Kansas heart Ernest Udeh Jr. (23) makes his approach off the courtroom because the Arkansas gamers rejoice following their 72-71 win over the Jayhawks on Saturday, March 18, 2023 at Wells Fargo Enviornment in Des Moines, Iowa. Photograph by Nick Krug
The eighth and closing former Kansas males’s basketball participant within the switch portal discovered a brand new house Wednesday when Ernest Udeh Jr. dedicated to TCU.
The 6-foot-11 heart, who averaged 2.6 factors and 1.8 rebounds as a freshman, posted a stylized graphic on Twitter saying his dedication to the Horned Frogs with the caption “Imma have to develop some horns.”
Udeh arrived in Lawrence from Orlando, Florida, simply final 12 months however now turns into the fourth and closing participant from the 2022 class to depart this system. Zuby Ejiofor went to St. John’s and MJ Rice to NC State, and Gradey Dick initiatives as a excessive first-round decide within the NBA Draft on June 22.
Collectively, they account for a mere half of the Jayhawks’ transfer-portal departures.
On the flipside, KU has introduced in, through the portal, Parker Braun, Arterio Morris, Nick Timberlake and — most straight related to Udeh — Hunter Dickinson, the two-time first-team All-Large Ten heart who spent three dominant seasons at Michigan. Udeh introduced that he was getting into the switch portal on Could 11, every week after Dickinson dedicated.
Udeh, a former McDonald’s All-American, had been linked with faculties like Duke and KU’s rival Kansas State however as a substitute selected TCU. The Horned Frogs completed sixth within the Large 12 Convention final 12 months however reached the NCAA Match, finally falling 84-81 to Gonzaga within the Spherical of 32.
Udeh’s departure has made KU fairly skinny on the within behind Dickinson, the place Braun, the switch from Santa Clara, figures to see a while. The Jayhawks are additionally dropping the size that would have been supplied by forwards Ejiofor, Jalen Wilson (one other NBA draft prospect) and Zach Clemence (who transferred to UC Santa Barbara). Freshman Marcus Adams Jr. is 6-foot-8 however has the ability set of a wing.
With assist from mentors like Nikola Jokic, Christian Braun is nearing a storybook ending to his rookie season