Two walk-ons added to 2021-22 Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball roster

Gary Bedore
The Kansas City Star (TNS)
Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball coach Bill Self announced the addition of two walk-on players to his program on Monday.

LAWRENCE — Charlie McCarthy, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound guard from Shadow Hills High School in Indio, Calif., will join Kansas' men's basketball team as a non-scholarship, walk-on player, coach Bill Self said Monday.

Self on Monday also made official the addition of walk-on Dillon Wilhite to the 2021-22 roster. It was revealed on May 16 that Wilhite, a 6-9, 240-pound forward from Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, would join the team as a freshman.

Also a freshman, McCarthy is the son of Kent McCarthy, lead donor responsible for construction of $11.2 million Marie S. McCarthy Hall, the dorm that houses KU's basketball players. The hall is named after Charlie McCarthy's grandmother.

Charlie McCarthy averaged 12.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game in 2020-21 at Shadow Hills. He started 13 games for the Knights, who went 9-4 in a pandemic-shortened 2020-21 season.

McCarthy averaged 11.5 points per game his junior year at Palm Desert High School in Palm Desert, Calif.

Wilhite averaged 18.0 points and 12.0 rebounds per game his senior season at Cathedral Catholic, which went 15-2. As a senior, Wilhite was a 2021 first-team all-league selection for the Western League in the San Diego City Conference.

Wilhite's dad, Brad, is a Lawrence High graduate who played collegiate golf at TCU. Wilhite's sisters, Peyton and Brennan, currently play volleyball at Georgetown. Wilhite's grandmother, Joanie Stephens, has worked at Kansas Athletics for 37 years.

"We're happy to get both Charlie and Dillon," KU coach Bill Self said Monday. "Each had successful high school careers in California but they are probably more familiar with Lawrence, Kansas, than anyone from out of state that we have recruited.

"Dillon's father, Brad, grew up here and his grandmother, Joanie Stephens, happens to be my administrative assistant and has worked in the athletic department for 37 years. Both Charlie's parents, Kent and Missy, graduated from KU and have been generous contributors to the Williams Education Fund for years. Charlie and Dillon will both be able to put their handprint on what we are trying to do in the men's basketball program and they'll both have a role in accomplishing that."

Like Wilhite, McCarthy has attended Bill Self basketball camps in the past.

"I'm excited for both of them. They know it's going to be a lot of work," Self said. "More importantly, what they are most excited about is being at the University of Kansas and continuing their family tradition."

KU currently has 14 scholarship players and four walk-ons on the 2021-22 roster. Ochai Agbaji, Jalen Wilson and Remy Martin have their names entered in the 2021 NBA Draft. They have until July 7 to remove their names if they wish to retain collegiate eligibility. Walk-ons on the team: Wilhite, McCarthy, Michael Jankovich and Chris Teahan. Mitch Lightfoot's scholarship (as a Super Senior) does not count against the limit of 13 this season. The NCAA granted players an extra year of eligibility in response to the pandemic.