3 reasons why the Kansas Jayhawks will be championship contenders after adding Zeke Mayo

KU's latest transfer portal addition puts Bill Self and the Jayhawks back on top
South Dakota State basketball player Zeke Mayo runs practice drills
South Dakota State basketball player Zeke Mayo runs practice drills / Erin Woodiel / Argus Leader / USA TODAY
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Mar 21, 2024; Omaha, NE, USA; South Dakota State Jackrabbits guard Zeke Mayo (2) shoots against Iowa State in the NCAA Tournament
Mar 21, 2024; Omaha, NE, USA; South Dakota State Jackrabbits guard Zeke Mayo (2) shoots against Iowa State in the NCAA Tournament / Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports

3. Hunter Dickinson will be surrounded by another shooter — especially if Johnny Furphy returns

Last year, Coach Self brought in star transfer Hunter Dickinson from Michigan. At the time, he was arguably the best player to ever enter the transfer portal. The Second Team All-American did what was expected of him in his inaugural season in Lawrence, but his supporting cast did not.

The addition of Mayo becomes even more beneficial to the team if the former Michigan Wolverine returns to school for one more year. One of the most underrated skills about Dickinson is his passing, as he can see over the majority of players. He is one of the most double-teamed players in the country, and when he sees somebody come off their man to trap him, he fires passes with fierce velocity to open shooters.

That would have been a great way for Kansas to score points if the team's 3-point shooting wasn't so poor this year. But with the addition of Mayo, who is a 38.8% career shooter from three, KU has another player who will attract attention from opposing defenses.

Looking ahead, if Johnny Furphy returns to school, the Jayhawks have two bona fide 3-point threats, a top five playmaker in the country, and arguably the best offensive center in the Bill Self center. That sounds like a National Championship contender to me!

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