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Friday, August 12, 2016

KU commitment Marcus Garrett finalizes plans to visit campus

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

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Marcus Garrett, the four-star, 6-foot-5 versatile guard from Dallas who recently became the first member of the Class of 2017 to orally commit to the Kansas basketball program, has set up a couple of campus visits.

According to Rivals.com, the first, which will be of the unofficial variety, will take place Labor Day weekend, when Garrett and his uncle/AAU coach Matthew Watts will come to town for KU’s football opener against Rhode Island on Sept. 3.

The second trip will come four weeks later, when Garrett makes his official visit for Late Night in the Phog (Oct. 1) the weekend of Sept. 30.

Garrett, the No. 44 ranked prospect in the 2017 class according to Rivals.com, committed to the Jayhawks in early August, picking KU over offers from Baylor, UConn, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Oregon and Texas, among others.

As the recruiting process for Garrett went on, he grew more and more worn down by the whole process. That, along with the overwhelming feeling that KU was the place for him, led to Garrett making his decision public earlier this month.

"I think he handled it excellent," Watts said of the recruiting process. "For him, it’s always been about the team. It’s never been about him. He doesn’t want the spotlight on him. He’s a pretty quiet kid for the most part. As the process went on, he was getting calls every day and he was feeling like he was not able to be a kid and still do the things that kids can enjoy.”

Now, with the hard part out of the way, Garrett can kick back and enjoy his upcoming visits to KU, something which Watts said would be figured to be more enjoyable with the weight of the decision off of his shoulders.

SG Chaundee Brown on KU

Four-star 2017 prospect Chaundee Brown recently talked to Rivals.com’s Dan McDonald about his four finalists, Kansas, Florida, Maryland and Wake Forest.

Here’s what Brown had to say about each school still in the hunt for the 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Orlando.

On Kansas: “Kansas has always been good. They have great tradition. They play on TV a lot and they always make it to the Sweet 16. They always have guards make it to the NBA.”

On Florida: “I just like their playing style with their guard play. Coach (Mike) White can help me a lot. He said he needs another great shooter like me. He watched me play a lot this summer and he feels like I’ll fit in well with their system the way they push the ball.”

On Maryland: “They always win in their conference. They are in the Big Ten now. They are always one of the better teams and get the other team’s best. They said they really need another wing that can push the ball and be versatile.”

On Wake Forest: “Just Coach (Danny) Manning, he knows a lot. He played in the NBA and won a ring with Kansas. He has connections and they need a wing that can step in and be the missing piece.”

Comments

John Randall 1 year, 2 months ago

It's almost painful when high school players are expected to evaluate themselves just so some sports writer gets something for his byline.

Shame on these gluttons for putting a burden on kids which they (writers) couldn't handle themselves.

Marius Rowlanski 1 year, 2 months ago

We always seem to do well when we have a solid corp of 4 Star players although they usually need about 2 years to really make their mark. Both the 2008 and 2012 teams had the right mix of talent and experience as does this years team.

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