Kansas staff to see one of nation's top-ranked players on Tuesday


Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Later today, the Kansas coaching staff will conduct an in-home visit with James Wiseman, the nation's No. 1-ranked player on some recruiting lists and a consensus Top 2 or 3 prospect in the Class of 2019 on pretty much all of the rankings.

The 7-foot center from Memphis who jumped from No. 3 to No. 2 in the recently updated rankings for the Class of 2019, released Monday, already is scheduled to officially visit Kansas for Late Night in the Phog.

Wiseman hosted the Memphis staff on Monday and will host Kentucky's staff on Wednesday. He wrapped up his official visit to Kentucky last weekend and also has scheduled upcoming visits to Vanderbilt (Oct. 14) and Florida State (Oct. 25).

Many analysts believe that the race for Wiseman is down to Kentucky and Memphis, but Wiseman's mother, Donzaleigh Artis, recently disputed that claim and relayed the fact that her son's recruitment was "wide open."

While the in-home visits and upcoming officials certainly will play an important role in the process, Wiseman's recruitment really is just getting started. His mother also recently indicated that she and her son planned to wait until the spring signing period to make a decision because that would give him the most information and allow him to make the best decision for his future.

'We’re going to do this at a late period, the latest period you can, so he can see both sides of it," Artis told 247 Sports' Evan Daniels in late August.


Craig Carson 6 months, 2 weeks ago

its good that he is coming to visit...but this is the same situation as Hurt visiting Nova..its pointless in terms of landing him..its a known fact that Hurt is down to UNC and KU..we all know Wiseman is down to UK and Memphis

Marcus Balzer 6 months, 2 weeks ago

You could very well end up being right but you will be amazed what can happen in the last hour - both legally and illegally. Quite frankly putting stock in what a 17 yr thinks and the emotions that come with it lead me to believe that anything is possible. Remember Wiggins was considered a FSU lean up until the moment he signed with KU.

Gerry Butler 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Man I hope people don't start thinking that Wiseman may come to KU - I mean ya there is always a chance BUT there is a chance I'll be the next Pope too. - -Any recruit is going to take advantage of his 5 officials why wouldn't you? With his connection with Penny and playing for him before and now Penny being the Coach - -a lot of Kentucky fans upset because they thought they had him wrapped up - now they frettin about Memphis. - -don't lose any sleep on whether he comes here or not. - If he does that would be great - -if he doesn't - like I always said we were fine before he got here - -we will be fine if he doesn't come here

Joshua Hann 6 months, 2 weeks ago

I sat down with Dale Greenlee today and got to talk basketball for nearly an hour and a half. He played for Ted Owens in the mid 70's. He told me one of his favorite parts was helping recruit. He told me about hosting Moses Malone and Darryl Dawkins. Anything can happen in recruiting. He was not looked at by Kansas until very late in the process as one of the assistant coaches was from Illinois. He had broke his ankle his senior year in HS and hardly got to play. Coach brought him out. He played some pick-up ball and then was offered at lunch. I believe he told me 7 of the top 8 players his senior year was from Illinois. The U of Illinois coach didn't believe he could play D1. He said he thought about that as he was at the Final Four and Illinois was like 5-23 that season. Was an awesome experience to listen to someone that has wore Kansas across his chest.

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