Kansas basketball’s Joseph Yesufu wants people ‘to see a different me’

LAWRENCE – Joseph Yesufu is moments away from the start of Kansas basketball’s parade on April 10, and he’s already looking ahead to the future.

Yesufu is relishing the opportunity he has to celebrate the national championship he helped the Jayhawks earn, of course. The guard, who transferred in from Drake ahead of the 2021-22 season, has never been in a parade like this before. But he’s being asked about what’s next, and it’s clear the topic has been on his mind.

Yesufu volunteers that after the day of the parade, his focus will turn back to getting in the gym. He’s explaining just how motivated he is, after a season in which he played in 34 games off the bench and averaged 9.2 minutes per appearance, and people saying “are going to see a different me.”

With expected departures like super-senior guard Remy Martin and others, and currently no finalized newcomers outside of four high school signees, Yesufu could enjoy a more significant role next season.

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Kansas players Joseph Yesufu (right) and Kyle Cuffe Jr.  (left) celebrate during the Jayhawks' national championship parade earlier this month in Lawrence.

“Remy brought a different type of game to this team, and of course I’m looking to fill that role,” said Yesufu, a sophomore this past season, when asked specifically about Martin. “But I’m trying to bring something else, too.”

At the top of the list, Yesufu said, is to work on leadership. Yesufu, who spent two seasons at Drake before joining Kansas, said he feels he’s spending the necessary time in the gym. He’s confident that will translate into games.

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