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Leftover turkey, KU hoops and Zeke Nnaji announcement

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Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas basketball fans will have a lot to fill up on next Friday.

Besides the Thanksgiving turkey leftovers, Kansas fans will also get to see the Jayhawks in the second games of the NIT Season Tip-Off — against either Tennessee or Louisville — and the announcement of Class of 2019 power forward Zeke Nnaji.

Nnaji has a list of five schools he's considering, but that could change with his unofficial visit to North Carolina coming up this weekend.

Nnaji, a long and athletic 6-foot-10 forward from Minnesota, has been a priority of KU's throughout the recruiting process and became even more important recently when Jeremiah Robinson-Earl committed to Villanova.

On his own, Nnaji offers long-term potential and a frame that could put on weight and become a force at Kansas.

Add to that the fact that he is AAU teammates and close friends with Top 5 prospect Matt Hurt and his importance and potential skyrockets.

Hurt is expected to visit KU sometime during the season and announce his decision in the spring.

Nnaji has scheduled his announcement for after the early signing period — Nov. 14-21 — but it's entirely possible that he could sign and send his letter of intent before announcing his choice.

Arizona, Baylor, Kansas, Purdue and UCLA are Nnaji's five finalists, with Carolina thrown in the mix, as well.

The No. 37-ranked player in the class, per Rivals.com, will make his announcement at Noon at Hopkins High School in Lakeville, Minn.

Comments

Tony Bandle 1 month ago

Thanks to adidas, we can kiss Zeke good-bye...and, just as we lost Lester's little boy, Zeke won't be the last lost recruit.

The record consecutive conference title should be ours this season but next 2019-2020 will be quite interesting. Factor in that Vick, Dok, Grimes, at least one Lawson, Silvio and possibly Dotson and Moore may be gone coupled with no five stars coming in, it will be Bill's biggest challenge yet.

As always, when I post a bad vibe about the Hawks I pray I am totally wrong.....but I'm afraid this time I'm not.

Craig Carson 1 month ago

Moore wont be going anywhere and unless Dotson has a Frank Mason type of Freshmen season he'll be back as well...Grimes is gone, Vick obviously as well..Dedric is gone and Dok..KU doesnt need 5 players to win....Roy Williams didnt recruit a single 5 kid for a few years due to the academic scandal..all he could get is 4* guys and they went to 2 FF and won a NC....I also am nervous about htis kid because losing him could also mean losing Hurt...had JRE picked KU then it wouldnt be as bad...KU will have plenty of guards next year, what they need is front court players...Im not getting too negative because I do think KU lands him and Hurt..but all we can do is hope this stupid FBI fiasco doesnt hurt recruiting too much

Craig Carson 1 month ago

I certainly hope not..otherwise KU is gonna be REAL thin in the front court AGAIN for the 2019-2020 season

Steve Zimmerman 1 month ago

Let NC have Naj, we'll b just fine.

Craig Carson 1 month ago

you sure about that? cause I get the feeling wherever Zeke goes Hurt may follow..if KU losses out of both, there isnt any other notable big men left to recruit...Ku will be left with Lightfoot and McCormack in the front court after Dok and Dedric leave..thats not to promising

Layne Pierce 1 month ago

The inability of the NCAA to manage its determinations in a timely manner is truly aggravating. In other words, a team and the player are already punished, even if they are eventually found not guilty, because they have to be held out, until the decision is made. At the very least, either a decision should be made in a month tops, or a player should be allowed to play until any other determination is made. The NCAA already cleared DeSousa to play, so should the NCAA be put on probation?

RCJH

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