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Kansas Men’s Basketball Signs Three For 2023 Class

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The Kansas Jayhawks men’s basketball team began assembling talent for its 2023-24 team as the NCAA’s early-signing period opened on Wednesday.

The Jayhawks, led by coach Bill Self, are coming off a season winning the national championship in April, the second title of Self’s career and the sixth in Jayhawks history. Kansas has two returning starters this season — forward Jalen Wilson and guard DaJuan Harris Jr. — along with transfer Kevin McCullar Jr.


Beyond that, the Jayhawks are young but undeniably talented, with one of the best 2022 recruiting classes already on campus.

Before the signing period, the Jayhawks landed commitments from three Top 100 players, per That includes guard Elmarko Jackson out of South Kent, Conn., the nation’s No. 35 overall player. Kansas announced all three signings on Wednesday.

Kansas’ 2023 recruiting class is below. Players who confirmed as signed are noted below. The list below also includes the Cyclones’ season-opening roster.

The early-signing window closes on Nov. 16.

Kansas Basketball 2023 Recruiting Class

No. 2 Class in Big 12, No. 10 overall ( as of Nov. 7)

PG Elmarko Jackson, 6-3, South Kent School (South Kent, CT) — 35/7/1

CG Chris Johnson, 6-8, Montverde Academy (Montverde, FL) — 45/12/3

SG Jamari McDowell, 6-4, Manvel (Manvel, TX) — 76/10/5

Note: Slash rankings are national/position/state per


2022-23 Season-Opening Roster

G Bobby Pettiford Jr. (6-1, So.), G Joseph Yesufu (6-0, Jr.), G Dajuan Harris Jr. (6-1, Jr.), G Gradey Dick (6-8, Fr.), G Kyle Cuffe Jr. (6-2, r-Fr.), F Jalen Wilson (6-8, Jr.), G MJ Rice (6-5, Fr.), G Wilder Evers (6-3, Fr.), G Charlie McCarthy (6-2, So.), G Kevin McCullar Jr. (6-6, Sr.), G Michael Jankovich (6-5, Sr.), F Zach Clemence (6-10, So.), C Ernest Udeh Jr. (6-11 Fr.), F KJ Adams Jr. (6-7, So.), F Cam Martin (6-9, Sr.), G Zuby Ejiofor (6-9, Fr.).

Player in Bold: Notes a player who is a senior and may be out of eligibility after this season, depending on whether they have a COVID-19 waiver.

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