Bill Self: Adding another player at semester 'not on the agenda' for Kansas basketball

Head coach Bill Self said there was a 5 to 10% chance that Kansas would bring someone on board at the school's winter break.
Allstate Maui Invitiational - Day Three
Allstate Maui Invitiational - Day Three / Mitchell Layton/GettyImages

Kansas basketball has one of the best starting rotations in college basketball, but the Jayhawks are clearly lacking in the depth department. They rank 294th in the nation with 16.7 bench points per game, led by Johnny Furphy, who averages 5.7.

During the summer, coach Bill Self spoke about the possibility of adding another player at the semester break. That could have been via the transfer portal or potentially an international player. However, it seems like that is out of the cards this year.

He spoke to the media in Kansas City to talk to children at the Boys and Girls Club. Reporters asked questions about the Kansas basketball team and whether the coaching staff was looking at other players.

“I won’t say never, but that’s not on the agenda right now. We don’t have anybody as of today we think will be coming at the break,” Self said.

Dismissed K-State player Nae'Qwan Tomlin was mentioned as a potential add for KU. He recently committed to Memphis. There had not been any players in the conversation for the Jayhawks before that.

"We wouldn’t go over there unless we knew they’d be available this time of year," he continued. "Right now, we don’t know that positively.”

From those words, it appears that the current roster in place is the one they will put out for the rest of the 2023-24 season. Struggling players like Nick Timberlake must play better and Johnny Furphy and Elmarko Jackson must blossom as viable rotational pieces for Kansas to reach its fullest potential.

dark. Next. Can Nick Timberlake break out of his slump?. Can Nick Timberlake break out of his slump?