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Kansas Freshman Johnny Furphy Declares for NBA Draft

Jan 10, 2024; Orlando, Florida, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Johnny Furphy (10) looks to pass during the first period against the UCF Knights at Addition Financial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports

After much anticipation, Kansas freshman Johnny Furphy announced Tuesday he’s entering the 2024 NBA Draft while maintaining his collegiate eligibility.

Furphy shared the news in a statement via the KU basketball X page.


“I am excited to announce that I am declaring for the 2024 Draft while maintaining my college eligibility,” Furphy said. “I am so grateful to Coach (Bill) Self and the whole team at KU for the opportunity they gave me to be a part of this incredible program.

“From moving to a new country, to participating in the NCAA Tournament, this year has flown by faster than I could have ever imagined.”

Furphy averaged 9.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game, while shooting 46.6 percent from the floor and 35.2 percent from three-point range. Furphy’s best game of the season came against Cincinnati in January, when he dropped 23 points on 7-8 shooting to go along with 11 rebounds. He was also named a Big 12 All-Freshman selection.

The 6-foot-9 guard from Melbourne, Australia added, “I love my teammates and am so proud of everything we accomplished this season. Everyone at Kansas has made me feel at home. What I have learned at Kansas has changed the way I think about basketball, and no matter what happens from here, I’ll always be a Jayhawk.

Furphy is maintaining his collegiate eligibility and could return to Kansas for a sophomore season if he doesn’t like the feedback he receives in the NBA Draft process.

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