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Class of 2022 guard Tre White commits to Kansas

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Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

It may have taken a while for the Kansas men’s basketball program to fill its 2019 recruiting class, but the Jayhawks are off to major headstart in the Class of 2022.

Tre White, a top-talent guard at Washington High in Milwaukee, on Sunday orally committed to Kansas, a move that was confirmed on Twitter by White’s AAU program, Mac Irvin Fire. The Tweet included a typo, calling White a member of the Class of 2020 instead of 2022.

Originally from Little Elm, Texas, White committed to KU without visiting, largely on the strength of his love of KU coach Bill Self and assistant coach Jerrance Howard.

"Coach Howard is my guy and has been my guy,” White told Shay Wildeboor of JayhawkSlant.com. “He’s been to a lot of my games and he was just on me early. He’s been watching me develop and watching me grow as a player and he likes that.

A 6-foot-5, 175-pound point guard with a wide variety of skills, White chose KU over offers from Illinois, Texas Tech, Auburn and a dozen other schools showing serious interest.

KU’s status as one of the first schools to show interest played a big role with White.

“Kansas has just always been on me early and I just feel like Kansas is the best fit for me,” he told Wildeboor. “They always show love and they still do.”

That also played a role in White committing and effectively ending his recruitment before the start of his sophomore year of high school.

“I just really wanted to get my recruitment out of the way,” he told Wildeboor. “I wanted to get my recruitment out of the way and focus on building my game for the next couple of years. Kansas, you know, they offered me a long time ago, so I was ready to commit.”

Although it’s rare for a player to commit to any program so early — especially a 5-star prospect who figures to be one of the most highly recruited players in his class — it is not unheard of. Just a few years ago, KU received an early commitment from Chicago point guard Markese Jacobs, who eventually wound up signing with DePaul. Jacobs, however, was a 3-star point guard who committed to KU after visiting Late Night in the Phog during his sophomore season of high school.

White is the first player to commit to Kansas beyond the 2019 class, which actually still has one scholarship still available. KU coach Bill Self previously told the Journal-World it would have to be a "no-brainer" for the Jayhawks to use that 13th and final scholarship in the current class.

None by Mac Irvin Fire

Comments

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 4 months, 3 weeks ago

What a weekend! This seems out of the blue but as he mentioned above KU has already been recruiting him for years. A crazy business. Congratulations!

Steve Zimmerman 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Wow! This is awesome news! Never happened before, normally we got 5-star commitment after some sort of wait-and-see dramas. Great job, coach Howie!! I can't wait to see Tre in crimson & blue uni, though! Like Matt said, anything can happen between now and 2022.

Mallory Briggans 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Steve Im giving you a shout-out for showing Howard some love .......He seems to get the blame when someone he recruits doesnt sign ....... My only concern is the one - and - done will be gone and if he is the real deal he may just enter the draft .....A chance to make millions or go to school thats will all depend on whose in his ears

Steve Zimmerman 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks. He deserves a lot of more credits. And I'm with you on 1andGone kids. Let's hope he signs with us first.

Lex Valdez 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Great news... welcome to KU young man!

Jay Scott 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Wait..... I thought the Chicken Littles has assured us that the KU hoops staff, especially Coach Howard couldn't recruit anyone anymore...

Phil Leister 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Let's hope he turns out to be good, but not REALLY good. No more OAD rule in 2022 means his class will be able to go straight to the NBA.

Barry Weiss 4 months, 3 weeks ago

wow, that is a long time off. Hope this sticks.

W Keith Swinehart II 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Stay with him throughout. 2022 is a ways off. Young kids minds change as they develop maturity.

Marius Rowlanski 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I give the congrats knowing the kid may never be heard from again.

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