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Florida Gulf Coast’s Julian DeBose will join KU for World University Games

Kansas head coach Bill Self.
Kansas head coach Bill Self. The Associated Press

Kansas coach Bill Self has received another short-term loan from a former KU coach.

Senior guard Julian DeBose, a 6-foot-4 guard, will join the Kansas roster for the World University Games in South Korea, where the Jayhawks will represent the United States in early July.

DeBose’s addition was necessary after sophomore Devonte’ Graham suffered a quad injury that will sideline him for the next month. DeBose, who will be a senior at Florida Gulf Coast University, averaged 11.6 points per game as a junior while playing for former KU assistant Joe Dooley.

DeBose arrived in Lawrence on Saturday, KU coach Bill Self said, and DeBose will return to Florida Gulf Coast after the tournament.

“When Devonte’ went down we were scrambling for a replacement,” Self said. “Joe (Dooley) had talked to us all along about Julian. I called Joe after Devonte’s injury, and Julian was able to take the next 25 days off on three days’ notice and got here.”

Listed at 6 feet 4, DeBose shot 43 percent from the field last season and also recorded 3.9 rebounds per game.

“Joe (Dooley) said he will remind us a lot of (former KU guard) Travis Releford,” Self said. “He’s got good size. He’s a jack of all trades and a great energy guy.”

The Jayhawks previously picked up SMU guard Nic Moore, who plays for Mustangs coach Larry Brown, to bolster backcourt depth after junior wing Brannen Greene underwent offseason hip surgery.

DeBose could play this week in exhibition games against Team Canada at the Sprint Center. The Jayhawks open exhibition play at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

The addition of DeBose means Self will have the following roster for the games: Guards DeBose, Moore, Frank Mason, Wayne Selden, Lagerald Vick, Evan Manning and Tyler Self; forwards Carlton Bragg, Jamari Traylor, Landen Lucas, Perry Ellis and Hunter Mickelson.

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