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2019 SG Christian Braun commits to Kansas

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

A shooting guard in the Class of 2018, Christian Braun gave Kansas basketball coach Bill Self his verbal commitment on Sunday night during his in-home visit with the KU staff.

The 6-foot-5 Braun chose KU over Kansas State, Illinois, Minnesota and a host of other schools that turned up their recruitment of Braun after his impressive spring and summer with MOKAN Elite on the Nike EYBL circuit.

Braun will now shift his focus to his senior year at Blue Valley Northwest, where he looks to help his Northwest team to back to back state titles.

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Another 2019 star to visit Kansas for Late Night in the Phog

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

After hosting Kansas coach Bill Self and assistant coach Kurtis Townsend for an in-home visit on Wednesday, 2019 shooting guard Cassius Stanley revealed on Thursday he will officially visit Kansas during the weekend of Late Night in the Phog.

The 6-foot-5 Stanley, a four-star prospect from North Hollywood, Calif., is ranked No. 31 by Rivals.com in the 2019 class and is considered by many to be one of the best — if not the best — athletes in the class.

His highlight reels on YouTube have become must-see for many fans because of his gravity-defying dunks. However, Stanley is more than just a dunker. Stanley has worked hard on his all-around game over the past few years. His athletic ability puts defenders on their heels, which allows him to blow by them or shoot a pull-up jumper.

The versatile guard who has used his athleticism to play the 1, 2 and 3 — he also can guard those three positions on the defensive end — has said that KU, USC, UCLA, Oregon, Texas and South Carolina have been the schools putting in the most work in recruiting him.

The updated visitor's list for this year's Late Night (Sept. 28 at Allen Fieldhouse) looks like this:

  • Jeremiah Robinson-Earl
  • James Wiseman
  • Cassius Stanley
  • Christian Braun
  • R.J. Hampton
  • Chandler Lawson
  • Johnathan Lawson
  • Isaac McBride
  • Ty Berry
  • Bryce Thompson
  • Anthony Walker

Check out Tuesday's Tale of the Tait blog for a look at the updated rankings for a handful of KU targets in the 2019 class.

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2019 SG to visit for Late Night in the Phog

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

A 2019 shooting guard, Christian Braun told KUSports.com on Thursday that he will unofficially visit Kansas on Sept. 28 for Late Night in the Phog.

The Blue Valley Northwest senior was offered a scholarship by Kansas coach Bill Self on Aug. 30.

Braun is looking to win back to back state titles after helping Northwest win their second state title in three seasons last year. Braun also played a key role on his AAU team this pasta summer, helping MOKAN Elite once again reach the Final Four at the Nike Peach Jam.

According to Braun, he will likely return to Lawrence sometime in October for his official visit.

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Kansas will see 2019 SG on Wednesday

The Kansas coaching staff was headed to California on Wednesday to visit Class of 2019 shooting guard Cassius Stanley. The 6-foot-5 Stanley is considered to be one of the best — if not the best — athletes in the 2019 class.

His highlight reels on YouTube have become must-see for many fans because of his gravity-defying dunks. However, Stanley is more than just a dunker. Stanley has worked hard on his all-around game over the past few years. His athletic ability puts defenders on their heels, which allows him to blow by them or shoot a pull-up jumper.

Stanley has not yet scheduled an official to Kansas, but it should not come as a surprise if that's done during Wednesday's visit.

The versatile guard who has used his athleticism to play the 1, 2 and 3 — he also can guard those three positions on the defensive end — has said that KU, USC, UCLA, Oregon, Texas and South Carolina have been the schools putting in the most work in recruiting him.

Stanley is a four-star prospect from North Hollywood who is ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 31 player in the Class of 2019.

Check out yesterday's Tale of the Tait blog for a look at the updated rankings for a handful of KU targets in the 2019 class.

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Kansas staff to see one of nation’s top-ranked players on Tuesday

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Later today, the Kansas coaching staff will conduct an in-home visit with James Wiseman, the nation's No. 1-ranked player on some recruiting lists and a consensus Top 2 or 3 prospect in the Class of 2019 on pretty much all of the rankings.

The 7-foot center from Memphis who jumped from No. 3 to No. 2 in the recently updated Rivals.com rankings for the Class of 2019, released Monday, already is scheduled to officially visit Kansas for Late Night in the Phog.

Wiseman hosted the Memphis staff on Monday and will host Kentucky's staff on Wednesday. He wrapped up his official visit to Kentucky last weekend and also has scheduled upcoming visits to Vanderbilt (Oct. 14) and Florida State (Oct. 25).

Many analysts believe that the race for Wiseman is down to Kentucky and Memphis, but Wiseman's mother, Donzaleigh Artis, recently disputed that claim and relayed the fact that her son's recruitment was "wide open."

While the in-home visits and upcoming officials certainly will play an important role in the process, Wiseman's recruitment really is just getting started. His mother also recently indicated that she and her son planned to wait until the spring signing period to make a decision because that would give him the most information and allow him to make the best decision for his future.

'We’re going to do this at a late period, the latest period you can, so he can see both sides of it," Artis told 247 Sports' Evan Daniels in late August.

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Kansas basketball staff hits the road

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

After hitting the road Sunday to visit a couple of 2019 prospects in Minnesota, the Kansas basketball coaching staff will move on to Florida on Monday to visit another.

Head coach Bill Self and staff were off to Minnesota on Sunday to see one of KU's top targets, five-star forward Matthew Hurt. Hurt also was slated to have in-home visits with Kentucky and Duke on Sunday, and Minnesota, Memphis and North Carolina next week. If Hurt wants to visit Kansas for Late Night in the Phog on Sept. 28, those plans could be finalized during his in-home visit.

Having unofficially visited Kansas last season, Hurt could decide to take his official visit during the season.

Kansas also planned to visit the home of 2019 power forward Zeke Nnaji on Sunday, as was Kentucky. Minnesota is expected to visit Nnaji this week, along with Georgetown and Baylor. Nnaji is expected to also host Arizona, Purdue and UCLA this month. Nnaji hasn't set up a visit to Kansas yet, but that could come during his in-home visit.

On Monday the Kansas staff is expected to head to Bradenton, Fla., to visit with five-star forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, formerly of Bishop Miege High and now playing at IMG Academy.

JRE already has scheduled his official visit to Kansas for the weekend of Late Night, but it's never a bad thing for coaches to get as much face to face time as possible with top recruits.

JRE is currently on his official visit to Notre Dame this weekend, and has official visits set up with Villanova (Sept. 14), North Carolina (Sept. 21) and Arizona (Oct. 12).

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Local Class of 2019 SG picks up Kansas offer

3-star Class of 2019 small forward Christian Braun of MoKan Elite and Blue Valley Northwest.

3-star Class of 2019 small forward Christian Braun of MoKan Elite and Blue Valley Northwest. by Matt Tait

Class of 2019 shooting guard Christian Braun picked up an offer from Kansas on Thursday night, per a source.

The 6-foot-5 guard from Blue Valley Northwest quickly jumped on KU's radar after his impressive play this summer for MOKAN Elite on the Nike EYBL circuit.

Braun once again impressed in late July while play in The 8 tournament in Las Vegas. It was there that he scored 31 points against Drive Nation and didn't miss a shot from the field.

Braun is a lights-out shooter from 3-point range who can also score off the drive and at the rim. His older brother, Parker, just started his freshman year at Missouri.

It's hard to know exactly how Braun will factor into KU's plans in the 2019 class, but the recent offer from Kansas makes it clear that there is a path to Lawrence for the talented athlete from Blue Valley Northwest. Now it's just a matter of watching it all play out and seeing if Braun's timeline for a decision, which has yet to be revealed, matches up with what KU is doing.

About an hour after this report, Braun confirmed the news of the KU offer with a message on Twitter.

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Braun comes from the same school that produced a pair of tough-nosed guards who played in last year’s Final Four, Loyola-Chicago guards Clayton Custer and Ben Richardson.

Braun is making an official visit to Kansas State this weekend and also is slated to officially visit Oklahoma on Sept. 22 and Illinois on Oct. 21.

He has made a handful of unofficial visits to KU and also holds offers from Missouri, Illinois, Mississippi State, Creighton, Texas Tech, Minnesota, Wake Forest, Mississippi and Loyola-Chicago among others. He currently is unranked in the Rivals.com database but definitely is one of those players in the 2019 class who is trending up.

Here's a quick look at some recent Braun highlights.

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Jeremiah Robinson-Earl sets official visit to Kansas

Class of 2019 forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl will officially visit Kansas during the weekend of Sept. 28 for Late Night in the Phog, his mother, Katie Robinson, told KUsports.com.

Robinson-Earl, who transferred to IMG Academy for his senior year, named his top five schools earlier this month, with Villanova, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Arizona joining Kansas on his list.

Robinson-Earl has long been one of KU's top targets in the 2019 class and his move from nearby Bishop Miege High to IMG in Florida has not changed that.

This is huge news for KU. Even though he has been to Kansas many times before, this is a great opportunity for Jeremiah and his family to really sit down with the Kansas staff to discuss how they see him fitting in at KU.

On top of that, it never hurts to have him in front of 16,300 adoring KU fans inside the Fieldhouse.

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2020 PG Ty Berry to visit Kansas for Late Night in the Phog

Class of 2020 point guard Ty Berry will make the short trip north to Lawrence on Sept. 28 to unofficially visit the University of Kansas for Late Night in the Phog.

Berry's father and coach, Tony Berry, who played football at KU in the mid-1980s, revealed the family's plans to KUsports.com on Monday.

Berry's father, who was a roommate of Danny Manning's during his KU days, also played junior varsity basketball at KU, when the program still existed, and was coached by John Calipari on the JV squad.

As for the younger Berry, the 6-foot-2 point guard from Newton, has done plenty during the past two summers to establish himself as one of the top high school prospects currently playing in Kansas.

In addition to being on KU's radar, Berry has received offers or heavy interest from Kansas State, Creighton, Wake Forest, Oklahoma State and Kentucky.

Here's a quick look at some highlights from last summer's Jayhawk Invitational.

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Class of 2019 forward with familiar name makes plans to visit Kansas

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Kansas University basketball recruiting

Class of 2019 forward Chandler Lawson told KUsports.com on Wednesday night that he will travel to Lawrence to visit Late Night in the Phog on Sept. 28.

The 6-foot-8 versatile forward from Memphis is the younger brother of current Kansas players Dedric and K.J. Lawson. Also attending Late Night in the Phog will be the youngest Lawson brother, Johnathan.

A member of the Class of 2021, Johnathan Lawson already is considered to be a Top 20 player in the class. Much like his brothers, he brings a lot of versatility to the court.

Chandler recently made the decision to finish his high school career at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va. Former Kansas player Billy Preston, and current Kansas big man David McCormack are both Oak Hill alums.

Both Chandler and Johnathan Lawson attended Late Night last year, but with both Dedric and K.J. being eligible to play this season for Kansas, the excitement level for this year's Late Night is at a much high level for the Lawson family.

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