Kansas basketball commit gives Jayhawks fans another reason to be excited for next season

South Bend Riley senior Payton Baird (0) dribbles the ball while being defended by Kokomo senior Flory Bidunga (40)
South Bend Riley senior Payton Baird (0) dribbles the ball while being defended by Kokomo senior Flory Bidunga (40) / Austin Hough / South Bend Tribune / USA

The highest-rated recruit in the 2024 Kansas basketball signing class is Flory Bidunga, a 5-star center who is a McDonald's All-American and one of the best big men in his graduating year. During his senior year at Kokomo High School in Indiana, he has impressed scouts and recently had his best outing of the season.

On Friday, Kokomo and Anderson — the No. 7 and 22 ranked high school basketball teams in Indiana, respectively — competed in a battle of the state's best teams. Bidunga led his Wildkats to victory with a dominant performance that consisted of a 17-point, 24-rebound, and 10-block triple-double.

One day later, he would record his 17th double-double of the season, posting 26 points and 10 rebounds on 12-for-13 shooting against Tippecanoe Valley. His averages for the year now stand at 18.3 points, 12.9 rebounds, 4.6 blocks, and 3.3 assists throughout 24 games.

Bidunga is a dynamic defensive player who can block shots better than anyone in his class. He understands defensive rotations tremendously well for someone his age and can step out to the perimeter if needed. While his offense remains very raw, his jump shot is progressing and he is active on the offensive glass, which creates many opportunities for second-chance points.

Thanks to the contributions of Bidunga, Kokomo sits at 21-3 on the season and has won 17 of their last 18 contests. He is offering Kansas basketball fans a glimpse of what Jayhawk fans will watch next season, and if you've been following his journey, it is an extremely exciting one. He even showcased his athleticism on the pitch as a soccer player.

Assuming Hunter Dickinson returns to Lawrence for the 2024-25 season, Bidunga might not step into a full-time role the second he joins the team. However, if he adjusts to the college game quickly, the Kokomo senior could make a massive impact for the Jayhawks as early as year one.