Cassius Stanley's "big announcement" trims list to final 3, including Kansas
When Class of 2019 shooting guard Cassius Stanley Tweeted on Thursday that he had a “big announcement” planned for Friday, the recruiting world began to spin on its head with speculation.
Sure, Stanley previously had made it clear that there were a handful of programs he favored, so the mere thought of him making a decision about his future was not that far-fetched.
But given the fact that the four-star shooting guard from North Hollywood, Calif., has yet to make an official visit to any of the programs in the hunt for his services — including Kansas — learning of a decision about Stanley’s future, at this point in the game, would have qualified as a mild surprise.
And that’s exactly what it would have been. Instead, today’s “big announcement,” wound up being Stanley trimming his list to a final three of Kansas, Oregon and UCLA.
While the news is not the of the commitment-level buzz it would have been had Stanley picked one school, it still qualifies as significant for Kansas.
The Jayhawks, who conducted an in-home visit with Stanley and his family last week, will host Stanley on an official visit for Late Night next week. Clearly, it’s still worth giving the 6-foot-5, 170-pound athlete some attention during one of the biggest weekends of the year.
Currently ranked as the No. 31 prospect in the 2019 class — and No. 5 at his position — Stanley brings a multi-dimensional game to the floor, wowing with his hops and athleticism and proving to be a willing worker on defense.
Some have compared his game to that of former KU standout and current NBA guard Ben McLemore, saying he’s not quite the shooter that McLemore was but is an even better athlete.
Stanley remains a high priority for the Jayhawks in the 2019 class and will continue to get the kind of attention that backs up that status.