Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks are losing their fair share of talent with Svi Mykhailiuk and reigning Big 12 Player of the Year Devonte’ Graham headlining the group headed for the exits.
An incoming class ranked No. 5 nationally — one headlined by 5-star guards Quentin Grimes and Devon Dotson — has received plenty of praise.
But the group not receiving as much attention as it should is Kansas’ crop of transfers set to make their debuts. There’s more than enough talent in that group, as detailed by Rivals’ Corey Evans.
“Charlie Moore, a former four-star guard from the 2016 class, headlines that group,” Evans wrote. “He began his career at California but transferred to Kansas after the Bears went through a coaching transition. He went through his sit-out season alongside former Memphis standouts K.J. and Dedric Lawson. The talented transfer trio should provide a big boost to a Kansas program that could, depending on Udoka Azubuike’s final decision, lose its entire starting five to the NBA Draft. Their presence should also take some pressure off of Kansas’ acclaimed 2018 class featuring Devon Dotson, Quentin Grimes and David McCormack.”
To say that Moore, KJ Lawson and Dedric Lawson can provide the Jayhawks with immediate value would be an understatement.
Prior to transferring, Moore, KJ and Dedric totaled 1,422 points, 643 rebounds, 313 assists, 93 steals and 81 blocked shots in 2016-17. Those contributions will be a welcome addition to a Kansas rotation losing upward of 2,200 points, more than 550 assists and nearly 700 rebounds. Those totals don’t include the productivity Udoka Azubuike may take with him to the NBA.
Talents such as Graham and Mykhailiuk aren’t easily replaced, but between Kansas’ elite four-man 2018 class and a trio of instant-impact transfers, the Jayhawks should have more than enough talent on paper to control the Big 12 for the 15th consecutive season.