One of the Kansas basketball coaching staff’s biggest recruiting targets is officially off the board.
Five-star forward Precious Achiuwa committed Friday to join the Memphis Tigers, according to multiple reports.
Considered a talented modern forward by various recruiting experts, the 6-foot-9 Achiuwa became the second prospect in the past week to pick Memphis when Kansas also was in the mix. This past weekend Rayjon Tucker, a graduate transfer guard from Arkansas-Little Rock, also committed to the Tigers, coached by former NBA all-star Penny Hardaway.
Achiuwa is the second five-star prospect in Memphis’ loaded 2019 recruiting class, joining 7-footer James Wiseman. Achiuwa at this point is considered a likely lottery pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, while Wiseman is currently a frontrunner to go No. 1 overall next year.
Kansas still has some work to do in its 2019 class, but its standing could improve greatly if a couple of standouts from the state of Texas decide to relocate to Lawrence.
Several recruiting experts consider KU the favorite to land five-star guard R.J. Hampton, who reportedly also is considering Texas Tech and Kentucky. Hampton did have Memphis on his list of finalists but the Tigers already have three guards in their recruiting class. Plus, according to 247 Sports’ Christian Fowler, Memphis no longer has any scholarship spots to offer with Friday’s news that Achiuwa will join the program.
Hampton, a 6-5 guard from Little Elm, Texas, happens to be friends with newly available four-star prospect Jalen Wilson. A 6-8 forward from Denton, Texas, Wilson this week announced he was requesting a release from his letter of intent with Michigan, citing the Wolverines’ unexpected head coaching change.
Wilson told 247 Sports’ Brian Snow he plans on looking at KU, North Carolina, Oklahoma State and Florida, while also considering Michigan.
KU currently has three players in its 2019 recruiting class, all of them rated four-star talents by Rivals: 6-9 forward Tristan Enaruna, 6-6 wing Christian Braun and 6-0 guard Isaac McBride.