Class of 2021 power forward Michael Foster has been offered a scholarship by the Kansas coaching staff.
The 6-foot-9 big man from Milwaukee has seen his recruitment take off over the past few month, with offers from UCLA, LSU, Wake Forest, Houston, Marquette and Texas A&M among others.
Schools have jumped at the chance to recruit Foster after he officially decommitted from Arizona State in late June.
Foster had committed to the Sun Devils two days after unofficially visiting ASU on Dec. 16.
Kansas assistant Jerrance Howard is the lead recruiter for KU in its pursuit of Foster, a five-star prospect who currently sits as the No. 3-ranked player in the 2021 class per Rivals.com.
The end of Jeremiah Robinson-Earl's recruitment could be near now that the 6-foot-9 power forward from IMG Academy wrapped up his fifth and final official visit last weekend.
Robinson-Earl will decide between Arizona, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Villanova and Kansas.
No exact date for his announcement has been set as of yet, but according to Robinson-Earl's mother, Katie Robinson, a decision will "be coming in the next few weeks."
A decision in the next few weeks makes sense for Robinson-Earl. Getting his recruitment out of the way early allows him to put all of his focus on school and the upcoming season at IMG, which begins Nov. 28.
The early signing period for student athletes to sign their national letters of intent begins Nov. 14 and ends Nov. 21.
KU currently has two players orally committed in the Class of 2019, four-star shooting guard Christian Braun of nearby Blue Valley Northwest High (No. 112 per Rivals.com) and four-star point guard Issac McBride (No. 109).
Robinson-Earl is the No. 10-ranked player in the Class of 2019, per Rivals, and has been atop KU's wish list in the class for months.
Class of 2020 small forward Jalen Johnson has cut his list down to 15 schools.
The 6-foot-8 wing player from Wisconsin is considering Duke, Kentucky, Wisconsin, UCLA, Missouri, Georgetown, LSU, Florida, Minnesota, Marquette, Arizona, Ohio State, Kansas State, DePaul and Kansas.
The Jayhawks offered Johnson in mid-June, and his offer list has grown considerably since that time. Duke is considered to be the favorite for Johnson, with Johnson having unofficially visited Duke last year and scheduled to officially visit Duke Oct. 19. The Blue Devils offered Johnson towards the end of the summer evaluation period in late July.
Home state Wisconsin is also considered to be one of the leaders for Johnson. He has unofficially visited the Badgers multiple times, including a visit in mid-September of this year.
Johnson is currently ranked No. 6 overall in the 2020 class by Rivals.com, three spots higher than he was ranked during the previous release of the Rivals rankings.
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Kansas hosted Class of 2019 power forward Zeke Nnaji for his official visit this past weekend and the 6-foot-11 skilled 4 from Minnesota was joined by his family on the visit.
Shortly after their return home, KUsports.com caught up to Zeke's father, Apham, about the visit.
"The meeting couldn't have gone better," Apham Nnaji told KUsports.com. "It was very informative for sure. We were able to see the need for Zeke's style of play and skill set, but most importantly, all the support he'll get should he decide to go there."
The Kansas coaching staff was clear about their message to Nnaji and his family. Kansas wins, and Kansas has a long history of developing and preparing players for the jump to the NBA.
"Their message was for him to be a part of a winning program with a proven track record of getting hard working kids to the next level," Nnaji's father said. "The facilities are second to none comparatively. Coach (Bill) Self is very relatable, and his staff is consistent as a unit."
Nnaji will now visit the four schools remaining on his list of finalists before making his college decision. He will visit Arizona this coming weekend before visiting UCLA (Oct. 20), Baylor (Oct. 27) and Purdue (Nov. 4).
When someone yells out "Mackey" in Little Rock, Ark., 2019 point guard Issac McBride knows they're yelling at him. McBride is known as "Mackey" back home because he looks and acts so much like his paternal grandfather, who went by the nickname of "Mackey."
Mackey McBride, the Class of 2019 point guard, was in Lawrence this weekend for his official visit to the University of Kansas. And, according to McBride, the trip was a hit.
"The visit was amazing," McBride told KUsports.com. "The atmosphere was crazy. Truly something you can only experience if you are in the fieldhouse."
McBride currently doesn't have any other visits lined up, but that doesn't mean a decision couldn't come sooner than later.
"Soon, yes sir," answered McBride when asked if he planned to make his decision in time for the early signing period, which arrives in November. "I'm going to sit down with my parents and we will make one soon."
Class of 2019 Kansas commit Christian Braun made the long trip west from Overland Park to Lawrence on Friday night for Late Night in the Phog. It was Braun's first time inside a packed Allen Fieldhouse since committing to the Jayhawks earlier this month. And it was an experience he won't soon forget.
"It was good seeing all of the guys [KU players], and the coaches. I got to catch-up with Jeremiah (Robinson-Earl), (N'faly) Dante and got to meet Cassius (Stanley) and James (Wiseman)," Braun told KUsports.com.
Braun and Robinson-Earl know each other well, and have had some battles on the court over the past few years when Blue Valley Northwest and Bishop Miege played each other. Braun and Dante were both key in leading their AAU team, MOKAN Elite, to the Peach Jam Final Four this past summer.
Braun didn't know too much about 2 Chainz before his performance at Late Night, but he came away a fan of him.
"I didn't think I would like him as much as I did," said Braun about 2 Chainz.
Braun was blown away by the atmosphere inside Allen Fieldhouse and knows that he will have the chance to play in front of a packed house each and every game when he arrives in Lawrence next year.
"I got to experience the best fans in the country so it was a lot of fun," said Braun about the 16,300 fans inside Allen Fieldhouse.
Class of 2020 point guard Ty Berry made the short trip north from Newton to Lawrence on Friday once again to unofficially visit Kansas for Late Night in the Phog on Friday.
Berry, who also visited Kansas last year for Late Night, took in this years festivities with his dad and former Kansas football player, Tony Berry.
"It was really cool," said Berry about Late Night. "I had a great time."
Besides his unofficial visits to Kansas, Berry has also unofficially visited Iowa State, Creighton, Nebraska, Minnesota, Colorado, Missouri, Kansas State and Wichita State. Berry also officially visited Iowa earlier this month.
The Newton PG has offers from all of the schools above, but the Kansas offer is still one he's waiting for. One could be coming sooner than later as the Kansas staff was on hand for many of Berry's games this past spring and summer on the Under Armour circuit where he played for KC Run GMC 16u squad.
2020 G Bryce Thompson wasted little time talking about his visit to Kansas when he tweeted on Saturday afternoon.
Class of 2020 center N'faly Dante and a number of his Sunrise Christian teammates will be inside Allen Fieldhouse on Sept. 28 for KU's annual Late Night in the Phog, Sunrise Christian Head Coach Luke Barnwell told KUsports.com.
Kansas assistant coach Kurtis Townsend was in Bel Aire this Tuesday to watch Dante and his Sunrise teammates workout.
The 6-foot-10, 225-pound Dante is currently ranked No. 7 overall in the 2020 class by Rivals.com and has been on KU's radar for a long time.
Viewed as one of the best — if not the best — big men in the entire class, Dante is a force around the rim on both offense and defense and brings good athleticism and passion to the floor along with a physical presence that is unmatched by most players he faces.
He spent the summer playing for MOKAN Elite, with current KU commitment Christian Braun, and has been to Lawrence more than a handful of times for one reason or another during his prep career.
It's far too early to even make a guess at how Dante's recruitment will play out, but KU appears to be in the hunt and has made the big man a priority in the 2020 class thus far. A few programs worth keeping an eye on as KU's biggest competitors to date in the quest to land the Sunrise center include: Kentucky, LSU, Oregon, St. John's, Oklahoma State, Iowa State and others.
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.
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.