Sunday, September 7, 2014

Top prospects to attend Late Night as a group

Kansas University basketball recruiting.

Kansas University basketball recruiting.


In an interesting recruiting twist, Class of 2015 blue-chip prospects Stephen Zimmerman, Jaylen Brown, Carlton Bragg and Brandon Ingram will visit both Kansas University and Kentucky as a Fab Four group.

They’ll be in Lawrence for the Oct. 10 Late Night in the Phog and Lexington, Kentucky, for the Oct. 17 Big Blue Madness.

“It just happens to be the Midnight Madness stuff at both schools, and that is usually the best time for recruits to visit and when coaches want players to see all the fun they have and when they want us to come,” Zimmerman, a 7-foot senior from Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas, told “It is still kind of like every man for himself, but at the end of the day you have friends and people you can trust, and some players do package deals and stuff.

“You can make it fun to interact or just do what you want to do for yourself. Both work.”

Zimmerman,’s No. 10-rated player who also has set up visits to North Carolina, UCLA and Arizona, said he expects it’ll be tough to pick a school.

“If I like more than one school at the end, I will sit down with my parents and go over each one of them, Zimmerman told the website. “I am a senior now and will be leaving for college soon. I have to look at who will be there when I get to school and playing styles and stuff like that. I have to really get in depth if I don’t just get that natural feel at one school, because at this time I have interest in all the schools.”

The story on Zimmerman is available at

In homes coming: reports that coach Bill Self will hold an in-home visit with No. 3-rated Malik Newman, a 6-3 shooting guard from Callaway High in Jackson, Mississippi, on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, he will visit both No. 2-rated Brown, a 6-7, 200-pound senior 6-7 small forward from Wheeler High in Marietta, Georgia, as well as No. 18 Ingram, a 6-8 forward from Kinston (North Carolina) High.

On Thursday, Self will visit No. 14 Bragg, a 6-9 forward from Villa Angela St. Joseph in Cleveland.

On Friday, he’ll visit with No. 6 Cheick Diallo, a 6-9, 220-pound forward from Our Savior New American in Centereach, New York.

On Sept. 15, Self will hold an in-home with No. 10 Zimmerman.

On Sept. 16, Self will visit No. 7 Ivan Rabb, 6-9, 210 from Bishop O’Dowd in Oakland, California.

And on Sept. 17, he’ll visit No. 19 Tyler Dorsey, 6-4 guard from Pasadena, California.

Svi here Monday: KU freshman guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk of the Ukraine will likely be traveling to KU on Monday, KU coach Bill Self said at Saturday’s KU-Southeast Missouri State football game at Memorial Stadium. If flights don’t work out, he’ll likely be here no later than Thursday.

The 6-foot-8 Mykhailiuk just completed a busy summer in which he played for Ukraine’s FIBA World Cup team and Under 18 team.

Junior offered: KU has offered a scholarship to No. 27-rated junior Isaac Humphries, a 6-10 center from La Lumiere School in La Porte, Indiana, according to He has also heard from Duke, Arizona and many others.


Tony Bandle 7 years, 3 months ago

Will we have schollies to give a "Fab Four"????? Alexander, Selden, Ellis [maybe], Oubre????........I really don't know!!!

Dirk Medema 7 years, 3 months ago

I seem to recall reading that Self has one in his pocket. Also guessing that Coach will always over-recruit after being left with holes in the past.

Suzi Marshall 7 years, 3 months ago

News Flash - to KU Travel Department

It's not that hard to get from the Ukraine to Kansas City. I've done it a few times.

Mykhailiuk can drive or take multiple commuter flights from Cherkasy to Kiev.

From Kiev, UA/Lufthansa offers 8 daily two stop service from Kiev to Kansas City (KBP-MCI). Total transportation time from Kiev - Kansas City between 21 - 23 hours. (

If he spent the weekend with family/friends and left Monday, he'd be landing at MCI Wednesday.

Maybe Gary Bedore can track the flights!

Scott Yessen 7 years, 3 months ago

What is everyones thoughts on those 4 coming together?

Shannon Gustafson 7 years, 3 months ago

I'm not a big fan of them coming as a "package deal" but from Zimmerman's comments it doesn't sound like that's what they're trying to do, they are just doing their visits together.

Greg Lux 7 years, 3 months ago

Only the media is calling them the fab four. I have read nothing about them all wanting or intending to attend the same school.

Rodney Crain 7 years, 3 months ago

I would be thrilled if we got a commitment from anyone in the top 70, there are only 32 left!

Jonathan Allison 7 years, 3 months ago

Knowing how recruiting goes, you may be right about getting just one, but I hope that we can land two.

Zimmerman is obviously one of Self's primary targets. It's so nice to have a 7-footer on the floor.

But he also seems to still be trying to shore up his ball-handling corps, and since there's not a lot of true PGs out there, that likely means someone that has the tools to maybe develop into a point but projects more like a SG or SF a la Newman or Dorsey.

Jonathan Allison 7 years, 3 months ago

Scott, there's about a 0.1 percent chance that all four players attend the same school. Nothing that Zimmerman said led me to believe that that was even something they're considering.

Of those four players, they are 6'7 and 6'8 SFs and 6-9 PF and a 7-footer.

In terms of replacing our departures, should we need to replace everyone who is a potential to leave to the NBA draft that would mean Selden, Oubre, Alexander, and perhaps Ellis (though Ellis is nearly a lock to stay for his senior year). The makeup of that as a 4 man recruiting class makes some sense at least to replace 4 likely starters. So it's possible, but I give it a 1 in 1000 chance.

We should focus on Zimm as well as a big wing player with good skills and a tall PG/combo G. A three man class made up of Zimm, Brown/Ingram, and Newman/Dorsey would be a most excellent haul of talent. Especially considering the likely departures of Selden and Alexander and potential departure of Oubre.

And Self does have one scholly left over this year that will likely reward a walk-on like Christian Garrett.

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