The first big showcase weekend of the spring to come to the area has arrived and several top prospects on KU’s radar are coming to Kansas City, Mo., this weekend to participate in the second Under Armour Association event of the year at HyVee Arena, formerly Kemper Arena.
The event will feature some of the top players in the 2020, 2021 and 2022 recruiting classes and KUsports.com recruiting insider Matt Scott recently identified a few of the top players to keep an eye on.
Class of 2020 point guard and KU target Jalen Suggs figures to be a main attraction throughout the weekend. Suggs currently leads the UAA in scoring, at 23.5 points per game, and also leads in assists at 6.2 per game. Fellow 2020 point guard Ty Berry (No. 126) will be playing with KC RUN GMC and Class of 2022 small forward Mark Mitchell, also will play with KC RUN GMC’s 16U squad.
Oklahoma point guard Bryce Thompson, who is ranked No. 59 in the Class of 2020 per Rivals.com, also will be on hand playing for Oklahoma PWP.
While all of that’s going at HyVee Arena, RecruitLook KC Run, a showcase that boasts 88 teams from 16 different states and Canada, also will be happening this weekend across the state line at Okun Fieldhouse in Shawnee.
That event, which also will feature Suggs, will include a few other names to watch: Class of 2020 point guard Mike Saunders (a teammate of current KU target Tristan Enaruna’s), 2021 forward Chet Holmgren, and Xavier Foster, a 7-foot center from the Class of 2020 who holds an offer from Kansas, are among the biggest prospects in that event. Foster plays with a team known as Pure Prep.
Two others to watch include Class of 2022 guard Chris Morgan and Class of 2021 guard AJ Neal, with Showtime.
2020 PF Isaiah Cottrell released his top eight school on Sunday, and Kansas is still one of the schools Cottrell is considering.
The 6'10" PF from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas officially visited Kansas earlier this month when the Jayhawks hosted Baylor.
Cottrell's list of eight includes UNLV, West Virginia, LSU, Texas Tech, Rutgers, Washington, Wake Forest and Kansas.
Blessed🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/mCq6sngIIm— Isaiah Cottrell (@IsaiahCottrell) March 24, 2019
Kansas Assistant Coach Norm Roberts was in Wichita in Wednesday to see 2019 Kansas signed guard Christian Braun play in the Kansas 6A State Tournament Quarterfinals. Braun's 33 points led Blue Valley Northwest to a tough 75-70 win over Olathe North. Braun followed up his 33 point performance on Wednesday with a 25 point performance on Friday against Shawnee Mission South, and another trip to the State Title Game on Saturday.
On Thursday Coach Roberts traveled to Tulsa, OK to see 2020 guard Bryce Thompson score 22 points in Booker T Washington's 64-58 win in the Oklahoma 6A State Tournament Quarterfinals. Thompson followed up his 22 point performance on Thursday with a 13 point performance on Friday. Thompson came up big in the 4th quarter helping his team overcome a 12 point deficit in the 4th quarter to advance to Saturday's State Title game.
2019 SG Anthony Edwards will visit Kansas during the weekend of February 9th. Edwards, who reclassified into the 2019 class from the 2020 class shortly before Thanksgiving, is currently visiting Kentucky. Kentucky will host Mississippi State on Tuesday night before the Jayhawks head to Lexington next weekend.
Edwards is widely considered to be a top 10 prospect in the 2019 class. His size and strength (6'5" 215lbs) certainly jumps out, but his ability to score the ball in a variety of ways really separates him. He is aggressive, physical and is an elite athlete.
The Atlanta native is also considering Florida State, North Carolina and Georgia. He officially visited Georgia in early December, but has yet to schedule official visits to either Florida State or North Carolina.
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 assistant coach Norm Roberts will head north on Thursday to see Class of 2020 guard Jalen Suggs.
Suggs, who is considered to be one of the top guard prospects in the 2020 class, is also one of the top quarterbacks in the country.
On the basketball side of things, Suggs has a long list of schools hoping he chooses to play hoops at the next level. Minnesota, Butler, Georgia, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Iowa State and Kansas among others are some schools interested in Suggs.
Many schools are recruiting Suggs for both basketball and football.
Members of the Kansas men's basketball staff were in Memphis on Thursday to see Class of 2019 point guard Damion Baugh.
The 6-foot-4 guard played on the Under Armour circuit for Team Thad, the same squad Lagerald Vick played with in high school.
With Kansas now taking a look at the explosive guard, Baugh might need to adjust the top 10 list he came out with in August.
Baugh had listed LSU, Houston, Vanderbilt, Miami, Auburn, Western Kentucky, TCU, Ole Miss, Texas and Florida as the final 10 schools he's considering.
Since naming his top 10 Baugh has had a number of schools show interest. Memphis offered in November, and schools like Georgia Tech and Georgetown have also added him to their radar.
According to the Team Thad twitter account, a decision could be coming soon for Baugh.
☑️BREAKING☑️ Kansas Jayhawks we’re in Memphis, TN today to see #TTN 6’4 PG Damion Baugh (@_swaggyd2_)— Team Thad (@TeamThad21) January 4, 2019
The explosive guard had a super productive summer & has been visited by many D1 programs around the country #DecisionSoon pic.twitter.com/aRNFFH8uDc
Not long after KU's 87-63 win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday afternoon, Kansas coach Bill Self and assistant coach Jerrance Howard headed to South Dakota to watch 2019 recruit Matthew Hurt in the Hoop City Classic.
Hurt, the five-star forward and Top 10 prospect from Rochester, Minn., who has been at the top of KU's wish list in the 2019 class for years, scored 36 points in a 74-62 loss to Brandon Valley (SD).
Hurt has unofficially visited Kansas, but has yet to make an official visit to Lawrence. That is scheduled for the first weekend of February.
The 6-foot-9, 200-pound do-everything forward officially visited Kentucky in November, North Carolina in mid-December, and will visit Duke in January.
Memphis, which also had an assistant coach on hand Saturday night, is also in the mix for Hurt.
Bishop Miege High is no stranger to elite talent on the basketball court. From Travis Releford to Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, the Stags have had some of the top talent the Kansas City metro area has seen.
With freshman Mark Mitchell currently following in those guys' footsteps, Bishop Miege might have the best high school basketball talent the area has ever produced.
Too much hype too early? Not with Mitchell. The 6-foot-7 lefty is a talent the area hasn't seen since Jaron Rush starred at Pembroke Hill in the late 1990's. Mitchell is well on his way to being an even bigger star than Rush was during his time at Pembroke.
Once Mitchell enters his sophomore year at Miege, expect a lot of college coaches to make their way to the school, including the Kansas staff who already spent time watching Mitchell this past summer at the Jayhawk Summer Finale.
Check out a few highlights of Mitchell from Friday's game against Rockhurst in Kansas City. Both Kansas-bound Christian Braun and former Jayhawk Conner Teahan were in attendance.
Townsend heads west
Kansas assistant coach Kurtis Townsend was scheduled to check out the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas this week before meeting up with the Jayhawks in Arizona for their 8 p.m. game at No. 18 Arizona State on Saturday in Tempe, Ariz.
The Tarkanian Classic, one of the more popular high school basketball tournaments in the country, began on Tuesday and will run through Saturday. With teams from all over the country participating in the tournament, it's a great opportunity to see a number of Kansas targets in one event.
Here is a list of teams participating in this years Tarkanian Classic. https://basketball.exposureevents.com/123198/tarkanian-classic-boys/teams
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.