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Thursday, June 30

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UCLA, USC accepted into Big Ten; moves come as Big 12 is in process of rebuilding

Nearly a year after Texas and Oklahoma shook up the college sports landscape by deciding to leave the Big 12 for the SEC, UCLA and USC have done so again.

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Free State's Calvin Clements commits to play football at Baylor

Free State High offensive tackle Calvin Clements committed to Baylor on Thursday, choosing the Bears over Kansas and Kansas State.

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Ex-Louisiana linebacker Lorenzo McCaskill transferring to Kansas

Lorenzo McCaskill, a second-team all-Sun Belt linebacker last season at Louisiana, has decided to transfer to Kansas and will be eligible to play this season.

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Kansas' Craig Young has held many roles. His responsibility this season? 'Do my job'

Craig Young intended to be a wide receiver when he committed to Ohio State while in high school. Come this fall, he'll be a linebacker at Kansas.

Wednesday, June 29

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Kansas football preparing for several top recruiting targets to make decisions

Several prospects who made official visits to Kansas are set to share their decisions on or around the Fourth of July weekend.

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Big 12 picks Roc Nation's Brett Yormark as next commissioner

Brett Yormark, an executive with Jay-Z's Roc Nation and former CEO of the Brooklyn Nets, was named Big 12 commissioner Wednesday, another unconventional hire by a major conference amid the rapidly changing landscape of college athletics.

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Ex-Kansas coach Roy Williams to be honored by National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame

Roy Williams will be formally inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in November as a member of the Class of 2022.

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Kansas' Caleb Taylor believes growth as a player is 'happening perfectly'

There will be something a bit different about Caleb Taylor the next time he plays in a college football game for Kansas.

Tuesday, June 28

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Kansas men's basketball to face Duke, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri next season

The Kansas men's basketball team will face a series of difficult opponents as it attempts to defend its national championship next season.

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Free State's Calvin Clements narrows college choices to Kansas, K-State, Baylor

Free State High offensive tackle Calvin Clements will play football at Kansas, Kansas State or Baylor — schools he visited officially this month.

Monday, June 27

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Kansas' Christian Braun 'excited' to join Nuggets, chase another championship

In the Nuggets, Christian Braun joins a team that has the two-time NBA MVP in Nikola Jokic and has been in close pursuit of an NBA title.

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Former Kansas standout Bryce Hoppel wins 800 meters at USATF Outdoor Championships

Former Kansas standout Bryce Hoppel won the 800 meters at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, on Sunday to qualify for the World Athletics Championships next month.

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Despite changes to signing limits, Lance Leipold thinks Kansas needs time to benefit

Kansas should be helped by a recent ruling that allows schools to add more players per recruiting cycle as it attempts to get back to the 85-scholarship limit.

Saturday, June 25

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Kansas' David McCormack 'ready to get to work' after signing with Timberwolves

David McCormack became the latest player from Kansas to head to the NBA as he has signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Timberwolves.

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Kansas coach Bill Self sees 4 current Jayhawks with NBA draft potential in 2023

Years from now, when Kansas basketball fans look back at the night Ochai Agbaji and Christian Braun were drafted into the NBA, they may remember June 23, 2022 as the start of KU’s next memorable draft run. By Matt Tait

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Dan Fitzgerald feeling energized after settling in as Kansas baseball coach

A good chunk of Dan Fitzgerald's first week and a half as Kansas' baseball coach was spent on finalizing his coaching staff, which he did Thursday.

Friday, June 24

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Ochai Agbaji motivated by idea that age will limit his NBA success

Former Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji, who was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers, was deemed to be a less-attractive NBA prospect because he's 22.

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KU's Caroline Bien, Rachel Langs land on preseason all-Big 12 volleyball squad; Jayhawks picked to finish 4th

After playing big roles in helping lead the Kansas volleyball team to the Sweet 16 in 2021, returning Jayhawks Caroline Bien and Rachel Langs both landed spots on the preseason all-Big 12 team, the conference announced this week.

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Examining how Kansas draftees Christian Braun and Ochai Agbaji fit with their NBA teams

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self has always been big on how players fit with teams, styles, personnel and philosophies. That’s what made his review of the landing spots for first-round NBA draft picks Ochai Agbaji and Christian Braun stand out a little more than normal on Thursday night. By Matt Tait

Thursday, June 23

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Kansas' Christian Braun chosen by Nuggets with 21st pick in NBA Draft

Christian Braun followed Ochai Agbaji into the NBA on Thursday night as he was chosen by the Nuggets with the No. 21 pick.

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Teammates for life, Kansas' Ochai Agbaji, Christian Braun taken 7 picks apart in Round 1 of 2022 NBA draft

Eight years after the Cleveland Cavaliers made Andrew Wiggins the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA draft, the Cavs turned to another Jayhawk when they selected Ochai Agbaji with the No. 14 pick in Thursday’s draft. Seven picks later, KU teammate and close friend, Christian Braun was drafted No. 21 overall by Denver on what was a great night for the Kansas program. By Matt Tait and Zac Boyer

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Kansas baseball coach Dan Fitzgerald announces first coaching staff

New Kansas baseball coach Dan Fitzgerald announced his first coaching staff on Thursday afternoon, and the trio of assistants he’s bringing to Lawrence all carried the title of recruiting coordinator at their previous stops.

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Fifty years after Title IX, Marlene Mawson recalls changes at Kansas

Marlene Mawson guided the university into and through the Title IX era after she was hired as a professor of physical education and director of women's athletics in 1968.

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IARP timeline for KU's infractions case was recently updated but resolution date remains unclear

Although little can be learned from the most recent updates, it’s worth noting that the Independent Accountability Resolution Process on Tuesday added four new entries to KU’s timeline on the IARP’s website which documents the movement in KU’s infractions case. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, June 22

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KU junior Jalen Wilson eager to watch where former Jayhawks Agbaji, Braun land in 2022 NBA draft

Kansas basketball junior Jalen Wilson wholeheartedly believes that he would’ve been drafted on Thursday night if he had decided to keep his name in the NBA draft pool. Instead, he chose to return to Kansas for his junior season and now he plans to watch this year’s draft closer than ever, with two of his KU teammates and best friends projected to be selected in the 58-pick draft in Brooklyn, New York. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, June 21

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KU's Jalen Wilson on returning for junior season: 'I don't know why you'd ever want to rush a place like this'

Months before his stay-or-go decision was due, Kansas forward Jalen Wilson started thinking about what it would look like to leave KU. By Matt Tait

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New Kansas baseball coach Dan Fitzgerald says recruiting efforts have been 'great' early on

After a whirlwind few days surrounding his hiring, new Kansas baseball coach Dan Fitzgerald was back in Louisiana on Monday, trying to tie up loose ends and get ready for the move Lawrence. In between the handshakes, hellos and travel, he spent whatever free time he had recruiting and he told the Kansas Athletics Inc., board of directors on Monday that his search for talent to join him in Kansas had gone “great” so far. By Matt Tait

Monday, June 20

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KU AD Travis Goff announces NIL partnership with industry leader Altius Sports Partners

The University of Kansas athletic department has joined forces with Altius Sports Partners for its name, image and likeness initiatives, KU Athletic Director Travis Goff announced Monday. The partnership, which is centered around Altius as a consultant for best practices in the NIL space, was announced by Altius late last week. By Matt Tait

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NBA draft week has arrived; here are the latest projections for former Jayhawks Ochai Agbaji and Christian Braun

It’s officially draft week for a handful of former Kansas basketball players hoping to hear their names called in Thursday’s NBA draft. Here's a look at the latest mock drafts and where they're predicting Ochai Agbaji and Christian Braun will land. By Matt Tait

Friday, June 17

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Former coaches on new Kansas guard Wyvette Mayberry: 'You can count on her'

Two of Wyvette Mayberry's former coaches said the new Kansas guard is a tenacious defender, willing scorer and independent person.

Thursday, June 16

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Kansas baseball coach Dan Fitzgerald's 6-year contract includes 1-time, 1-year extension incentive for reaching NCAA Tournament

Details of new Kansas baseball coach Dan Fitzgerald’s six-year contract became available late Thursday night and included among them was a clause outlining what the parties referred as “Incentive Year Seven” for participation in the NCAA Tournament. By Matt Tait

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Former Jayhawk Andrew Wiggins wins NBA title with Golden State Warriors

Former Kansas Jayhawk Andrew Wiggins became the 14th former KU player to win an NBA championship on Thursday night, following the Golden State Warriors 103-90 over Boston in Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Finals. By Matt Tait

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Togetherness a key part of Dan Fitzgerald's plan to attack various Kansas baseball challenges

During his introduction at KU on Thursday afternoon, Kansas baseball coach Dan Fitzgerald made it clear that he believed the program had everything it needed to be successful. He also made it clear that he cared very little about the hefty challenges — how many, how daunting or how taxing — that he and the program will face as he attempts to pull the Jayhawks out of the Big 12 cellar in the years ahead. By Matt Tait

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Dan Fitzgerald 'really fired up' to be hired as Kansas' baseball coach

Dan Fitzgerald, whom Kansas hired as its new baseball coach, logged countless miles on the road to being introduced at a news conference Thursday.

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Kansas basketball to play at Kentucky in 2023 SEC/Big 12 Challenge

Prepare yourselves for another marquee showdown between the two winningest programs in the history of college basketball. ESPN announced Thursday that Kansas and Kentucky will meet in the 2023 SEC/Big 12 Challenge, with the defending national champion Jayhawks scheduled to visit Lexington next January.

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Kansas football prepares for yet another big recruiting weekend

The Jayhawks will host their second of two big recruiting weekends beginning Friday as several of their top targets will be on campus for official visits.

Wednesday, June 15

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Kansas freshmen Zuby Ejiofor, Ernest Udeh Jr. 'make a statement' in camp scrimmage

Zuby Ejiofor scored 28 points for one team and Ernest Udeh had 22 for the other as Kansas' men's basketball players competed in a scrimmage on Wednesday.

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Juco defensive end Dean Miller commits to Kansas football over Indiana

Dean Miller, an outside linebacker at College of the Canyons, became the latest player to commit to Kansas when he did so on Wednesday afternoon.

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Kansas names LSU assistant coach Dan Fitzgerald as next head baseball coach

The Kansas baseball program is now in the hands of longtime Division I assistant Dan Fitzgerald, who was announced as the Jayhawks’ new leader on Wednesday afternoon. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, June 14

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Kansas basketball coach Bill Self calls newcomer Kevin McCullar Jr. 'the perfect fit' for Jayhawks

Kansas newcomer Kevin McCullar Jr. did not have much time to worry about official visits or anything like that when he was choosing between KU and Gonzaga after deciding to leave Texas Tech. So it was helpful that he already knew a little about Kansas coach Bill Self and the Jayhawks. By Matt Tait

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Kansas football gets commitments from Keaton Kubecka, Tony Terry Jr.

The Kansas football team received two more commitments from players who visited over the weekend when Keaton Kubecka and Tony Terry Jr. decided to join the Jayhawks.

Monday, June 13

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Former Jayhawk Andrew Wiggins sensational in bringing Golden State within 1 win of NBA title

If the Golden State Warriors wind up winning this year’s NBA title, former Kansas standout Andrew Wiggins will go down as one of the biggest reasons why. By Matt Tait

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After weekend commitments, Kansas football recruiting targets feel 'happiness and relief'

Three players — transfer Tristian Fletcher and high schoolers Surahz Buncom and Jarred Sample — were pleased to end their recruitments and join Kansas over the weekend.

Sunday, June 12

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Kansas football lands another commitment in WR Jarred Sample

Jarred Sample, a wide receiver from Cypress, Texas, became the third player to commit to play football at Kansas when he did so on Sunday evening.

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Kansas picks up second commitment of weekend in juco LB Tristian Fletcher

Tristian Fletcher, a linebacker who spent last season at Trinity Valley Community College, committed to play for Kansas on Saturday during his official visit.

Saturday, June 11

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Kansas senior Alexandra Emilianov takes 2nd in discus at NCAA championships

Kansas' Alexandra Emilianov threw the discus 58.44 meters to claim second at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships Saturday afternoon.

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Former Kansas shortstop Maui Ahuna transferring to Tennessee

Maui Ahuna has decided to transfer to Tennessee nearly three weeks after he chose to leave Kansas following the retirement of coach Ritch Price.

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Kansas' Kyle Cuffe Jr. eager to prove himself after redshirt year, long layoff

Kyle Cuffe Jr. said it has been "mentally challenging" to not be able to play in a game but is focused on trying to earn minutes next season through his defense.

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Top recruiting target Surahz Buncom commits to Kansas football on official visit

The Kansas football team received a commitment on Saturday morning from wide receiver Surahz Buncom, one of its top recruiting targets, during his official visit.

Friday, June 10

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Kansas guard Bobby Pettiford pain free and feeling good entering sophomore summer

After a year of dealing with injuries that ranged from uncomfortable to intolerable, sophomore guard Bobby Pettiford is finally pain free again. Pettiford said as much earlier this week while helping out at Washburn basketball camp, where he joined Kansas teammate KJ Adams and dozens of young campers on the court at Lee Arena. By Matt Tait

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AAC deal lets UCF, Cincinnati, Houston join Big 12 in '23

The American Athletic Conference announced an agreement Friday with Cincinnati, Houston and UCF that paves the way for the schools to join the Big 12 in 2023.

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Kansas wraps up second day of competition in NCAA track and field championships

Kansas freshman Alexander Jung cleared a decathlon-best 4.91 meters in the pole vault at the NCAA track and field championships in Eugene, Oregon, on Thursday.

Thursday, June 9

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Red team tops Blue on unlikely buzzer beater at 14th annual Rock Chalk Roundball Classic

The first full-scale Rock Chalk Roundball Classic in three years came down to a buzzer-beater on Thursday at Free State High School. But it wasn’t Devonte’ Graham, Svi Mykhailiuk, Wayne Selden, Sherron Collins, Mario Little or any other former KU sharpshooters that delivered the game-winning bucket for the red team. By Matt Tait

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Kansas football set for first big recruiting weekend of the summer

The Kansas football team will host several players for official visits this weekend and could receive one or more commitments before they leave.

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KU's Clayton Simms seventh, Zach Bradford ninth in pole vault at NCAA track & field championships

Kansas freshman pole vaulter Clayton Simms cleared a personal-best 5.50 meters Wednesday at the NCAA track and field championships in Eugene, Oregon, to earn first-team all-America honors.

Wednesday, June 8

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11 hours after arrival on campus, Kansas freshman MJ Rice shows off all-around game during camp scrimmage

For months after he committed to Kansas, many questioned whether five-star prospect MJ Rice would actually wind up wearing a KU uniform or if he’d skip college altogether and jump straight to the pro level. The answer to that question came emphatically on Wednesday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse, where Rice competed for the first time as an official member of the 2022-23 Kansas basketball team. By Matt Tait

Tuesday, June 7

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Kansas' Zach Clemence hopes confidence, experience lead to increased role

Among the myriad questions coach Bill Self has entering next season is what to do in the middle — and Zach Clemence wants to be the answer.

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Former Jayhawk Sherron Collins in line to become boys basketball coach at Free State High in Lawrence

Kansas basketball legend Sherron Collins has been hired to lead the Free State High boys basketball program starting next season, pending board approval. By Matt Tait

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Hungary native Zsofia Telegdy ready to impact Kansas women's basketball team

Zsofia Telegdy, a 6-foot-4 forward from Budapest, will add a different style to Kansas' offense once she steps foot on the court this fall.

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Kansas football lands commitment from Taylor Davis, first in Class of 2023

The Kansas football team received its first commitment from a player in the Class of 2023 late Monday night when Taylor Davis gave his pledge to join the Jayhawks.

Monday, June 6

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Kansas' Lance Leipold hails 'special service' as chairman of Audio-Reader Golf Classic

Kansas football coach Lance Leipold served as the honorary chairman at the Audio-Reader Golf Classic, a fundraiser for a service that reads newspapers, magazines and books to the visually impaired.

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Kansas sophomore KJ Adams hopes to use confidence from final play vs. North Carolina as springboard for more minutes, bigger role next season

A lot has been made in the past couple of months about then-freshman KJ Adams being on the floor for that final miss by North Carolina in the 2022 national title game. And, on Monday, before the first summer workout of the 2022-23 season, Adams talked briefly about what being in that moment meant to him. By Matt Tait

Saturday, June 4

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The Long Wait: A look back at empty renovation plans for KU’s Memorial Stadium and where things go from here

After several planning sessions and promises over the past dozen years, few substantive renovations have taken place at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium and questions remain about what's next. By Zac Boyer

Friday, June 3

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Lawrence's Tanner Newkirk caps high school career in historic fashion, ready to run down even bigger goals at KU

Lawrence native Tanner Newkirk capped off his high school career by sweeping three distance runs at the state track meet and participating in a Midwest showcase a few days later. Now, the former Hayden High standout is ready to run down even bigger goals as a Jayhawk. By Matt Tait

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Big 12 announces 2-year extension for Kansas City, Missouri to host conference's men's and women's basketball tourneys

Conference also announces $42.6 million per school in revenue distribution

Kansas City, Missouri will remain the home of the men’s and women’s Big 12 basketball tournaments until at least 2027.

Thursday, June 2

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14th annual Rock Chalk Roundball Classic returning to full-scale event in 1 week

With the 14th annual Rock Chalk Roundball Classic now just one week away, the focus starts to shift to the new names and faces who will be making their debut appearance at the charity basketball event organized by Brian Hanni. This year, however, you could make a case that everyone there will be new. By Matt Tait

Wednesday, June 1

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Texas Tech transfer Kevin McCullar Jr. calls Kansas 'the right fit for me' after withdrawing from NBA draft

The final piece of the Kansas basketball roster for the 2022-23 season was put into place Wednesday evening, when Texas Tech transfer Kevin McCullar Jr. announced his intention to withdraw from the NBA draft. By Matt Tait

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Kansas forward Jalen Wilson withdraws from NBA draft, will return to KU for 2022-23 season

Texas Tech transfer Kevin McCullar Jr. is also Kansas-bound

For the second year in a row, this time as a defending national champion, Kansas forward Jalen Wilson has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft pool in favor of a return to KU. Wilson's decision came a couple of hours before Texas Tech transfer Kevin McCullar Jr. announced his plans to join the Jayhawks. The two moves on Wednesday night filled out KU's roster for the 2022-23 season. By Matt Tait