Kansas’ men’s basketball team had five players with eligibility remaining leave the program via the transfer portal last offseason.
Bryce Thompson departed KU for Oklahoma State, while Tristan Enaruna surfaced at Iowa State, Latrell Jossell at Stephen F. Austin, Tyon Grant-Foster at DePaul and Gethro Muscadin at New Mexico.
Here’s a look at how those five, plus four more former KU players who are at other schools (Silvio De Sousa, Charlie Moore, Elijah Elliott and Garrett Luinstra), have fared so far during the 2021-22 season.
Muscadin, a 6-foot-10, 230-pound sophomore center from Gonaives, Haiti, left New Mexico’s program via mutual decision of player and coach Richard Pitino this week, the Albuquerque Journal’s Geoff Grammer reported.
Muscadin — he averaged 9.3 points and 5.3 rebounds a game while starting nine of the Lobos’ first 12 games — was relegated to a reserve role in Sunday’s 90-72 home loss to SMU.
“My biggest thing with Gethro is — we spoke after SMU — and I think we both agreed that it wasn’t the right fit for him,” first-year Lobos coach Pitino told the Albuquerque Journal. “And, you know, other than that, we wish him nothing but the best. We’ll help him with whatever we can moving forward.”
Muscadin — he was ranked No. 140 in the recruiting Class of 2020 by Rivals.com — played 33 minutes total in 12 games his freshman season at KU. He averaged 20.5 minutes a game for the (7-6) Lobos. He hit 48.8% of his shots, including 2 of 5 threes and 30 of 39 free throws (76.9%). He had 19 blocks.
Thompson, a 6-5, 195-pound sophomore guard from Tulsa, Oklahoma, who played in 20 games his injury-plagued freshman season at KU, has started seven of 10 games at Oklahoma State.
Thompson — he averages 8.5 points a game on 40.7% shooting (30.0% from three and 66.7% from the line) — missed the Dec. 13 game against Cleveland State and was limited to six minutes in a Dec. 18 loss to Houston because of a hip pointer injury.
Overall, he’s played 23.4 minutes a game for the Pokes (7-4), who, because of NCAA sanctions, are ineligible for the NCAA Tournament this postseason.
Thompson, the No. 21-ranked player in the recruiting Class of 2020 according to Rivals.com, averaged 4.6 points and 1.5 rebounds in 17.1 minutes a game his frosh season at KU. He started four games.
OSU had its Dec. 21 game against USC called off because of COVID-19 issues at USC. The Pokes’ next scheduled game is the Big 12 opener at Texas Tech on Jan. 1, followed by a home game against Kansas on Jan. 4.
Grant-Foster, a 6-7, 205-pound senior guard out of Kansas City Schlagle High School and Indian Hills Community College, has played in just one game at DePaul because of an undisclosed medical issue.
He scored nine points on 3-of-6 shooting while grabbing three rebounds while playing 15 minutes in the first half of the Blue Demons’ Nov. 10 season-opening win over Coppin State.
Lawrence Kreymer of depauliaonline.com reported that Grant-Foster was taken to the hospital at halftime of that game.
“We had a medical situation in the locker room at halftime with Tyon Grant-Foster,” DePaul coach Tony Stubblefield said after the opener as quoted by Kreymer. “But he is at a local hospital, stable and responsive.”
Since the opener, there’s been no official word on Grant-Foster’s condition and prospects for returning to action. Grant-Foster has not participated in pre-game warmups since the opener, according to Kreymer.
In his one season at KU, Grant-Foster averaged 3.1 points and 2.2 rebounds a game in 22 games. He logged 8.1 minutes a game.
The Blue Demons (9-1) have had three straight games canceled because of COVID-related issues. DePaul, which has defeated Louisville and Rutgers with its only loss to Loyola Chicago, is next scheduled to play Butler on Dec. 29 in Indianapolis.
Enaruna, a 6-8, 220-pound junior guard/forward from Almere Flevoland, Netherlands, has been a starter for the No. 9-ranked Iowa State Cyclones, who are off to a 12-0 start.
He has averaged 6.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in 16.6 minutes per game.
The athletic wing has converted 54.4% of his shots. He’s 2-of-4 from three and 11-of-14 (78.6%) from the line with four assists against 13 turnovers. He has eight blocks and eight steals.
Ranked No. 44 in the recruiting Class of 2019 by Rivals.com, Enaruna averaged 2.8 points and 1.6 assists his sophomore season at KU. He averaged 9.4 minutes a game in 25 games.
“What has really allowed the Cyclones to surprise under (first-year coach) T.J. Otzelberger has been the team’s remarkable defensive turnaround. Tyrese Hunter has been a ballhawk on the defensive end, while forwards Tristan Enaruna and George Conditt IV make life difficult on drives to the rim. The result? In five games against high-major teams, opponents are scoring just 0.83 points per possession,” wrote Kevin Sweeney of Sports Illustrated.
Sweeney’s comment also appeared in a story by Randy Peterson in the Des Moines Register.
ISU will meet Baylor on Jan. 1 in Ames, Iowa in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
Jossell, a 5-11, 160-pound sophomore guard from Chicago, who played high school basketball in Keller, Texas, has been a regular member of coach Kyle Keller’s rotation at Stephen F. Austin.
He’s finally healthy after undergoing surgery last spring to correct a heel problem that bothered Jossell his senior year of high school and his one season at KU.
Jossell averages 8.4 points a game on 40% shooting. He’s made 26 of 59 threes for 44.1%.
Making his first start for the Lumberjacks, Jossell hit three threes and scored nine points in a 80-72 loss to KU on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.
“He tries hard every day. He has great spirit. He is fun to be around. He is all of the things coach (Bill) Self said he was,” Keller said, adding, “he’s not very big. He’s a small 2-guard is what he is.”
Jossell hit 3 of 8 threes and scored 13 points while playing 27 minutes total in his one season for the Jayhawks.
The Lumberjacks (8-4) had a game against Jackson State set for Tuesday night canceled because of COVID issues in JSU’s program. Stephen F. Austin will next meet UTRGV on Dec. 30.
Four other former KU players are still playing college basketball.
Silvio De Sousa
De Sousa, a 6-9, 250-pound senior forward from Angola, who left KU’s team in October 2020, is completing his college career at Chattanooga, which is off to an 10-3 start.
A starter in all 13 games, he averages 12.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per outing. He has made 58.3% of his shots and 68.4% of his free throws. He’s 2-of-11 from three with 10 assists, 22 turnovers and 17 blocks.
He had career averages of 3.3 points and 3.3 rebounds a game at KU, where he was involved in the NCAA’s investigation regarding recruiting infractions. He also was suspended for his role in a brawl at the end of a game against Kansas State in the 2019-20 season as well as involved in a legal issue of which he was found not guilty of aggravated battery in court.
“There have been no problems and coach Lamont Paris has praised him for his work ethic and character,” reporter Joe Sullivan wrote in an article that appeared in the Tennessean on Dec. 14.
Moore, a 5-11, 180-pound sixth-year senior point guard from Chicago, is finishing his college career at Miami (Florida) after stops at Cal, DePaul and KU.
Moore, a starter in all 12 games, has averaged 10.8 points on 40.8% shooting for the 9-3 Hurricanes. He’s made 17 of 51 threes for 33.3%. He has 41 assists to 23 turnovers.
Moore averaged 2.9 points and 1.3 assists per game at KU in 2018-19. He averaged 13.1 minutes a game in 35 games (one start).
Elliott, a 6-4 guard from Southlake, Texas and former walk-on at KU, averages 8.4 points and 2.4 rebounds a game at 9-3 Texas Wesleyan. He has 19 assists and 16 turnovers in seven games at the NAIA school. He appeared in nine games in 2019-20 at KU.
Luinstra, a 6-2, 165-pound guard out of Free State High in Lawrence, is a junior at Central Missouri. The plan is for him to take a medical redshirt this season due to an ankle injury sustained in the fall. He averaged 5.6 points a game last season for the Mules. He started 15 of the team’s 22 games. A former KU walk-on, he played in 10 games for the Jayhawks in 2018-19.