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NCAA Basketball: Indiana, Kansas, and Maryland among 10 early 2024 offseason winners

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1. Kansas Jayhawks

When Kansas got blown out by Gonzaga in the Round of 32 loss, Coach Bill Self hinted that a big offseason was coming. This was a title contender with little depth and was going to lose star wing, Kevin McCullar Jr. and Nicolas Timberlake. But regardless of what other players on the team were going to do, “depth” wasn’t going to be a concern this time around.

The Jayhawks landed three of the most talented players in the portal. One was Zeke Mayo, a transfer from South Dakota State who won Summit League Player of the Year, averaging 18.8 ppg and 3.5 apg. Riley Kugel is a 6’5 guard from Florida who is viewed as a legit pro prospect, averaging just under 10 ppg this past season.

But the big name is AJ Storr, who led Wisconsin in scoring this past season. He was a breakout sophomore star for the Badgers, scoring over 15 ppg. He’s the ideal replacement for McCullar on the wing and unlike many of these other transfers from the mid-major ranks, Storr is a proven high-major performer. 

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We don’t know the fate of the three starters (Hunter Dickinson, Dajuan Harris, and Johnny Furphy) but right now, Kansas is the clear No. 1 team for the 2024-25 season. We’ll see if that remains the case a month from now.