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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Texas F Bolden plans 2 KU visits

Kansas University basketball recruiting.

Kansas University basketball recruiting.

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Kansas University basketball recruiting target Marques Bolden has scheduled two trips to KU. Bolden, a 6-foot-10, 240-pound senior forward from DeSoto (Texas) High who is ranked No. 14 nationally in the Class of 2016 by Rivals.com, will visit officially on Sept. 25-26. He will make an unofficial visit for Late Night in the Phog on Oct. 9.

Bolden told Jayhawkslant.com he wants “to get a closer look at Kansas. I talked to coach (Jerrance) Howard and he suggested that I come at a time when there weren’t any other recruits and then I’ll visit for Late Night unofficially when all the other recruits are on hand as well.

“I’m just looking forward to talking to coach (Bill) Self and really just getting a feel for Kansas and everything like that,” Bolden added. “Kansas is a very serious option for me.”

He will visit Duke on Sept. 18-19, which follows his recent unofficial trip to Durham, North Carolina. He also is considering Kentucky, Texas, Wake Forest, Louisville, Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas A&M; and UCLA.

Jackson wins slam dunk: KU recruiting target Josh Jackson, a 6-7 senior shooting guard from Prolific Prep in Napa, California, won the Under Armour Elite 24 slam dunk contest Friday on Pier 2 under the Brooklyn Bridge in New York.

Jackson, who is ranked No. 1 in the Class of 2016 by Rivals.com, defeated future Baylor player Mark Vital (6-5 from Dallas, ranked No. 72) in the finals. Jackson’s winning dunk is available at http://ljw.bz/1JbuHZm

Jackson — he recently scored 50 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in the Big Strick Classic in the Big Apple — has visited Maryland and tells Zagsblog.com he wants to visit KU, Arizona and Michigan State.

He also has UCLA, UNLV and Villanova on his list.

“I’m going to take an official visit to Kansas. I’m just not sure when yet,” he told Zagsblog.com. “It’s more than likely going to be a late decision (to pick a school).”

No. 11-ranked Terrance Ferguson, a 6-6 shooting guard from Tulsa, Oklahoma, who recently committed to Alabama, won the Elite 24 three-point contest. Eudora High junior Mitchell Ballock competed in the event but did not make the finals. He has been offered by KU, Kansas State, Iowa State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Indiana, UNLV and others.

The Under Armour game is set for 6 tonight on ESPNU. Team EZ Pass will consist of DeAndre Ayton, Troy Brown, Hamidou Diallo, Trevon Duval, Ferguson, Dewan Huell, Frank Jackson, Josh Jackson, Justin Jackson, T.J. Leaf, Thon Maker, Seventh Woods. Team Doo Be Doo: Edrice Adebayo, Rawle Alkins, Jarrett Allen, Udoka Azubuike, Jalek Felton, Markelle Fultz, Wenyen Gabriel, Mario Kegler, Shamorie Ponds, Billy Preston, Kobi Simmons and M.J. Walker.

Duval excelling: Trevon Duval, a 6-1 junior point guard from St. Benedict’s High School in New Jersey who is ranked No. 5 in the Class of 2017, has been dominating Under Armour Elite 24 practice sessions, Zagsblog.com reports.

He is considering KU, Arizona, Indiana, Louisville, UNLV, UCLA, Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina State, St. John’s, Maryland, Cal, Syracuse, Rutgers, Seton Hall and others.

Delaware native Duval also is in the process of picking a prep school for his senior season.

Kentucky loading up: Add another freshman player to the roster of Kentucky, which will meet KU on Jan. 30 in Allen Fieldhouse. Isaac Humphries, a 7-foot, 255-pounder from Australia who was ranked No. 35 in the Class of 2016, has reclassified to the Class of 2015 and will enroll at UK. He recently helped Australia’s Under 17 National Team win a silver medal at the FIBA Under 17 World championships. He averaged 18.9 points and 11.6 boards per game. The Wildcats also added 6-4 point guard standout Jamal Murray, the No. 9 rated player in the Class of 2015, this summer.

Comments

Dirk Medema 4 years, 7 months ago

Jamal Murray is not the No. 9 rated player in the Class of 2015. He may have been the No. 9 rated player in the Class of 2016 before reclassifying to 2015 in order to enroll at UK and fill some of the gaping holes in their 2015 recruiting class after so many misses this year.

Rob Bedford III 4 years, 7 months ago

UK missed on a lot of players. But they still have a top 2 class. With the addition of Isaac Humphries UK may come into AFH and walk out with a win.

Ron Sterling 4 years, 7 months ago

Adam's right. The class has only moved up so much because they kept adding solid players. Humphries is a project. He's a good project, but a project nonetheless. He's a good player, but will without a doubt be the worst athlete to come into Lexington in Calipari's time there. He also isn't much of a defender.

If we lose this game it likely won't hinge on the contributions of a loafing freshman center.

Rodney Crain 4 years, 7 months ago

Keep lining players up we should at least get one or two of these, right?

One, ?

Anyone?

Ron Sterling 4 years, 7 months ago

Shouldn't you be criticizing Calipari for having to scramble to add players to last year's class at the end of August?

Rodney Crain 4 years, 7 months ago

LOL Ron that is funny, wait you were serious???

Oh in that case you have no idea what you are talking about. I would love to have the talent that Cal gets year after year after year. If he has an off recruiting year (ranked top 5 now so that was a heck of a scramble) cause half his team leaves early for the draft and 6 of them get drafted I am going to give him a pass. Come on really? Try harder Ron. We can enjoy his scrambling but you cannot disregard what he has done at KY. It is stunning how much raw talent he has assembeled there.

Mercy.

Harlan Hobbs 4 years, 7 months ago

Excellent analysis, Adam. My only concern about this year has to do with Cheick Diallo. If he is not eligible, then our forecast changes significantly in my view.

I continue to keep my fingers crossed. The fact that he has already completed some summer classes at KU is hopefully is a good sign, However, I fully recognize that his eligibility will be determined by his past work in high school.

Rodney Crain 4 years, 7 months ago

Here is a thought the first visit Bolden commits at the end of it, late night at the phog he takes a victory welcome lap around AFH to our adoring fans!

Benz Junque 4 years, 7 months ago

Snacks better figure out how to land Bolden to KU. He needs a win as an assistant after all the misses and mistakes he's had lately. He isn't on the staff because of his great coaching. He's here to bring in recruits.

Marius Rowlanski 4 years, 7 months ago

Bolden has been recruited hard by Self and CO. Not signing him would be a big loss for us.

Rob Bedford III 4 years, 7 months ago

Bolden is visiting Kentucky 9/4/15. He will pick Kentucky or Duke over KU.

Benz Junque 4 years, 7 months ago

Both already have big men signed. I still think KU is the likely landing spot for Bolden.

Rob Bedford III 4 years, 7 months ago

I hope you are right. Bragg and Bolden has a nice ring to it. Much better than Bragg and Lucas.

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