Class of 2019 forward Malik Hall announced his top 5 schools on Saturday and Kansas did not make the cut. The 6-foot-8 hybrid forward from Sunrise Academy in Bel Aire, KS, has narrowed his list to Oklahoma, Michigan State, Oregon, Texas and Purdue.
Michigan State is the most recent program to offer Hall a scholarship. The Spartans offered on Aug. 14, while both Oregon and Texas extended their offers to Hall back in May. Of the five schools remaining on Hall's list, Purdue has been recruiting him the longest. The Boilermakers offered Hall back in December.
Even without Hall in the mix, the Jayhawks still have plenty of options at the forward position in the 2019 class.
Five-star IMG prospect Jeremiah Robinson-Earl is a skilled forward that can play both inside and out. Fellow-five-star forward Matthew Hurt also can play the wing position and is a match-up nightmare for opponents.
Kansas is also in the mix for more traditional power forward Zeke Nnaji (Hopkins, Minn.), who would fit in well alongside Hurt and Robinson-Earl.
Class of 2019 forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl has trimmed his list to five schools, according to multiple reports.
Robinson-Earl, who recently made the move to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., is now down to North Carolina, Arizona, Notre Dame, Villanova and Kansas.
Robinson-Earl spent his first three years of high school at Bishop Miege in Mission. He has long been a top target for the Kansas coaching staff.
KU coach Bill Self didn’t miss many of Robinson-Earl’s games throughout the spring and summer AAU circuit, including the Jayhawk Summer Finale at the end of July, when Self was courtside for all of Robinson-Earl’s games on both the Saturday and Sunday of the event.
Self was the only head coach of the five remaining schools to be on hand for every game on both days. Kansas assistant Norm Roberts was courtside for much of the weekend, as well.
In case it’s not obvious what that means, this might be a good time to remind you that Robinson-Earl is firmly planted at the top of KU’s wish list in the 2019 class. Not only is he one of KU’s top targets in the class — Minneapolis PF Matthew Hurt is right up there with him — but Robinson-Earl is one of the top-ranked players in the class, as well.
A five-star prospect, Robinson-Earl has been praised for his all-around game, power inside and ability to do pretty much anything a coach could want on the basketball floor.
Some have speculated that Robinson-Earl’s recruitment will come down to a two-horse race between Kansas and North Carolina, where Roy Williams, who coached Robinson-Earl’s dad, Lester Earl, at Kansas, is still the head coach.
Robinson-Earl’s roommate at IMG, Armando Bacot, announced late Thursday afternoon that he will attend North Carolina.
Robinson-Earl hopes to have all of his official visits done in the fall, and according to Katie Robinson, the dates and details are being worked on now.
“We are getting his official visits sorted now,” Robinson told KUSports.com about her son’s official visits.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.