Jayhawks look to Gradey Dick to make ‘huge impact’ early

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Published: Oct. 19, 2022 at 5:01 PM CDT
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KWCH) - Just two players return to the Kansas Jayhawks team having played significant roles in big-time minutes.

Outside of Jalen Wilson and Dajuan Harris, Bill Self is looking to the rest of the roster to fill voids left by players no longer in the program following last season’s national championship.

As far as the team’s freshmen go, Self expects Sunrise Christian standout Gradey Dick to play a key role early.

“Gradey Dick has been everything we thought he would be thus far. You know, he’s got a high release as 6-foot-8. he can get a shot off and certainly can really shoot the basketball,” Self said Wednesday at Big 12 Media Days in Kansas City, Missouri. “Right now I’d say Gradey probably has the biggest chance to have a huge impact early.”

Dick, a McDonald’s All-American who played at SCA after previously playing at Wichita Collegiate, was the 2022 Gatorade Player of the Year, becoming just the second Jayhawk to earn the distinction alongside Andrew Wiggins.

A two-time Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year, earning the honor at Wichita Collegiate in 2019-20 and at Sunrise Christian Academy in 2021-22, he averaged 17.9 points and 5.2 rebounds while shooting 51.3 percent from the field and 46.7 percent from three-point range as a senior.

“On the court, he’s a lights-out shooter,” Kevin McCullar Jr. said. “He’s competing on both ends of the floor right now, another guy like myself who’s versatile.”

But his teammates have seen him embrace trying to make the leap to the next level.

“I see a confident guy, a confident shooter,” Jalen Wilson said. “One thing he’s really doing is willing to learn. He’s looking at coaches, different players and wants to absorb everything he can.”