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Kansas PG recruit Dajuan Harris and MOKAN Elite in the Peach Jam final

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.

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2020 Kansas target sets announcement date

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.

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2020 PG Bryce Thompson will visit this week

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

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.

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2020 star set to announce Top 10 schools

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.

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KU coaches watched some top talent in KC this weekend

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)

2020 G Jalen Suggs

2020 G Jalen Suggs by Matt Scott

Bryce Thompson

Bryce Thompson by Matt Scott

Brandon Huntley-Hatfield

Brandon Huntley-Hatfield by Matt Scott

Mady Sissoko

Mady Sissoko by Matt Scott

Tristan Maxwell

Tristan Maxwell by Matt Scott

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UAA makes a stop in KC and RecruitLook KC Run tips off in Shawnee

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.

UAA Schedule

RecruitLook KC Run Session 2 Schedule

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Enaruna sets KU visit

Class of 2019 forward Tristan Enaruna will officially visit three schools in four days later this month.

The 6-foot-9, highly skilled forward from Utah, via Holland, will begin his visit tour on April 24 at Miami. He will then visit Creighton on April 26 before finally visiting Kansas on April 28.

Enaruna's visit follows a big week for Kansas in the recruiting world. Class of 2019 SG Cassius Stanley is expected to announce his decision on Saturday, one day after highly coveted forward Matthew Hurt makes his announcement on the 19th.

Matthew Hurt

Matthew Hurt by Matt Scott

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2020 PF names KU in top 8

2020 PF Isaiah Cottrell released his top eight school on Sunday, and Kansas is still one of the schools Cottrell is considering.

The 6'10" PF from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas officially visited Kansas earlier this month when the Jayhawks hosted Baylor.

Cottrell's list of eight includes UNLV, West Virginia, LSU, Texas Tech, Rutgers, Washington, Wake Forest and Kansas.

Isaiah Cottrell during his official visit to Kansas

Isaiah Cottrell during his official visit to Kansas by Matt Scott

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Kansas visit was “first class” for Hampton and his family

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.

R.J. Hampton during his official visit to Kansas

R.J. Hampton during his official visit to Kansas by Matt Scott

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Kansas watched two guards this week

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.

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