Agbaji to Return to Kansas for 2021-22 Season


Courtesy of Kansas Athletics

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji announced Tuesday that he will return to KU for the 2020-21 season. Agbaji declared for the 2021 NBA Draft in April but retained his NCAA eligibility while testing the draft waters.

“Jayhawk Nation, I’m coming back to KU this season,” Agbaji said. “Going through the process at the NBA Combine and team workouts has been a really good experience. I cannot thank my family enough, the NBA teams, my KU coaches and teammates, as well as everyone who supported me in this process. I am so looking forward to next season, playing in front of the best fans in basketball and contending for a national championship.”

“We are all very excited Ochai has made the decision to return for one more year,” KU head coach Bill Self said. “He did exactly what the process allows and encourages players to considering the Draft to do. He will be better for it and so will our basketball team. We believe Ochai is a first-round talent and I look forward to pushing him daily towards that. I can’t wait to have Ochai and our full complement of players here very soon.”

In 2020-21, Agbaji led the Big 12 in three-point field goals made (2.6), was fourth in three-point field goal percentage (37.7) and 12th in scoring (14.1). He averaged 3.7 rebounds and made three or more three-point field goals in 15 games. He had a career-high 26 points vs. Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship.

Agbaji has 77 consecutive career starts in 83 games played at Kansas. The Kansas City, Missouri, native is a two-time All-Big 12 honorable mention honoree and two-time academic all-conference selection. Agbaji, who pulled his redshirt 14 games into the 2018-19 season, enters his senior year with 920 career points and ranks tied for 18th in KU career three-point field goals made (147) and is 16th in career three-point field goals attempted (418).

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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