Late Night in the Phog is always one of the best times of year to bring top recruits from around the nation in for a visit.
Some of the top prospects in the country, from multiple classes, get to see nearly everything that makes Kansas basketball what it is in just a few short hours. They also get to see the spectacle of fan adoration, a game-night feel and the anticipation of another season set against a night of music, skits, lights and dancing.
This year's Late Night in the Phog is lining up to be one of the best as the Jayhawks appear primed for another run to the Final Four and are expected to enter the 2019-20 season ranked among the top two or three teams in the country.
With that in mind, here is a look at the recruits scheduled to be at Late Night in the Phog on Friday.
Class of 2020
6-5, 5-star SG - Bryce Thompson - Booker T. Washington/Tulsa, OK Video
6-10, 5-star PF - Isaiah Todd - Word of God Christian/Raleigh, NC Video
6-0, 4-star PG - KK Robinson - Oak Hill Academy/Mouth of Wilson, VA Video
6-10, 3-star C - Davion Bradford - Mehlville Senior/St. Louis, MO Video
6-11, 5-star PF/C - Marial Mading - Chipola Junior College/Marianna, FL Video
Class of 2021
6-10, 4-star PF - Zach Clemence - Sunrise Christian Academy/Bel Aire, KS Video
6-1, 5-star PG - Kennedy Chandler - Briarcrest Christian/Memphis, TN Video
6-7, 5-star SF - Harrison Ingram - St. Mark's/Dallas, TX Video
6-10, 4-star C - Roosevelt Wheeler - John Marshall/Richmond, VA Video
6-7, 4-star SF - Kendall Brown - Sunrise Christian Academy/Bel Aire, KS Video
6-11, 4-star PF/C - Javonte Brown-Ferguson - Mount Saint Joseph/Baltimore, MD (originally from Canada)
6-4, 3-star SG - Tamar Bates - Piper High School/Kansas City, KS Video
Class of 2022
6-7, 4-star SF - Mark Mitchell - Bishop Miege/Mission, KS Video
6-6, 4-star SG - Gradey Dick - Collegiate/Wichita, KS Video
6-5, 4-star SG - Tre White - Kansas Commit - Cornerstone/San Antonio, TX
The Kansas coaching staff check-in on 2020 PG Bryce Thompson on Monday. The Kansas staff will watch him work out before heading over to Thompson's residence for an in-home visit. The 6'5" PG from Oklahoma is coming off of his official visit to North Carolina this past weekend. He will visit Oklahoma State on September 28th before heading to Lawrence once again for Late Night in the Phog. Texas and Oklahoma are also expected to watch Thompson work out on Monday.
The Kansas staff is expected to be in to see 2020 PG Caleb Love on Tuesday. North Carolina is also expected to see the 6'3" PG from St. Louis. Love is scheduled to officially visit Kansas the week after Late Night in the Phog.
2020 PF JT Thor wrapped up his visit to Oklahoma State this past weekend and named his top 5 schools. Oklahoma State, Georgia, UCLA, Kentucky, and Kansas are the schools left on his list. Oklahoma State is currently considered to be the favorite. Thor is scheduled to officially visit Kansas for Late Night in the Phog.
2022 Kansas commit Tre White is transferring to Cornerstone Christian in San Antonio, TX. The 6'5" SF committed to Kansas back in June.
Class of 2021 point guard Kennedy Chandler will unofficially visit Kansas on Oct. 4 for Late Night in the Phog.
Chandler, a Memphis native, saw his recruitment take off after leading MOKAN Elite to the Peach Jam Championship in July.
Chandler will visit Oklahoma on Sept. 28 before making the trip to Kansas. Tennessee, Kentucky, Duke and Memphis, among others, are also very interested in Chandler.
Class of 2020 big man Gethro Muscadin in also scheduled to visit Kansas. The 6-foot-10 center from Aspire Basketball Academy is scheduled to officially visit Kansas on Sept. 20. Kansas football will host West Virginia that weekend.
Muscadin is also schedule to visit Kansas State on Sept. 6, Minnesota on Sept. 13 and Texas Tech on Oct. 5. UNLV, UCONN, VCU and New Mexico are all also involved in his recruitment.
Former Huntington Prep PF JT Thor announced on Sunday that he will reclassify from the 2021 class to the 2020 class. Thor will also transfer from Huntington Prep to Norcross High School in Georgia. The 6'9" PF was considered to be one of the top ranked forwards in the 2021 class.
Along with Kansas, Maryland, UCLA and Kentucky are considered to be the favorites for Thor. Clemson, Arizona, Miami and others extended offered to Thor in late May and June. The Jayhawks offered Thor back in early December.
Kansas PG recruit Dajuan Harris and his MOKAN Elite squad will be taking on Team Why Not in the Nike Peach Jam final at 1:00 pm Sunday. You can watch the game live on ESPNU or on the live stream below.
Class of 2020 point guard Jabri Abur-Rahim announced on Tuesday that he will make his college decision on Wednesday.
Abdur-Rahim has been a Kansas target for some time, and even unofficially visited Kansas for Late Night in the Phog back in 2017.
Abdur-Rahim is expected to decide between Virginia and Michigan, but Villanova, Georgia and Harvard all remain in the hunt. Kentucky went to watch Abdur-Rahim in June, and he picked up offers from Texas, Virginia and Illinois in recent months.
Abdur-Rahim just wrapped up his official visit to Virgina in late June.
announcing my college decision tmrw, stay tuned🙏🏽— Jabri (@jabri404) July 9, 2019
A Class of 2020 point guard, Bryce Thompson is expected to arrive in Lawrence on Thursday for an unofficial visit.
The 6-foot-4 PG from Oklahoma has seen his recruitment explode in recent months after his dominating performances on the Under Armour circuit throughout the spring.
Thompson has picked up offers from North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Notre Dame among others in recent months.
Thompson has visited Kansas a number of times with his family. His father Rod Thompson played for Coach Self at Tulsa for one season and the two have remained close throughout the years.
Along with Coach Self, Kansas Assistant Coach Norm Roberts leads the way in Thompson's recruitment to Kansas.
Highly ranked Class of 2020 star Cade Cunningham will announce his top 10 schools on Thursday at 4 p.m. central.
Cunningham has been one of the top performers on the NIKE EYBL circuit this spring and has been one of Kansas' top targets for over a year. However, the Jayhawks aren't the favorite to land the 6-foot-6 small forward right now.
Oklahoma State is said to be the favorite, but the Cowboys haven't made many splashes in the recruiting world over the past couple of years. Landing Cunningham would create a huge wave for them.
Kansas, Kentucky, Duke, Texas and Oklahoma State are some of the many schools that have been recruiting Cunningham throughout the past year.
Cunningham is a Texas native but transferred to Montverde Academy in Florida this past school year.
Here's a quick look at some of his highlights while we wait his first of what figures to be a few rounds of cutdowns.
Kansas assistant coach Norm Roberts likely spent more time inside the newly redone HyVee Arena this weekend than he did in his home in Lawrence. Roberts was front and center at UAA Session II watching some of the top talent in the classes of 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.
2019 G Nahshon "Bones" Hyland of WeR1 continued to impress coaches looking to add to their 2019 class. The 6'4" guard from Delaware is a natural scorer and does a terrific job of setting up his teammates.
2020 G Jalen Suggs of Grassroots Sizzle showed why he is one of the best prospects in the class. The 6'5" Suggs has a college-ready body and college-ready game. He can score when needed, but his ability to run a team is something that really separates him in the class.
2020 G Bryce Thompson of Oklahoma PWP is the Rhodes Scholar of high school basketball. His basketball IQ is off the charts. There aren't many players at his age that can completely dominate a game without scoring.
2020 G Tristan Maxwell of Team Charlotte. Maxwell, son of former NBA player Vernon Maxwell, plays for the same team as current Jayhawk Devon Dotson. Maxwell has a great frame and doesn't shy away from contact.
2020 PF Mady Sissoko of Utah Mountain Stars (or Jimmer Elite) is simply a man amongst boys. The 6'9" big man originally from Mali is a terrific combination of size, strength, and skill.
Other Kansas watched throughout the weekend
2021 PF Brandon Huntley-Hatfield (IMG Academy)
2020 G Karim Mane (Vanier College/Canada)
2021 F Chet Holmgren (Minnehaha Academy)
2022 G Prince Aligbe (Minnehaha Academy)
2021 G Tamar Bates (Piper High School)
2020 G Ty Berry (Newton High School)
2021 F DaRon Holmes )Millennium High School)
2022 G Jalen Hood-Schifino (Northside Christian)
2020 SF Jamal West Jr (St. Frances Academy)
2020 F John Ojiako (Admiral Farragut Academy)
2022 SF Jarace Walker (IMG Academy)
2021 F TaQuan Woodley (Camden)
2022 G Derrian Ford (Magnolia High School)
The first big showcase weekend of the spring to come to the area has arrived and several top prospects on KU’s radar are coming to Kansas City, Mo., this weekend to participate in the second Under Armour Association event of the year at HyVee Arena, formerly Kemper Arena.
The event will feature some of the top players in the 2020, 2021 and 2022 recruiting classes and KUsports.com recruiting insider Matt Scott recently identified a few of the top players to keep an eye on.
Class of 2020 point guard and KU target Jalen Suggs figures to be a main attraction throughout the weekend. Suggs currently leads the UAA in scoring, at 23.5 points per game, and also leads in assists at 6.2 per game. Fellow 2020 point guard Ty Berry (No. 126) will be playing with KC RUN GMC and Class of 2022 small forward Mark Mitchell, also will play with KC RUN GMC’s 16U squad.
Oklahoma point guard Bryce Thompson, who is ranked No. 59 in the Class of 2020 per Rivals.com, also will be on hand playing for Oklahoma PWP.
While all of that’s going at HyVee Arena, RecruitLook KC Run, a showcase that boasts 88 teams from 16 different states and Canada, also will be happening this weekend across the state line at Okun Fieldhouse in Shawnee.
That event, which also will feature Suggs, will include a few other names to watch: Class of 2020 point guard Mike Saunders (a teammate of current KU target Tristan Enaruna’s), 2021 forward Chet Holmgren, and Xavier Foster, a 7-foot center from the Class of 2020 who holds an offer from Kansas, are among the biggest prospects in that event. Foster plays with a team known as Pure Prep.
Two others to watch include Class of 2022 guard Chris Morgan and Class of 2021 guard AJ Neal, with Showtime.