RCW: Meet the men's basketball team

Get to know the 2016-17 Jayhawks before they open up another exciting season of Kansas basketball.

Fr. | C | 7-0 | Delta, Nigeria
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  • One of three McDonald’s All-Americans on the KU roster with the others being Carlton Bragg Jr., and Josh Jackson.
  • Grew up in Delta, Nigeria and moved to Potter’s House Christian Academy (Florida) in ninth grade.
  • Kansas’ first 7-footer since Jeff Withey (2010-13).

So. | F | 6-10 | Cleveland, Ohio
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  • Named to the 2017 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award watch list (one of 20) in October.
  • Played in all 38 games as a freshman averaging 3.8 points and 2.5 rebounds.
  • Is expected to move into the starting power forward spot replacing KU All-American Perry Ellis.

Jr. | F | 6-9 | Nassau, Bahamas
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  • A transfer from Ole Miss who sat out last season due to NCAA rules.
  • Averaged 5.4 points and 4.8 rebounds his sophomore year at Ole Miss in 2014-15.
  • Played 62 games with seven starts in two seasons at Ole Miss.

Jr. | G | 6-2 | Raleigh, N.C.
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  • Named to the 2017 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award watch list (one of 20) in October.
  • Ranks third on the KU career 3-point field goal percentage list (minimum 200 attempts) at 43.8 percent.
  • Named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2016 Big 12 Championship and to the 2016 NCAA Tournament All-South Region Team.

Fr. | G | 6-8 | Detroit, Mich.
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  • Kansas’ third No. 1 recruit in the last six years (Josh Selby in 2010-11 and Andrew Wiggins in 2013-14).
  • Preseason Big 12 Freshman of the Year and Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention as voted by the league coaches.
  • Grew up in Detroit and played his final two high school seasons at Prolific Prep in Napa, California, earning McDonald’s All-America honors.

Fr. | F | 6-8 | Gilbert, Ariz.
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  • Born in Kansas City and moved to Gilbert, Arizona when he was five years old.
  • 2016 Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year.
  • Chose his jersey number after wearing 44 when playing Pop Warner football as a youth.

Sr. | F | 6-10 | Portland, Ore.
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  • One of two KU graduates on the team with the other being Tyler Self.
  • Kansas’ returning leader in field goal percentage (64.3), rebound average (6.8) and blocked shots (27).
  • Nominated for the 2017 Allstate NABC Good Works Team.

Sr. | G | 5-11 | Petersburg, Va.
Bio Full Bio

  • Named to the 2017 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award watch list (one of 20) in October.
  • Kansas’ leading returning scorer from 2016-17 at 12.9 points per game. Also KU’s leading returner in field goals made (155), free throws (136) and assists (175).
  • Enters his final season No. 42 on the KU career scoring list (1,132 points) and No. 16 in assists (389).

Jr. | C | 6-10 | Clarks Summit, Pa.
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  • A transfer from Liberty who will sit out 2016-17 due to NCAA rules.
  • Started 30 of 61 games in his two seasons at Liberty.
  • Averaged 10.0 points and 4.8 rebounds his sophomore year in 2015-16.

Jr. | G | 6-8 | Cherkasy, Ukraine
Bio Full Bio

  • Averaged 5.4 points in 35 games his sophomore season in 2015-16.
  • Academic All-Big 12 First Team honoree his sophomore year.
  • Played for his native Ukraine in the U20 European Championships in August 2016.

So. | G | 6-3 | Jackson, Miss.
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  • A transfer from Mississippi State who will sit out 2016-17 due to NCAA rules.
  • Started 21 of 29 games for Mississippi State in 2015-16 and averaged 11.3 points per game.
  • The No. 2 overall recruit in 2014-15 out of Callaway High School in Jackson, Mississippi.

Sr. | G | 6-2 | Lawrence, Kan.
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  • One of two KU graduates on the team with the other being Landen Lucas.
  • Has played in 32 games during his KU career, including five postseason contests.
  • Changed his jersey number from 11 to 20 for his final season donning the Crimson and Blue.

Jr. | G | 6-2 | Goddard, Kan.
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  • An invited walk-on who joined the team his junior year at Kansas.
  • Father, Pete, was a tight end at Kansas from 1990-93.
  • Mother, Tara; father, Pete; and uncle, Shawn, are all KU graduates.

So. | G | 6-5 | Memphis, Tenn.
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  • Played in 19 games, including eight Big 12 battles, his freshman season, averaging 4.8 minutes per contest.
  • Played in three postseason games, including 10 minutes versus Austin Peay in the NCAA Tournament.
  • Had an outstanding offseason according to head coach Bill Self and should vie for more playing time in 2016-17.

Jr. | G | 6-5 | Lansing, Kan.
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  • A junior who is entering his second season as an invited walk-on.
  • Played in nine games in 2015-16, his sophomore year.
  • Came to KU after playing one season at Kansas City Kansas Community College.