Kansas Jayhawks star Hunter Dickinson attempts to recruit Duke transfer portal entry

KU's star is joining Bill Self on the recruiting trail
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Dozens of players are entering the NCAA transfer portal every day with the offseason in motion. The Kansas basketball team has already added two transfers so far, and Bill Self is interested in many others on the open market. Someone whom the coaching staff could target is former Duke Blue Devils guard Jeremy Roach, a graduate transfer entering his final season of eligibility.

He has quickly become one of the most coveted players to enter the transfer portal. However, a fellow portal entry from last season went on social media in an attempt to recruit Roach to his team. Check out this Twitter post from Hunter Dickinson:

Hunter Dickinson does his best to recruit a transfer portal entry to KU

While it was not the most effective tactic, Dickinson tried to entice Roach to join the Jayhawks with this photo. Given the origins of both players, it could make sense.

He and Roach have a long-standing history, as they both entered college basketball in the 2020-21 NCAA COVID-19 season. They are both Virginia natives and competed against each other multiple times at the high school level. The two super seniors have likely kept in touch over the years now that they both play at two of the best programs in the country.

Roach, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound combo guard, was a full-time starter at Duke for four consecutive years. In 2023-24, he averaged 14.0 points, 3.3 assists, and 2.5 rebounds on 46.8%/42.9%/84.4% shooting splits. The 1,000+ point scorer was named team captain of the Blue Devils last year.

In addition to entering his name into the portal, Roach announced his intentions to declare for the NBA Draft. However, he hired an NCAA-certified agent and maintained his collegiate eligibility. He is in the same boat as current Jayhawk Johnny Furphy, though the latter is much more likely to stay in the draft pool.

Although he is an excellent player, it is difficult to envision a scenario where Coach Self recruits a guard who could eat into Dajuan Harris' playing time. Kansas has prioritized wings and lengthy guards in the portal, not facilitating guards like Roach.

On a separate note, seeing Dickinson actively recruit transfers to KU is a good sign. He said he was still unsure whether he would return to school for another year earlier this month, so this social media post all but confirms he will be back donning the crimson and blue in 2024-25.