Tuesday, May 14, 2019

KU recruiting target Precious Achiuwa says decision coming ‘this weekend’

Montverde's Precious Achiuwa #5 in action against NSU University School in a Boys Quarterfinal game at the Geico High School Basketball Nationals in the Queens borough of New York on Thursday, April 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Montverde's Precious Achiuwa #5 in action against NSU University School in a Boys Quarterfinal game at the Geico High School Basketball Nationals in the Queens borough of New York on Thursday, April 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)


The Jayhawks should know by the end of this weekend whether one of their top recruiting targets will be playing in Lawrence next season.

Precious Achiuwa, a 6-foot-9 forward who played at Montverde Academy in Florida, made it known via social media that he will be announcing his commitment in the coming days.

“The answer to y’all question is this weekend,” Achiuwa wrote on Twitter Monday night. “Stay tuned.”

The McDonald’s All-American also posted to his Instagram story that he plans to commit to a program this weekend.

A five-star prospect rated No. 17 overall in the Class of 2019 by Rivals, Achiuwa reportedly has considered Kansas, Memphis, North Carolina and Georgia, among other programs. Some recruiting experts consider Memphis the favorite to land Achiuwa.

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Hampton decision on horizon?

The consensus top uncommitted prospect in the Class of 2019, five-star guard R.J. Hampton may be closer to picking his college destination, as well.


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Now a Class of 2019 recruit, Kansas target RJ Hampton watches a KU game from behind the Jayhawks' bench on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse.

While Hampton, a 6-5 guard from Little Elm, Texas, was even less vague than Achiuwa while hinting at his timetable for reaching a decision, Hampton also indicated one could be right around the corner.

Hampton tweeted out on Monday evening, “look at my bio.” In his updated Twitter bio, Hampton wrote: “your question will be answered soon.”

According to 247 Sports’ Evan Daniels, when 2019 guard Boogie Ellis committed to Memphis on Monday it took the Tigers “off the board” in Hampton’s recruitment.

That leaves KU, Texas Tech and Kentucky as potential landing spots for Hampton, barring another program joining the mix late.

Earlier this month, reports indicated Hampton would make his college choice by the end of May.


Michael Sillman 1 year, 5 months ago

Hoping for the best but expecting the worst with both players. The stars do not seem to be currently aligned with Kansas recruiting this year.

I just hope Dotson is coming back. Without him we would be in serious doodoo.

Thomas Michaud 1 year, 5 months ago

It feels that Achiuwa is certainly a Memphis lean. I'd love for a complete surprise and have him here. Although, I just want Silvio to be cleared. Hopes will probably be smashed on both accounts.

At least we're trending high for RJ :) ... I'd love to see RJ, Dotson, and Ochai running together. Even throwing McBride in for 3-point shooting ... possibly the Iowa guard transfer too.

Craig Carson 1 year, 5 months ago

I'd settle for a Dotson return and Hampton commitment..if Azibuike can stay healthy and McCormick can continue to improve combined with the new kid they just signed, the front court will be good...Dotson is the key since they don't have another quality PG ready to step in and lead the team

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 1 year, 5 months ago

Either would be great additions. RJ would likely start immediately and be a primary scoring option getting 20-30 minutes a game. Precious would get a lot of PT also, but I doubt he'd start especially if Silvio's appeal is successful. Fingers crossed.

Craig Carson 1 year, 5 months ago

dont hold your breathe on Silvio..the NCAA is in no rush to look into appealing their suspension of him..

Shannon Gustafson 1 year, 5 months ago

The NCAA doesn't have control over the appeals process.

Michael Sillman 1 year, 5 months ago

Your post reminds me that some prior columns stated that appeals like DeSousa’s are submitted to a committee of peers rather than NCAA bureaucrats and are usually turned around in just a few weeks. Clearly that was not the case.

Shannon Gustafson 1 year, 5 months ago

I'm not really excited about Precious. He seems to be more of an athlete than a ball player, shoots a lot, doesn't make a high %, and there is a lot of talk of him being shopped around looking for the highest bidder. We don't need to be the highest bidder for a player that's got that sort of rumors floating around him.

Brian Wilson 1 year, 5 months ago

I kind of agree. But I don't want to say anything about Precious when I don't really know. i prefer the 4 star athletes with the best skills that need more strength, better conditioning, better footwork, etc. If you can find those players that can develop then they will be around long enough to fit in and learn the system.

Danny Hernandez 1 year, 5 months ago

I know Penny was a great NBA player and obviously that is much of his allure with these kids but until he proves it on the college basketball court, count me as doubtful that he'll win 25-30 games a year, no matter how much talent he acquires in his first two years.

Craig Carson 1 year, 5 months ago

Penny sort has that 'new cool kid " vibe going on and that appeals to recruits....he owes his top 2 recruits to his HS connections...he may prove to be a decent recruiter but he"'ll never have a class like this ever again.... Former star players trying their hand at coaching hasn't worked out too well historically....if Penny's hype doesn't translate into wins then he won't last long..and when I say win, I don't mean Tubby Smith win or Josh Pastner win..cause they both won 20 games a year..their fan base is expecting Calipari era type winning .which is unrealistic...

Robert Brock 1 year, 5 months ago

Achiuwa is a really undisciplined “chucker.”

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