How Kansas basketball’s roster looks next season after transfer portal, recruiting

LAWRENCE — With the end of Kansas basketball’s 2023-24 season in March came a flurry of speculation of what the Jayhawks’ roster would look like next season.

Will both Hunter Dickinson and Johnny Furphy return, instead of turning pro? Will anyone transfer away? In the immediate aftermath of Kansas’ round of 32 NCAA tournament loss in the Midwest region against Gonzaga in Salt Lake City, Utah, there were more questions than answers.

But in the weeks that have followed, there has been more clarity about what coach Bill Self and his staff will have at their disposal for the 2024-25 season. Decisions are being made as the Jayhawks attempt to build a Big 12 Conference contender. Here’s what we know so far:

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These Kansas players are out of eligibility

Guard Kevin McCullar Jr., forward Parker Braun and guard Nicolas Timberlake all saw their college careers end this season. McCullar spent two years with the program after transferring in from Texas Tech. Braun, a transfer from Santa Clara, and Timberlake, a transfer from Towson, each spent one at Kansas.

These are the potential scholarship returnees next season

After the decisions that have been announced, regarding turning pro or not, and staying at Kansas or not, these scholarship players are in line to return next season for Kansas.

  • Hunter Dickinson, a center who’s coming off of his senior season.

  • Dajuan Harris Jr., a guard who’s coming off of his redshirt senior season.

  • Jamari McDowell, a guard who’s coming off of his freshman season.

  • Elmarko Jackson, a guard who’s coming off of his freshman season.

  • KJ Adams Jr., a forward who’s coming off of his junior season.

  • Zach Clemence, a forward who redshirted as a junior this past season.

These are the freshmen Kansas is bringing in

Kansas currently has two freshmen signed to its 2024 recruiting class who intend on coming to KU. There’s a forward, Flory Bidunga. There is a guard, Rakease Passmore.

Although Labaron Philon initially signed with the Jayhawks, he eventually decided not to come to KU. In the end, according to 247Sports, he chose to play for Alabama instead.

Florida transfer Riley Kugel commits to Kansas on March 31

KJ Adams Jr. announces he's returning to Kansas on April 2

South Dakota State transfer Zeke Mayo commits to Kansas on April 2

Johnny Furphy declares for NBA draft, while maintaining eligibility, on April 16

AJ Storr commits to Kansas on April 18

Rylan Griffen commits to Kansas on April 26

Hunter Dickinson announces he's returning to Kansas on April 26

Riley Kugel isn't heading to Kansas anymore, as of reports May 8

Kansas reportedly loses one walk-on, but adds another

Noah Shelby commits to Kansas on May 19, reportedly as a walk-on

Rice transfer Noah Shelby announced his commitment to Kansas, and according to a report will be joining as a walk-on.

Johnny Furphy announces on May 29 he's remaining in 2024 NBA draft

Shakeel Moore commits to Kansas on June 5

How many scholarship players can Kansas have next season?

Kansas is still in the period of time in which it is dealing with the scholarship reduction that came from the NCAA infractions case that concerned the program and was resolved this past fall. However, Self has indicated they could apply the one scholarship penalty that is left this upcoming season or the following one. If the Jayhawks go with 12 scholarship players they can apply the remaining penalty this upcoming season, and if they go with 13 scholarship players then they can apply the remaining penalty the following season.

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Jordan Guskey covers University of Kansas Athletics at The Topeka Capital-Journal. He is the National Sports Media Association’s sportswriter of the year for the state of Kansas for 2022. Contact him at or on Twitter at @JordanGuskey.

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