Class of 2020 point guard, R.J. Hampton, and his family wrapped up his 48-hour official visit to Kansas shortly after KU's 78-70 win over Baylor Saturday afternoon. According to Hampton's father, Rod, the visit couldn't have gone better for Hampton and his family.
"There are a few basketball programs that you can say this is what college basketball is all about," said Mr. Hampton. "Kansas fits that, and we have a few of those (programs) on our list," he added.
Mr. Hampton added that the visit went well for him and his family from start to finish.
"From start to finish of the visit everything was first class," said Mr. Hampton. "Getting to see the day-to-day workings was impressive. At the end of the day you gotta respect tradition. We could see ourselves as a Jayhawk family. We will see!!!"
The family atmosphere that Coach Self and his staff have developed at Kansas is something that was very noticeable to Hampton and his family.
"Coach Self and his staff handle the guys in such a way that they hold you accountable," said Mr. Hampton. "The family atmosphere makes you want to work hard to better yourself, and make the team better. They do a great job!!!"
Kansas Assistant Jerrance Howard, along with Coach Self, have a done a great job in Hampton's recruitment. Hampton is considered by many to be the top guard in the country. Should the Hamptons decide to become a Jayhawk family there will be a number of top players wanting to join Hampton in Lawrence.
Kansas Assistant Coach Norm Roberts was in Wichita in Wednesday to see 2019 Kansas signed guard Christian Braun play in the Kansas 6A State Tournament Quarterfinals. Braun's 33 points led Blue Valley Northwest to a tough 75-70 win over Olathe North. Braun followed up his 33 point performance on Wednesday with a 25 point performance on Friday against Shawnee Mission South, and another trip to the State Title Game on Saturday.
On Thursday Coach Roberts traveled to Tulsa, OK to see 2020 guard Bryce Thompson score 22 points in Booker T Washington's 64-58 win in the Oklahoma 6A State Tournament Quarterfinals. Thompson followed up his 22 point performance on Thursday with a 13 point performance on Friday. Thompson came up big in the 4th quarter helping his team overcome a 12 point deficit in the 4th quarter to advance to Saturday's State Title game.
2020 PF Isaiah Cottrell will arrive on Thursday for his official visit to Kansas. The 6'10" junior from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, NV, will begin his 48 hour official visit on Thursday before heading back home after Saturday's game vs Baylor.
Cottrell is being recruited by West Virginia, Rutgers, Texas Tech, Marquette, TCU and Kansas among others. He has already officially visited Rutgers and West Virginia. He also unofficially visited Texas Tech.
2020 PG R.J. Hampton will begin his 48 hour official visit to Kansas on Thursday, Hamton's father Ron Hampton confirmed to KUSports.com. The do everything PG from Little Elm, TX will arrive on Thursday evening and stay through Saturday's game vs Baylor.
Hampton is considered by many to be the best guard in the country, no matter class. Duke, Kentucky, Memphis, TCU and Kansas are the five schools remaining on Hampton's list after he cut it to five in early February.
Future Jayhawk Christian Braun is on his way to state once again. The 2019 G from Blue Valley Northwest led his teammates to two easy sub-state victories last week. The Huskies will now head to Wichita to defend their State Title against Olathe North in Wednesday's opening round.
Braun's senior season has done nothing but make him more of a favorite to win the DiRenna Award, which is given to the top player in Kansas City. Current Jayhawk Ochai Agbaji won the DiRenna in 2018.
Check out highlights of Braun from various games throughout his senior season.
Kansas Assistant Coach Norm Roberts was in Florida on Thursday to watch 2019 forward Precious Achiuwa, 2019 guard Harlond Beverly, 2020 forward Cade Cunningham and 2020 guard Moses Moody. All four players star for Montverde Academy in Montverde, FL.
Achiuwa, who has scheduled his official visit to Kansas to begin this Sunday, is also scheduled to officially visit North Carolina on March 9th. Achiuwa and fellow Kansas target Matthew Hurt are two of the five players participating in the McDonald's All American game that remain uncommitted. Achiuwa will like make his college decision sometime in April.
Beverly is a 6'3" guard that has seen his recruitment take off over the recent months. The Michigan native is being recruited by Michigan State, Indiana, Iowa State, Baylor and Kansas among others.
Kansas Assistant Coach Jerrance Howard has been recruiting Texas native Cade Cunningham for some time. Kansas, LSU, Oklahoma State and Kentucky are some of the schools recruiting Cunningham.
Arkansas native Moses Moody is being recruited by Arkansas, Auburn, Missouri, Stanford, Florida and Kansas among others.
Kansas Head Coach Bill Self traveled to Utah on Wednesday to see 2019 SF Tristan Enaruna in action as his Wasatch Academy squad takes on Kearns.
Coach Self and Kansas Assistant Coach Norm Roberts watched Enaruna in Florida last month, and with his season winding down Coach Self is taking advantage of the week off between games for the Jayhawks to once again watch the 6'10" skilled forward in action.
Enaruna is expected to plan his official visits in the very near future, but he has unofficially visited Creighton. He also was recently offered by Miami, and has picked up interest from Duke, Texas and Kentucky in recent weeks.
2019 Forward Matthew Hurt will be one of the twelve players representing Team USA on April 12th in the 22nd annual Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, OR.
Hurt, who officially visited Kansas earlier this month for the Texas Tech game, captured a gold medal at the 2018 FIBA U18 Championships last summer. Hurt is one of only two players named to the Hoop Summit roster that hasn't either verbally committed to a school, or already signed a LOI. Cole Anthony is the other player that remains undecided.
Kansas Head Coach Bill Self and Assistant Coach Norm Roberts will see two of KU's top 2019 recruits on Thursday in Florida at the Montverde Academy Invitational in Montverde, FL.
Coach Self & Coach Roberts will watch 2019 SF Precious Achiuwa of Montverde Academy and 2019 SF Tristan Enaruna Wasatch Academy in Utah. Both Montverde and Wasatch kick off play in the Montverde Academy Invitational tonight, and the two teams will face off against each other on Saturday.
Achiuwa has yet to schedule any official visits, but he did unofficially visited Connecticut, Memphis, Western Kentucky and St. John's. UCONN, North Carolina, St. John's and Kansas are considered the schools out front for Achiuwa. As for what schools he will eventually officially visit, that will likely be determined over the coming weeks as his high school season comes to a close.
Enaruna has become a top recruit after bursting onto the scene over the past few months. Kansas Assistant Norm Roberts has traveled out to Utah to see the versatile SF originally from the Netherlands. Enaruna will also look to set up visits in the near future. He is considering Illinois, Creighton, Georgia Tech and Kansas among others. Since arriving in the United States towards the halfway point of his junior year, Enaruna has done nothing but improve his game and impress college coaches who see a player with tremendous versatility and terrific skill set.
2019 G Cassius Stanley less than three months away from announcing where he will attend college. The 6'5" athletic specimen from California will make his announcement on April 17th, which is the first day of the late signing period.
The final three schools Stanley is considering are UCLA, Kansas and Oregon. Many believe that with the coaching change at UCLA, Kansas and Oregon might be the only two schools that are truly being considered. UCLA could certainly find themselves right back in the mix for Stanley once a new coaching staff is in place.
Stanley had some interesting comments about Kansas when he recently spoke with 247Sports writer, Evan Daniels.
"They want me to come in right after Quentin Grimes, come in that two-guard spot and pretty much play the one and two and just come in and do what I have to do," Stanley told Daniels.
Even though Stanley has long been considered to be one of the top players in his class, it's not a stretch to say that also might be one of the most improved players in the class. He has always had the ability to finish in spectacular fashion at the rim, but over the last few years Stanley has really shown the ability to hit from beyond the three point line and he has improved his mid-range game. These improvements in his game have made him one of the more well rounded players in the 2019 class.