Former Jayhawk transfers out of new school one year after leaving Kansas basketball

A former KU basketball player is on the move once again

Kansas guard Joseph Yesufu (1) celebrates a 3-pointer
Kansas guard Joseph Yesufu (1) celebrates a 3-pointer / Lily Smith/The Register / USA TODAY

Very few Kansas basketball players returned from the 2022-23 team that lost in the Round of 32 to Arkansas. Seven of KU's eight bench players departed from the program and entered the transfer portal following the end of the season as Bill Self underwent a complete roster renovation.

One player on that team, Bobby Pettiford, just went portaling after spending one year at East Carolina. Now, Joseph Yesufu is doing the same.

Former Jayhawk Joseph Yesufu enters the transfer portal for the third time

Yesufu becomes yet another former Jayhawk to enter the transfer portal this offseason, joining Pettiford, Marcus Adams Jr., and Issac McBride. He is leaving Washington State after an injury-riddled senior year in which he appeared in just six contests before suffering a season-ending hip injury.

Although he was expected to be a starting guard for WSU, his 2023-24 campaign was cut short and he was unable to experience the Cougars' 25-10 season. Wazzu made the Round of 32 after defeating Drake in the first round, the same school Yesufu spent two years at to begin his collegiate career.

Yesufu transferred to Kansas in 2021 and won a National Championship with the Jayhawks in a reserve role. In two seasons, he played in 69 games (three starts) and averaged 3.1 points, 1.0 rebounds, 0.7 assists, and 0.4 steals on 35.7% field goal shooting. He was the leading bench scorer on the Jayhawks during his second year in Lawrence, but he never budded into the standout scorer he was once at Drake.

Now that his medical redshirt has been approved, Yesufu is free to transfer to whichever school he would like to. It will be the fourth university he will play for in the NCAA. He figures to garner attention from some high-level attention programs because he played at Kansas, though his medical issues could raise concern for teams interested in him.