Kansas Jayhawks eyeing former Big 12 basketball player in transfer portal

An ex-Iowa State Cyclone entered the transfer portal and Kansas is interested
Hofstra v Duke
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The never-ending transfer portal news continues to churn in the new age of college basketball. Fans should expect a ramp-up in portal commitments with the season coming to a conclusion and April approaching.

One of the biggest needs for the Kansas basketball team next season is a guard who can space the floor and shoot from beyond the arc. The Jayhawks might have that in graduate transfer Darlinstone Dubar, a lengthy guard from Hofstra. According to 24/7 High School Hoops, Kansas was one of the many schools to reach out to him since he entered the portal two weeks ago.

While Dubar has enjoyed most of his collegiate success in the Colonial Athletic Association, the Charlotte native is also familiar with the Big 12. He initially committed to Iowa State out of high school and played 16 games with the Cyclones before transferring out after his freshman year.

Kansas basketball could bring Darlinstone Dubar back to the Big 12

His first stint in the Big 12 might not have worked out, but Dubar has taken his game to a different level in the past few years. He averaged a career-high 17.8 points and 6.8 rebounds in 2023-24, recording 1.4 assists and 1.2 steals on 53.9% field goal shooting (39.9% 3-point shooting). Dubar started 99 of Hofstra's 100 games over the past three campaigns.

Standing at 6-foot-8, 211 pounds, Dubar fits the archetype of a big guard who could play alongside playmaker Dajuan Harris in the starting lineup. He excels as a rebounder and is efficient at the rim, shooting 72% on shots near the basket this season. Hofstra often had him running the floor in transition and taking pull-up or spot-up threes, which he shoots very well.

In addition to dominating the CAA, he has proved he can perform against higher competition, posting 24 points on 8-for-13 shooting in a game against Duke in nonconference play. Dubar has four years of collegiate experience under his belt and would serve a significant role in the starting rotation or off the second unit for Kansas.

We will see how the process plays out for the highly touted portal entry. The Jayhawks are interested in other big guards like Florida transfer Riley Kugel, but Dubar could be a solid fallback option if he commits elsewhere.