Sunday, September 11, 2016

Five-star forward to host KU staff

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting


The Kansas men’s basketball program on Monday will continue its pursuit of a big man to take the spot once reserved for No. 1 overall recruit DeAndre Ayton, who, last week, committed to Arizona.

Shay Wildeboor of reported Saturday that five-star Class of 2017 forward P.J. Washington will host the Kansas staff for an in-home visit on Monday.

Washington, 6-foot-7, 200 pounds, is the No. 17-ranked player in the 2017 class, according to

Washington entered August with a final eight of Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, NC State, Texas, UCLA and UNLV.

The forward from famed Findlay Prep in Las Vegas is regarded as a strong two-way player who is willing to do anything on either end to make the right play.

Washington has not yet announced a date for an official visit to Kansas. He hosted Arizona on Friday and was scheduled to welcome both Kentucky and North Carolina to his home on Sunday.

NC State is slated to visit Washington on Tuesday and, according to 247 Sports, the power forward has official visits set for Kentucky (Sept. 16), North Carolina (Sept. 23), Arizona (Oct. 21) and Texas (Oct. 28).

Hoops squad at Memorial

The Kansas men’s basketball team was introduced to the Memorial Stadium crowd in the south end zone early in the first quarter and KU coach Bill Self was the halftime guest of play-by-play man Brian Hanni during the broadcast.

Asked about the first half and the overall state of the Kansas football program, Self spoke with equal parts positivity, optimism and reality.

“This was one half of one game of one season which is miniscule on the big scale of what we’re trying to do because it’s gonna take time to do it,” Self said as KU trailed 28-7 at the break. “We have the right guy and the right men in charge (and) I’m real excited about where we’re headed as an athletic department, in large part because I think the football program is at the point where the culture and things like that have been kind of established and now we can really start building off of that. I think in their short time here, they’ve done a great job of creating a very enthusiastic and positive culture.”

Golf with Scot & Gale

Former KU greats Gale Sayers and Scot Pollard again will team up for the 22nd annual Gale Sayers & Scot Pollard Golf Classic, in partnership with the KU School of Education.

The 18-hole tournament is slated for 1:30 p.m, Sept. 23 at Alvamar Country Club, with dinner, awards and prizes to follow.

“Each year the event gets bigger and better,” Pollard said. “This year, we’ll have a trick shot artist as well as food and beverage vendors at specific holes throughout the course.”

The cost is $400 per team. For more information, or to register, log on to

Money raised at the event will go to support scholarships for the School of Education Multicultural Scholars Program.


Matt Tait 5 years, 4 months ago

Fifth paragraph: "The forward from famed Findlay Prep in Las Vegas is regarded as a strong two-way player who is willing to do anything on either end to make the right play."

Andy Hess 5 years, 4 months ago

He plays at Findlay Prep, but he's from Frisco Texas.

Steve Macy 5 years, 4 months ago

Keep posting the basketball articles, football has some on the ledge threatening to jump.
Still would like to see more size, but coach knows best, this kid is at a high level H.S./ prep school, would be a good get, and there is a possible package deal with John Petty. RCJH

Brian Wilson 5 years, 4 months ago

I hope this grows a few inches. The last thing we need is an undersized PF again. If this kid has no chance of playing PF in the NBA due to size we shouldn't recruit him for the position. At 6'6 - 6'7" he will have to play the 3 in the NBA and he needs the opportunity to play the position. He would be better off getting some Mid major to let him start at the 3 where he can practice and develop the skills he will need at the next level. Otherwise we are doing him no favors.

Jay Scott 5 years, 4 months ago

Only players who can play in the NBA, and at the position they would play best in college should be recruited? If he doesn't have the quickness, ever, to be an NBA 3, but could be an all Big12 PF, that would be bad?

Nothing personal, but that's seriously stupid. His skills will determine how he plays. Ellis not only didn't have college level SF skills but couldn't beat college PF's off the dribble.

Joe Wolf 5 years, 4 months ago

At USA basketball this summer Washington measured a 7'2.5'' wingspan and an 8'10.25'' standing reach (higher than Blake Griffin's 8'9'' standing reach).

So, yeah, P.J. is only 6'7'' and probably will need to continue to hone his mid-range and perimeter game to make the jump to the NBA, but he could absolutely be effective at the 4 spot in the NCAA due to his length. In all honesty, if he commits to KU, I could see him playing the 3-5 spots. He's not super raw on offense, so it's not like he'd be stuck in the 4 slot for KU, especially after Coach Self gets him up to speed guarding the perimeter.

Mallory Briggans 5 years, 4 months ago

Talk about tough luck .............we lose out on Ayton this week to Arizona but the best big man west of the Mississippi is 5 star center Brandon McCoy from San Diego . He has a good offensive game but is much better on the defensive end and true rim protector .which is the knock against Ayton.He stated that he wanted to go to strong program with a family atmosphere...................he has Kansas on his list of schools but he wants to go to a school that offers MARINE BIOLOGY the search continues

Robert Brock 5 years, 4 months ago

Matt, Matt, Matt...the kid does not live in Las Vegas. He goes to school in Las Vegas. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Matt Tait 5 years, 4 months ago

I realize there is a difference and I know things are changing all the time, but you do still have to live somewhere in order to go to school there. So, at least temporarily (and as far as it matters in his recruitment) he lives in Vegas.

On to the next one...

Mallory Briggans 5 years, 4 months ago

Given that he has Austin roots I would think that the longhorns would have the inside track.

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 4 months ago

We are Kansas...that's all the inside track we need.

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 4 months ago

He hosted Arizona? Maybe he's been hitting the books pretty hard and missed the announcement. Just couldn't imagine what he and Arizona's coaches would have to talk about.

Yes, Ayton is a center and Washington is a four but he would have a much better shot at starting at Kansas assuming Carlton Bragg leaves. Washington would certainly be a solid pickup for us in a position where we could be lacking.

Rock Chalk Jayhawk

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