Decisions coming tonight and Sunday for 2 Class of 2018 KU hoops targets


Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

The next couple of days will determine quite a bit about the Kansas basketball program’s 2018 recruiting class.

With 2018 big man Silvio De Sousa already committed, the Jayhawks will learn this weekend about the decisions of a couple more highly touted 2018 prospects.

Around 5 p.m. today, five-star point guard Immanuel Quickley will announce his decision from the gymnasium at John Carroll High in Bel Air, Maryland.

Quickley, who is ranked as the No. 2 point guard in the 2018 class, is expected to decide between Kansas, Kentucky and Miami.

Most have pegged the point guard as a Kentucky guy for months, with the Wildcats always being high on his list and the fact that he played for UK coach John Calipari with USA Basketball this summer both adding strength to that claim.

But one source familiar with Quickley’s recruiting told the Journal-World on Thursday that the 6-foot-4, 180-pound guard ranked No. 10 overall by had no plans to let even the coaches know before his big announcement.

That obviously could have changed this morning, but, either way, Quickley will end the suspense — if there really is any — this evening.

His announcement, as well as a mini documentary of his journey to decision day, will be carried live on Facebook and will begin at 5 p.m.

Today also is Quickley’s mother’s birthday. Not a bad little birthday present for mom.

Regardless of what decision Quickley makes — pro-KU or otherwise — the Jayhawks will not have to wait long for another big announcement.

Five-star center David McCormack, a 6-foot-9, 255-pound beast from Oak Hill Academy, plans to reveal his decision at 5 p.m. Sunday on live television in Virginia, according to his AAU program’s Twitter feed, @teamloadedaau.

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Although he has a final list of six schools (Duke, Kansas, NC State, Oklahoma State, UCLA and Xavier) McCormack likely will be deciding between Kansas, Xavier and NC State, the three schools which he has visited.

McCormack, No. 33 overall in the 2018 class per Rivals, averaged 10.6 points and 8.6 rebounds a game as a junior at Oak Hill and 14.8 and 9.8 for Team Loaded this spring and summer on the AAU circuit.

It’s interesting that McCormack’s announcement will come before his official visit to KU, which is set for next weekend, coinciding with Late Night.

As it stands now, if the big man who was a teammate of current KU forward Billy Preston’s at Oak Hill last year picks somewhere other than Kansas, that visit may not happen. But if he picks Kansas, which pretty much every recruiting analyst out there expects to be the case, McCormack’s visit for Late Night will serve as one heck of a way to celebrate his big decision.

Adding McCormack to a class that starts with Silvio De Sousa (6-9, 245) would be a clear indication that the Jayhawks have shored up their front court situation for the 2018-19 season.

Even if Preston and sophomore big man Udoka Azubuike leave for the NBA after the upcoming season, the Jayhawks would hit the floor the following season with a big-man rotation that includes De Sousa, McCormack, Memphis transfer Dedric Lawson and would-be-junior Mitch Lightfoot, by far KU’s deepest and most talented frontcourt since the 2015-16 season.


Karen Mansfield-Stewart 4 years, 3 months ago

That big man rotation would be fierce!

Unlikely Quickley chooses KU, but keeping my fingers crossed.

Gerry Butler 4 years, 3 months ago

It would be big if indeed David commits are front line shapes up really nice. - -Been rumored that both De Sousa & McCormack are rally physical down low, get post up position very nice. - Would be nice to get a couple of early commits compared to the last few when it seems we scrambled at the end. - -Pretty sure we all know Quickley is a Kentucky Commit, been that way for a long time, so it should come as no surprised for no one. Most of the Kentucky fans are saying they are using this as a recruiting tool to sway Zion too as Zion is on campus this weekend - -probably so.

No matter in the end, we are going to be fine we land De-Sousa , McCormack and if we happen to land either Grimes or Dotson would be a solid class although still have more to hand out. - -ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY

Craig Carson 4 years, 3 months ago

I think KU made their move for Zion as well..I believe they offered a 4* unranked team mate of his already????

Dillon Davis 4 years, 3 months ago

McCormack, De Sousa, Grimes, and Williamson would be one HELL of a class and not out of the realm of possibility. We will be losing Svi, Graham, probably Newman, Preston, and Udoka. Need at least 5 guys for this recruiting class to add to Vick, Lawson bros, Lightfoot, and Charlie Moore and Cunliffe.

Craig Carson 4 years, 3 months ago

it honestly wouldnt shock me is Azibuike or Preston stayed another year...Preston may wanna play a year with his old HS teammate McCormack (assuming he commits to KU today) or Azibuike may not feel he is ready to make the jump to the NBA yet...if either situation happens, KU would have its deepest and most talented frontcourt since the days of the Morris Twins/TRob....Newman is all but gone IMO...with Grimes probably set to select KU, those 3 would make a great class..Williamson would be icing on the cake..though it would feel nice to rob Cal and UK of another elite wing...they already lost out to KU for Wiggins and Josh Jackson lol

Ryan Zimmerman 4 years, 3 months ago

If we get McCormack and already have De Sousa, does that send Zion elsewhere? In his mind... and wow, looks like Immanuel is all in at UK. I don't expect any surprises

Dillon Davis 4 years, 3 months ago

Zion is a Small Forward. Sousa is a PF and McCormack is a Center. Won't impact him at all.

Dirk Medema 4 years, 3 months ago

When listing future frontcourts let's not forget Dedric's brother.

Matt Tait 4 years, 3 months ago

Didn't forget him. He's not a true big man. Can play big, can play small. But he's unlikely to be one of the top four or five inside players next year...

Andy Godwin 4 years, 3 months ago

As expected Immanuel Quickley announces Kentucky.

Shannon Gustafson 4 years, 3 months ago

As expected David McCormack selected Kansas!

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