Kansas Jayhawks expected to meet with NCAA basketball transfer portal guard

Bill Self continues to pursue a recent transfer portal entry
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The Kansas basketball program has added four transfers during the offseason but still has room for another portal player after the departure of high school recruit Labaron Philon. Given that Johnny Furphy will likely keep his name in the NBA Draft pool, HC Bill Self might add someone to fill out the Jayhawks’ 13th scholarship.

One player KU has been closely linked to in recent days is UTSA transfer Jordan Ivy-Curry. The 6-foot-2 combo guard initially pledged to Virginia Tech and was expected to compete for a starting spot before asking out of his commitment. Since re-opening his recruitment, Kansas was one of the top schools to reach out to him and The Portal Report revealed that the coaching staff will meet with him on Zoom today.

Kansas basketball closing in on Jayhawks' potential final roster addition

Shortly after hitting the open market again, Kansas wasted no time contacting Ivy-Curry. He averaged 17.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.2 3-pointers made per game across 21 contests off the bench. The former Roadrunner can put points on the board in a hurry and could serve as a microwave off the bench.

The timing of KU's interest in him makes sense given the loss of Philon, who would have received some playing time as a freshman. Coach Self is fending off programs such as SMU, West Virginia, Syracuse, Texas A&M, TCU, Ole Miss, and Oklahoma for Ivy-Curry, but Kansas is the first school openly meeting with him.

Incoming sophomore guards Elmarko Jackson and Jamari McDowell are returning for another season. Adding Ivy-Curry would cloud their playing time prospects. However, Kansas has shown it is willing to recruit over any player if it gives the squad the best chance to win. He would fill KU's 13th and final scholarship on the roster. 

Things are moving relatively quickly between the two parties, and it will be interesting to see how the rest of the process plays out. Ivy-Curry won't play a significant role in the second unit if he commits, but he could be a player who gets the offense going during cold spells and hits some threes when needed.