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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Kansas lands commitment from 3-star point guard Latrell Jossell

Kansas University basketball recruiting

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After jumping into the Top 10 in most national rankings on the opening day of college basketball’s early signing period, the Kansas Jayhawks added another commitment late Thursday night.

Latrell Jossell, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound point guard from Central High in Keller, Texas, near Fort Worth, announced his commitment on Twitter just after 10 p.m.

The 3-star prospect who originally hails from Chicago and has been playing varsity basketball at Central for four seasons, picked the late time to reveal his decision because he was waiting for his father to return from a business trip in Chicago.

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New Kansas basketball commitment, 3-star point guard Latrell Jossell of Keller, Texas. (Photo courtesy @BigDawgEdits)

“I just wanted him to be there for it,” Jossell told the Journal-World.

A former AAU teammate of 2020 KU signee Gethro Muscadin, Jossell got involved with the Jayhawks last summer when his coach was talking to KU coach Bill Self about Muscadin. During one conversation, Self mentioned that Kansas was looking for another guard and Jossell’s name came up.

Known as a lights-out shooter and natural leader who can play both on and off the ball, Jossell quickly built a relationship with KU assistant coach Jerrance Howard — a native of Peoria, Ill., — and stayed in touch with the Jayhawks throughout the summer and fall.

After receiving an official scholarship offer on Tuesday night, Jossell’s family went crazy, celebrating the news and knowing that the young guard was Kansas-bound.

“I don’t think it really has sunk in yet,” said Jossell, who was named after former NBA standout Latrell Sprewell. “But the feeling I got when they gave me the offer, I was stuck. Even though I knew it was coming, when it finally happened, it was crazy. My whole family... It was lit in the house and it was like smiles the rest of the night.”

Jossell grew up with Kansas as his dream school. He never really thought he'd wind up playing there and didn't have any real connections to KU. He just always was intrigued by the place ever since he first saw a KU game on television while watching sports with his grandfather growing up.

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“There’s just something about Kansas," he said. "The way the arena looked, the way everything looked, I would always just run in there whenever my grandpa said KU was on TV and I just fell in love with it.”

So when the time came this week to tell his grandfather about the KU offer and his plans to sign, needless to say it was a big moment for both of them.

"He was so excited," Jossell said. "He said he could barely even focus when he was at work. It was great to hear that and a great moment for both of us."

As for the feeling of attending the same college as his close friend, Muscadin, who made his commitment official by signing a letter of intent on Thursday morning, Jossell called it ideal.

“Going in there already knowing somebody and especially having played with him already and having such good chemistry, that’s just a perfect set up right there,” Jossell said.

Jossell plans to sign his letter of intent and send it off to Lawrence first thing Friday morning, making him the fourth signed commitment in KU’s 2020 recruiting class.

He joins Muscadin, four-star juco wing Tyon Grant-Foster and five-star combo guard Bryce Thompson in a class ranked No. 7 overall by Rivals.com.

With four players already on board, the Jayhawks likely have very little work still to do in the 2020 class.

With one spot open from the departure of Issac McBride and two more from the exit of seniors Isaiah Moss and Udoka Azubiuke, KU is expected to have somewhere between three and five scholarships available to hand out.

Many expect sophomore point guard Devon Dotson to turn pro after the 2019-20 season and the possibility exists that current Jayhawks Ochai Agbaji, Silvio De Sousa and David McCormack could consider doing the same.

Four-star guard K.K. Robinson — ranked No. 80 overall by Rivals in the 2020 class — trimmed his list of finalists to Arkansas and Kansas on Thursday night and announced that he would reveal his decision on Nov. 28.

2020 KU recruiting basketball class

• Gethro Muscadin – 6-10, 215, center, Aspire Academy, Louisville

• Tyon Grant-Foster – 6-7, 187, guard, Indian Hills C.C.

• Bryce Thompson – 6-5, 175, guard, Booker T. Washington High in Tulsa, Okla.

• Latrell Jossell - 5-11, 165, guard, Keller (Texas) Central High

Comments

Dirk Medema 4 weeks, 1 day ago

That’s getting to be a ton of guards because we’ve also got the late signing G that’s redshirting.

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Yes, a lot of guards. I guess HCBS is a four guard convert and loading up on shooters.

At 5’11 I hope you're a lights out shooter Mr. Jossell. Otherwise I find it unlikely you’ll get much PT. You’re going to have a lot to prove to play at this level. I hope you’re up to the challenge young man. Glad to have you and welcome to the Hill!

Barry Weiss 4 weeks ago

Always good to add a "lights out shooter" ! Welcome Latrell!

Joe Black 4 weeks ago

I think this is a great "sign". He is a kid who will most likely stay for four years (maybe five with a redshirt) and learn the system. He will get bigger and stronger. He was originally from the Chicago area and we all know Bill loves to get guards from Chicago because of their perceived toughness, although this kid has been in TX for the last four years according to this article. Welcome aboard and Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

Austin Lopez 4 weeks ago

Over the last 5/6 years Coach Self has done a great job developing these under the radar 3 star guards.

Drew Doerfler 4 weeks ago

devontae -36....frank mason 76, both 4 stars.....just curious what 3 stars you are talking about?

Steve Quatrocky 4 weeks ago

Welcome to all four but they are all pretty slim, better start getting on the strength and nutrition program now.

I really like their attitudes, feel KU is their dream school and will be program first multiyear contributors. With the exception of Josh and Wigs, one and dones like Selby, Oubre, McLemore and,Grimes who actually played, not to mention those like Diallo and Preston who never did, have been highly overrated versus the production of playing another four star that had already been in the program for at least a year in terms of strength and knowledge of their role in the offense.

Sounds like Latrell could become another Collins type PG who lights you up if you dont engage him at all times, either by shooting or blowing by on a drive, but without the constant struggle with his weight. A guy so pesky, regardless of his size, it affects the way the defense covers your offense, keeping them honest so to speak.

Greg Ledom 4 weeks ago

At 5'11" dude has some ups now!! And certainly showed off serious range on his shot hitting NBA range 3s. Reminds me of a young Frank Mason with a better shot at the same stage. IF he gets close to Frank type success........winner, winner, rock chalk dinner! Welcome to the Phog Latrell!

Michael Maris 4 weeks ago

Self seems to be going back to the days of get the recruits in house sooner than later. That's how he won a National Championship back in 2008. Stop playing the game of waiting for the 1 and Done players. The 1 and Done players are very athletic individuals. However, they seem to be the players who have cost Self and staff more headaches and misery on eligibility issues (than enjoyment).

Brian Wilson 4 weeks ago

OMG....Howdy!!! Do I ever agree with that statement!

First things first. If a one and done is waiting around to see if they get to go to UK, Duke or UNC then who cares. They can go somwhere else. If they don't care enough about KU over these other schools to begin with they are either the ones getting $ under the table and doing it all for the money or their hearts are in another direction anyway.

And Yes!, Finally, who needs the headache associated with players that fit this model. Eligibility issues, selfishness, the NCAA liability issues. How does that translate to TEAM.

Exactly, exactly, spot on!

Len Shaffer 4 weeks ago

Hopefully Latrell will take after Sprewell's talent and not the choking of his coach ...

Tony Bandle 4 weeks ago

Latrell:

Lesson One - Allen is a Field House, not an arena.

Lesson Two - Good shooting gets you smiles, good defense gets you playing time.

Lesson Three - Please refer to Lesson Two!!!

Welcome to the "Nation", young man!! :)

Drew Doerfler 4 weeks ago

Collins - 21, Chalmers - 12, Arthur - 16, Aldrich - 30, Kaun - 34, Reed - 109, Robinson - 27, Rush - 13, Stewart 30.....rivals rankings of the 2008 team.....while there weren't any one and dones, that is a pretty high average ranking for a team......we can be as optimistic as we want saying that every kid is a diamond in the rough (and some of them might be) but the majority of the time, you need top recruits to win..........

Steve Zimmerman 3 weeks, 5 days ago

Nobody cares whether he can dunk or not? Well, I do!!

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Welcome to the family, Latrell!!!

Matt Stone 1 week, 6 days ago

Now hoping PG Karim Mane is our next target! Can use a 5* 6'5" PG to lead team!

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