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Christian Braun nominated for the McDonald’s All American Game

Blue Valley Northwest senior Christian Braun, who orally committed to KU on Monday, is shown here during an AAU event in Lawrence this summer with MOKAN Elite.

Blue Valley Northwest senior Christian Braun, who orally committed to KU on Monday, is shown here during an AAU event in Lawrence this summer with MOKAN Elite. by Matt Scott

The McDonald's All American Games announced the list of more than 800 male and female high school seniors that have been nominated to play in the 42nd McDonald's All American that will take place on Wednesday, March 27, in Atlanta.

Kansas-bound shooting guard Christian Braun is one of the male players nominated to be one of the 24 boys that make up the two teams participating in the McDonald's All American Game.

Braun, who is coming off of a 30 point 20 rebound game versus Blue Valley North last Friday night, is one of four seniors from Kansas nominated for the game. The other three players are all from Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Aire. Austin Crowley, Grant Sherfield and Jordan Turner join Braun on the nomination list.

Overall, players from 46 states and the District of Columbia were nominated for the McDonald's All American game. The final roster for the games will be announced Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. on ESPN's The Jump and at 5 p.m. on SportsCenter.

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Kansas to see top 2020 guard on Thursday

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas assistant coach Norm Roberts will head north on Thursday to see Class of 2020 guard Jalen Suggs.

Suggs, who is considered to be one of the top guard prospects in the 2020 class, is also one of the top quarterbacks in the country.

On the basketball side of things, Suggs has a long list of schools hoping he chooses to play hoops at the next level. Minnesota, Butler, Georgia, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Iowa State and Kansas among others are some schools interested in Suggs.

Many schools are recruiting Suggs for both basketball and football.

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Kansas watched one of the Class of 2022’s best on Tuesday night

Kansas assistant coach Norm Roberts was at Bishop Miege High in Roeland Park, on Tuesday night to see Class of 2022 small forward Mark Mitchell.

Mitchell, who is already considered to be one of the top players in the Midwest, is a must-see player for basketball fans in the area.

The 6-foot-7 lefty is a talent the area hasn't seen since Jaron Rush starred at Pembroke Hill in the late 1990s. And, truth be told, Mitchell appears to be well on his way to being an even bigger star than Rush was during his time at Pembroke.

Once Mitchell enters his sophomore year at Miege, expect a lot of college coaches to make their way to the school, including the Kansas staff, which already spent time watching Mitchell this past summer at the Jayhawk Summer Finale and again on Tuesday night.

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Kansas bound Christian Braun goes off for 37 points in the 810 Varsity Showcase

One of the more anticipated high school basketball games of the season finally arrived Saturday evening when Blue Valley Northwest took on Blue Springs South in the 810 Varsity Showcase Finale. The game featured two of the biggest stars in high school basketball in the area. Kansas bound SG Christian Braun for Northwest, and 2021 PF Jaylon McDaniel for South.

In a terrific high school basketball game Northwest came away the winner, 71-58. Christian Braun dominated from second quarter on finishing with 37 points. Blue Springs South simply had no answer for Braun as he put on a show for the fans in attendance. McDaniel, who looked dominant in the first quarter, finished with 19 points. Only a sophomore, McDaniel can seal and score with ease in the post, and is one of the more spectacular finishers at the rim in his class.

Check out highlights Braun and McDaniel from their Showcase battle on Saturday night.

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Kansas saw 2019 PG on Thursday

Members of the Kansas men's basketball staff were in Memphis on Thursday to see Class of 2019 point guard Damion Baugh.

The 6-foot-4 guard played on the Under Armour circuit for Team Thad, the same squad Lagerald Vick played with in high school.

With Kansas now taking a look at the explosive guard, Baugh might need to adjust the top 10 list he came out with in August.

Baugh had listed LSU, Houston, Vanderbilt, Miami, Auburn, Western Kentucky, TCU, Ole Miss, Texas and Florida as the final 10 schools he's considering.

Since naming his top 10 Baugh has had a number of schools show interest. Memphis offered in November, and schools like Georgia Tech and Georgetown have also added him to their radar.

According to the Team Thad twitter account, a decision could be coming soon for Baugh.

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KU coaches went north after Saturday’s win to watch 2019 prospect Matt Hurt

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Not long after KU's 87-63 win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday afternoon, Kansas coach Bill Self and assistant coach Jerrance Howard headed to South Dakota to watch 2019 recruit Matthew Hurt in the Hoop City Classic.

Hurt, the five-star forward and Top 10 prospect from Rochester, Minn., who has been at the top of KU's wish list in the 2019 class for years, scored 36 points in a 74-62 loss to Brandon Valley (SD).

Hurt has unofficially visited Kansas, but has yet to make an official visit to Lawrence. That is scheduled for the first weekend of February.

The 6-foot-9, 200-pound do-everything forward officially visited Kentucky in November, North Carolina in mid-December, and will visit Duke in January.

Memphis, which also had an assistant coach on hand Saturday night, is also in the mix for Hurt.

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Bishop Miege freshman Mark Mitchell is already a must see

Bishop Miege High is no stranger to elite talent on the basketball court. From Travis Releford to Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, the Stags have had some of the top talent the Kansas City metro area has seen.

With freshman Mark Mitchell currently following in those guys' footsteps, Bishop Miege might have the best high school basketball talent the area has ever produced.

Too much hype too early? Not with Mitchell. The 6-foot-7 lefty is a talent the area hasn't seen since Jaron Rush starred at Pembroke Hill in the late 1990's. Mitchell is well on his way to being an even bigger star than Rush was during his time at Pembroke.

Once Mitchell enters his sophomore year at Miege, expect a lot of college coaches to make their way to the school, including the Kansas staff who already spent time watching Mitchell this past summer at the Jayhawk Summer Finale.

Check out a few highlights of Mitchell from Friday's game against Rockhurst in Kansas City. Both Kansas-bound Christian Braun and former Jayhawk Conner Teahan were in attendance.


Townsend heads west

Kansas assistant coach Kurtis Townsend was scheduled to check out the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas this week before meeting up with the Jayhawks in Arizona for their 8 p.m. game at No. 18 Arizona State on Saturday in Tempe, Ariz.

The Tarkanian Classic, one of the more popular high school basketball tournaments in the country, began on Tuesday and will run through Saturday. With teams from all over the country participating in the tournament, it's a great opportunity to see a number of Kansas targets in one event.

Here is a list of teams participating in this years Tarkanian Classic. https://basketball.exposureevents.com/123198/tarkanian-classic-boys/teams

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Kansas basketball staff to see a number of targets this week

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas basketball assistant coach Norm Roberts will be in the Washington D.C. area this week to check in on number of Kansas recruiting targets.

On Wednesday, Roberts watched 2020 big man Hunter Dickinson, a 7-foot-2 big man from DeMatha who has a long list of schools interested in him, including Kentucky, Oregon, Michigan, Boston College and Kansas among many others.

Dickinson officially visited Purdue in October and unofficially visited Maryland in late November.

On Thursday Roberts is expected to stop by Bethesda Chase High to check in on 2020 small forward Elijah Wood.

Wood, who was inside Allen Fieldhouse for Late Night in the Phog in late September, was briefly at Sunrise Christian in Bel Aire, before deciding to head back home to Baltimore earlier this year.

Wood has growing interest from a number of schools already, including Auburn, Kentucky, Florida, Florida State and Kansas among others.

DeMatha won't play in the ARS National Hoopfest until Saturday night, but Roberts will see two top teams go head to head on Friday night, when Sunrise Christian takes on Montverde. Sunrise features 2020 big man N'faly Dante and Montverde features 2019 small forward Precious Achiuwa.

Dante is one of the more coveted big men in the 2020 class, with his size, athleticism and skill set measuring off the charts. He has been on a few unofficial visits this fall, starting with his trip to Kansas for Late Night in the Phog. Dante also unofficially has visited Oregon and LSU.

Achiuwa's recruitment is about as quiet as it gets in the recruiting world. He doesn't talk about it and he has yet to make any official visits.

He has unofficially visited Memphis and UConn, but outside of those visits Achiuwa has yet to give any hints about what schools he's interested in. Originally from New York, Achiuwa is a Top 10 player in the 2019 class and one of six Top 10 players that have yet to make their college decision.

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KU watches Christian Braun impress in season opener

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Signed Class of 2019 shooting guard Christian Braun started his senior season at Blue Valley Northwest Friday night in impressive fashion. Braun scored 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in front of Kansas assistant coach Norm Roberts.

Braun committed to join the Jayhawks in mid-September and made his commitment official on the first day of the early signing period in mid-November.

The four-star guard is one of two players in the Class of 2019 currently committed to Kansas.

On Friday, Braun outscored Blue Springs by himself in the first half, helping Northwest get out to a huge halftime lead and cruise to a 70-40 win.

Here's a look at some of Braun's biggest highlights during his debut game of his senior season.

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Top 2020 point guard sets official visit to Kansas

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Class of 2020 point guard R.J. Hampton made news this week by officially announcing that he would visit Kansas the weekend of Dec. 15, when the Jayhawks host Villanova.

Hampton was previously scheduled to make his official visit to Kansas for Late Night in the Phog back in September, but chose to reschedule because of a conflict and his desire to visit KU's campus for a game.

It was widely thought that Hampton would reclassify into the Class of 2019, which includes players who began signing their letters of intent this month, but the talented guard decided to remain in the Class of 2020 back in late August and now appears to be full-speed ahead on zeroing in on the school that's best for him.

A 6-foot-5, 170-pound point guard from Little Elm, Texas, Hampton is a five-star prospect in the eyes of every recruiting service and is ranked No. 4 overall in the 2020 class by Rivals.com.

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