games.

Cam Martin is an experiment. I personally don't expect to see very much Cam in consequential situations, If he plays 10 minutes a game then it's because he's so dangerous as a stretch big that Self can't afford to not play him.

Dirk Medema 2 months, 3 weeks ago

So much potential, and so contingent on transfers acclimating. 4 years ago they didn’t, even after waiting a year in transfer purgatory, which ultimately led to Ochai burning his redshirt mid-year.

The nice thing is that basically no matter who starts, there’s instant offense on tap from the subs. There’s no relying on just the remaining starters, with the subs merely passing the ball to fill a spot on the court.

It also seems to setup Yesufu as the understudy to Remi and heir apparent for next year. Maybe not exactly what he envisioned in transferring from Drake, but maybe/hopefully following in the footsteps of our most recent (?) Chicago-area PG, without the dietary restrictions.

Ervin O'Neal 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Our roster has eight guys that had a combined average of 120 points per game last year at the college level. Then you add in Mitch, Dajuan and the four freshmen. This should be fun to watch! RCJH!

Brian Skelly 2 months, 3 weeks ago

On paper this team appears loaded. Alas, we know the hard way the games aren't played on paper.

It should be interesting.    My lone concern is the hype and our upside early ranking.    Not unjustified.    But it'll be interesting to see how things mesh.    If it does mesh,  this team is going to be a holy terror on most teams out there.

Rodney Crain 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Way to early Prediction - Our bench will extend 5 feet into the tunnel at Allen.

Bryce Landon 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Remy Martin is a punk, but he's our punk. Welcome aboard!

David Robinett 2 months, 3 weeks ago

I kind of wish Bill would do what Roy used to do on occasion which is switch out all five starters for five new guys. We seem to have an aerobic advantage on other teams :-)

Granted, Roy usually did that when he was disgusted by the play of the starters.

Barry Weiss 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Should be a great season. I've always wanted our stacked teams to press more on defense, really burn the other team out while our fresh legs just keep on coming.

Micky Baker 2 months, 3 weeks ago

This is a loaded roster. Lot's of options to get the depth in the right places.

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