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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Juco big man Sydney Curry announces de-commitment from Kansas

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

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Junior college prospect and University of Kansas basketball signee Sydney Curry announced Wednesday that he was reopening his recruitment.

Curry, who committed to KU last November, just hours before the Jayhawks tipped off the season against top-ranked Gonzaga on Thanksgiving, said on social media that his decision boiled down to making sure he “made the best decision for me and my future.”

He added: “I want to thank coach (Bill) Self and Kansas for this great opportunity and asking me to be part of it. I truly want to make sure I’m doing what is best by taking some more time to consider all my options.”

“We enjoyed recruiting Sydney, getting to know him and his family, but also respect this decision and wish him well moving forward,” Self said in a statement announcing Curry's departure and the official addition of transfer guards Remy Martin and Jalen Coleman-Lands.

A 6-foot-8, 260-pound athletic forward from Logan Community College in Carterville, Ill., Curry averaged 13.1 points and 8.2 rebounds in 19 games on 69% shooting during the 2020-21 regular season.

Former KU assistant Jerrance Howard was the lead recruiter for Curry, who hails from Fort Wayne, Ind.

His departure from KU’s 2021 recruiting class delivers both good and bad news for the Jayhawks. At the time he signed, Self called Curry a player who would bring “size, strength and athleticism to our front court, giving us another rim protector."

The Jayhawks now will move forward with returning big man David McCormack as by far their most explosive big body. He will be joined by fellow-returner Mitch Lightfoot, Division II transfer Cam Martin and big wings KJ Adams and Jalen Wilson, provided Wilson returns to school after exploring his options in the NBA draft.

Therein lies the good news for Kansas. With Curry still in the mix, the Jayhawks were one scholarship over the limit of 13 if Wilson, Ochai Agbaji and Arizona State transfer Remy Martin all elected to play at KU in 2021-22 instead of staying in the NBA draft.

Now, KU has room for the return of all three of those players, who have until July 7 to make the decision to stay in the draft or pull their names out.

Curry's decision is the latest movement in a wild offseason for the KU basketball program, sparked by the rise in popularity of the transfer portal.

The Jayhawks added 10 newcomers — now nine without Curry — and said goodbye to six members of last year's roster, five who chose to find another place to play and one (Marcus Garrett) to graduation.

In Wednesday's statement announcing the latest KU roster moves, Self pointed to the experience of Martin and Coleman-Lands as positives for the program after the addition of so many new faces.

“Not since Brady Morningstar have I coached a young man that is 24-years-old and will graduate at 25," he said of Coleman-Lands. "But I think that maturity and experience will bode well with so many newcomers next season.”

Comments

Brian Wilson 1 year, 4 months ago

So Mac is back and Curry will scurry.

Lightfoot has to be in the trivia books by coming back. Can someone confirm, but won't this make LIghtfoot the first, and one and only, red shirt six year player?

Shannon Gustafson 1 year, 4 months ago

Coleman-Lands is a 7th year player so he's even more of an oddity than Lightfoot. Lightfoot did it without a transfer while Coleman lands transferred 4 times (Illinois, Depaul, Iowa St, KU).

Jeff Coffman 1 year, 4 months ago

In Basketball that might be true, but football has had several medical red shirts that got 6 years. I believe Jason White who was the OU QB that won the heisman is one of the more famous two year senior.

Rodney Crain 1 year, 4 months ago

I am one more square away from BINGO on my KU roster moves.

Steve Zimmerman 1 year, 4 months ago

S#$^&@*, back to another season of dunk-drought again! Unless... unless... Cam starts, McCormack sits. There'll be more 3s fired from all cylinder, for sure.

Dirk Medema 1 year, 4 months ago

The 14th scholarship is solved.

For now, the roster for next year is loaded. Except for the 5, there should be young players that get to essentially sit in and learn with no pressure. If the new players learn to play for Coach Self, there should be able to go 8-10 deep. Should be a very veteran team with lots recruiting for next year.

Andy Godwin 1 year, 4 months ago

I guess the 13th scholarship will be used for a 3 point shooter (barring going pro) as opposed to a power forward/center who was self-described as a smaller Udoka with a great vertical. I believe the math still favors 70% shooting by dunking (Udoka) over 35% shoot via the 3. Not sure that Curry could replicate Udoka's numbers from the field (they seem similar from the free throw line <50%), but Self knows what he needs to be more competitive in 2021-2022.

100 shots - 70% at the rim (140 points) 100 shots - 35% from 3 (105 points)

Robert Brock 1 year, 4 months ago

Curry wasn’t going to play a lot. McCormack, Dr. Lightfoot, and Cam Martin are enough.

John Strayer 1 year, 4 months ago

Agreed. I like the 4 around 1 line-ups better anyway...especially if the 4 is very athletic.

Grady Millikan 1 year, 4 months ago

Scary part is, they're all seniors, so will basically have zero returning bigs for the 2022-23 season

Kenneth Johnson 1 year, 4 months ago

You got that wrong. McCormack is a Junior and Martin is a Freshman.

Shannon Gustafson 1 year, 4 months ago

Martin is not a Freshman...5th year Senior who played D1 as a Freshman and D2 after that.

Ted Hume 1 year, 4 months ago

AND the best 3 point shooting big might turn out to be Zach if not Cam. oh, and don't forget KJ Adams is listed as 6'8" and very athletic, so with Curry on the roster there wouldn't even have been mop-up minutes available for two members of that group, maybe 3.

Tony Bandle 1 year, 4 months ago

Well, I guess I'll have to buy a new box of Number 2 pencils.....the first gross have all the erasers wore off due to keeping track of the KU Roster for next season!!

Thank God, I didn't do it in ink!!

Jonathan Allison 1 year, 4 months ago

does an architect ever use ink? Only in the printer/plotter I would guess.

Dirk Medema 1 year, 4 months ago

Grady - Scary maybe if anyone else is the coach. Coach Self has repeatedly shown that he will assemble the necessary pieces and often with less than a year to accomplish it. We are a destination program, and with the new transfer rules, Coach is all the more armed for the recruiting wars.

Robin Smith 1 year, 4 months ago

get excited folks, the buzz is starting and it isn't even June yet

Adam Bengtson 1 year, 4 months ago

Curry was not going to do what anyone thought. He is a JUCO transfer. Has anyone seen a JUCO transfer come in and dominate anything? Always a reason why they went JUCO.

Kenneth Johnson 1 year, 4 months ago

They needed to dump someone because they were over the 13-player limit, and Curry became aware that he wasn't going to get much playing time.

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