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Former Memphis forward Tarik Black will spend senior year at Kansas

May 20, 2013, 6:40 PM EST

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Bill Self might be challenging Rick Pitino for the title of “best college basketball offseason”. At least from a coaching perspective.

Less than a week after top prep player Andrew Wiggins committed to the Jayhawks, Self got another big commitment, this one of a different one-year variety, as former Memphis forward Tarik Black has committed to spend his senior year in Lawrence, signing a grant-in-aid agreement, according to a release from the school.

Black will take advantage of the graduate transfer rule and be eligible for the 2013-14 season.

In three seasons with the Tigers, Black was both lauded for his play in the post and criticized this past season for not reaching his potential. After averaging 9.1 points and five rebounds as a freshman, then 10.7 points and 4.9 rebounds as a sophomore, Black’s numbers dropped to 8.1 and 4.8 in 2012-13.

The news also comes a few weeks after former Arkansas forward Hunter Mickelson decided he’s come to play for the Jayhawks.

With the 6-9, 262-pound Black adding to the post depth, it looks like a front line of Black and sophomore Perry Ellis could create possibly one of the more talented forward tandems in the Big 12 Conference.

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  1. imforbigblue - May 20, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Man KU is breaking out the check book this summer

  2. cranespy - May 22, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Wow……and I thought all this time the UK Championship predictions were aimed at God the Father Cal……now I know which UK will be there in early April!

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