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)
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.
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.
Kansas basketball assistant coach Norm Roberts will be in the Washington D.C. area this week to check in on number of Kansas recruiting targets.
On Wednesday, Roberts watched 2020 big man Hunter Dickinson, a 7-foot-2 big man from DeMatha who has a long list of schools interested in him, including Kentucky, Oregon, Michigan, Boston College and Kansas among many others.
Dickinson officially visited Purdue in October and unofficially visited Maryland in late November.
On Thursday Roberts is expected to stop by Bethesda Chase High to check in on 2020 small forward Elijah Wood.
Wood, who was inside Allen Fieldhouse for Late Night in the Phog in late September, was briefly at Sunrise Christian in Bel Aire, before deciding to head back home to Baltimore earlier this year.
Wood has growing interest from a number of schools already, including Auburn, Kentucky, Florida, Florida State and Kansas among others.
DeMatha won't play in the ARS National Hoopfest until Saturday night, but Roberts will see two top teams go head to head on Friday night, when Sunrise Christian takes on Montverde. Sunrise features 2020 big man N'faly Dante and Montverde features 2019 small forward Precious Achiuwa.
Dante is one of the more coveted big men in the 2020 class, with his size, athleticism and skill set measuring off the charts. He has been on a few unofficial visits this fall, starting with his trip to Kansas for Late Night in the Phog. Dante also unofficially has visited Oregon and LSU.
Achiuwa's recruitment is about as quiet as it gets in the recruiting world. He doesn't talk about it and he has yet to make any official visits.
He has unofficially visited Memphis and UConn, but outside of those visits Achiuwa has yet to give any hints about what schools he's interested in. Originally from New York, Achiuwa is a Top 10 player in the 2019 class and one of six Top 10 players that have yet to make their college decision.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.