Drake transfer Joseph Yesufu picks KU basketball

Matt Galloway
Topeka Capital-Journal
Drake sophomore guard Joseph Yesufu, left, announced Wednesday his intention to transfer to Kansas this offseason. A breakout player at the NCAA Tournament, Yesufu averaged 23.2 points while shooting 46.9% from 3-point range and 84.8% from the free-throw line across the Bulldogs' final nine games.

LAWRENCE — A breakout star from the NCAA Tournament is headed to Kansas.

Joseph Yesufu, who averaged 23.5 points for Drake in the Bulldogs' two March Madness tilts, announced his intention to transfer to the Jayhawk men's basketball program in a Wednesday afternoon social media post. A 6-foot, 180-pound sophomore guard, Yesufu will have three years of collegiate eligibility remaining.

"Can't wait to be part of this special program so we can make the fans proud," tweeted Yesufu, who added: "Go Jayhawks!"

A former unranked recruit out of Bolingbrook, Ill., Yesufu burst onto the national stage late in the 2020-21 campaign.

Yesufu scored 21 points in Drake’s 53-52 victory over Wichita State in the First Four and contributed 26 points with six made 3s in his team's season-ending 72-56 defeat to USC. Across his final nine games with the Bulldogs, Yesufu averaged 23.2 points while shooting 46.9% from 3-point range and 84.8% from the free-throw line.

Yesufu served primarily as a reserve option for the first chunk of the 2020-21 season, but that change drastically down the stretch — after playing no more than 29 minutes in each of Drake’s first 24 games, Yesufu averaged 39.7 minutes across the Bulldogs’ final seven contests. All told, Yesufu as a sophomore tallied 12.8 points per game on 44.2% shooting while averaging 1.8 assists and connecting on 38.4% of his long-range tries.

Yesufu’s arrival continues an offseason of change for KU, which has already seen the departures of reserves Tyon Grant-Foster, Tristan Enaruna and Gethro Muscadin (transfer portal) and assistant coach Jerrance Howard (accepted the same position at Texas). Incoming Jayhawks include high school recruits K.J. Adams (four-star forward), Zach Clemence (four-star forward) and Bobby Pettiford (three-star guard), Division II transfer Cam Martin (6-9, 240-pound forward/center out of Missouri Southern in Joplin, Mo.) and junior college transfer Sydney Curry (6-8, 265-pounder out of John A. Logan College in Carterville, Ill.).