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Sunday, May 17, 2015

LaGerald Vick commits to Kansas

AAU coach says 6-foot-5 guard had great campus visit to KU Wednesday through Friday

Kansas University basketball recruiting.

Kansas University basketball recruiting.

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LaGerald Vick, a 6-5, 175-pound senior shooting guard from Douglass High in Memphis, has committed to play basketball at Kansas University, Vick's AAU coach confirmed to the Journal-World on Sunday night.

Vick, who recently reopened his recruiting after decommitting from SMU, chose KU over Kentucky, Kansas State, Auburn and others.

Team Thad AAU coach Norton Hurd told the Journal-World Vick had a great visit to KU from Wednesday through Friday. He visited Kansas State the previous weekend. He is still officially a member of the recruiting Class of 2016 where he is ranked No. 137 by Rivals.com. He will soon decide whether to reclassify to 2015 and play for KU this season. Hurd said there’s a good chance he’ll be in the Class of 2015.

“He loved the facilities and people at Kansas,” Hurd told the J-W. “He is confident Kansas is the place for him. He’s really happy with his decision.”

Hurd compared Vick’s potential to that of former KU player Ben McLemore. Indeed, Vick is known as a natural scorer.

Vick originally committed to SMU last October over offers from Georgia Tech, Alabama, Memphis, Mississippi, Providence, Tennessee, Western Kentucky, Auburn, California, Baylor, Indiana, Florida State and others.

He averaged 26.0 points and 11.0 rebound a game for Douglass this past season. He averaged 24.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 3.0 steals in 2013-14.

Comments

Tyler Capone 6 years, 6 months ago

welcome LaGerald! I wanted this kid pretty badly knowing he could join the 2015 class and help contribute with Carlton and Cheick. Our teams looking pretty good...so far. Go Jayhawks#

Lex Valdez 6 years, 6 months ago

Welcome to Lawrence Mr Vick! What a great year 2015-16 will be for us Jayhawks!

Benz Junque 6 years, 6 months ago

Where's all the people complaining about how recruiting was shaping up now?

Tom Jones 6 years, 6 months ago

Most of them changed their tune to "it was bad when I commented" because they don't really...understand recruiting.

Jesse Johnson 6 years, 6 months ago

Great! I like his size. A little worried about his ceiling considering his low rank but let's hope he is a diamond in the rough, like mason.

Now let's get another 4 year player to start developing for the future!

Ben Simonett 6 years, 6 months ago

Great signing, but lets hold of on Mclemore comparisons. expecting anyone ranked outside the top 20 to be a top 10 NBA draft pick is stretching it

Ryan Mullen 6 years, 6 months ago

Does anyone know why he decommitted from SMU? Please someone from the LJW do some investigating. Why would we go after a Larry Brown decommit?

Aaron Paisley 6 years, 6 months ago

I'm guessing because of his reclassifying into the 2015 class.

Tyler Capone 6 years, 6 months ago

so somebody outside of the top 20 High School rankings can't be a top 10 pick? You do know McLemore wasn't a top 20 recruit right?

Shannon Gustafson 6 years, 6 months ago

I took it as meaning it's less likely without a lot of hard work and dedication. McLemore's situation was an anomaly, not a typical scenario.

Suzi Marshall 6 years, 6 months ago

How in the world do you go from barely cracking the Rivals 150 for 2016 with offers from the likes of SMU to Western Ky a 2015 sought after recruit by Kansas and Kentucky?

Shannon Gustafson 6 years, 6 months ago

There not being any highly ranked guys left certainly has a lot to do with it. The 2016 class is also loaded so he'd probably be ranked quite a bit higher if he were always in the 2015 class. Reclassify late and suddenly a lot of schools with spots to fill are interested. Sometimes it's just that extra exposure that gets schools to realize you're talented enough to help them out.

I do wonder whether a redshirt year would be a good idea for him though. Take the McLemore path and get a year to learn while there isn't much playing time available for you (unless there is an injury that opens up more playing time) and then come out ready to go the following year when more PT is available and you're a much better player in every way.

Vernon Riggs 6 years, 6 months ago

All of the ranking sites have released their final 2015 rankings. But if Vick would reclassify, he have been a four-stat and ranked somewhere between #40-50 according Eric Bossi of Rivals. Good pick-up.

Shannon Gustafson 6 years, 6 months ago

I love that we've now stolen 2 recruits from Kentucky (who supposedly gets whoever they want and we get the leftovers according to some guys on this site) and they are struggling to fill their roster. We're already in good shape and these guys are just icing on the cake!

Aaron Paisley 6 years, 6 months ago

Kentucky's front court is in serious trouble next year. Poythress is going to move to the 4 which isn't his natural position. Skal Labissiere is a talented player, but has serious eligibility issues and if he can't play, it's Marcus Lee who has been a complete and total bust through two years.

Brian Wilson 6 years, 6 months ago

You can get off that high horse and bet that by August UK will be just fine on the front lines. With KU having 1 scholarship to give while UK has three, Maker, Papagiannis, Noah Dickerson, Shawntrez Davis, Chris Baldwin, Andre Adams, plus a half dozen or so good senior transfers make up a fairly good list from which to fill 3 scholarships. Even the lowest rated, Andre Adams who is phenom defender, rim protector, could be that piece to free up Polythress. Plus I am sure there are overseas players we have never even heard about.

Aaron Paisley 6 years, 6 months ago

Prove my statement wrong with facts, not hypotheticals of low to unranked players and potential transfers that may never transfer. Cal has already been reduced to offering and recruiting players who have already committed elsewhere this offseason. That's a move that reeks of desperation on Cal's end and a sign that it's not looking good with any other recruits out there.

Michael Bennett 6 years, 6 months ago

UK could still sign Caleb Swanigan, who de-committed from Michigan State. Regardless, I think they'll be a pretty good team by March. They'll definitely be taking a step down though.

James Garvey 6 years, 6 months ago

One question..........WHY didn't KU Recruit this Guy Originally?

Vernon Riggs 6 years, 6 months ago

Bill was talking to Ingram and Brown...

Aaron Paisley 6 years, 6 months ago

Because he was a 100+ ranked recruit in 2016. He just recently decided to reclassify into 2015 because he was getting much better offers for 2015 than 2016.

Adam McEwen 6 years, 6 months ago

who cares? Just another big name one and done no heart chump who will never really do anything for us. KU has completely lost an identity, breaks my heart. I miss the days when we had guys like Collison, Langford, Simeon, Heinrich, etc. We've basically become a D-league team.

Damian Glaze 6 years, 6 months ago

Loved those guys and loved those teams, but they didn't win as much as Self's kids are winning. The landscape has changed and Bill has changed with it. You can continue to live in a bubble and reminisce about the days of yore or you can embrace the good things that KU continues to do year after year. When Larry Brown won the championship that was about 30 years from the previous championship. Bill won it about 20 years after that. Championships aren't easy my friend.

Tom Jones 6 years, 6 months ago

Langford is a much better comparison than McLemore. He's a very good athlete but not a complete freak like BMac.

If he can do anything remotely resembling K-Freeze I will do cartwheels.

Great pick up. Hopefully we can grab another big for the future but KU is flat nasty for 2015-16.

Harlan Hobbs 6 years, 6 months ago

Let's face it Benz. Some people are just pathological pessimists. They fire volleys like "fire Bill Self" and other stupid remarks just to stir us up.

I said months ago before the Diallo commitment that recruiting would be fine, and some ridiculed me as unrealistic. Oh well. I'll just keep my faith in Coach Self and his staff.

Like your comment, Shannon, about our beating out Kentucky for recruits. I was one of those who previously felt that UK would usually come out on top, and frankly, I am sure that they will continue to do fine. However, getting Diallo, Bragg, and Vick over them is certainly a treat.

Tom Jones 6 years, 6 months ago

Just another example of how head to head matchups between recruiting rivals don't mean jack to the kids. It's an afterthought at best.

KU was beaten twice (in the highest profile non-conference game and then the national championship game) by Kentucky three years ago. Didn't stop them from landing Wiggins two years later.

KU got blown out by Kentucky last year (again, in the highest profile regular season game) and ALL THREE of their committed recruits are guys that were also heavily (some more than others) recruited by Calipari.

There's a long list of things that matter to recruits and games between teams they are considering is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay down the list for a few and off the list entirely for most.

And yet there are fans who would prefer KU beat UK (for recruiting reasons?!?!??) and not win the league to the opposite, even with Self potentially two conference titles away from one of the craziest records in sports.

Not just college basketball. Sports.

Sorry for bringing it up again, but...it's just fascinating to me.

Congrats to the staff for putting together a great class (and they're probably not done).

Joseph Bullock 6 years, 6 months ago

What a great 'Get', Vick is! A lot of people get too caught up in 'Rankings', just because we are "Kansas"! Rankings are not always what they are cracked up to be. Also, Vick re-classifying, is not the reason big name schools, such as Kansas, and Kentucky, are now after him! If he was not good enough to play for us, we would not want him! Also, what I just read was this: 247Sports has him ranked at #49. Eric Bossi said, they had discussed moving him up from 137, to between, 50 & 75, but their ranking are done for the year. That seems to basically mean that they missed on his ranking. By the way, where was Frank Mason, before the final ranking? Here are the schools who originally wanted Vick: Vick chose SMU over offers from Georgia Tech, Western Kentucky, Alabama, Memphis, Mississippi, Providence, Tennessee, Auburn, California, Baylor, Indiana, Florida State and others. Also add K-State and Kentucky in the mix, with us. Do you think Kentucky would have offered him, if he was not really good. They wanted him bad enough, to try to snatch him from us, by offering him, before his visit (which, by the way, he didn't take-LOL)! Oh, and I like what Harlan said about keeping the faith in Coach self 'AND HIS STAFF"! Too many people give all the credit to Coach Self, as if his assistant coaches don't do anything! Oh, and by the way, for those of you who said we should get rid of Jerrance Howard, because we got him because he was supposed to be a great recruiter, he was the 'Lead Recruiter', for Vick! Most of the time, we have no idea what our recruiters, really do!

Harlan Hobbs 6 years, 6 months ago

Thanks Joseph. People tend to forget the staff. For example, last year Kurtis Townsend was named the top assistant in the country, and he was the lead recruiter of Andrew Wiggins. Then, when you add in Jerrance Howard and Norm Roberts, Coach Self has a staff second to none.

Furthermore, we certainly can't forget Danny Manning who was always instrumental in recruiting the "bigs" to KU before he moved on to head coaching jobs.

In short, KU hasn't had a down year in recruiting since Bill Self and his staffs have been at Kansas. What a remarkable record, along with the consecutive Big 12 championships.

Joseph Bullock 6 years, 6 months ago

Thank you, Harlan. Most people on here have what I call: T.V.: Tunnel Vision. LOL They only see what is right in front of them, or only see things 'their way', and have a problem with someone disagreeing with them. I can't stand the way people argue and get so hateful, here. I have to admit, I have, to an extent, gone down the arguing path, but some things that are said here, are just beyond belief! There are some really smart, but very manipulative people here, and they know how to get under a lot of folks skin, but that lame stuff will never work on me. By the way, the only time we have had some downs in recruiting, was for a couple years after we won it all, in 2008. Also, I really like what both Vick, and his AAU Coach, had to say, especially about him learning the system, and being good in his 2nd year. That tells me that they know he needs to improve on a lot of things, and that he will have to bide his time, and work for everything, and that they are willing to do that. I love that he has the potential to be a great defender, is willing to work on his ball handling, and can play the 1, 2, & 3, positions. Oh, and being a great shooter works for me, too. Just sayin! LOL

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