Fresh off of their blowout win over Iowa State on Monday night, the Kansas men's basketball coaching staff hit the road on Tuesday to watch some top recruiting targets.
Head coach Bill Self was in Tennessee to see Class of 2021 power forward Kennedy Chandler before heading to Tulsa, Okla., to see 2020 KU signee Bryce Thompson on his senior night at Booker T. Washington High. Thompson scored 24 points in the win, with Self watching from the stands.
Assistant coach Norm Roberts made the short trip north to Omaha, Neb., to watch two top Kansas targets in action against one another, Class of 2021 point guard Hunter Sallis and Class of 2020 shooting guard Donovan Williams.
With four signees already inked in the 2020 class, most of KU's recruiting efforts of late have been spent on future classes, with the 2021 and 2022 crews taking priority. But Kansas continues to look around at a couple of players in the 2020 class, including Williams, in case the opportunity to add another player for next season presents itself.
Kansas will host a couple of possible players and a few signed players on Saturday when College Gameday and the Tennessee Volunteers roll into town.
2021 SF Kendall Brown and 2021 PF Zach Clemence from Sunrise Christian near Wichita are both scheduled to visit on Saturday.
Signed Kansas players Bryce Thomson, Gethro Muscadin and Latrell Jossell will also be visiting on Saturday.
With only a few days before making his college decision, 2020 PG Bryce Thompson will make one last unofficial visit on Friday when he makes the trip to Lawrence to see the Jayhawks take on UNC Greensboro. Thompson, who will announce his decision on Tuesday at 10:00 am inside Booker T. Washington High School, unofficially visited Oklahoma State earlier this week.
Thompson will choose between Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, North Carolina and Kansas.
2020 PG Bryce Thompson will announce his college decision on Tuesday, November 12th. The 6'4" PG from Oklahoma will choose between North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Kansas.
Thompson will announce his decision at 10:00 am central time at Booker T. Washington High School. He has already visited all four schools remaining on his list but will make an unofficial visit to Oklahoma State on Wednesday, November 6th.
Five-star Class of 2020 guard Bryce Thompson cut his list to four on Sunday.
The Oklahoma native cut his list to North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Kansas. Thompson recently visited Kansas the day after Late Night in the Phog, and the Jayhawks considered to be one of the favorites to land the star guard.
Kansas coach Bill Self visited with Thompson and his family on Oct. 17, as did Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton and an assistant coach from North Carolina.
Thompson is expected to make his decision relatively soon, likely in time to make it official during the early signing period, which runs Nov. 13-20.
Late Night in the Phog is always one of the best times of year to bring top recruits from around the nation in for a visit.
Some of the top prospects in the country, from multiple classes, get to see nearly everything that makes Kansas basketball what it is in just a few short hours. They also get to see the spectacle of fan adoration, a game-night feel and the anticipation of another season set against a night of music, skits, lights and dancing.
This year's Late Night in the Phog is lining up to be one of the best as the Jayhawks appear primed for another run to the Final Four and are expected to enter the 2019-20 season ranked among the top two or three teams in the country.
With that in mind, here is a look at the recruits scheduled to be at Late Night in the Phog on Friday.
Class of 2020
6-5, 5-star SG - Bryce Thompson - Booker T. Washington/Tulsa, OK Video
6-10, 5-star PF - Isaiah Todd - Word of God Christian/Raleigh, NC Video
6-0, 4-star PG - KK Robinson - Oak Hill Academy/Mouth of Wilson, VA Video
6-10, 3-star C - Davion Bradford - Mehlville Senior/St. Louis, MO Video
6-11, 5-star PF/C - Marial Mading - Chipola Junior College/Marianna, FL Video
Class of 2021
6-10, 4-star PF - Zach Clemence - Sunrise Christian Academy/Bel Aire, KS Video
6-1, 5-star PG - Kennedy Chandler - Briarcrest Christian/Memphis, TN Video
6-7, 5-star SF - Harrison Ingram - St. Mark's/Dallas, TX Video
6-10, 4-star C - Roosevelt Wheeler - John Marshall/Richmond, VA Video
6-7, 4-star SF - Kendall Brown - Sunrise Christian Academy/Bel Aire, KS Video
6-11, 4-star PF/C - Javonte Brown-Ferguson - Mount Saint Joseph/Baltimore, MD (originally from Canada)
6-4, 3-star SG - Tamar Bates - Piper High School/Kansas City, KS Video
Class of 2022
6-7, 4-star SF - Mark Mitchell - Bishop Miege/Mission, KS Video
6-6, 4-star SG - Gradey Dick - Collegiate/Wichita, KS Video
6-5, 4-star SG - Tre White - Kansas Commit - Cornerstone/San Antonio, TX
The Kansas coaching staff check-in on 2020 PG Bryce Thompson on Monday. The Kansas staff will watch him work out before heading over to Thompson's residence for an in-home visit. The 6'5" PG from Oklahoma is coming off of his official visit to North Carolina this past weekend. He will visit Oklahoma State on September 28th before heading to Lawrence once again for Late Night in the Phog. Texas and Oklahoma are also expected to watch Thompson work out on Monday.
The Kansas staff is expected to be in to see 2020 PG Caleb Love on Tuesday. North Carolina is also expected to see the 6'3" PG from St. Louis. Love is scheduled to officially visit Kansas the week after Late Night in the Phog.
2020 PF JT Thor wrapped up his visit to Oklahoma State this past weekend and named his top 5 schools. Oklahoma State, Georgia, UCLA, Kentucky, and Kansas are the schools left on his list. Oklahoma State is currently considered to be the favorite. Thor is scheduled to officially visit Kansas for Late Night in the Phog.
2022 Kansas commit Tre White is transferring to Cornerstone Christian in San Antonio, TX. The 6'5" SF committed to Kansas back in June.
A Class of 2020 point guard, Bryce Thompson is expected to arrive in Lawrence on Thursday for an unofficial visit.
The 6-foot-4 PG from Oklahoma has seen his recruitment explode in recent months after his dominating performances on the Under Armour circuit throughout the spring.
Thompson has picked up offers from North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Notre Dame among others in recent months.
Thompson has visited Kansas a number of times with his family. His father Rod Thompson played for Coach Self at Tulsa for one season and the two have remained close throughout the years.
Along with Coach Self, Kansas Assistant Coach Norm Roberts leads the way in Thompson's recruitment to Kansas.
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)