What started as a three-headed beast of potential transition targets in Kansas has now regressed to a single target.
Texas Tech’s Kevin McCullar comes to Kansas if he drops out of the draft. Therese Hunter, a former Iowa state guard, heads to Texas. Reportedly, Missouri state guard Isiaih Mosley – according to CBS college hoops analyst John Rothstein – has pulled his name from the draft kit and plans to play in college next season.
This is a rather nice upgrade from Joe Cremo’s off-season dream days. Mosley has been ranked as the third best potential transfer gate of the season by 247 Sports.
Although the situation has been pretty quiet over the past couple of weeks, Mosley’s situation is still definitely worth watching. Mississippi State seemed to be heavily involved with Moseley as well, but there was a common interest between him and Kansas.
Mosley, who is 6-foot-5, and was twice named to the first team in the Missouri Valley Conference during his time at Missouri State, will likely be waiting for a decision even after KU’s Jalen Wilson makes a decision.
Remember, Wednesday’s deadline is only about dropping out of the NBA draft group in order to retain eligibility. Players in the transfer portal do not have to announce or specify where they will go next by then.
Mosley is waiting for Wilson to make a lot of sense. First of all, KU currently does not have a scholarship available and will only do so if Wilson – or anyone else – leaves. It’s hard to pick a place that doesn’t exactly have a place for you right now.
Beyond that, Mosley will learn more about his role by learning about Wilson’s future plans. In short, it is likely to be quite large.
If Wilson leaves, Bill Self is looking to replace 91% of his goals from the National Title Team last season. Doing this with a guy who averaged 20 games last year can make that a little easier.
Even if Wilson returns, KU is still looking to redeem 78% of its points scored last season. These numbers, along with many other factors, show that next year’s Kuwait University team will look significantly different from the team that won the 2022 national title.
The question is, will Mosley be part of the new crew roster?
There are other benefits to adding Mosley to the list if Wilson leaves. In addition to his average scoring of 20.4 points, he also averaged 6.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game last season while shooting 50% from the floor, 40% from a 3-point range and 90% from the free throw line.
Mosley played high school basketball with KU guard Daguan Harris Jr. at Rock Bridge in Columbia, Missouri, and was also a MoKan teammate for Harris and Christian Brown. We know Brown is gone, but giving Harris a friend – and they’re really more like brothers – to run with again could be huge for his ongoing development.
According to Rivals.com, coaches from Kansas, Doc, Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Louisville, Florida and others reached out to Moseley shortly after he entered the gate.
So it’s not like he has no options. But his relative and recent silence on the matter, his close association with Harris and the fact that he pulled his name off the draft while Wilson was still deciding whether to get all he had out of KU’s view of at least being a factor in his operation.
Wilson has until 10:59 p.m. CST on Wednesday to officially remove his name from the draft pool in order to retain his college eligibility.
It should be noted that the deadline is for Wilson to notify the NCAA and not to announce it publicly. He’ll probably do just that – one way or another – but if we don’t hear back by 10:59pm on Wednesday that doesn’t mean Wilson is staying home or back. As long as he follows the proper protocol and informs the right people, the advertising part of it is somewhat irrelevant.
Now we wait.