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Kansas Lands Alabama Transfer SF Rylan Griffen

Jan 27, 2024; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide guard Rylan Griffen (3) dribbles the ball during the second half against the LSU Tigers at Coleman Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks continued to load up for a run in 2024-25 on Friday as they landed a commitment from Alabama transfer Rylan Griffen.

Griffen represents the fourth transfer addition to Kansas’ roster this offseason and is coming off a big season for the Crimson Tide. As a key part of Bama’s run to the Final Four, Griffen averaged 13.3 points in the 2024 NCAA Tournament, including a 19-point performance against North Carolina in the Sweet 16.

 

On the year, Griffen averaged just over 11 points and hit 38.2% of his shots from three, making the 6-foot-6, 190-pound a threat from behind the arc. That will come in handy for KU, who shot just 33% from range this past season.

Heading into his junior year, Griffen will join a squad that looks to be returning an abundance of talent, as well as adding some of the best transfer talent available. This culmination of skill and experience could lead to something special for the Jayhawks. Griffen is certainly a big part of that, and his addition feels like a perfect fit for KU.

“I chose Kansas because I feel like it’s a good fit,” Griffen told JayhawkSlant.com. “I feel like I can bring some stuff to the team that they might have lacked in a little bit this year. I didn’t know I’d choose Kansas. It was a tough choice with a lot of great programs, but I just felt like KU checked a little bit more boxes.

“The biggest reason I came here is to be pushed and learn from Coach Bill Self,” he added. “He has a great track record. He’s a winner and that’s something that I still want to do at the highest level. I came here so all of my coaches can push me and help make me the best player that I can be and keep growing and learning. It’s a basketball school, so just seeing all the players here before me, I want to live the same life they did.”

 

With Griffen now in tow, Kansas’ transfer portal class is among the most impressive in the country. Self has also added four-star SG AJ Storr (Wisconsin), four-star PG Riley Kugel (Florida), and four-star PG Zeke Mayo (S. Dakota State), all of whom played in the NCAA Tournament last month.

However, none of them made it as far as they’d hoped, and with Kansas in 2025, they’ll look to change that.

The goal is a National Championship, so they felt like adding me would increase that chance,” Griffen said.

“…I’m also going to make the right play no matter what’s going on throughout the game. I came here to win, so that’s a big part of winning.”

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