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In KU basketball, transfers are usually leaving Lawrence, not arriving. The most well known transfer in recent memory was Lester Earl, who arrived from LSU under much scrutiny, but didn't provide much in terms of on the court production. He did have a loud car though. But this year two new transfers will be eligible. Will they contribute on the court?
Overview: Wesley comes from Lamar, where he averaged 1.2 points and 1.3 rebounds per game as a Freshman. Wesley was named his district's defensive player of the year his Senior year of high school. He's also the younger brother of former Jayhawk Keith Langford.
What he does well: Hopefully defend, because other than that not much. He reportedly has been working on his outside shot and he does have some good size so maybe he can be a decent shooter/good defender.
What he does poorly: Granted he didn't play much, but he had just a 27.1% eFG, a 7.8 defensive rebound percentage and shot just 63% from the line
Season outlook: He'll probably be nothing more than a semi last resort off the bench, but there's a possibility that if he defends well enough he could get some minutes.
Overview: Young averaged 10.7 ppg and 5.6 rpg as a Sophomore at Loyola Marymount. As a Freshman he set school Freshman records for rebounds, steals and blocks. He also had a 19 rebound game that year.
What he does well: Young is a big time energy guy. Despite being 6'8" he plays mostly at shooting guard and small forward and he really gets up and down the floor well. His Freshman year he had a 10.3% offensive rebounding rate and 15.9% on defense, but both of those marks fell off a bit in his Sophomore year. His shooting really improved in his Sophomore year, as he posted a 56.7% eFG.
What he does poorly: Young has a problem taking care of the ball (23% and 15% TO rates) which doesn't figure to get cured moving from the WCC to the Big 12. He struggles from the free throw line (62.2%) and shooting from the outside (21.8% as a Freshman, 31% as a Sophomore)
Season outlook: Young is probably going to be mostly a 9th man type guy but given how hard he plays and how Kansas was pretty sluggish to start a lot of games last year I wouldn't be surprised to see him used often as a spark off the bench.