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5-star Class of 2019 guard Anthony Edwards eliminates Kansas from list of finalists

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Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

He was supposed to make an official visit to Kansas on Feb. 9, but, during the past week or so, his plans changed completely.

Now, instead of visiting Kansas in 10 days, combo guard Anthony Edwards, the No. 2 overall prospect in the Class of 2019 per Rivals.com, is not visiting KU at all.

“I’m not going to Kansas anymore,” Edwards told Evan Daniels of 247 Sports this week. “I’m going to UNC this Monday through Wednesday and then Florida State on Saturday.”

Beyond that, it appears as if Edwards has cut KU from his list of options altogether. Daniels on Thursday wrote that the 6-foot-5, 200-pound guard from Atlanta told him he’s now down to Georgia, Florida State, Kentucky and North Carolina.

KU was on Edwards’ list of five just two weeks ago, but the former Class of 2020 prospect who reclassified into the 2019 class evidently has moved on from the Jayhawks.

According to Daniels, Edwards recently has been talked about as a potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft and many people consider him the most talented scorer in the 2019 class.

His decision to eliminate KU from his final five puts even greater importance on KU’s ability to reel in 4-star shooting guard Cassius Stanley, the No. 33-ranked player in the 2019 class per Rivals, who has a final list of KU, Oregon and UCLA.

Stanley is regarded by several recruiting analysts to be on the short list of the most talented athletes in the class regardless of position.

Because of the recent coaching change at UCLA, many consider the chase for Stanley to be a two-team race between the Ducks and Jayhawks. But there are plenty out there who still believe that the in-state Bruins are in play for the athletic shooting guard from Chatsworth, Calif.

Stanley said this month that he would announce his decision on April 17, the first day of the spring signing period.

He recently broke down his three finalists with Zagsblog.com and had this to say about each program:

KU: “They want me to come into that two-guard spot right after Quentin Grimes. Just play the 1 and 2 and just come in and do what I have to do.”

UCLA: “UCLA gave me a pretty interesting pitch about being a kid from L.A. and what that does for my brand if I do go to UCLA afterwards. They all pretty much have given me interesting pitches.”

Oregon: “They want me to come in and be aggressive. They want to bring the culture back. They want to go back to the Final Four.”

Comments

Glen Miller 4 months, 3 weeks ago

We're toxic in every way right now. The investigation, the kids that have had to consistently sit out EVERY year. Being skipped over pretty consistently by big time recruits. If we miss out on Stanley and Hurts, this could be a disappointing recruiting year for us. We've got good talent coming back and depending on if a couple of these guys leave or not we could be alright still........ but this in Self I trust KU fan is starting to be a little uneasy for once. Is there possible chatter that Self is leaving to the NBA and that's why we're getting dropped off lists? Is this all from the investigation stuff that's up in the air...... Wish I knew.

Jay Scott 4 months, 3 weeks ago

How many kids have come to KU in the last decade?

How many have had to sit?

Sorry Chicken Littles...that isn't "consistently"

Kids know if they're dirty. If the dirty ones stay away, that's awesome.

Town Thomas 4 months, 3 weeks ago

No, it's the KU-UK game. The game shows that KU's freshmen were not developed.

Jay Scott 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Oubre, Wiggins, Embiid and Josh say hello....

So does Dotson.

Eric Hammond 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Really, come in behind Quentin Grimes? Are you kidding me, Grimes is not going anywhere next year. This would possibly be the second biggest dumb decision, (right behind Josh Selby) for leaving after your freshman year. Grimes is no where ready for the NBA, heck he isn't even ready for Big 12. I cringe every time this highly recruited player steps on the floor.

KD Krase 4 months, 3 weeks ago

David McCormack was a very highly recruited player. Why is he not contributing more?

Jason Venable 4 months, 3 weeks ago

That's what many of us are wondering. Best way to learn is by playing, not sitting. We are in a big need for big guys on the court. I guess we'll find out soon enough.

Jay Scott 4 months, 3 weeks ago

1) Because he's not that good. He's big. That's about it. 2) Because bigs almost always take longer.

Craig Carson 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Sucks KU have no shot at him but right now our bigger concern is landing another big man..preferably 4* and above since Lawson and Azibuike are gone after this year.. I can't remember KU missing on so many recruiting targets...can't really blame the FBI investigation because Arizona, who IMO is in deeper than anyone else, has landed several great recruits despite the FBI fiasco....

Layne Pierce 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Actually It is a fact that we are looking at an accumulation of bad happenings, but let's not give up just yet. Remember that neither Frank Mason, nor Devonte Graham were highly ranked out of high school, certainly not 5 Stars, and they turned out pretty darned good. As far as 5 stars go, Dotson has lived up to it, and guess what Agbaji is actually only a 4 star. Coach Self believes in a team concept, and not a group of individuals. That is why so far this team (or rather this group of individuals) is so frustrating. We barely win, when we do, and we cannot play a whole game without a 5 minute period of utter incompetence. Actually, we are a better group of individuals when we have the great big 7 foot individual, but we have not become a team, since the season began. At the beginning of the season we won, because other teams had not jelled, but since they have improved, we have not. Another strange thing about this team, is we play a lot of people, it used to be only 8, now we very often play 10. The result is not better.
RCJH

Dane Pratt 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Frank and Devonte each contributed more to the success of this program than any 5 star.

Michael Sillman 4 months, 3 weeks ago

To tell the truth, it wouldn’t bother me if we never get another top 10 Rivals recruit. As was pointed out, we’ve done a lot better with recruits lower down on the list. Those Uber 5 star dudes seem to frequently come packaged with shady parents/guardians and off court shenanigans. The two guys signed for next year seem to be the type to build programs around long term.

That being said I am concerned that Self’s coaching staff might be getting a bit stale. Maybe some new coaches could reinvigorate the recruiting as well as the player development which seems to be lagging. How about bringing in a former Jayhawk NBA’er? I wonder if Collison has any interest in coaching.

Jason Venable 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Seems to work well for Izzo. I'm glad you mentioned Self's coaching staff. I was wondering if they are getting too old. Perhaps some newer, younger guys might change it up a bit.

Jay Scott 4 months, 3 weeks ago

I've also read that he's eliminated Pete "Maverick" Mitchell as his F14 seat mate....

Brad Avery 4 months, 3 weeks ago

"According to Daniels, Edwards recently has been talked about as a potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft and many people consider him the most talented scorer in the 2019 class." Edwards apparently is a one and done player. Personally I would rather find another Abaji

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