KU offers Arizona shooting guard
Ramel Lloyd Jr., a 6-6 shooting guard in the Class of 2022, announced on Twitter this week that he had received a scholarship offer from Kansas.
According to Rivals.com, the Glendale, Ariz., prospect, who attends Dream City Christian School north of Phoenix, now has 12 offers from a wide range of Division I programs.
KU, Arkansas, Arizona State, TCU and USC are at the top end of his offer list. But the group also includes Dayton, UMass, UNLV, Fresno State, St. John’s and DePaul.
Lloyd is not yet ranked in Rivals.com’s Top 75 in the Class of 2022. But 247 Sports has him ranked No. 57 overall in the class.
Lloyd is considered a combo guard who can play both on and off the ball. He is a native of Woodland Hills, Calif.
Asked recently by Zagsblog.com what he liked most about Kansas, Lloyd simply said, “The tradition. They are a blue blood and have a history of pros who went there.”
With the COVID-19 health crisis still prominent in nearly all parts of the country, college recruiting remains in a dead period.
That means no in-person recruiting activities, including college campus visits, in-home visits or live evaluations.
After initially instituting a dead period through April 15 after spring sports and college basketball tournaments were cancelled in mid-March, the NCAA extended that to May 31.
Prospects are allowed to reach out to coaches as much as they like and phone calls, text messages, emails, Zoom calls and even virtual visits are all allowed.
For players in the Class of 2022 — current sophomores who will be juniors next season — June 15 is the date to circle. That is when coaches are allowed to initiate communication with those players the way they are upperclassmen.
The elimination of the live periods in April changed the current recruiting landscape dramatically. It remains to be seen if similar events — mostly grassroots and AAU tournaments and showcases — will be allowed as currently scheduled this summer or if those types of events will rescheduled for the early fall or eliminated altogether.
Like many programs, the KU roster is full in the 2020 class and the coaching staff has been focusing its efforts primarily on players in the 2021 and 2022 classes.