Former KU All-American Ochai Agbaji leaves a surprise for incoming freshman Gradey Dick


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Three of the five incoming Kansas basketball freshmen moved into their McCarthy Hall rooms on Saturday and one of them discovered a heck of a surprise.

Gradey Dick, Ernest Udeh Jr. and walk-on Wilder Evers all made their way to the KU campus with their families to move their belongings into their new rooms.

For Dick, a 6-7 wing from Wichita and the reigning National Gatorade Player of the Year, the moment turned emotional not when it was time to say goodbye to mom and dad but instead when he looked inside the top drawer in his new dresser.

In it was a note from the room’s former occupant, Kansas All-American Ochai Agbaji.

The note’s message was simple: “Whoever takes over this room, be great.”

Judging by the video of the discovery that was captured by a Kansas Athletics video team, it was clear that the mere presence of the note and the words in it gave the new Jayhawk chills.

“Oooo,” he said after reading it quietly to himself before sharing it with his parents. “That’s crazy. Appreciate you Ochai.”

Dick then summed up what the message meant in a single word.

“Motivation,” he said, before adding, “Gonna leave that right there.”

He then put the note back in the drawer where it came from and, presumably, plans to leave it there for the entirety of his stay in Lawrence.

The other two KU freshmen, MJ Rice and Zuby Ejiofor, are awaiting their graduations and expected to arrive in Lawrence sometime next week.

Texas Tech transfer Kevin McCullar Jr. is slated to be on campus Monday for the start of summer workouts and Tuesday’s first day of summer school.

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Bryce Landon 2 months ago

Ochai understands the KU basketball legacy perfectly. He'd be a perfect ambassador for the program like Wayne Simein someday.

Doug Roberts 2 months ago

Wow, Gradey's got a great voice. Maybe he can cut a slow jams album in the offseason.

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