Two bits of news broke Friday afternoon that could go a long way to determine the ceiling for the 2019-20 Jayhawks. First, Isaiah Moss, a sharpshooting grad transfer from Iowa, put his name back into the transfer portal. Bill Self was courting Moss earlier this off-season, only to see the senior to commit to Arkansas. Per Jeff Goodman, Moss is now back on the market and may be a Kansas lean:
BREAKING: Isaiah Moss has re-opened his recruitment, source told @stadium. Iowa grad transfer had committed to Arkansas, but now back on board and all signs point to Kansas —the only other school he visited. If Jayhawks land Moss, they fill their biggest need: Perimeter shooting.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) June 7, 2019
Moss is 6'5 and would big a big asset to Kansas. As of now, sophomore Ochai Agbaji and junior Marcus Garrett are the only two wings on the team with any college experience. Agbaji started strong after his redshirt was pulled last year, only to fade as March approached. Garrett is a great on ball defender whose lack of shooting can put the offense in a tough spot. Moss is a decent defender, doesn't turn it over too much, and can make plays for others here and there. Though his 2 point shooting is concerning (38% last year), about a third of his shots were two point jumpers, and he hit only about a third of them. In KU's offense he likely wouldn't be asked to create 2 point looks, and could focus on perimeter shooting where he excels (42% on 114 attempts).
The second piece of news is a set time and date for top 50 HS recruit Jalen Wilson to announce his college decision after decomitting from Michigan last month. Wilson is a 6'8 wing billed as an outstanding three point shooter, and will announce his decision Wednesday June 12th at 2pm (I assume Eastern Time). Landing him along with Moss would give Bill Self multiple shooters to work with, and would take some pressure off of Wilson in his early development.
Of course, KU could still land just one, or neither. There are no other rumored destinations that I could find for Moss as of now, but Wilson is still considering Michigan and has North Carolina as a finalist as well. So far Moss hasn't said when he'll make his decision or if he intends to set up more visits, but it's possible that Kansas could have an area of need addressed very soon.