University of Kansas

Kansas signs Liberty basketball transfer Evan Maxwell

The Kansas men’s basketball team officially added to its recruiting class Monday, with coach Bill Self announcing the signing of Liberty transfer Evan Maxwell. The 6-foot-10 forward orally committed to KU on May 14.

“What we saw in Evan was a young man that is very skilled,” Self said. “He needs strength development that I think will come naturally. I think he will be a guy, barring any unforeseen things happening, that spends a ton of time in the weight room and will be playing against really good players in practice every day.

“He’ll learn how to be a go-to-guy offensively in practice and a guy that can give us a lot of added depth up front when he becomes eligible the next year.”

Maxwell averaged 10 points and 4.8 rebounds as a sophomore for Liberty. Because of transfer rules, he will redshirt next year and will be a junior in 2017-18.

“Evan had an opportunity to go to a lot of places,” Self said, “and we feel fortunate that he chose Kansas to spend his next three years.”

Even with Maxwell’s signing, KU has two available scholarships for next season. Guard Josh Jackson (No. 1 ranked player), center Udoka Azubuike (31st) and forward Mitch Lightfoot (107th) join Maxwell in the Jayhawks’ 2016 recruiting class.