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Friday, November 4, 2016

Decision week looming for 2 of KU’s top 2017 targets

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

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Exhibition play may have started and the Jayhawks may be kicking off preparations for their Nov. 11 and Nov. 15 regular season openers against Indiana and Duke (KU coach Bill Self said the team would begin looking at Indiana today) but recruiting, as always, remains a major priority for the Kansas basketball program.

Another key date in the recruiting efforts for the Class of 2017 has emerged, as five-star small forward Troy Brown, of Las Vegas, recently announced that he would reveal his decision on Nov. 7.

That’s Monday. And although many recruiting analysts have said that Brown’s recruitment has been a wide open and slightly mysterious affair, it appears as if Kansas and Oregon have emerged as the two most likely destinations for the 6-foot-6 senior ranked No. 12 in the class by Rivals.com.

Brown made official visits to KU, Oregon, Ohio State, Georgetown and Alabama during the past couple of months and has made a handful of unofficial visits to Lawrence to visit his sister, Jada, who plays for the women’s basketball team. UNLV and Cal also remain in the mix for Brown’s services, according to some reports.

Brown is expected to be one of two Top 12 prospects to make his decision known next week, with five-star, Georgia point guard Collin Sexton planning to reveal his choice on Nov. 10.

Eric Bossi, of Rivals.com, recently reported that credible sources have told him that Sexton may take an official visit to Georgia this weekend. What that means for Sexton's recruiting remains unclear, as his decision for a couple of weeks has appeared to be down to Alabama and Kansas. There’s speculation that the No. 7 ranked player in the class may be headed to Alabama because of the coincidence of four-star forward John Petty also having Nov. 10 as his decision date. Analysts have pegged Petty to be Alabama-bound for a while but one recruiting analyst recently said that the decision date outlined by Petty came well before Sexton decided to announce on Nov. 10.

Petty also has been linked to Kentucky, which would give Alabama and Oregon (or others) the potential to steal away two highly ranked prospects in the same week from two of the top programs in college basketball and two head coaches, in Bill Self and John Calipari, who have dominated the recruiting game in recent years.

As things stand today, KU has just one commitment in the 2017 class, from 6-foot-5 Dallas combo guard Marcus Garrett, who committed to Kansas back in August.

The Jayhawks continue to be in on some of the elite players in the 2017 class and it looks as if Self and company will know more by the end of next week where they need to focus their efforts heading into the early signing period, which runs Nov. 9-16.

Comments

Benz Junque 1 year, 1 month ago

Would obviously love to see KU land both of these players as they would be great fits at positions of need on next year's team. a backcourt of Sexton and Malik Newman with Brown on the wing would be fantastic and would give us the chance to focus all efforts on big men the rest of the recruiting period. Go KU!

Molly Nixon 1 year, 1 month ago

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Micky Baker 1 year, 1 month ago

Graham will be here next year too, so I could see Newman and Graham as the two major back court guys, though getting some guys that can play the 2 or 3 would be a good way to go as well as long as they have the skill set.

Marius Rowlanski 1 year, 1 month ago

I have a hard time not seeing Vick starting next year.

Joseph Bullock 1 year, 1 month ago

I would love to see Brown, Sexton, and Trae Young, to go with Newman, Vick, Garrett, and probably Svi!

Robert Brock 1 year, 1 month ago

Brown will likely go with Oregon and Sexton will likely choose Alabama. That leaves Trae Young. He has plenty of time to watch and see how things pan out at Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Personally, I think he would fit in great in the Kansas program. His offensive skills are undeniable; he needs to get stronger, bulkier, and work on his defensive capabilities - areas that Self and Hudy would improve without a doubt.

Whichever program Young picks will be a good one for him (Calipari and Kruger work well with point guards). He has been to Lawrence several times and knows enough about KU's basketball history to visualize himself in a KU uniform. I hope that he eventually chooses to become a Jayhawk.

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