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Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said Wednesday he was in no rush to permanently fill the vacant seat on his coaching staff made available by Jerrance Howard’s departure to Texas.
But he is encouraged by the response he received when the position was opened.
“It has been very, very uplifting and surprising to know the pool that would be interested in coming here,” Self said Wednesday after the introduction of new KU AD Travis Goff at the Lied Center. “I mean, very. So it’s exciting for me.
For now, Self transfers video coordinator Jeremy Case as KU’s third assistant – behind veterans Norm Roberts and Kurtis Townsend – and lets staff operate from there.
“We’re going to watch and see how it goes with him there,” Self said. “But we’re also going to take lots of calls and (talk to) some people.”
In addition to being happy with the identities of those who have expressed interest in joining his team, Self said the opening presented another opportunity for self-screening and internal improvement.
“People have to assess their staff, and you do it on the basis of what we need,” he said. “I’m happy for Jerrance, but I think it’s also an opportunity to fill in some areas where we can improve as well. So I just have to assess it.
The fact that the NCAA extended the current dead period until May 31 takes away some of the urgency of making a decision, giving both Case a chance to prove himself and Self a chance to build a. strategy that best suits the program.
“I’m in no rush,” he said on Wednesday. “I mean, I could spend the summer on it. We don’t even know if we can go out this summer. Recruitment has changed so much. He’s out of the (transfer) portal. ”
With three players from last year’s roster starting so far – Tyon Grant-Foster, Tristan Enaruna and Gethro Muscadin – and the potential for more to come, Self has already tapped into the transfer portal to occupy two of these places.
Three-time Division II All-American, Cam Martin signed up for Kansas last week after announcing he was transferring from Missouri Southern State University. And, on Wednesday, the Jayhawks also made a pledge from Drake guard Joseph Yesufu.
Those additions, along with another recent engagement, from pre-season guard Bobby Pettiford Jr., filled the Jayhawks scholarship award for the 2021-22 season starting Wednesday night.
However, if another player were to transfer or decide to enter the NBA Draft with the intention of leaving school, either would open up another spot, which could become important as KU remains. in the mix for prep goaltender Ty Ty Washington and Creighton transfer Christian. Bishop.
The individual appears to be preparing for further changes to the list.
On Wednesday afternoon, he said he thought “there might be some news here in a short period of time.” And on Wednesday night, on his “Hawk Talk” radio show, Self said his program had “a lot of bullets in the air,” and dealt with some “unknowns” in terms of reporting for the project and the transfer portal. .
“But these are things that you basically go through on a yearly basis,” he said, adding earlier that “nothing would surprise me.”