December 17, 2015
Kansas University basketball recruiting
Longtime friendship between new KU commitment Tyon Grant-Foster and current Jayhawk Christian Braun helped lead the juco standout to Kansas. By Matt Tait
It’s been a busy stretch of recruiting for the Kansas basketball coaching staff, which traveled around the country last week to check in on some of KU’s top targets in the 2020 class. By Matt Tait
One of the top basketball prospects in the country plans on joining the college ranks a year sooner than originally expected.
With the count of recent MOKAN players at Kansas now up to four, head coach Chris Neff needed just three words to explain his feelings about Chris Teahan, Ochai Agbaji, Christian Braun and Dajuan Harris all joining the Jayhawks. By Matt Tait
Ten spots are spoken for, three scholarships remain and the Kansas men’s basketball program is moving full-speed ahead toward finalizing its roster for the 2019-20 season. By Matt Tait
After a handful of college visits and weeks of breaking down the few programs on his list of finalists, 5-star prep prospect R.J. Hampton has decided to turn pro. By Matt Tait
There is now actual evidence that Class of 2019 KU target R.J. Hampton is waiting for the NBA’s underclassman draft deadline to make his college decision. That’s what Hampton’s father, Rod Hampton, told Adam Zagoria this week during an interview about the 5-star guard’s future. By Matt Tait
A high school senior who had been off the recruiting market since November is firmly back on the Kansas basketball team’s radar.
The Kansas basketball team’s 2019 recruiting class was dealt a pair of blows on Saturday, when two of the Jayhawks’ targets announced their commitments to other programs.
After weeks of wondering and speculation, Little Elm, Texas, guard R.J. Hampton on Tuesday made official his decision to reclassify from 2020 into the 2019 class. Hampton, a 5-star prospect who sits very high on KU’s wish list, announced the news in a video on Twitter. By Matt Tait
Christian Braun’s opportunity to make a name for himself as a Kansas basketball player may still be a ways out. But, according to KUsports.com recruiting insider Matt Scott, the latest KU commitment is well on his way to following in the footsteps of a former KU star who later wrote a book about the way he played. By Matt Tait
After a furious month of live evaluation, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self and the rest of the college basketball world are set for a little break. By Matt Tait
This past weekend might have been all about former college basketball players learning their fate and preparing to make the jump to the NBA, following last Thursday’s NBA Draft in Brooklyn, N.Y. But there also was a significant piece of news regarding potential future Jayhawks that surfaced, as well. By Matt Tait
Kansas freshman Quentin Grimes won’t forget the locker room celebration anytime soon. Grimes, who spoke to reporters in Allen Fieldhouse Tuesday, described the scene after Team USA captured a gold medal with a 113-74 win against host Canada. By Shane Jackson
With Kansas coach Bill Self and part of his coaching staff down in the Dallas area over the weekend for what Rivals.com recruiting analyst Krysten Peek described as, “a huge opening weekend for recruiting,” several targets in the 2019 and 2020 recruiting classes put on quite a show in front of the KU coaches and dozens more. By Matt Tait
Kansas women's basketball coach Brandon Schneider on Tuesday announced the addition of two junior college players, both from Brazil and both from Highland Community College, for the 2018-19 KU roster.
Kansas basketball target Romeo Langford will be in Brooklyn on Sunday, participating in another significant event that could bring him one step closer to making a decision about where he will play his college ball next season. By Matt Tait
Playing in the McDonald’s All-American Game on Wednesday, future Kansas guards Quentin Grimes and Devon Dotson didn’t disappoint in a 131-128 victory over the East squad, which featured a big night from KU signee David McCormack at Phillips Arena in Atlanta.
Less than 24 hours after Kansas earned a comeback road win against West Virginia, some future Jayhawks received more good news. All three Class of 2018 prep players who signed with KU in the early signing period were selected to play in the McDonald’s All-American Game on Tuesday afternoon.
Even with four future Jayhawks already signed in the 2018 recruiting class, KU men's baskteball coach Bill Self and his staff are searching for more.By Matt Tait
The Kansas men's basketball team landed on Friday night landed its third commitment and first guard in the 2018 recruiting class, when five-star point guard Devon Dotson, of Charlotte, orally committed to KU. By Matt Tait
The Kansas men’s basketball program is facing another big week on the recruiting trail, with one important decision potentially coming by Friday and another weekend visitor on the schedule. By Matt Tait
Five-star point guard Immanuel Quickley officially committed to Kentucky on Friday evening during a ceremony at his school, leaving the Kansas basketball program to turn its attention to an announcement from four-star big man David McCormack, who has scheduled his announcement for Sunday. By Matt Tait
With 6-foot-9 big man Silvio De Sousa already on board, the Kansas men's basketball program continues to pursue several of the top players in the 2018 recruiting class in hopes of adding even more elite talent to one of the most important recruiting classes KU coach Bill Self has gone after. By Matt Tait
Long off the Kansas radar, the Mitchell Robinson saga appears to be ending right where it began. According to a report from Chad Bishop of WBKO 13 in Kentucky, the 7-foot, McDonald’s All-American who, earlier this summer, asked for his release from Western Kentucky University after his godfather left the coaching staff, is planning to return to WKU for his freshman season. By Matt Tait
Reports are starting to roll in that say 7-foot center Mitchell Robinson, who recently was given a release by Western Kentucky University, may be considering sitting out the 2017-18 season altogether. By Matt Tait
The visitor list — official or otherwise — for Kansas basketball's Late Night 2017 is starting to take shape. Here's a look at the prospects expected to visit Lawrence during KU's big weekend. By Matt Tait
It’s shaping to be a big recruiting month for the Kansas men’s basketball team and that goes far beyond the arrival of Mitchell Robinson, the 7-foot center and former McDonald’s All-American who is expected to make a visit to campus this weekend. By Matt Tait
Starting Thursday and running through Sunday, Lawrence, Kansas, will become the focal point for college basketball recruiting, with some of the top teams and talents in the country traveling to the Midwest to play in this year’s Hardwood Classic. By Matt Tait
As the all-important recruiting month of July heats up, here's a quick look at some of the Kansas basketball program's top targets in the Class of 2018. By Matt Tait
Quentin Grimes, the No. 12 ranked player in the Class of 2018, is on the verge of cutting down his list to a handful of finalists and it appears that Kansas will be on it. By Matt Tait
Kansas coach Bill Self, along with dozens of other big time Division I basketball coaches, spent some time in Fort Worth, Texas, over the weekend, evaluating talent at the adidas Gauntlet. By Matt Tait
Future Kansas forward Billy Preston was back on the all star circuit Friday night in the 16th annual Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn, where his West all-stars topped the East squad, 124-116, in comeback fashion. By Matt Tait
The Kansas men’s basketball program finally landed its top-tier player in the Class of 2017 on Friday, when Billy Preston chose the Jayhawks on ESPNU. By Matt Tait
Despite a visit to Late Night in the Phog last month, highly coveted Class of 2017 guard Collin Sexton announced Thursday that he was headed to Alabama.
A few months after becoming the first player in the 2017 recruiting class to orally commit to the Jayhawks, four-star combo guard Marcus Garrett on Wednesday became the first player in the class to sign with Kansas. By Matt Tait
Another Class of 2017 target for the Kansas men’s basketball program chose to play his college basketball elsewhere on Monday, when five-star small forward Troy Brown announced that he was headed to Oregon. By Matt Tait
Exhibition play may have started and the Jayhawks may be starting to prepare for their Nov. 11 and Nov. 15 regular season openers against Indiana and Duke, but recruiting, as always, remains a major priority for the Kansas basketball program. By Matt Tait
One day after losing Class of 2017 forward Deng Gak to the University of Miami, the Kansas basketball program learned that a top-tier Class of 2018 prospect had chosen to go elsewhere, as well. By Matt Tait
Eric Bossi, of Rivals.com, on Tuesday morning Tweeted that Kansas target Deng Gak, a 6-foot-9, four-star forward from Blairstown, New Jersey, had committed to Miami. By Matt Tait
The Kansas men's basketball program definitely put its best foot forward during a weekend visit from Class of 2017 point guard Trae Young. By Matt Tait
The Kansas men’s basketball team’s pursuit of some of the top talent in the 2017 class picks up some serious steam this weekend, when Trae Young, of Norman, Oklahoma, makes his official visit to Lawrence. By Matt Tait
A few notes and nuggets from the recruiting trail, where several KU basketball targets in the Class of 2017 and beyond continue to make news. By Matt Tait
Recruiting analysts from 247 Sports and Rivals.com are starting to get the feeling that it's down to Alabama and Kansas for Class of 2017, five-star point guard Collin Sexton. By Matt Tait
Feedback from Late Night 2016 continues to roll in from a handful of the recruits who were in attendance at this year's season kickoff event at Allen Fieldhouse.By Matt Tait
After visiting Lawrence for Late Night in the Phog on Saturday, Markese Jacobs knew it was the place he wanted to spend his college career.
Late Wednesday night, it was revealed that five-star forward Billy Preston, of Oak Hill Academy, will be the latest in a long line of marquee visitors who plan to attend this year's Late Night in the Phog, Oct. 1 at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait
Oak Hill Academy forward Billy Preston, who recently trimmed his list to five finalists, including Kansas, told Rivals.com’s Krysten Peek that he planned to make an official visit to KU “sometime in October.” By Matt Tait
The jet-setting continued for Kansas basketball coach Bill Self and his staff on Thursday. And it looks as if it will continue through the rest of the week. By Matt Tait
Ranked No. 8 in his class by Rivals.com, five-star forward Billy Preston on Tuesday revealed in an updated Final 5 on his Twitter page that Kansas again had made the cut. By Matt Tait
The Kansas men’s basketball coaching staff is headed out East to make the rounds on the recruiting trail. By Matt Tait
Four-star Orlando shooting guard Chaundee Brown recently eliminated Maryland from his list of finalists and is now down to Kansas, Florida and Wake Forest. That and much, much more from a busy couple of days on the recruiting trail for the KU coaches. By Matt Tait
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. Five-star Class of 2017 forward P.J. Washington will host the Kansas staff for an in-home visit on Monday. By Matt Tait
Two highly sought-after Class of 2017 prospects on Friday narrowed their lists of finalists to five schools and KU and Bill Self made the cut for both five-star forward Kevin Knox and four-star point guard Matt Coleman. By Matt Tait
Highly coveted Oklahoma point guard Trae Young, the 14th-ranked player in the Rivals.com Class of 2017, has set a date for his in-home visit with Kansas. By Matt Tait
Kansas commitment Marcus Garrett took his official visit to Lawrence over the weekend and in addition to playing a little 21 and two-on-two with a few current members of the KU squad at the basketball court inside McCarthy Hall, the Dallas native played a small role in helping the KU coaches recruit more talent. By Matt Tait
According to his Twitter account, Class of 2017 point guard Matt Coleman recently received scholarship offers from both Kansas and Duke.
Marcus Garrett was scheduled to arrive in Lawrence on Friday morning and Chaundee Brown on Saturday. Both are highly coveted Class of 2017 hoops prospects and one of them already has pledged his services to Kansas and head coach Bill Self. According to Rivals.com recruiting analyst Eric Bossi, it might not be merely a coincidence that these two were brought to town at the same time. By Matt Tait
On Friday, forward Cody Riley, the No. 29-ranked player in the Class of 2017, according to Rivals.com, told Shay Wildeboor of JayhawkSlant.com that he, too, was planning a trip to Late Night. By Matt Tait
Yet another PG from the Class of 2019 on Thursday made known his plans to attend this year’s Late Night in the Phog event Oct. 1 at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait
The row of visitors sitting behind the Kansas bench on Oct. 1 at Late Night in the Phog could soon stretch from baseline to baseline as another Kansas target on Wednesday revealed to that he was planning to attend this year’s Late Night festivities. By Matt Tait
Bishop Miege standout Bol Bol, the son of former NBA player Manute Bol, has added his name to the ever-expanding list of visitors for this year’s Late Night in the Phog event at Allen Fieldhouse. By Matt Tait
Collin Sexton, one of the top point guards in the 2017 recruiting class and the No. 12 overall player in the Rivals.com rankings, is planning to visit Kansas for Late Night in the Phog the weekend of Oct. 1. By Matt Tait
Earlier this week, KU's list of Late Night in the Phog visitors for the Oct. 1 extravaganza grew by one, when Class of 2018 point guard Brandon Williams became the latest to make his intentions known. By Matt Tait
Trae Young, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound point guard ranked 14th in the 2017 recruiting class announced the dates of four of his official visits on Twitter on Wednesday.By Matt Tait
Class of 2017 point guard Tremont Waters, the No. 39 ranked player in the class according to Rivals.com, plans to visit Kansas in September. By Matt Tait
Between trips to the White House and a flight to paradise, it's been a big week for several KU basketball targets in the Class of 2017. By Matt Tait
The Kansas men’s basketball team took a step toward rounding out its 2017 recruiting class this week, when it extended an offer to three-star power forward Jericho Sims of Cristo Rey Jesuit High in Minneapolis. By Matt Tait
One committed Kansas basketball prospect plans his visits while another shares his thoughts about the final four schools still in the hunt to land him.By Matt Tait
Four-star Class of 2017 shooting guard Chaundee Brown recently revealed his final four schools, and three of them, including Kansas, have ties to KU. By Matt Tait
Although his 6-foot-5 frame affords him plenty of opportunities to make plays on the offensive end, both as a scorer and a passer, recent KU basketball commitment Marcus Garrett continues to hang his hat on defense, just as he always has. By Matt Tait
Kansas basketball’s 2017 recruiting class is well positioned to land at least a couple of top-tier, elite prospects. But it officially will be remembered as the class that began with four-star Dallas guard Marcus Garrett. By Matt Tait
Troy Brown, a 6-foot-6 senior combo guard from Centennial High in Las Vegas who is ranked No. 10 in the recruiting Class of 2017 by Rivals.com, on Thursday cut his list of prospective colleges to eight. By Gary Bedore
Trae Young, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound senior guard from Norman (Okla.) North High who is ranked No. 14 in the recruiting Class of 2017 by Rivals.com, listed Kansas University among his six finalists Wednesday night on Twitter. By Gary Bedore
Tucker Vang has joined the KU men's basketball team as a walk-on.
Former Goddard High football and basketball player Tucker Vang will be joining the KU basketball team as a walk-on.
Before the summer is over, one of the busiest and most sought-after basketball players in the Class of 2017 plans to cut his list of potential schools to 10. By Benton Smith
Blue chip basketball point guard prospect Trae Young has decided to remain at Norman (Okla.) North High School for his senior year, the Oklahoman newspaper has reported.
The inaugural “Border War Legends Basketball game,” which will be run by private individuals not Kansas University and Missouri officials, will be played at 6 p.m., Saturday, July 16, at Shawnee Mission South High School, event organizers said Friday.
Michael Porter Jr. and Trae Young, two of the top basketball prospects in the recruiting Class of 2017, will be playing for Mokan Elite EYBL at this weekend’s KC Classic at Sports Pavilion Lawrence, 247Sports reports. By Gary Bedore
It seems the University of Washington wasn’t the only school to offer Michael Porter Sr., dad of high school junior phenom Michael Porter Jr., a coaching job in recent weeks.
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self has offered a scholarship to Bishop Miege freshman Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, the son of former KU player Lester Earl, Rivals.com’s Eric Bossi reported Tuesday. By Gary Bedore
Kansas University’s basketball coaches were on the road tracking high school juniors in the recruiting Class of 2017 over the weekend, while continuing to work to fill three remaining scholarship slots for the 2016-17 team. By Gary Bedore
Josh Jackson, a 6-foot-7 senior shooting guard from Prolific Prep in Napa, Calif., who will play in today’s Nike Hoops Summit (2 p.m., ESPN2) in Portland, tells USA Today he will announce for either Kansas University, Michigan State or Arizona at a yet-to-be-determined time on Monday.
L.J. Goolsby, who as head coach of KC Run GMC (formerly Pump N Run) the last 13 years has established himself as one of the top youth basketball coaches in the country, this week tries to turn a star-studded group of blue-chip high school basketball players into a true team. By Gary Bedore
Former Robert Morris shooting guard Rodney Pryor, who averaged 18.5 points and 8.0 rebounds a game for the (10-22) Colonials last season, tells cbssports.com and Rivals.com he is planning on making a recruiting visit to Kansas University.
Two of the top big men in the country, senior Thon Maker and junior DeAndre Ayton, who both are considering attending Kansas, will play for the World Team in the Nike Hoop Summit, set for April 9 in Portland, Ore.
Thon Maker, a 7-foot senior forward from Athlete Institute in Ontario, Canada, will make an official visit to Kansas University for Saturday’s Iowa State game, Maker’s guardian, Ed Smith, tells zagsblog.com and sny.tv.
The Kansas basketball program has offered a scholarship to Taurean Thompson, a 6-10, 220-pound senior forward from Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H., according to ESPN.com and Zagsblog.com. KU also has offered a scholarship to Deng Gak, a 6-9, 210-pound junior forward from Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J. By Gary Bedore
Marques Bolden, a 6-foot-10 senior center from DeSoto (Texas) High who is ranked No. 16 in the Class of 2016 by Rivals.com, apparently has not eliminated Kansas from his list of schools. Also, DeAndre Ayton, a 6-11 junior from Hillcrest Academy in Phoenix, who is ranked No. 4 in the Class of 2017, tells Zagsblog he has not cut his list to KU, Duke and Kentucky, as previously reported. By Gary Bedore
Trae Young, a 6-1 junior point guard from Norman (Okla.) North High, who is ranked No. 26 in the recruiting Class of 2017 by Rivals.com, attended the recent KU-Kentucky game with his dad, Rayford, a former standout at Texas Tech.
Josh Jackson, a 6-7 senior shooting guard from Prolific Prep in Napa, Calif., this week officially narrowed his list of schools to Kansas University, Michigan State and Arizona.
Hillcrest Academy center DeAndre Ayton split his Saturday in Lawrence as a spectator and the main event.
Kansas University’s men’s basketball program continues to recruit several players who this week were selected to play in the 39th annual McDonald’s All-America game, set for March 30 at Chicago’s United Center.
Udoka Azubuike, a 6-11 senior center from Potter’s House Christian in Jacksonville, Florida, did not announce his choice on Sunday at the Hoop Hall Classic in Springfield, Massachusetts, as originally planned.
Jarrett Allen, a 6-foot-9, 225-pound senior forward from St. Stephens Episcopal School in Austin, Texas, who is ranked No. 20 in the Class of 2016 by Rivals.com, tells Zagsblog.com that five schools are recruiting him the hardest.
Marques Bolden, a 6-foot-10 senior forward from DeSoto (Texas) High, who is ranked No. 16 in the recruiting Class of 2016 by Rivals.com, has visited KU, Kentucky, Duke and Oklahoma, and also has TCU on his list.
Kansas University recruiting target Michael Porter, a 6-foot-9 junior forward from Tolton Catholic in Columbia, Missouri, who is ranked No. 3 in the recruiting Class of 2017 by Rivals.com, will be playing in the Lawrence area on Saturday.
Josh Jackson, the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2016 according to Rivals.com, updated mlive.com on his recruitment Monday, after playing in the Throwdown in Motown in Dearborn Heights, Michigan.
Josh Jackson, a 6-7 senior guard from Prolific Prep in Napa, California, who is ranked 1 in the Class of 2016 by Rivals.com, visited Arizona last weekend.
Kansas University, which still has work to do in recruiting for players in the Class of 2016, continues to be in the hunt for the 2017 package deal of Michael Porter, Jr., and Trae Young.
Kansas University men's basketball coach Bill Self went recruiting Saturday night after the Harvard game. He headed to Kentucky to watch both Josh Jackson and Thon Maker. By Gary Bedore
Thon Maker, a 7-foot senior center from Orangeville Prep in Mono, Ontario, who attended Friday’s KU-Northern Colorado game on an unofficial recruiting visit, has set his first official visit for Arizona State in late January, his guardian, Ed Smith, told Zagsblog.com.
Lifelong Kansas University basketball fan Mitch Lightfoot is officially a member of the Jayhawk basketball program. The 6-foot-8, 210-pound senior from Gilbert (Arizona) Christian High, on Thursday signed his national letter-of-intent with KU. By Gary Bedore
A Sunday article in the Los Angeles Times figures to give Kansas University’s basketball staff some recruiting material as the Nov. 11-18 early-signing period nears. By Gary Bedore
Three of the country’s top high school junior basketball players — No. 3-ranked Michael Porter, No. 26 Trae Young and No. 37 Mitchell Ballock of Eudora High — took a tour of Kansas University’s new living facility, McCarthy Hall, before Friday night’s Late Night in the Phog. By Gary Bedore
Mitch Lightfoot, a 6-foot-8 senior power forward from Gilbert (Arizona) Christian High, made his fifth and final recruiting visit — to the University of Arizona — over the weekend. By Gary Bedore
Bol Bol, a 6-foot-11 sophomore forward from Roeland Park’s Bishop Miege High who is ranked No. 10 in the recruiting Class of 2018 by Rivals.com, enjoyed stopping by KU on Friday and attending Late Night for the first time. He checked out the new $12 million McCarthy Hall, new apartment complex for KU players. By Gary Bedore
Two of the top guards and three of the premier forwards in the recruiting Class of 2016 will be attending the 31st-annual Late Night in the Phog tonight in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore
Major-college prospect Mitchell Ballock, a 6-foot-4 junior combo guard from Eudora High, had successful surgery Monday to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, his mom told the Journal-World. By Gary Bedore
Marques Bolden, a 6-foot-10 senior basketball center from DeSoto (Texas) High, will not take his scheduled visit to Kansas University this weekend, ESPN.com reports. By Gary Bedore