Five-star forward Flory Bidunga announced his commitment to Kansas and Bill Self on Saturday, giving the Jayhawks their first 2024 recruit.
Bidunga’s commitment is non-binding. He can sign with the Jayhawks during the early-signing window in November. He was considering Auburn, Duke and Michigan.
The 6-foot-10 center is a Top 10 recruit nationally from Kokomo, Ind.
Bidunga’s commitment address the Jayhawks’ future inside. Last season the Jayhawks struggled inside without David McCormack, who was their pivot during their run to the 2022 national title. Before that the Jayhawks had Udoka Azubuike in the middle.
This offseason the Jayhawks address their size issue by landing Michigan transfer Hunter Dickinson, a 7-foot-1 center.
Kansas does have two other players on the roster that are 6-foot-10 or taller — Zach Clemence and Parker Braun. The latter is a graduate senior.
So there should be room for Bidunga to make an impact in 2024.
The Jayhawks likely aren’t done on the recruiting trail before the early signing period. Along with Braun, Kevin McCullar Jr. is a redshirt senior, as is guard Nicolas Timberlake, who transferred in from Towson.
Kansas wrapped up an international trip last week, as it went to Bayamón, Puerto Rico, to play Puerto Rico Select Team and the Bahamian National Team.
Kansas will hold Late Night at the Phog on Oct. 6. Kansas will host Fort Hays State in an exhibition game at Allen Fieldhouse on Nov. 1 and then open the regular season against North Carolina Central on Nov. 6 at Allen Fieldhouse.
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