Last year we took the year off because it was pretty apparent Kansas wouldn’t be taking any transfers. This year, however, particularly in light of Bill Self’s comments after the season ending loss, the big board is back.
I expect Kansas to take at least 1 and probably 2 transfers this offseason with all the talent that figures to be available. We won’t rank every transfer here; just the top 10-15 or whatever number I feel comfortable with, and will periodically update it throughout the season.
A couple notes: due to covid, every player on this list will be eligible next year provided their academics are in order, and this is ranked based on how much I want them at Kansas, not necessarily who the best players are (although in many cases those will overlap).
Years listed are their most recent (2020-21) year in school.
- Marcus Carr, 6-2 junior, Minnesota
Carr led the Big 10 in minutes played for the Gophers and was 3rd in assist rate while also barely turning it over. His shooting numbers aren’t great (career 33.6 percent from three and 42.6 percent from two) but it should be noted he has had to take a lot of tough shots during his career. He can create his own shot and obviously create for others, and also has the ability to get into the lane and breakdown the defense that so many great KU point guards have had.
He’ll be 22 for next year’s NCAA tournament, making him both good AND old, which is a rarity these days. He’d be a favorite to be first team all Big 12, and should be KU’s top target.
2. Walker Kessler, 7-1 freshman, North Carolina
A high school All-American, Kessler played under 10 minutes per game for the Tar Heels, but was really good when he did. He shot almost 60 percent on twos with an offensive rebound rate of 18 percent, a defensive rebound rate of 20 percent, and a block rate of almost 11 percent. To put it another way, 20 points, 15 rebounds, and 4 blocks per 40 minutes.
Obviously those numbers (likely) won’t translate to a full season of production but Kessler would be the most talented big on the roster and provide a big boost to Kansas inside, although a commitment from him likely would cause Muscadin to transfer and/or Curry to look elsewhere.
3. Tyson Walker, 6-0 sophomore, Northeastern
Walker had tremendous numbers for Northeastern, leading the CAA in usage, ranking 3rd in assist rate, and ranking 2nd in steal rate. It is concerning he struggled against Northeastern’s better opponents, and I’m unsure whether Kansas will want another small guard along with Dajuan Harris, but he’s worth a look.
4. Myreon Jones, 6-3 junior, Penn State
Jones is a career 38 percent shooter from three and shot almost 40 percent last year. From what I can tell from reading about him, he’s a pretty good defender as well. He struggled inside the arc, and you’d like a little more size from a 3 and D type guy, but his shooting ability would look nice next to a point guard who can drive and kick.
5. Kellan Grady, 6-5 senior, Davidson
Mostly a spot up shooter, Grady is a career 36 percent shooter from deep. He’s a decent passer as well, but mostly he would be a good floor spacer for a team that desperately needs some. One would like to see Kansas prioritize multi year guys first, however.
6. Justin Powell, 6-6 freshman, Auburn
Powell is only this low because it sounds like he’s going to Kentucky, but while he didn’t play much at Auburn, Powell shot 44 percent from three (although only on 43 attempts) and posted a 32.6 percent assist rate.
7. Brandon McKissic, 6-3 senior, UMKC
The Summit League defensive player of the year, McKissic is also a pretty good passer and a career 38 percent shooter from three. However, he’s only taken 271 threes in four years, and also turns it over quite a bit. Although Kansas has been in contact with him, I think he should be more of a backup plan.
8. John Harrar, 6-9 senior, Penn State
Harrar has a bit of a problem staying on the court, committing about 5.5 fouls per 40 minutes over the course of his career, which is a huge problem when you’d ideally only want 2 big men in the rotation and David McCormack also fouls a bunch. When he plays, though, Harrar shoots 57 percent from two for his career and was one of the better rebounders in the Big 10.
9. Qudus Wahab, 6-11 sophomore, Georgetown
Wahab scored 20 points and had 12 rebounds in Georgetown’s season ending loss to Colorado, and ranked 4th in the Big East in offensive rebounding and 4th in block percentage. However, he’s a statue defensively and a horrendous passer, with just 5 assists the entire season.
10. Chris Shelton, 6-4 sophomore, Hampton
Shelton won’t do anything but shoot threes. Seriously. He has attempted 7 free throws and 46 2-pointers in two years at Hampton. But he shot a ridiculous 48.6 percent from three this year on 138 attempts. If Kansas can grab a Tyson Walker or someone who will attract a bunch of defensive attention, and David McCormack remains a guy who attracts defensive attention, he could get quite a few open looks.