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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

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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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Kansas saw 2019 PG on Thursday

Members of the Kansas men's basketball staff were in Memphis on Thursday to see Class of 2019 point guard Damion Baugh.

The 6-foot-4 guard played on the Under Armour circuit for Team Thad, the same squad Lagerald Vick played with in high school.

With Kansas now taking a look at the explosive guard, Baugh might need to adjust the top 10 list he came out with in August.

Baugh had listed LSU, Houston, Vanderbilt, Miami, Auburn, Western Kentucky, TCU, Ole Miss, Texas and Florida as the final 10 schools he's considering.

Since naming his top 10 Baugh has had a number of schools show interest. Memphis offered in November, and schools like Georgia Tech and Georgetown have also added him to their radar.

According to the Team Thad twitter account, a decision could be coming soon for Baugh.

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KU coaches went north after Saturday’s win to watch 2019 prospect Matt Hurt

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Kansas University basketball recruiting

Not long after KU's 87-63 win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday afternoon, Kansas coach Bill Self and assistant coach Jerrance Howard headed to South Dakota to watch 2019 recruit Matthew Hurt in the Hoop City Classic.

Hurt, the five-star forward and Top 10 prospect from Rochester, Minn., who has been at the top of KU's wish list in the 2019 class for years, scored 36 points in a 74-62 loss to Brandon Valley (SD).

Hurt has unofficially visited Kansas, but has yet to make an official visit to Lawrence. That is scheduled for the first weekend of February.

The 6-foot-9, 200-pound do-everything forward officially visited Kentucky in November, North Carolina in mid-December, and will visit Duke in January.

Memphis, which also had an assistant coach on hand Saturday night, is also in the mix for Hurt.

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Bishop Miege freshman Mark Mitchell is already a must see

Bishop Miege High is no stranger to elite talent on the basketball court. From Travis Releford to Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, the Stags have had some of the top talent the Kansas City metro area has seen.

With freshman Mark Mitchell currently following in those guys' footsteps, Bishop Miege might have the best high school basketball talent the area has ever produced.

Too much hype too early? Not with Mitchell. The 6-foot-7 lefty is a talent the area hasn't seen since Jaron Rush starred at Pembroke Hill in the late 1990's. Mitchell is 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 who already spent time watching Mitchell this past summer at the Jayhawk Summer Finale.

Check out a few highlights of Mitchell from Friday's game against Rockhurst in Kansas City. Both Kansas-bound Christian Braun and former Jayhawk Conner Teahan were in attendance.


Townsend heads west

Kansas assistant coach Kurtis Townsend was scheduled to check out the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas this week before meeting up with the Jayhawks in Arizona for their 8 p.m. game at No. 18 Arizona State on Saturday in Tempe, Ariz.

The Tarkanian Classic, one of the more popular high school basketball tournaments in the country, began on Tuesday and will run through Saturday. With teams from all over the country participating in the tournament, it's a great opportunity to see a number of Kansas targets in one event.

Here is a list of teams participating in this years Tarkanian Classic. https://basketball.exposureevents.com/123198/tarkanian-classic-boys/teams

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