KU junior Tyon Grant-Foster enters switch portal

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Kansas guard Tyon Grant-Foster (1) slaps palms with Kansas guard Dajuan Harris (3) and Kansas guard Marcus Garrett (0) after a bucket throughout the second half on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas junior Tyon Grant-Foster has entered the switch portal, KU coach Invoice Self introduced Monday afternoon.

Grant-Foster, the previous No. 1-ranked junior school participant within the nation, appeared in 20 video games for the Jayhawks throughout his lone season with this system, averaging 3.1 factors and a pair of.2 rebounds in 8.Three minutes per recreation.

“Tyon and I visited at this time and he informed me of his intention of placing his identify within the portal,” Self stated. “I help that call. All of us have loved Tyon being right here. He’s an amazing younger man that has an awesome future and all of us help him transferring ahead in his basketball profession.”

Coaches and teammates throughout the Kansas program had excessive hopes that Grant-Foster may develop into an affect participant for the Jayhawks in Yr 1. In reality, Self stated in December that he may envision the 6-foot-7, 205-pound guard changing into one of many workforce’s greatest gamers by February.

However that by no means materialized, and Grant-Foster remained a deep possibility on the Kansas bench all through January and February and into March.

He performed a complete of 16 minutes in 4 video games in February and simply 11 minutes in two video games in March, together with 9 mostly-second-half minutes throughout KU’s 85-51, season-ending loss to USC within the second spherical of the NCAA Event.

All through the season, Self pointed to the shortage of alternatives Grant-Foster had been given to each get snug within the Kansas system and show that he deserved a spot in KU’s common rotation. And because the Jayhawks entered the NCAA Event with COVID-19 points affecting their frontcourt, Self stated he informed Grant-Foster that he would have a possibility to be an affect participant for KU on the season’s greatest and brightest stage.

However with the Jayhawks needing a come-from-behind effort to knock off Jap Washington in Spherical 1, Grant-Foster performed simply two minutes in that recreation.

Grant-Foster flashed huge moments throughout his restricted time at KU, by the far the largest coming when he scored eight factors, grabbed eight rebounds and recorded two blocks whereas making a few huge time performs late to assist KU win a nonconference recreation over North Dakota State at house in December. He additionally scored 13 factors and grabbed seven rebounds in a house win over Omaha every week later.

However he performed double-digit minutes in simply two of the ultimate 14 video games he appeared in and shot 40% from the ground (27 for 68) and 13% (Three of 23) from 3-point vary.

Initially from Schlagle Excessive in Kansas Metropolis, Kan., Grant-Foster performed two seasons at Indian Hills Neighborhood School earlier than coming to Kansas.

Sources informed the Journal-World this week that Grant-Foster has drawn curiosity from packages within the Massive Ten Convention. Wherever he finally ends up, he can have two years of eligibility remaining because of the free yr given out by the NCAA within the wake of the pandemic. And if the one-time switch exemption passes subsequent month — as is anticipated — he might be eligible to play instantly at his new college.

Grant-Foster’s departure opens up a scholarship for the Jayhawks to fill heading into the 2021-22 season, and there figures to be no scarcity of choices.

Kansas Metropolis senior guard Brandon McKissic has listed KU as certainly one of his remaining six switch locations and the Jayhawks stay in pursuit of prep guards Ty Ty Washington and Bobby Pettiford, who each lately backed out of commitments to Creighton and Louisville, respectively.

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