KU basketball's Tyon Grant-Foster enters transfer portal

Matt Galloway
Topeka Capital-Journal
Kansas junior guard Tyon Grant-Foster has entered the transfer portal, head coach Bill Self announced Monday. Grant-Foster averaged 3.1 points and 2.2 rebounds across 8.2 minutes per game in his first season with the Jayhawks.

LAWRENCE — Kansas basketball’s roster has undergone its first offseason adjustment.

Tyon Grant-Foster, a junior guard who averaged 8.2 minutes in the Jayhawks’ recently completed 2020-21 campaign, has entered the transfer portal, head coach Bill Self announced Monday. A former junior college standout at Indian Hills (Iowa) Community College, Grant-Foster’s lone season at KU finished with the 6-foot-7, 205-pounder posting 3.1 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.

Self said Grant-Foster informed him Monday of his decision to explore his options.

“I support that decision,” Self said in a news release. “We have all enjoyed Tyon being here. He is a tremendous young man that has a great future and we all support him moving forward in his basketball career.”

A Kansas City, Kan., native, Grant-Foster averaged 16.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots during his sophomore season with Indian Hills and finished his stint there as the nation’s No. 2-ranked junior college prospect. He never quite found his footing at KU, though, and was essentially out of the rotation by season’s end — Grant-Foster played just 30 total minutes across the Jayhawks’ final 13 games.

Grant-Foster reached double-figure scoring just once while at KU, recording 13 points on 5-for-10 shooting with seven rebounds in 20 minutes in the Jayhawks' 95-50 victory over Omaha on Dec. 11 in Lawrence. That contest represented just one of two occasions where Grant-Foster played at least 20 minutes — he notched a 22-minute appearance on Dec. 5 in a 65-61 home victory over North Dakota State, scoring the go-ahead basket with just over a minute left and adding a game-sealing block in the final seconds.

Grant-Foster played nine minutes in KU's season-ending loss to USC on March 22 in Indianapolis, scoring seven points on 3-for-7 shooting with two rebounds and two turnovers in the three-seeded Jayhawks' 85-51 defeat to the six-seeded Trojans in the Round of 32 at the NCAA Tournament.

If Grant-Foster does indeed opt to go elsewhere, that decision would create an open scholarship for KU to use on either its own transfer or another Class of 2021 prospect. That new Jayhawk would almost certainly be a guard — the team currently has three incoming players, and all are forwards (four-star recruits K.J. Adams and Zach Clemence and three-star recruit Sydney Curry).