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)
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.
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.
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.
Blessed🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/mCq6sngIIm— Isaiah Cottrell (@IsaiahCottrell) March 24, 2019
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.
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.
2020 PF Isaiah Cottrell will arrive on Thursday for his official visit to Kansas. The 6'10" junior from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, NV, will begin his 48 hour official visit on Thursday before heading back home after Saturday's game vs Baylor.
Cottrell is being recruited by West Virginia, Rutgers, Texas Tech, Marquette, TCU and Kansas among others. He has already officially visited Rutgers and West Virginia. He also unofficially visited Texas Tech.
2020 PG R.J. Hampton will begin his 48 hour official visit to Kansas on Thursday, Hamton's father Ron Hampton confirmed to KUSports.com. The do everything PG from Little Elm, TX will arrive on Thursday evening and stay through Saturday's game vs Baylor.
Hampton is considered by many to be the best guard in the country, no matter class. Duke, Kentucky, Memphis, TCU and Kansas are the five schools remaining on Hampton's list after he cut it to five in early February.
Future Jayhawk Christian Braun is on his way to state once again. The 2019 G from Blue Valley Northwest led his teammates to two easy sub-state victories last week. The Huskies will now head to Wichita to defend their State Title against Olathe North in Wednesday's opening round.
Braun's senior season has done nothing but make him more of a favorite to win the DiRenna Award, which is given to the top player in Kansas City. Current Jayhawk Ochai Agbaji won the DiRenna in 2018.
Check out highlights of Braun from various games throughout his senior season.
Kansas Assistant Coach Norm Roberts was in Florida on Thursday to watch 2019 forward Precious Achiuwa, 2019 guard Harlond Beverly, 2020 forward Cade Cunningham and 2020 guard Moses Moody. All four players star for Montverde Academy in Montverde, FL.
Achiuwa, who has scheduled his official visit to Kansas to begin this Sunday, is also scheduled to officially visit North Carolina on March 9th. Achiuwa and fellow Kansas target Matthew Hurt are two of the five players participating in the McDonald's All American game that remain uncommitted. Achiuwa will like make his college decision sometime in April.
Beverly is a 6'3" guard that has seen his recruitment take off over the recent months. The Michigan native is being recruited by Michigan State, Indiana, Iowa State, Baylor and Kansas among others.
Kansas Assistant Coach Jerrance Howard has been recruiting Texas native Cade Cunningham for some time. Kansas, LSU, Oklahoma State and Kentucky are some of the schools recruiting Cunningham.
Arkansas native Moses Moody is being recruited by Arkansas, Auburn, Missouri, Stanford, Florida and Kansas among others.