KU Basketball Recruiting Scoop with Matt Scott

Kansas saw a number of recruits on Thursday

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.


Coach Self watching 2019 SF on Wednesday night

Kansas Head Coach Bill Self traveled to Utah on Wednesday to see 2019 SF Tristan Enaruna in action as his Wasatch Academy squad takes on Kearns.

Coach Self and Kansas Assistant Coach Norm Roberts watched Enaruna in Florida last month, and with his season winding down Coach Self is taking advantage of the week off between games for the Jayhawks to once again watch the 6'10" skilled forward in action.

Enaruna is expected to plan his official visits in the very near future, but he has unofficially visited Creighton. He also was recently offered by Miami, and has picked up interest from Duke, Texas and Kentucky in recent weeks.

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Hurt named to Nike Hoop Summit roster

2019 Forward Matthew Hurt will be one of the twelve players representing Team USA on April 12th in the 22nd annual Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, OR.

Hurt, who officially visited Kansas earlier this month for the Texas Tech game, captured a gold medal at the 2018 FIBA U18 Championships last summer. Hurt is one of only two players named to the Hoop Summit roster that hasn't either verbally committed to a school, or already signed a LOI. Cole Anthony is the other player that remains undecided.

Matthew Hurt during his official visit to Kansas

Matthew Hurt during his official visit to Kansas by Matt Scott

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Coach Self to see two top Kansas targets

Kansas Head Coach Bill Self and Assistant Coach Norm Roberts will see two of KU's top 2019 recruits on Thursday in Florida at the Montverde Academy Invitational in Montverde, FL.

Coach Self & Coach Roberts will watch 2019 SF Precious Achiuwa of Montverde Academy and 2019 SF Tristan Enaruna Wasatch Academy in Utah. Both Montverde and Wasatch kick off play in the Montverde Academy Invitational tonight, and the two teams will face off against each other on Saturday.

Achiuwa has yet to schedule any official visits, but he did unofficially visited Connecticut, Memphis, Western Kentucky and St. John's. UCONN, North Carolina, St. John's and Kansas are considered the schools out front for Achiuwa. As for what schools he will eventually officially visit, that will likely be determined over the coming weeks as his high school season comes to a close.

Enaruna has become a top recruit after bursting onto the scene over the past few months. Kansas Assistant Norm Roberts has traveled out to Utah to see the versatile SF originally from the Netherlands. Enaruna will also look to set up visits in the near future. He is considering Illinois, Creighton, Georgia Tech and Kansas among others. Since arriving in the United States towards the halfway point of his junior year, Enaruna has done nothing but improve his game and impress college coaches who see a player with tremendous versatility and terrific skill set.

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Stanley closing in on announcement

2019 G Cassius Stanley less than three months away from announcing where he will attend college. The 6'5" athletic specimen from California will make his announcement on April 17th, which is the first day of the late signing period.

The final three schools Stanley is considering are UCLA, Kansas and Oregon. Many believe that with the coaching change at UCLA, Kansas and Oregon might be the only two schools that are truly being considered. UCLA could certainly find themselves right back in the mix for Stanley once a new coaching staff is in place.

Stanley had some interesting comments about Kansas when he recently spoke with 247Sports writer, Evan Daniels.

"They want me to come in right after Quentin Grimes, come in that two-guard spot and pretty much play the one and two and just come in and do what I have to do," Stanley told Daniels.

Even though Stanley has long been considered to be one of the top players in his class, it's not a stretch to say that also might be one of the most improved players in the class. He has always had the ability to finish in spectacular fashion at the rim, but over the last few years Stanley has really shown the ability to hit from beyond the three point line and he has improved his mid-range game. These improvements in his game have made him one of the more well rounded players in the 2019 class.

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2019 SG to visit Kansas in February

2019 SG Anthony Edwards will visit Kansas during the weekend of February 9th. Edwards, who reclassified into the 2019 class from the 2020 class shortly before Thanksgiving, is currently visiting Kentucky. Kentucky will host Mississippi State on Tuesday night before the Jayhawks head to Lexington next weekend.

Edwards is widely considered to be a top 10 prospect in the 2019 class. His size and strength (6'5" 215lbs) certainly jumps out, but his ability to score the ball in a variety of ways really separates him. He is aggressive, physical and is an elite athlete.

The Atlanta native is also considering Florida State, North Carolina and Georgia. He officially visited Georgia in early December, but has yet to schedule official visits to either Florida State or North Carolina.

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Christian Braun nominated for the McDonald’s All American Game

Blue Valley Northwest senior Christian Braun, who orally committed to KU on Monday, is shown here during an AAU event in Lawrence this summer with MOKAN Elite.

Blue Valley Northwest senior Christian Braun, who orally committed to KU on Monday, is shown here during an AAU event in Lawrence this summer with MOKAN Elite. by Matt Scott

The McDonald's All American Games announced the list of more than 800 male and female high school seniors that have been nominated to play in the 42nd McDonald's All American that will take place on Wednesday, March 27, in Atlanta.

Kansas-bound shooting guard Christian Braun is one of the male players nominated to be one of the 24 boys that make up the two teams participating in the McDonald's All American Game.

Braun, who is coming off of a 30 point 20 rebound game versus Blue Valley North last Friday night, is one of four seniors from Kansas nominated for the game. The other three players are all from Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Aire. Austin Crowley, Grant Sherfield and Jordan Turner join Braun on the nomination list.

Overall, players from 46 states and the District of Columbia were nominated for the McDonald's All American game. The final roster for the games will be announced Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. on ESPN's The Jump and at 5 p.m. on SportsCenter.

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Kansas to see top 2020 guard on Thursday

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas assistant coach Norm Roberts will head north on Thursday to see Class of 2020 guard Jalen Suggs.

Suggs, who is considered to be one of the top guard prospects in the 2020 class, is also one of the top quarterbacks in the country.

On the basketball side of things, Suggs has a long list of schools hoping he chooses to play hoops at the next level. Minnesota, Butler, Georgia, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Iowa State and Kansas among others are some schools interested in Suggs.

Many schools are recruiting Suggs for both basketball and football.

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Kansas watched one of the Class of 2022’s best on Tuesday night

Kansas assistant coach Norm Roberts was at Bishop Miege High in Roeland Park, on Tuesday night to see Class of 2022 small forward Mark Mitchell.

Mitchell, who is already considered to be one of the top players in the Midwest, is a must-see player for basketball fans in the area.

The 6-foot-7 lefty is a talent the area hasn't seen since Jaron Rush starred at Pembroke Hill in the late 1990s. And, truth be told, Mitchell appears to be well on his way to being an even bigger star than Rush was during his time at Pembroke.

Once Mitchell enters his sophomore year at Miege, expect a lot of college coaches to make their way to the school, including the Kansas staff, which already spent time watching Mitchell this past summer at the Jayhawk Summer Finale and again on Tuesday night.

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Kansas bound Christian Braun goes off for 37 points in the 810 Varsity Showcase

One of the more anticipated high school basketball games of the season finally arrived Saturday evening when Blue Valley Northwest took on Blue Springs South in the 810 Varsity Showcase Finale. The game featured two of the biggest stars in high school basketball in the area. Kansas bound SG Christian Braun for Northwest, and 2021 PF Jaylon McDaniel for South.

In a terrific high school basketball game Northwest came away the winner, 71-58. Christian Braun dominated from second quarter on finishing with 37 points. Blue Springs South simply had no answer for Braun as he put on a show for the fans in attendance. McDaniel, who looked dominant in the first quarter, finished with 19 points. Only a sophomore, McDaniel can seal and score with ease in the post, and is one of the more spectacular finishers at the rim in his class.

Check out highlights Braun and McDaniel from their Showcase battle on Saturday night.


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