Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Jayhawks offer scholarship to 2013 point guard Demetrius Jackson


Demetrius Jackson, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound senior basketball point guard from Marian High in Mishawaka, Ind., has received a scholarship offer from Kansas University.

Jackson,’s No. 70-rated player in the Class of 2013, told he has received offers from KU, Louisville, Notre Dame, Butler, Florida State, Illinois, Memphis, Michigan State and Xavier. Jackson said he would take some campus visits, then choose a college before the start of his senior season.

“I love everything about the school, especially the Jayhawk nation,” Jackson told after leading MBA Select AAU to a 17-and-under championship Sunday at the Adidas Invitational in Indianapolis.

“Also, just talking to coach (Bill) Self and coach (Norm) Roberts, they’re not only great coaches, but great guys. That really interests me, when I can sit down and have a conversation with two great people and not just have it be about basketball.”

Like Self and Roberts, Brian Flinn of attended the Adidas tourney.

“Jackson would have been the best point guard in the 17-under field had it not been for the absurd play of Hill,” Flinn said of Florida Elite’s Kasey Hill, a 6-1 guard who has committed to Florida. “He got to the rim whenever he wanted and showed how explosive he can be. He finished the final day with two 20-plus point outings.”

Possible KU recruits: Here’s a list of some other top senior prospects being recruited by KU. Of course, there could be others, as well. KU coaches do not comment on recruiting in accordance with NCAA rules.

  • Anthony Barber, 6-2, 165, PG, Hampton (Va.) High: The country’s No. 9-ranked player has said he will visit KU and Alabama.
  • Julius Randle, 6-9, 240, PF, Prestonwood Christian Academy, Plano, Texas: No. 2-ranked player, who was a high school teammate of KU’s Zach Peters, lists KU, Kentucky, Duke, Baylor, Texas, North Carolina, Missouri and others.
  • Jermaine Lawrence, 6-9, 200, PF, Pope John XXIII High, Sparta, N.J.: No. 19-ranked player lists KU, St. John’s, Syracuse, Cincinnati, Rutgers, Florida and UNLV.
  • Chris Walker, 6-9, 220, PF, Holmes County High, Bonifay, Fla.: No. 6-rated player lists KU, Florida, Kentucky, Louisville, Ohio State, UCLA and Baylor.
  • Jabari Parker, 6-8, 220, SF, Chicago Simeon High: No. 1-rated player lists KU, Duke, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, DePaul, BYU, Georgetown, Michigan State and Stanford.
  • Detrick Mostella, 6-3, 170, SG, New Hope Academy, Landover Hills, Md.: No. 69-rated player, who is originally from Alabama, tells he has a top three of KU, Georgetown and Texas A&M.

- Jarell Martin, 6-9, 220, PF, Madison Prep, Baton Rouge, La. No. 13-rated player lists KU, Arizona, Alabama, Baylor, Louisville, LSU, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M and UCLA.

  • Karviar Shepherd, 6-10, 225, C, Grace Prep, Arlington, Texas: No. 34-rated player lists KU, Baylor, Oklahoma State, SMU, TCU, Texas and UCLA.
  • Allerik Freeman, 6-4, 210, SG, Findlay Prep, Henderson, Nev.: No. 39-rated player originally from Charlotte N.C., lists KU, Ohio State, Duke, Villanova, and UCLA.
  • Jordan Mickey, 6-7, 210, PF, Grace Prep, Arlington, Texas: No. 51-rated player lists KU, Kentucky, Ohio State, Louisville, Alabama, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, SMU, Texas A&M and others.
  • Semi Ojeleye, 6-6, 215, SF, Ottawa High. No. 36-rated player lists KU, Arizona, Duke, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas State, Missouri, UCLA and others.
  • Isaiah Lewis, 6-3, 160, SG, Christ the King, Brooklyn, N.Y.: No. 126-rated player has received offers from Oklahoma State, Seton Hall, South Florida, Memphis, Louisville, and Villanova. He also lists KU, Miami (Fla.), Washington, West Virginia, and Rhode Island.
  • Marcus Lee, 6-8, 200, PF, Deer Valley High, Antioch, Calif. No. 33-rated player says KU, Arizona, Duke, Texas A&M and UCLA have all offered scholarships.

- Wayne Selden, 6-5, 225, SF, Tilton School, Tilton, N.H.: No. 21-rated player lists KU, UCLA, Virginia, Duke, UConn, Boston College, Florida and others.

  • James Young, 6-6, 200, SG, Troy (Mich.) High: No. 8-rated player lists Kentucky, Arizona, KU, Missouri, Michigan State and Ohio State.
  • Keith Frazier, 6-5, 185, SG, Kimball High, Dallas: No. 14-rated player lists KU, SMU, Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and others.
  • Tyler Roberson, 6-8, 210, SF, Roselle Catholic, Roselle, N.J.: No. 53-rated player lists KU, Pitt, Cincinnati, UConn, Florida and many others.
  • Rysheed Jordan, 6-4, 185, PG, Vaux Roberts High, Philadelphia: No. 16-rated player lists KU, Maryland, Syracuse, Rutgers, Temple, Xavier, and Villanova.
  • Austin Nichols, 6-8, 193, PF, Briarcrest Christian, Eads, Tenn.: No. 43-rated player lists KU, Duke, Florida, Louisville, Ohio State, North Carolina, and others.

KU has received oral commitments from No. 28 Conner Frankamp, a 6-1 combo guard from Wichita North and No. 31 Brannen Greene, a 6-7 small forward from Tift County High, Forsyth, Ga. The Jayhawks will have at least four scholarships available, more if any non-seniors leave the program.

This, that: Former KU guard Josh Selby scored 35 points in Memphis’ 83-77 loss to Washington on Tuesday in NBA summer league play in Las Vegas. The Grizzlies’ combo guard hit 7 of 8 threes and had seven steals, one assist and two turnovers in 32 minutes. ... Former KU forward Markieff Morris had 24 points, 17 rebounds and six blocks in Phoenix’s 89-74 loss to Cleveland. ... Future KU guard Frankamp will have his injured foot in a boot four weeks, Wichita North coach Gary Squires told the Wichita Eagle. Frankamp has a hairline fracture in his left foot. Frankamp said on Sunday he’s ticketed to miss between four to eight weeks of basketball.


Ralster Jayhawk 1 year, 9 months ago

Ok, a post about Demetrius Jackson. 6'1 and 180lbs prior to his senior year. He may possibly grow 1inch and gain a bit of weight? Could be a potential RussRob type. Lets start some hype! Article says he "led" his team to the championship. Simply say that is a good sign. (minimal spin-zone required). Keep an eye on this kid's senior season.


Jay Dogger 1 year, 9 months ago

If we sign a second PG for the '13 class I think that means either Adams or Doyle will be One And Flush (assuming they both qualify). If we sign one of the PGs (in addition to Frankamp) then we will have only one schollie remaining. Plus, there are no scholarship seniors on the roster next year.


William Blake 1 year, 9 months ago

Wow.... that is a long list!

I noticed there is only one player 6'10"... and the rest are shorter.

Granted there are few (if any) big guys available next year who show promise. Perhaps CS should talk to Sasha Kaun. I bet Sasha has a few contacts for big men... at least in the eastern block.


Jack Wilson 1 year, 9 months ago

Ah, back from a week of vacation. Tough to stay away from KU hoops, but a real vacation means disconnecting for a bit. Looks like I'll have a bit of reading to do this evening.

Looks like Jackson is one of those conditional offers .. "hey, we want you to play here but if you decide you want to commit, please get with us first" .. so Self can go to Barber or perhaps another target and determine if going with Jackson is the best move.


LAJayhawk 1 year, 9 months ago

**LAJayhawk's Seemingly Insignificant and Random Comment About a Miniscule Part of Today's Basketball Recruiting News Piece:

I'm a little surprised that under Julius Randle, Gary put NC State under the "others" of schools recruiting him. There are several who actually think NC State may be his number 1 choice at this point, although that is mostly just speculation.

**This concludes LAJayhawk's Seemingly Insignificant and Random Comment About a Miniscule Part of Today's Basketball Recruiting News Piece.


FLJHK 1 year, 9 months ago

Great to see Jaybate in such fine form during these long Summer days. Warriers can't afford to rest.

Another beautiful season of KU hoops is coming soon. It's amazing just how different this season's team is relative to last. LOTS of pieces awaiting the master to put them together in ways we can't now foresee.

I can't wait!


jaybate 1 year, 9 months ago

"Today's Compressed Basketball Comentary"

Dick Vitale 😱

John Calipari 👿

Andrea Hudy 💪

Bill Self 👍 👏

Bruce Weber 👎

Scott Drew 💤

Jay Bilas 👌


Fizzou 👆

Scott Pollard 👽


Michelle Beadle 👀

Outta here.


bennybob 1 year, 9 months ago

I'm interpretting this as a sign that the coaching staff is nervous about there position with Anthony Barber.

We need bigs much more than we need anymore guards. especially if Ellis is really gonna play the 3 like Selfs been saying.


jaybate 1 year, 9 months ago

"Bruce Weber by the Numbers, or Ripping on Bruce, Because He Apparently Purposely Came to KSU to Try to Prove Something Against Bill Self"

Numbers don't always tell the tale, but sometimes they come pretty close.

~Bruce Weber's overall record at Illinois with Bill Self's material: 89-16, .848

~Bruce Weber's record at Illinois with Bruce Weber's material: 121-85, .587

~Bruce Weber's conference record at Illinois with Bill Self's material: 39-9, .812

~Bruce Weber's conference record at Illinois with Bruce Weber's material: 50-56, .472

~Bruce Weber's conference titles at Illinois with Bill Self's material: 2

~Bruce Weber's conference titles at Illinois with Bruce Weber's material: 0

~Bruce Weber's lowest conference finish at Illinois: 9th

~Bill Self's lowest conference finish at Illinois: 2rd

~Bruce Weber's Overall winning percentage at Illinois: .675

~Bill Self's Overall winning percentage at Illinois: .765

~Bruce Weber's overall winning percentage at KSU: undefined

~Bill Self's overall winning percentage at KU: .838

Inference: Bruce better get some of Bill Self's material fast.



Tony Bandle 1 year, 9 months ago

In reponse to your good question, rapichard, I have come to the opinion that to offer a scholarship is now merely the first step in the prolonged dance of the recruitment waltz.

To modify a phrase from the movie, Jerry Maguire, "show me the interest".

{Of course, in Kentucky's case, "Show me the money", is totally accurate!!}


Ben Kane 1 year, 9 months ago

KU recruiting is falling off the map. At this rate our program will be in the toilet within 2 years. Bill Self has proved he can't do anything unless he has the top 5 recruits in the nation. It's been almost 4 months since we were in a national championship game, time to get a new coach.

(laying it on pretty thick if you didn't notice)


nuleafjhawk 1 year, 9 months ago

I think I read through all the comments.

Was there even ONE remark about Demetrius Jackson ?


jayhawkinATL 1 year, 9 months ago

Man, our guys sure can light up summer league!!!


Fortesque Beagleton 1 year, 9 months ago

That's a long list of recruits, but only one is 6'10" and none are taller than that. Our overall length will be very good in the next few years - everywhere but at the center position. With Wtihey gone after this season we will only have one player on the roster who is 6'10"+. I think we've seen the advantages in having a legit 7 footer in last years' Big12 DPOY, and Aldrich (yeah, only 6'11" but with a massive arm span) before him. Here's hoping another coachable 7 footer will come out of the woodwork soon.


Tony Bandle 1 year, 9 months ago

HMMMM...a very unique class ....we could have a Walker for our dogs, a Barber for our hair, a Parker for our cars and a Shepard for our flock!!

All kidding aside, this is an impressive list of fine young men who could be potential Jayhawks.


jaybate 1 year, 9 months ago

• Four players, maybe more needed...ya gotta love recruiting to coach.

• Norm's and Bill's old dog and poney show still plays with the kids, if Demetrious is any indication.

• Please basketball god, let Bill rediscover Wooden's old high post offence he ran with Wicks, Rowe and Patterson. We will go 40-0 and win the ring if he does.

• This year's Tour de France is the first dull one in my 15 year addiction. :'(. NBC may be the culprit, or the Brit Twit Bradley Wiggins.

• EJ's he going to be okay?

• As I said, all realignment moves have to wait till after the Presidential election.

• Will KU get new look uniforms. Last year's were not special.

• Insecure Bruce Webber is going to perform a mock burial of Frank Martin. He is going to put the feet of a paper machette statue of Frankie in concrete tennis shoes and drop it off the back of a boat at Tuttle Creek reservoir.

• Bruce Webber's job description actually includes, "once each week employee will take a turn shovelling manure at the large animal experimentation barns."

• Bill Snyder has reported been tasked with teaching Webber not to whine.

• Bruce Webber's official title is "interim head coach" until he beats KU.

• Bruce has been already asked Scott Drew about the best way to run past Bill Self after losses.

(Note: all fiction. No malice.)


AsadZ 1 year, 9 months ago

ESPN had one of Kieff blocks on Top Ten this morning. It is awesome. Hope he and Marcus make some noise in NBA this year.


RJ King 1 year, 9 months ago

This is a great aggregate list. I'm confident KU will land two more quality players from this group. And I will easily fall in love with ANY of these possible future Jayhawks. It's like the excitement that comes with a new puppy - full of energy and promise. I look at pups and say, "I want that one, I want that one!" (And especially the pup who seems to want you too!)

Then I remember and reflect on the older dogs, who've been trained, mellowed, and been with me every step of the way. I'm really looking forward to 2012-13 - for EJ, Travis, and Jeff to be the "old dogs." They have arrived and their time is now.


KUFan90 1 year, 9 months ago

Wow...some big numbers by Selby and Kieff! Let's hope some of this carries over into their NBA seasons next year.


tyty1984 1 year, 9 months ago

Im really excited about this squad! Hopefully our connection through Peters/Randle Doyle and Frankamp with Parker, we can convince one or both of them to KU!


phogphan2000 1 year, 9 months ago

Between what Self has said about BMac, what Withey's said about Wesley/Ellis/Lucas/Peters/Traylor, how well Frankamp played for the US team before the injury and all the other talented players playing for or considering KU, so little for fans to worry about. Plenty of work for the staff to do in keeping up with recruits and developing players, but for the fans just a lot of enjoying quality KU basketball.


Jay Dogger 1 year, 9 months ago

That might be Selby's best game since the USC game in December '10.


Frankenhawk 1 year, 9 months ago

If I'm not mistaken, Frankamp was recently moved up to #28 or thereabouts.


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