Deshawn Hanika, one of the top tight ends available in the transfer portal, has announced his next destination as the former Iowa State Cyclone will stay in the Big 12 by transferring to Kansas ahead of the 2024 season.
Hanika, a redshirt senior out of Topeka, Kansas, was listed as the No. 18 player at his position in the portal and decided to go back home to be a Jayhawk in his final season of eligibility.
Listed at 6-foot-6, 225 pounds, Hanika actually began his career at Butler Community College, but never played a snap there before transferring to Iowa State, where he spent each of the last four seasons.
In 2022, Hanika’s talents as a pass catcher started to shine through, registering 17 receptions for 244 yards and four touchdowns. After a pseudo-breakout year, it appeared that 2023 was going to be the season that everything came together for Hanika, but it wasn’t meant to be.
Unfortunately, Hanika was part of the sports gambling scandal in Ames and was accused of betting on over 200 Iowa State basketball games. The courts failed to indict Hanika in the allotted time, however, leading to his case being dismissed and opening the door for a resurgent season in 2024.
Now, with the allegations and gambling issues behind him, Hanika hopes to bring something to the team in Lawrence, which has dramatically improved since the last time called the Sunflower State home.