LaGerald Vick, who recently decommitted from SMU and is planning on reclassifying from the recruiting Class of 2016 to 2015, today is scheduled to begin his official campus visit to Kansas University.
Vick, a 6-foot-5, 175-pound shooting guard from Douglass High in Memphis, visited Kansas State last weekend. He’s slated to visit Kentucky on Sunday-Monday, with no other visits currently planned. Louisville, Texas, UCLA and others reportedly have expressed interest.
“He has qualified but has not decided on (class of) 2015 yet,” Vick’s AAU coach, Norton Hurd of Team Thad, told Zagsblog.com.
“He’s a really athletic scorer/shooter who can create for himself and others,” Hurd added of Vick, who committed to SMU in October over offers from Georgia Tech, Alabama, Memphis, Mississippi, Providence, Tennessee, Western Kentucky, Auburn, California, Baylor, Indiana, Florida State and others.
Vick, who is currently ranked No. 137 in the Class of 2016 by Rivals.com, averaged 26.0 points and 11.0 rebounds a game for Douglass this past season. He averaged 24 points, 8.0 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 3.0 steals per game for Douglass in 2013-14.
“I’m an all-around player. I’m not selfish,” Vick told the Memphis Commercial Appeal last summer. “I think I’m a 1 or a 2 (in college). Coach (Douglass’ Ted) Anderson helped me out a lot. At first I was just a person who shot the ball. I didn’t like attacking. He helped me out with my slashing ability.”
AAU coach Hurd added to catsillustrated.com: “Offensively he’s one of the most skilled guys in the country, like the 3 or the 2 (position). He’s super athletic. There aren’t too many people in the country (who) can create his own shot like him. He’s like an underrated Malik Newman. If he were to go to Kentucky or wherever fans would be like ‘Oh my gosh, we got a steal. This is a kid we should have taken from day one.’’’
Tickets on sale today: Tickets to the general public for KU’s two World University Games exhibitions against Team Canada go on sale at 10 a.m. today, the KU athletic department announced Tuesday.
A two-game ticket package for games to be held at 7 p.m., June 23 and 26 in KC’s Sprint Center, will be available for $50.
Fans can purchase tickets by calling the KU Athletics ticket office — 800-34-HAWKS — or visiting Sprint Center’s website, SprintCenter.com. Also, fans can charge by phone at 888-929-7849. Tickets also may be purchased in person at the Sprint Center box office.
Tickets for the KU-Canada matchups already are available to Williams Fund members. The World University Games will take place July 3-14 in South Korea. The proceeds from KU’s Kansas City exhibitions, KU announced, will help fund the expenses for the trip.
The two Canada contests will be the first public appearance by the 2015-16 Jayhawks, which will include incoming freshman Carlton Bragg. Freshman Cheick Diallo of Mali and sophomore-to-be Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk of Ukraine cannot play in the Sprint Center games or games in South Korea because they are not U.S. citizens. They are allowed to be managers for KU’s team.
Dickerson available: Florida signee Noah Dickerson, a 6-8, 245-pound senior forward from Montverde (Florida) Academy, has asked for a release from his letter-of-intent, Dickerson tells ESPN. Dickerson, who is ranked No. 81 nationally by Rivals.com, chose Florida over Georgia Tech and LSU last August. Earlier he had been committed to Georgetown.
KeVaughn Allen, a 6-2 senior from North Little Rock (Arkansas) High, who is ranked No. 67 by Rivals.com, also is expected to ask for a release from Florida following Billy Donovan’s departure to the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder.