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Former KU signee Marcus Adams Jr. headed to Gonzaga

Former Kansas signee Marcus Adams Jr. is headed to Gonzaga, according to a report from Joe Tipton of

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Former Kansas freshman Marcus Adams Jr. (21) smiles during the Bill Self summer camp at Allen Fieldhouse in mid-June. Adams announced his plans to leave the program earlier this month and is headed to Gonzaga to start his college career. [Chance Parker photo] 

Former Kansas signee Marcus Adams Jr. is headed to Gonzaga, according to a report from Joe Tipton of

Adams, who had arrived at KU for summer school as a member of KU’s 2023 recruiting class, announced a week ago that he was leaving the program in search of a new opportunity elsewhere.

According to several reports, the 6-foot-8 wing received plenty of interest from other schools after announcing his decision to leave Kansas.

But the Los Angeles native elected to stay out west in choosing Gonzaga, even though the school’s campus is only a few hundred miles closer to L.A. than the KU campus.

After the news broke, Adams was on social media showing frustration about the way his decisions were received by some Kansas fans on Twitter and Instagram. It’s hard to know for sure if the people who harassed him for his decision to leave KU were actually Kansas fans, but it’s clear that the interaction bothered him.

Initially a member of the 2024 recruiting class, Adams reclassified up into the 2023 class to join the Kansas program in time for the 2023-24 season.

Adams arrived at KU as one of 11 players on scholarship for the upcoming season. And, with one of those — Zach Clemence — planning to redshirt, KU was down to just 10 scholarship players at the time Adams announced his plans to leave.

KU coach Bill Self recently told reporters that Adams’ departure would not negatively impact KU’s plan for its rotation during the 2023-24 season and that the Jayhawks would like to add another player to fill the empty spot.

Technically, KU could add two players, but it remains to be seen if the current pool of talent produces two players that Self and company would be willing to add for the season.

The Jayhawks will head to Puerto Rico on Aug. 1 for a summer exhibition tour — allowed once every four years — and Self said adding a player before then would be the ideal scenario in a perfect world.

It remains to be seen if there’s time for that to happen, though, and it’s hard to envision KU adding a body just to add a body if they’re forced to rush the process.

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