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.
Class of 2021 small forward Kendall Brown is expected to unofficially visit Kansas tonight for game vs Milwaukee, according to his Coach Luke Barnwell.
Originally from Minnesota, Brown, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound, 4-star prospect ranked No. 17 overall in the 2021 class by Rivals.com, currently stars for Sunrise Christian in Bel Aire, Kan.
Brown, who previously visited Kansas back in October for Late Night in the Phog, has offers from Texas, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Illinois, Marquette, Baylor and Kansas, among others.
Fellow-Class of 2021 prospect Tamar Bates, a 3-star combo guard ranked No. 127 by Rivals, also will unofficially visit Kansas tonight for the second-ranked Jayhawks' game versus Milwaukee.
The 6-foot-4 Piper (Kan.) High star has seen his recruitment take off over the past year.
Missouri, Northwestern, Creighton, Kansas State, and Wichita State among others have all offered. Schools like North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Wake Forest, and Kansas among others have shown interest.
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
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.
2020 PG R.J. Hampton will begin his 48 hour official visit to Kansas on Thursday, Hamton's father Ron Hampton confirmed to KUSports.com. The do everything PG from Little Elm, TX will arrive on Thursday evening and stay through Saturday's game vs Baylor.
Hampton is considered by many to be the best guard in the country, no matter class. Duke, Kentucky, Memphis, TCU and Kansas are the five schools remaining on Hampton's list after he cut it to five in early February.