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.
Top 2021 PG Zion Harmon is officially visiting Kansas this week. Harmon, who is sitting in the front row for tonight's game vs Texas, is considering reclassifying into the 2020 class.
Harmon visited Seton Hall a couple of weeks ago and has already made trips to Western Kentucky, Maryland, and Louisville.
Harmon's decision about reclassifying, and what school he will attend, could come as early as March 12th - his birthday.
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 2019 shooting guard, Christian Braun told KUSports.com on Thursday that he will unofficially visit Kansas on Sept. 28 for Late Night in the Phog.
The Blue Valley Northwest senior was offered a scholarship by Kansas coach Bill Self on Aug. 30.
Braun is looking to win back to back state titles after helping Northwest win their second state title in three seasons last year. Braun also played a key role on his AAU team this pasta summer, helping MOKAN Elite once again reach the Final Four at the Nike Peach Jam.
According to Braun, he will likely return to Lawrence sometime in October for his official visit.
An entertaining weekend of big time basketball and elite talent on display wrapped up on Sunday at Sports Pavilion Lawrence, where Session 1 of the Hardwood Classic came to a close.
KUsports.com recruiting insider Matt Scott was out there all weekend, taking in the action and tracking the play of the handful of KU targets on hand.
Members of the KU coaching staff were in attendance to watch Class of 2019 forward Malik Hall and MoKan Elite teammate N'Faly Dante, one of the top players in the 2020 class, both Saturday and Sunday.
KU also checked in on Class of 2020 shooting guard Andre Jackson, who wowed the crowd with an explosive performance en route to winning the Friday night slam dunk contest, as well as Class of 2021 forward Jaylon McDaniel, of Blue Springs South.
Dante and Hall, still stinging from falling short last weekend at the high-profile Peach Jam, brought home the hardware this time, knocking off Jackson's City Rocks (Albany, N.Y.) squad, 71-54, in Sunday's title game.
Here are a few highlights from Dante and Hall and a trio of other local prospects worth keeping an eye on, as well as a few images from Scott of the players the KU coaches tracked at the Hardwood Classic this weekend.
Sports Pavilion Lawrence will be hopping again next weekend — July 26-29 — when Session 2 of the Hardwood Classic comes to town.