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4-star Kansas target Ernest Udeh Jr. enjoys visit to 'basketball place'

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Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Four-star Class of 2022 big man Ernest Udeh Jr., left Kansas with a good taste in his mouth, following his official visit over the weekend.

“The visit was really good,” he told JayhawkSlant.com’s Shay Wildeboor on Sunday night. “Nothing negative to say about it. I enjoyed my stay there.”

The reasons for that run deep and had to do a lot with the bond and relationships he created and felt while in Lawrence. Udeh told Wildeboor that he talked to basically every member of the KU basketball staff while in town and added that he enjoyed hanging out with the current players, particularly senior Ochai Agbaji and sophomores Jalen Wilson and Joseph Yesufu.

“I spent the most time with Ochai, Jalen and Joseph,” Udeh told Wildeboor. “But I met and spoke to different guys throughout the visit. The visit was really good. You can tell that their fan base really loves the players.”

Ranked No. 29 overall in the 2022 class by Rivals.com, Udeh, who is originally from Nigeria and plays at Dr. Phillips High in Orlando, is also the fifth-ranked center in his class.

At 6-foot-10, 232 pounds, he’s known as a ferocious presence in the paint, both as a defender around the rim and a player who tries to dunk everything as hard as his possibly can on offense.

In addition to touring campus and KU’s facilities, Udeh watched the current team practice. That, he said, gave him a better feel for how the coaches and players interact and the style that KU coach Bill Self and his staff use to prepare their team.

“It was really great watching a practice at the next level,” Udeh told Wildeboor. “Honestly, Kansas is just a basketball place. Of course, it’s where the game was invented, but the culture that is there because of that is great. … Coach Self is an awesome, stand-up guy, very genuine, and has a great personality.”

Prior to his trip to KU, Udeh completed a visit to UCLA. His list of schools includes the Jayhawks and Bruins, along with Baylor, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Miami, Michigan and Florida. It also has been reported that he is considering playing pro ball in the Overtime Elite League.

With two more visits now behind him, the talented big man told Wildeboor that he was happy to have more information to use as he tries to evaluate what’s best for his future.

“Getting back home and reviewing everything and deciding how I want to move forward with my recruitment process is all I’m doing as of this moment,” he said.

There was not a lot out there about four-star wing Jordan Walsh’s visit to KU over the weekend.

But he, too, made the trek to Lawrence to get a closer look at the Kansas program.

Expected to announce his college choice in a couple of weeks, Hogville.net, which covers Arkansas, reported Monday that a source had indicated to them that Walsh could announce his choice in the next few days.

The 6-7 combo forward from Link Academy in Branson, Mo., has Arkansas, Kansas, Texas, as well as TCU, Oklahoma, USC, Arizona State and Memphis on his list.

Walsh is ranked No. 31 overall in the 2022 class by Rivals.com.

Comments

Tim Orel 2 weeks, 1 day ago

It's not great that the three Jayhawks he spent the most time with aren't likely to be here next year (two definitely won't). It might have been better to pair him up with someone who might be here for a couple of years to keep recruiting him. Just a thought.

Michael Leiker 2 weeks ago

Hope they're not back to telling people basketball was invented at Kansas.

Dirk Medema 2 weeks ago

Michael - Guessing they didn’t tell him that it’s where the game was invented (Springfield, MA YMCA, and not to be confused with our arched nemesis Topeka YMCA), though a young player like Yesufu could just as easily as Udeh been confused by “coached by the inventor” vs birthplace of basketball.

Udeh sounds a bit like a slightly smaller version of Dok.

Michael Leiker 1 week, 6 days ago

Few years back they were always walking a very fine line close to saying KU is the birthplace of the game. Haven't heard it in a while but that jumped out at me when reading this. I'm sure they don't but they also don't correct people if they make that inference! Good stuff.

Jonathan Allison 1 week, 1 day ago

Yes, it's hard to avoid people calling KU the birthplace of the game because of James Naismith court, not to mention the father of basketball coaching Phog Allen.

However they could possibly make better effort to correct inferences that the game was created at KU.

KU is decidedly not the birthplace of the game of basketball, but I don't think it would be at all wrong to name KU as the cradle of the game of basketball, except that it would cause more people to wrongly label KU as the birthplace.

For example I was born in Tulsa, OK but I have never lived (resided) in Oklahoma and do not claim it as my home state. It is merely the place of my birth, but I am from Kansas and am a Kansan.

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