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KU Basketball Recruiting Scoop with Matt Scott

Class of 2019 shooting guard names Kansas in Top 6

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Class of 2019 shooting guard Josh Green named his final six schools on Monday and the Kansas Jayhawks remain one of the schools Green is considering.

Kansas has been recruiting the 6-foot-6, high-flying guard from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., for months, but the school that most recently offered him has quickly become the favorite according to a number of industry experts.

North Carolina came in with its offer in late July and since then has been considered the favorite. Arizona is another school that has been considered to be a front-runner for Green.

Another Kansas recruit, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, will be joining Green at IMG this season.

The current Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year made the decision to transfer to IMG earlier this season and made the move to Bradenton, Fla., this past weekend. Robinson-Earl is also considering North Carolina, as is IMG big man Armando Bacot.

Bacot and Robinson-Earl are roommates IMG.

Green's Top Six schools are: Villanova, North Carolina, Arizona, USC, UNLV and Kansas.

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2020 PG picks up Kansas offer

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Class of 2020 combo guard Jalen Suggs took to Twitter on Thursday to announce that he has pick up an offer from Kansas.

The 6-foot-5 Suggs is considered to be a top 5 combo guard and also is a top 5 dual-threat quarterback in the class of 2020.

Suggs, a five-start prospect who attends Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis, unofficially visited Kansas last year for Late Night in the Phog and is fresh off of winning a Gold medal with his U17 Team USA squad.

Minnesota, Iowa, Iowa State, Duke, Arizona State and Kansas among others are all heavily recruiting Suggs.

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2019 PF Claims Kansas Offer

Class of 2019 power forward Zeke Nnaji (Hopkins, MN) took to Twitter on Wednesday night to share that he has picked up a scholarship offer from the University of Kansas. The 6-foot-10 power forward is considering Wisconsin, Iowa, Arizona and Ohio State among others.

Nnaji already has seven unofficial visits lined up over the next few weeks. Creighton (August 10th), Kansas State (August 11th), Notre Dame (August 24th), Ohio State (August 25th), Indiana (August 26th), Purdue (August 27th) and Illinois (August 28th).

The Jayhawks have a yet-to-be-determined number of scholarships to offer to players in the Class of 2019 and, to date, have just one commitment in the class from Chicago point guard Markese Jacobs.

Nnaji is currently ranked No. 34 on the Rivals 150 for the Class of 2019, earning four stars and moving up 11 spots since Rivals last ranked the 2019 prospects.

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2019 Kansas recruit named to UAA 1st team

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl

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Class of 2019 power forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl was named to the UAA Association 1st team on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-9 Robinson-Earl was the eighth leading scorer (19.5 ppg) and the top rebounder (11.4 rpg) in the UAA Association this spring and summer.

The former Bishop Miege star will now head to Florida for his senior year at IMG Academy in Bradenton. Robinson-Earl told KUsports.com that he planned to leave for IMG on Sunday.

The Stags, meanwhile, will look to replace the 2017-2018 Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year with incoming freshman Mark Mitchell.

Kansas recruits Josh Green and RJ Hampton were also named to the UAA 1st team.

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Class of 2019 SF looking to narrow list

2019 F Malik Hall

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Class of 2019 forward Malik Hall, a five-star prospect ranked No. 46 in the country by Rivals.com, will be cutting his list down to five schools soon.

The 6-foot-8 versatile forward from Sunrise Academy in Bel Aire posted on his Instagram account that he will be announcing his top five schools in the near future now that he has played his last AAU game.

When asked about his timeline for cutting down his list Hall told KUsports.com that he will announce his top five schools "within the next month or so."

Hall was in Lawrence for the Hardwood Classic a little over a week ago, and had coaches from Kansas, Purdue and others on hand to see him. Hall spoke with KUsports.com and other media members after one of his game at the Hardwood Classic.

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Kansas court-side for top 2019 target this weekend

The Kansas staff hasn't missed many games that Jeremiah Robinson-Earl has played this spring and summer, and this weekend wasn't any different.

Kansas assistant coach Norm Roberts was court-side for Robinson-Earl's games Thursday evening and Friday morning. On Saturday, Kansas coach Bill Self was court-side for both of Robinson-Earl's games. On Sunday both Self and Roberts were on hand for all three of Robinson-Earl's games. The Kansas staff has made it very clear that the 'JRE' is a top recruiting target for them in 2019.

Other coaches from schools around the country also made their way to Overland Park this weekend. Villanova, Missouri, UCLA, Wake Forest, North Carolina, Notre Dame and others had assistant coaches from their respective staffs on hand throughout the weekend. Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey was on hand for a few of JRE's games, as was former Kansas great Danny Manning, representing Wake Forest. North Carolina coach Roy Williams was on hand for one game Saturday afternoon.

For those in attendance JRE didn't disappoint. Despite feeling a little under the weather, JRE once again dominated throughout the weekend in leading his team to the championship game on Sunday afternoon.

The Kansas staff also spent time watching a number of other recruiting prospects throughout the weekend, including Class of 2019 SG Zach Harvey, 2019 G Caleb Grill, 2020 PG Ty Berry, 2020 PG Bryce Thompson and 2022 soon to be freshman Mark Mitchell.

Caleb Grill

Caleb Grill by Matt Scott

2020 PG Bryce Thompson

2020 PG Bryce Thompson by Matt Scott

2020 PG Ty Berry

2020 PG Ty Berry by Matt Scott

2019 SG Zach Harvey

2019 SG Zach Harvey by Matt Scott

2022 SF Mark Mitchell

2022 SF Mark Mitchell by Matt Scott

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Jeremiah Robinson-Earl talks recruiting as another big weekend arrives

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Another big time recruiting weekend is on tap in the Lawrence and Kansas City area this weekend, with Session 2 of the Hardwood Classic taking place in Lawrence and the Jayhawk Summer Finale happening over in Overland Park.

Both events are expected to draw dozens of big time prospects from some of the top programs across the country and where there's talent coaches will follow.

KUsports.com recruiting insider Matt Scott caught up with one such prospect on Thursday night — former Bishop Miege power forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, who will play his senior year at IMG Academy in Florida.

Robinson-Earl, who played for the Bill Self-coached Team USA at the FIBA Americas tournament in Canada in early June, has had a busy summer and continues to be one of the hottest prospects in the country, with just about every major program showing interest.

The 6-foot-9 forward and son of former Kansas player Lester Earl says that even though he has been to KU dozens of time for unofficial visits, he does plan to make KU one of his five official visits in the coming months.

"I think I will," Robinson-Earl said. "I'm kind of waiting (until) after this tournament and then I'll probably make a list and then I'll probably decide here in the next couple weeks where my officials will be."

As for whether the process to date has been stressful, Robinson-Earl said: "A little bit, but I'm just enjoying it. The coaches are fun to talk to so it's not that bad."

That and more in this video from OP on Thursday night.

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Final sights & thoughts from the Hardwood Classic

Class of 2020 big man N'Faly Dante gets animated during the Hardwood Classic. (Photo by Matt Scott)

Class of 2020 big man N'Faly Dante gets animated during the Hardwood Classic. (Photo by Matt Scott) by Matt Tait

An entertaining weekend of big time basketball and elite talent on display wrapped up on Sunday at Sports Pavilion Lawrence, where Session 1 of the Hardwood Classic came to a close.

KUsports.com recruiting insider Matt Scott was out there all weekend, taking in the action and tracking the play of the handful of KU targets on hand.

Members of the KU coaching staff were in attendance to watch Class of 2019 forward Malik Hall and MoKan Elite teammate N'Faly Dante, one of the top players in the 2020 class, both Saturday and Sunday.

KU also checked in on Class of 2020 shooting guard Andre Jackson, who wowed the crowd with an explosive performance en route to winning the Friday night slam dunk contest, as well as Class of 2021 forward Jaylon McDaniel, of Blue Springs South.

Dante and Hall, still stinging from falling short last weekend at the high-profile Peach Jam, brought home the hardware this time, knocking off Jackson's City Rocks (Albany, N.Y.) squad, 71-54, in Sunday's title game.

Here are a few highlights from Dante and Hall and a trio of other local prospects worth keeping an eye on, as well as a few images from Scott of the players the KU coaches tracked at the Hardwood Classic this weekend.

Sports Pavilion Lawrence will be hopping again next weekend — July 26-29 — when Session 2 of the Hardwood Classic comes to town.

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MoKan Elite small forward Malik Hall prepares to drop the hammer.

MoKan Elite small forward Malik Hall prepares to drop the hammer. by Matt Tait

Class of 2021 prospect Jaylon McDaniel of MoKan Elite.

Class of 2021 prospect Jaylon McDaniel of MoKan Elite. by Matt Tait

Jonathan Jackson, the younger brother of former North Carolina standout and national champion Justin Jackson.

Jonathan Jackson, the younger brother of former North Carolina standout and national champion Justin Jackson. by Matt Tait

Dunk contest champion and Class of 2020 shooting guard Andre Jackson of City Rocks.

Dunk contest champion and Class of 2020 shooting guard Andre Jackson of City Rocks. by Matt Tait

Class of 2020 big man N'Faly Dante, of MoKan Elite, prepares to play a little D.

Class of 2020 big man N'Faly Dante, of MoKan Elite, prepares to play a little D. by Matt Tait

Class of 2019 prospect and MoKan forward Malik Hall looks to get to the rim.

Class of 2019 prospect and MoKan forward Malik Hall looks to get to the rim. by Matt Tait

MoKan Elite prospect Malik Hall catches a little break during the Hardwood Classic in Lawrence.

MoKan Elite prospect Malik Hall catches a little break during the Hardwood Classic in Lawrence. by Matt Tait

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 small forward Malik Hall attacks the defense during the Hardwood Classic in Lawrence.

Class of 2019 small forward Malik Hall attacks the defense during the Hardwood Classic in Lawrence. by Matt Tait

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More MoKan Elite highlights plus your Hardwood Classic dunk contest champion

Current Jayhawks, from left to right, Udoka Azubuike, Dedric Lawson and Quentin Grimes showed up at Sports Pavilion Lawrence on Friday night and chipped in at the Hardwood Classic by judging the 2018 slam dunk contest. KU sophomore Marcus Garrett also helped hand out scores.

Current Jayhawks, from left to right, Udoka Azubuike, Dedric Lawson and Quentin Grimes showed up at Sports Pavilion Lawrence on Friday night and chipped in at the Hardwood Classic by judging the 2018 slam dunk contest. KU sophomore Marcus Garrett also helped hand out scores. by Matt Scott

Another night, another set of highlights for MoKan Elite standouts N'Faly Dante and Malik Hall at the Hardwood Classic in Lawrence.

But it wasn't just the two Kansas targets — Dante in the Class of 2020 and Hall in the Class of 2019 — who filled up the highlight reel on Friday night, which capped Day 2 of this year's event.

City Rocks, an AAU program out of Albany, N.Y., also did its part in that, with guard Andre Jackson bringing down the house — and a few current KU player celebrity judges — in the annual dunk contest. And shooting guard Joseph Girard III winning the 3-point contest for the second year in a row.

KUsports.com recruiting insider Matt Scott was at Sports Pavilion Lawrence again on Friday night and he captured a couple of in-game Hall and Dante highlights along with Mr. Jackson's most impressive displays during the high-energy dunk contest.

Here's a look...

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Highlights & interviews from the Hardwood Classic

On the very day our new recruiting insider, Matt Scott, signed the paperwork to make his commitment to KUsports.com official, the founder of the web site formerly known as TheShiver.com ran out to an AAU event in Lawrence to check in on a couple of KU targets playing for MoKan Elite in the Hardwood Classic.

Below you'll see a highlight of a Malik Hall to N'Faly Dante dunk followed by interviews with both players who are on KU's radar.

If you're wondering why you're now seeing this kind of stuff here, hop on over to check out our grand introduction of our newest KUsports.com team member.

And be sure to check back often in the coming weeks and months for all kinds of recruiting scoop from Scott.

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