A few weeks ago, Kansas head coach Bill Self advised reporters that Kansas wasn’t done loading up on talent for the 2013-14 season. He said they still were hoping to add not one, but as many as two more players.
In what’s the equivalent of the rich getting richer, Kansas added another high caliber talent to its already loaded roster, as Memphis transfer Tariq Black, chose the Jayhawks on Monday.
The news comes almost a week after the Jayhawks landed top recruit Andrew Wiggins.
Black will be eligible immediately for next season, as he has already received a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership from the University of Memphis.
“We received Tarik’s financial aid papers earlier today and we are thrilled he has chosen to play his final year of college basketball at KU,” Self said in a statement. “He will be a huge addition both physically and emotionally, especially from a leadership standpoint, as he will be the most experienced guy on our team entering next season.”
Black was solid at Memphis, last season, averaging 8.1 points and 4.8 rebounds with 20 blocks and 22 steals, while starting five games for the Tigers, who finished 31-5 and appeared in the NCAA Tournament.
“Tarik has played in a ton of big games and certainly has had good experience at Memphis,” Self said. “He’s used to winning and can help us in both of our big positions. He can play the four and the five and we look forward to moving him around. He’ll be an impact player that certainly changes the outlook of our team and makes us more versatile.”
Black averaged 9.3 and 4.9 rebounds, while starting 60 games in his 102 game career with the Tigers. His best season at Memphis came in 2011-12, when he averaged 10.7 points as a sophomore. That season, he was named to the All Conference USA Second Team, while garnering Conference USA’s All-Defensive Team and All-Tournament Team honors.
“Tarik had a very good experience at Memphis playing for Josh Pastner,” Self said. “He was a great high school player under Wes Henning at Ridgeway and I think his transition will be smooth.”