Kansas signed a Top 4 recruiting class in the early signing period, as the Jayhawks announced that four prep players had signed letters-of-intent for the 2022-23 men’s basketball season.
According to 247Sports.com, the Jayhawks’ 2022 Class is ranked No. 4 in the nation and No. 1 in the Big 12. The early signing period began Nov. 10.
All four signees are in the national Top 50 — forward M.J. Rice from Prolific Prep in Napa, California; center Ernest Udeh Jr. from Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Florida; forward Gradey Dick of Sunrise Christian in Wichita, Kansas; and forward Zuby Ejiofor of Garland High School in Wichita, Kansas.
Rice is considered a five-star recruit by 247Sports. The other three are considered four-star players.
Self said at Big 12 Media Day that the program had experienced a drag on recruiting due to the current NCAA investigation of the program. This class would appear to show that drag is either lessening or these recruits are willing to outlast any penalties the program might absorb. The Jayhawks won’t reportedly know anything about the investigation’s conclusion until after the 2021-22 season.
The Jayhawks opened the season with a 87-74 win against Michigan State in the Champions Classic on Tuesday night. Kansas is coming off a 21-9 season in which it failed to win either the Big 12 regular-season title or the Big 12 Tournament title. The Jayhawks earned an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament, where they defeated Eastern Washington, 93-84, in the first round before losing to USC, 85-51, in the second round.
Self placed a priority in the offseason on getting bigger and quicker. While five players transferred away from the program. Self signed five transfers, including three-time All-Pac-12 player Remy Martin from Arizona State and Jalen Coleman-Lands, who was Iowa State’s second-leading scorer last season.
Kansas also returned four starters from last season in David McCormack, Ochai Agbaji, Jalen Wilson and Christian Braun. Wilson did not play in the opener against Michigan State due to a four-game suspension related to a DUI arrest.
2022 Kansas Signing Class
No. 1 in Big 12, No. 4 in Nation (according to 247Sports.com)
SF MJ Rice, 6-foot-5, Prolific Prep (Napa, California) — No. 21 overall recruit, No. 5 at position, No. 4 in California
C Ernest Udeh Jr., 6-foot-10, Dr. Phillips (Orlando, Florida) — No. 28 overall recruit, No. 7 at position, No. 10 in Florida
SF Gradey Dick, 6-foot-6, Sunrise Christian (Wichita, Kansas) — No. 31 overall recruit, No. 10 at position, No. 2 in Kansas
PF Zuby Ejiofor, 6-foot-8, Garland (Wichita, Kansas) — No. 49 overall recruit, No. 8 at position, No. 5 in Texas
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