KU Jayhawks men’s basketball will return to campus in June


Graduation day, the official end of the school year, has come and gone at the University of Kansas, meaning returning Jayhawks men’s basketball players have been released to their hometown for one of their rare calendar year breaks.

They returned home, or in the case of NBA Draft hopefuls Christian Braun and Jalen Wilson, to training centers in Santa Barbara, Calif., and Dallas respectively, with their return-to-campus date on or around June 7, the first day of KU Summer School. .

Of course, in their case, they might not come back at all.

Braun, a future senior guard, and Wilson, a future redshirt junior forward, must decide by June 1 whether to keep their names listed in the 2022 NBA Draft Pool or drop their names and continue their careers. university.

As for KU coaches…, per NCAA recruiting rules, they are not permitted to leave campus to assess high school/AAU prospects until June 17. That means KU head coach Bill Self and his assistants theoretically have some downtime ahead, at least until their players return for summer school and practice. ‘summer.

So what’s on the upcoming to-do list for Self, who is about to start his 20th season as KU coach?

“I’m going to watch David and Jalen,” Self said on Sunday, referring to Chicago on Monday to support David McCormack and Wilson at the elite NBA G League camp scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. Additionally, former Texas Tech guard Kevin McCullar, who entered the portal and narrowed his list of transfer possibilities to KU and Gonzaga, will also participate in drills at the G League Elite Camp.

“We’re going to watch Ochai and Christian at the Combine,” Self said of the NBA Combine, which takes place Wednesday through Sunday at Chicago’s Wintrust Arena. There’s a chance that McCormack and/or Wilson will be invited by NBA officials to scrimmage at the NBA Combine. The best players from the elite camp in the past have earned invitations to the Combine.

Self, whose 2022-23 KU roster currently consists of the NCAA’s maximum 13 scholarship players, said the Jayhawks could still be in the market for one or two players, apparently as of the 2022 transfer gate, depending on final decisions of Wilson and Braun. .

KU is one of six schools (KU, Louisville, Texas, Gonzaga, Purdue, and Tennessee) vying for the former state of Iowa; point guard Tyrese Hunter and one of four (KU, Kansas State, Texas Tech and Mississippi State) considered to be in contention for former Missouri State guard Isiaih Mosley.

“We would like to (add a player). It depends on what our guys are doing,” Self said.

Braun enters the NBA Combine as a likely first-round draft pick, at least according to analysts running the mock drafts. Wilson was not listed as a first- or second-round pick in any of the mock drafts.

“There is nothing specific (to report) at this time,” Self said on Sunday.

KU Freshman Arrival Dates

Incoming freshman Gradey Dick, a 6-7 guard at Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Aire, Kansas, told The Star he will likely report to KU for summer school on June 4. Zuby Ejiofor, a 6-8 forward from Garland (Texas) High School is scheduled to arrive June 11; MJ Rice, a 6-5 guard for Prolific Prep in California on June 10 and Ernest Udeh, a 6-10 forward for Dr. Phillips High in Orlando, Fla., on June 3.

KU also added a non-scholarship player in Wilder Evers, a 6-3 freshman guard from Oak Mountain High School in Birmingham, Alabama. He tells The Star his arrival date is June 4.

KU is not planning any overseas travel at this time.

The Kansas men’s basketball team, which is eligible to take an international trip this summer or fall, will not be traveling overseas in the coming months, Self said Sunday.

Teams are allowed to travel internationally once every four years. KU played exhibition games in Switzerland and France in the summer of 2012 and in Italy in the summer of 2017.

“There’s too much going on, just winning and everything. It’s too fast,” Self said. “Next summer is a possibility. We can wait. We are going to Atlantis (Bahamas in the 2022-23 season) then Maui (2023-24). We can wait until we’re done with Maui. It takes a lot from our fans,” he added of traveling to the Bahamas and Hawaii and adding a trip to Europe on top of that.

Champions will be honored at the White House at some point

Self said Sunday that no date has yet been set for the NCAA champions’ trip to the White House, where the 2021-22 Jayhawks will meet the president.

“We’re going to go,” Self said, noting that KU and White House officials are exploring possible dates for the trip to DC.

This story was originally published May 16, 2022 9:27 a.m.

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Gary Bedore covers all aspects of Kansas basketball for The Star – the current team as well as former players and coaches and recruiting. He attended KU and was born and raised in Chicago, as well as Lisle, Ill.

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