Kansas Basketball quickly finds a replacement for Elmarko Jackson with transfer addition

The Kansas basketball team enters the 2024-2025 season as one of the deepest and most talented rosters in the country. However, Bill Self and the Jayhawks suffered a huge blow when incoming sophomore guard Elmarko Jackson tore his patellar tendon in youth camp earlier this week. The former McDonald’s All-American will miss the upcoming campaign completely.

Although he was expected to compete for significant bench minutes in his second year in Lawrence, Kansas quickly found a short-term solution to combat Jackson’s injury. Mississippi State graduate transfer Shakeel Moore committed to the Jayhawks yesterday, marking what will likely be the final move of the offseason for KU.

Considering Kansas lost one of its best players of the season, Moore is an exceptional replacement. The former Bulldog spent three years at Mississippi State and one year at NC State. He started 66 of the 99 games he played in over the past three campaigns, averaging 8.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists over that span.

Moore is a 6-foot-1 combo guard originally from Greensboro, North Carolina. He was a key contributor to a Bulldog team that reached the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons. His minutes are down from previous years in 2023-24, but he should see a significant role in Lawrence given the void he needs to fill.

He will fill the program’s twelfth grant on the list. Kansas has been linked to other players in the transfer portal, but this could be the Jayhawks’ final move if they want to complete the self-imposed scholarship cut that began last year.

Fans shouldn’t expect Moore to step in and immediately steal minutes from other players on the second unit, especially given his lack of familiarity with Coach Self’s system. However, it is encouraging for Jayhawk supporters to hear some positive news after the Jackson report leaked on Tuesday.

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