Tuesday, August 12, 2014

KU hoops recruiting: Zimmerman sets up in-home visit

Kansas University basketball recruiting.

Kansas University basketball recruiting.


Stephen Zimmerman, a 7-foot senior center from Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas who will visit KU for the Oct. 10 Late Night in the Phog, will have an in-home visit with KU’s Self on Sept. 15, reports.

Zimmerman scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Team USA’s 137-135 loss to Team New York on Sunday in New York. He showed range past the three-point line in the game.

“I’m just trying to be the most ‘overall’ player I could be,” he told

Zimmerman, who is ranked No. 7 in the Class of 2015 by, also will make official visits to Kentucky, UCLA, North Carolina and Arizona.

Kasongo not a KU recruit: Ray Kasongo, a 6-foot-9 forward from Canada who visited KU last weekend, is no longer being recruited by the Jayhawks, his mentor, Brandon Bender, confirmed Monday.

The Jayhawks, who do not have a real need for bigs this upcoming season, will apparently save the scholarship and go into the season with 12 scholarship players. Several big men are on the radar in the Class of 2015.

Bender told that the unranked Kasongo will visit Indiana Sunday and Monday and may visit LSU. Michigan State remains on his list.

“You’re talking about a 6-9 player (with 7-1 wingspan) who needs the minutes. Kansas has five bigs that are older than him. You can go to Indiana and possibly start as a freshman,” Bender told, a site. “LSU is making a push. Michigan State is making a push, but Indiana is our focus because we feel that’s where the majority of the opportunity is.

“You’re looking at a ridiculous, unbelievable tradition,” Bender added of IU. “A lot of people have gone there and been successful. They have a big-time fan base, but the biggest thing is opportunity.”

Davis to visit KU: Tyler Davis, a 6-9 senior forward from Plano (Texas) West High who is ranked No. 35 nationally, plans to visit KU, likely for Late Night, reports. He’s also considering Arizona, Baylor, SMU, Indiana and others.


Jack Wilson 8 years ago

Though he will be projected in NBA mock drafts, Zimmerman falls in the category of a near perfect recruit. High level talent, a guy that does need college time to be a top NBA pick (lottery), not a presumed OAD. Snagging Zimmerman and one of the top (non-presumed OAD) PFs would be recruiting perfection for 2015.

Aaron Paisley 8 years ago

I agree about Zimmerman being KU's top target in 2015. Beyond that, I think a bigger combo guard (Tyshawn or EJ size) is the more pressing need than another 4 right now. Perry Ellis appears to be a 4 year player at this point and Jamari Traylor is still going to be here next year so there doesn't appear to be much room for a 4 to play in 2015-16. Wayne Selden on the other hand appears like he will be gone after this year which would leave KU very small in the back court with nobody over 6-2 in KU inches back there. I think at this point in time, a 6-3 or 6-4 combo guard is a more pressing need than anther 4. That could change going forward obviously, But right now, a post with size and a combo guard to replace Selden would appear to be the two biggest needs at this moment.

Michael Bennett 8 years ago

Svi (6' 8" in shoes) and Brannen Greene (6' 7") disagree with you on big backcourt players.

Aaron Paisley 8 years ago

Those are wing players classified as 3's or SF's and I'm referring to 2's or SG's.

Michael Bennett 8 years ago

True, but I feel like those guys are interchangeable with 2s in Self's system. Svi seems like a combo guard-type ball handler according to reports so far. And Greene has done well in his brief stints at the point. But I do see your point

Scott Oswalt 8 years ago

"And Greene has done well in his brief stints at the point." Really? Greene's handles were awful last year. Hope he improves that aspect of his game this coming season.

Michael Bennett 8 years ago

well Oubre then, he's got handles... a wing is a 2 or a 3. Self just plays a bigger 2 at the 3 (Rush, Releford, Teahan..). We're splittin' hairs here.

Ron Sterling 8 years ago

I think the aforementioned Tyler Davis fits the bill. He's scheduled to visit and basically has us and Arizona as his top 2 schools. All of the other PFs that we're in on are basically top 10 guys and all likely to OAD. Davis is rated #21 by ESPN. He still needs to bring his weight down. That said, he has a great combination of a power game and length, but with soft hands, shooting touch, and good footwork/fundamentals. He doesn't have a face up game, really, but that won't be missed in Self's system.

Jack Wilson 8 years ago

Aaron -- How about a 6-6/6-8 combo guard for 2015-16? Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk. He'll have a year under his belt. Seems like the perfect Selden replacement.

Ron: I agree on Davis. Zimmerman and Davis -- I'd take that.

Chad Lee 8 years ago

Green is a pro 2 guard and should be working hard on his handles and defense.

Steve Zimmerman 8 years ago

I've been a big fan of BigZimm. Not only can he shoot well from afar, he's ridiculuously fast for his size. Not to mention his IQ, passing, dunkability and team-oriented player. Did I mention he's a fun guy to be around with? He is the kind of player every coach would dream of in their teams. Like Mr. Wilson said, he'd be a perfect recruit for KU in '15. Arizona might be his pick, but it's not final till it's all announced & done. Hopefully, KU's recent success of Wiggins & Embiid might influence his decision in the end.

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