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KU watches Christian Braun impress in season opener

Christian Braun

Christian Braun by Matt Scott

Signed Class of 2019 shooting guard Christian Braun started his senior season at Blue Valley Northwest Friday night in impressive fashion. Braun scored 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in front of Kansas assistant coach Norm Roberts.

Braun committed to join the Jayhawks in mid-September and made his commitment official on the first day of the early signing period in mid-November.

The four-star guard is one of two players in the Class of 2019 currently committed to Kansas.

On Friday, Braun outscored Blue Springs by himself in the first half, helping Northwest get out to a huge halftime lead and cruise to a 70-40 win.

Here's a look at some of Braun's biggest highlights during his debut game of his senior season.

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Top 2020 point guard sets official visit to Kansas

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Class of 2020 point guard R.J. Hampton made news this week by officially announcing that he would visit Kansas the weekend of Dec. 15, when the Jayhawks host Villanova.

Hampton was previously scheduled to make his official visit to Kansas for Late Night in the Phog back in September, but chose to reschedule because of a conflict and his desire to visit KU's campus for a game.

It was widely thought that Hampton would reclassify into the Class of 2019, which includes players who began signing their letters of intent this month, but the talented guard decided to remain in the Class of 2020 back in late August and now appears to be full-speed ahead on zeroing in on the school that's best for him.

A 6-foot-5, 170-pound point guard from Little Elm, Texas, Hampton is a five-star prospect in the eyes of every recruiting service and is ranked No. 4 overall in the 2020 class by Rivals.com.

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Leftover turkey, KU hoops and Zeke Nnaji announcement

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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.

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Kansas to see Cassius Stanley on Friday

Kansas basketball recruits, from left to right, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Cassius Stanley and James Wiseman, take in the scene at Late Night in the Phog on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018.

Kansas basketball recruits, from left to right, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Cassius Stanley and James Wiseman, take in the scene at Late Night in the Phog on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. by Kyle Babson

Kansas assistant coach Kurtis Townsend will be in California on Friday to check in on 2019 shooting guard Cassius Stanley, a four-star prospect from North Hollywood, who is among KU's top options on the perimeter in the 2019 class.

Stanley, who officially visited Kansas for Late Night in the Phog in late September, appears to be nearing a decision in the not so distant future.

Oregon is expected to be in to see Stanley on Saturday. UCLA is also expected to be in to see Stanley this week.

The 6-foot-5, 170-pound Stanley, who is known for his freakish athleticism, is ranked No. 31 by Rivals.com.

In the past few weeks, Stanley and his family have gushed about their visit to KU and their appreciation for Kansas coach Bill Self. But the fact remains that many recruiting analysts still believe it could be tough for KU to pull the talented guard inland from the West Coast.

Stanley announced his final three — KU, Oregon and UCLA — on Sept. 21, and even with his two other finalists out West, the Kansas coaching staff has done a great job to get to this point in the game and the Jayhawks have a real shot of landing the high-flier. KU has made Stanley a priority throughout the recruiting process and the coaching staff clearly believes he would be a big piece of their 2019 class.

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North Carolina offers 2019 KU target

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Class of 2019 power forward Zeke Nnaji might have another school added to his final list of five.

Nnaji, a four-star prospect ranked No. 37 by Rivals.com in the 2019 class, recently wrapped up his fifth and final official visit last weekend at Purdue after having already visited Arizona, UCLA, Baylor and Kansas.

It wasn't long after getting home from his Purdue visit that Nnaji had North Carolina coach Roy Williams and staff offering him a scholarship while visiting Nnaji in Minnesota.

Nnaji, who is close with Top 5 prospect and AAU teammate Matt Hurt, has long been a priority for the Kansas coaching staff but became even more important recently when Top 10 prospect Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, a power forward from IMG Academy, committed to Villanova.

Nnaji made his official visit to KU the weekend of Late Night and, by all accounts, loved his time in Lawrence.

There is no known timeline for the power forward's decision, but it's clear that things are heating up in his recruitment.

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Class of 2021 PG unofficially visiting Kansas

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Kansas University basketball recruiting

The No. 1-ranked Kansas men's basketball team will make its 2018-2019 season debut tonight at 7 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse, and one of the top players in the Class of 2021 will be there to see it.

2021 point guard Khristian Lander is currently unofficially visiting Kansas.

The Evansville, Ind., native is considered to be one of the top point guards in the class of 2021.

The 5-foot-11, 150-pound Lander is a four-star prospect according Rivals.com and currently is ranked 30th overall in the Rivals rankings for the Class of 2021.

Landers, who already holds scholarship offers from Big Ten programs Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Purdue, will play his sophomore season at F.J. Reitz High.

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Kansas checks in on 2019 & 2020 prospects

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Kansas University basketball recruiting

After Kansas assistant coach Norm Roberts stopped by IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., on Tuesday to check in on Class of 2019 power forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, he headed east to Montverde Academy to check in on two more Kansas prospects.

Roberts checked in on Class of 2019 small forward Precious Achiuwa and Class of 2020 small forward Cade Cunningham.

Both players are considered to be Top 10 players in their classes. Achiuwa, who transferred to Montverde from St. Benedict's in New Jersey for his senior season, is considering UConn, St. John's, Syracuse, Memphis and Kansas, among others. He unofficially visited Memphis for the Memphis Madness basketball kick-off earlier this month.

Cunningham decided to make the move to Montverde this past summer after spending his first two years of high school at Arlington Bowie High School just outside of Dallas.

Cunningham has offers from Oklahoma State, LSU, Texas A&M and Kansas, among others. He averaged 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4.5 assists during his sophomore season at Bowie.

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Kansas checks in on JRE

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Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas assistant coach Norm Roberts was in Florida Tuesday morning to check in on Class of 2019 power forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL.

As KUsports.com reported last week, Robinson-Earl's recruitment appears to be coming to an end with an announcement likely coming within the next few weeks.

Robinson-Earl, who spent his first three seasons of high school basketball leading nearby Bishop Miege to state titles, transferred to IMG to experience a new style of ball and better competition for his senior season.

The son of former KU forward Lester Earl, Robinson-Earl is the No. 10-ranked player in the 2019 class per Rivals.com and has been atop the KU wish list in the class for the past few years.

He has narrowed his schools down to a final five of Arizona, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Villanova and Kansas and has completed his official visits to all five schools. Included in that was his trip to KU's Late Night back in late September.

Robinson-Earl's mother, Katie Robinson, told KUsports.com last week that her son had no exact date for an announcement but added that a decision would "be coming in the next few weeks."

The early signing period for student athletes to sign their national letters of intent begins Nov. 14 and ends Nov. 21.

KU currently has two players orally committed in the Class of 2019, four-star shooting guard Christian Braun of nearby Blue Valley Northwest High (No. 112 per Rivals.com) and four-star point guard Issac McBride (No. 109).

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Christian Braun to take in Kansas game

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Kansas University basketball recruiting

Class of 2019 Kansas commitment Christian Braun will be in the house on Thursday night when No. 1-ranked Kansas kicks off the exhibition part of its schedule against Emporia State at 7 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse.

Braun, the No. 112-ranked player in the 2019 class according to Rivals.com, committed to KU on Sept. 17 and has been to Lawrence plenty of times for a handful of KU games and unofficial visits.

With his commitment behind him and his future set in stone, the 6-foot-6, 180-pound shooting guard can focus both on his upcoming prep season and learning as much as he can about the KU program between now and the time he reports to campus for the first time next summer.

Braun will begin his senior season at Blue Valley Northwest on Nov. 3, when the Huskies look to begin their quest to capture back-to-back Kansas Class 6A state titles.

While Blue Valley Northwest will play the bulk of its games in Overland Park this season, Kansas fans around the Pittsburg and St. Louis, Mo., areas can also see the future Jayhawk in action this season.

Check out BVNW's complete 2018-19 schedule for details and game times.

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Class of 2021 PF picks up Kansas offer

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Kansas University basketball recruiting

Class of 2021 power forward Michael Foster has been offered a scholarship by the Kansas coaching staff.

The 6-foot-9 big man from Milwaukee has seen his recruitment take off over the past few month, with offers from UCLA, LSU, Wake Forest, Houston, Marquette and Texas A&M among others.

Schools have jumped at the chance to recruit Foster after he officially decommitted from Arizona State in late June.

Foster had committed to the Sun Devils two days after unofficially visiting ASU on Dec. 16.

Kansas assistant Jerrance Howard is the lead recruiter for KU in its pursuit of Foster, a five-star prospect who currently sits as the No. 3-ranked player in the 2021 class per Rivals.com.

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