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Ernest Udeh Jr. enters transfer portal; Top 5 landing spots
Ernest Udeh Jr. was one of the top recruits in the Class of 2022 prior to joining Kansas last season. (Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports)

Ernest Udeh Jr. enters transfer portal; Top 5 landing spots

LAWRENCE, Kan. (BVM) – Although the official 60-day window of the college basketball transfer portal is coming to a close, some big names continue to enter the portal as they search for a new team to play for in 2023-24.

Some of those include Tennessee transfer Julian Phillips, and Creighton forward Arthur Kaluma. Now, 6-foot-11, 250-pound Kansas big man Ernest Udeh Jr. is following suit.

Udeh Jr.’s name may not be well known to casual college basketball fans just yet, as he only played 8.3 minutes per game in his freshman year with the Jayhawks. However, the forward was a top-25 prospect in the Class of 2022, and was expected to take over as Kansas’ main post presence prior to Hunter Dickinson joining the program.

A four-star recruit out of Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Florida, Udeh Jr. averaged just 2.6 points and 1.8 rebounds at Kansas, but did show some flashes of potential with 10 points in a non-conference game against Seton Hall, and eight points in Kansas’ opening-round NCAA Tournament win over Howard.

Udeh Jr. has a similar style to some of Bill Self’s top post players in recent years at Kansas like Udoka Azubuike or even David McCormack. But instead of following in those guys’ footsteps, Udeh Jr. will transfer, joining Zuby Ejiofor as the latest Jayhawk to leave the program.

With Dickinson now in the fold at KU, Udeh Jr. will look for a new spot to prove himself in 2023-24. Here are five teams he could look to join this offseason.

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