Thursday, October 8, 2015

Five top recruits will be on hand for Late Night

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting


Two of the top guards and three of the premier forwards in the recruiting Class of 2016 will be attending the 31st-annual Late Night in the Phog tonight in Allen Fieldhouse.

The five blue-chippers who are sure to receive a thunderous ovation when they walk through the northwest tunnel to their seats behind the KU bench are: No. 2-ranked (by Harry Giles, 6-10, Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson, Virginia; No. 5 De’Aaron Fox, 6-3, Cypress Lakes High, Katy, Texas; No. 6 Malik Monk, 6-4, Bentonville (Arkansas) High; No. 16 Marques Bolden, 6-10, DeSoto (Texas) High and No. 34 Schnider Herard, 6-10, Prestonwood Christian Academy, Plano, Texas.

Giles, who has visited Wake Forest, will also travel to Kentucky for its Big Blue Madness on Oct. 16, North Carolina on Oct. 23 and Duke on Oct. 31.

“I know I’ve told you guys this before but this is going to be a tough (decision),” Giles wrote in his most recent blog at USA today. It’s been speculated he might want to play with No. 3 rated, Duke-bound Jayson Tatum in college.

Fox, who has visited LSU and Louisville, will attend Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness and was scheduled to trek to Arizona on Oct. 30. He has said he’ll choose a school shortly after the Zona trip. However, ESPN reported Thursday that Fox will not visit Arizona, after all.

“I’ll be at both of their Midnight Madnesses (KU, UK) so it’ll be crazy. The atmosphere will be good,” Fox told “I really just want to try to see a practice, some player development. I want to get to know the guys a lot better. Most of the guys will be back next year so I want to know who your teammates are. You want to know how the coach practices. I haven’t seen either team practice yet.”

Monk, who has visited Oregon, will also attend Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness and the Arkansas-Auburn football game on Oct. 24. He also has Florida State and North Carolina on his list.’s analysis of Monk: “Monk is a long and extremely athletic guard that excels on the break with his ability to attack the basket and finish above the rim with ease and flare. Monk is terrific at making plays off the dribble especially in the arc with an excellent mid-range jumper off the catch or dribble. Monk can get where he needs to on the court with a strong handle and can pass when he draws a second defender but Monk is attacking to score first. Monk is also an a threat on the offensive glass. He also is very capable of easily defending both guard positions as well.”

Monk’s brother, Marcus, played wide receiver at Arkansas seven years ago. His cousin, Ky Madden, was Arkansas’ starting point guard last season.

Bolden, who has made unofficial visits to Duke, Alabama and Wake Forest, will attend Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness, then Duke’s Countdown to Craziness on Oct. 17. He also has Baylor, Oklahoma, TCU and Alabama on his list.

“I’ll be basing it (final decision) off of my relationship with the coaching staff and players that are coming into that school,” Bolden told “I just want to have the ability to step it out a bit and not just be a center down low.”

Herard, who is a physical presence inside at 260 pounds, has visited Mississippi State and Texas Tech. The Haiti native also has Cal and Purdue on his list of five schools.

“There’s something to be said about big guys who like to play at the rim and play with power,”’s Eric Bossi told “That’s what Schnider Herard is all about.”

Top juniors expected to attend Late Night according to Michael Porter, 6-8, from Tolton Catholic in Columbia, Missouri, who is ranked No. 3 in the Class of 2017; No. 19 Jeremiah Tilmon, 6-10, from East St. Louis High; No. 26-rated Trae Young, 6-1, from Norman (Oklahoma) North, No. 37 Mitchell Ballock, 6-4, from Eudora High; No 73 Chaundee Brown, 6-5, from First Academy in Orlando, Florida and No. 141 Wyatt Wilkes, 6-8, from Winter Park (Florida) High.


Robert Brock 6 years, 9 months ago

Looks like Fox is dropping the Arizona visit. KU remains in the chase.

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 9 months ago

Not sure he wants to face the competition he will be up against for minutes next year but if he would sign, that would really show his level of confidence and his willingness to be more than just an other OAD waiting for draft day.

Ron Sterling 6 years, 9 months ago

Prying Fox away from UK is a monumental task.

Dale Rogers 6 years, 9 months ago

He needs to put his hand on Calipari's arm and feel the slime.

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 9 months ago

True Ron but at one time, the same could have been said about Bolden and Ferguson (Alabama) both whose crystal ball predictions (247) had Kansas at 100%. Until that name is signed, nothing is guaranteed.

I agree that it would take a monumental effort.

Aaron Paisley 6 years, 9 months ago

Bolden already cancelled an unofficial to KU and the same guy that advised Julius Randle is also advising Bolden and has a very tight relationship with Avery Johnson. Alabama has a very real chance at Bolden while KU appears to be running 3rd in that race at this point.

Glen Miller 6 years, 9 months ago

I'm not an inside guy and I do not have direct knowledge of any of these players choice....... but Monk is only coming for the visit, Fox will go to Kentucky, AJ will convince Bolden that Bama is on the rise and that he is the missing piece, Giles has had us on his list for a while but we've never been the front runner for him. If everything I've read and tracked has any merit at all, it looks like Herard is the only of the 5 we might land :(

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 9 months ago

If Bolden doesn't sign with Kansas, I think he will be at Duke as Alabama isn't listed in his top three.

Waylon Cook 6 years, 9 months ago

Sky is falling and Self cant recruit. Never heard that before....

Glen Miller 6 years, 9 months ago

lol...... my post is not of the "sky is falling" variety. I was just saying I'm not holding my breath on most of these kids who will be there. Fox wants to be the lead guard and with Frank and Devonte here, that wouldn't be the case. Monk has been earmarked for someone other than us for quite some time now. Avery Johnson already stole one player away with the we're building something pitch and it sounds like Bolden is eating it all up as well. Giles hasn't been a KU lean at any time during the process. I'm summing up what to expect, not worried about the sky falling. We will have a good team next year whether we get these kids or not, we always do.

Dee Shaw 6 years, 9 months ago

I completely understand why you must write a story and report on what high school player will be attending Late Night this year. A few years ago I would eat up all this recruiting stuff up and worry so much if a player or group of players would be attending KU after there visits or attending Late Night. Don't waste your time on this. Who cares. Name me one player after visiting KU Late Night that committed. Not recent. The last one I remember that committed after attending Late Night was Sherron Collins. That was 10 years ago?

Aaron Paisley 6 years, 9 months ago

Kelly Oubre (2013 Late Night), Wayne Selden (2012 Late Night), Elijah Johnson (2008 Late Night), Morris twins (2007 Late NIght, if 2.5 weeks is considered soon after), Cole Aldrich (2005 Late Night) 2 weeks after Sherron committed.

KU doesn't land a player after every Late Night, but it absolutely happens and has been some big time recruits.

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 9 months ago

How long is after? Wiggins only visit was on late night and surprised most when he committed to Kansas.

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 9 months ago

This is what happens when you get older... Maybe he was at a game and not at rates night.

Harlan Hobbs 6 years, 9 months ago

If a One and Done is good enough to beat out Mason and Graham, than he will play. If he doesn't think that he can beat out Mason and Graham, then that sounds like we ought to be in pretty good shape without him.

People call me crazy, but I am not convinced that Frank Mason will be at KU for his senior year. They say he is too small for the NBA, but I'm not so sure. Anyway, if he performs this year like he did in Korea, there will be plenty of opportunity to make good money in Europe. There is always a spot for someone with his heart, grit, and leadership potential.

Aaron Paisley 6 years, 9 months ago

The best players in Europe make as much or less than the most of the cheapest NBA deals. Keith Langford was the highest plaid player in Europe a few years ago and was making about $3 million per year on that contract. Again, that was not middle of the pack, that was the top of the food chain. Most European based players make under $1 million per year.

There's also a big difference between Mason being too small for the NBA and too small to be drafted in the 1st round and get a guaranteed deal. Frank Mason will not leave early to play in Europe nor will he be a 1st round pick because NBA guys don't care about the game film as much as they care about a person's measurables which Mason is subpar for his position.

Frank Mason will be the starting PG for KU in 2016-17 barring Mason doing something really stupud to get kicked off the team.

Adam Miller 6 years, 8 months ago

"Most European based players make under $1 million per year." -- Kind of a high bar there... even well under $1 million per year is still a heck of a paycheck for playing ball.

Rodney Crain 6 years, 9 months ago

Ok you asked us to, you are crazy.

Frank will be at KU his senior year. There is less than a 1% chance he leaves, unless something extremely remote happens. He just does not have what the NBA looks for.

I love his heart, grit and leadership too but that does not translate to him leaving early.

Rodney Crain 6 years, 9 months ago

Sign somebody please

Sign the ball boy, a cheerleader, mascot, fan, somebody walking by AFH, anybody.

Have the players introduce themselves like this: Perry Ellis, Senior, starter, I average 29 minutes of playing time, their yours if you sign.

Maybe have the recruits sign some fake safety form calling it an insurance coverage thing while they are on campus but in reality it is a commit form to attend KU.

Just sign somebody!

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 9 months ago

RC...while I agree with your sentiment, let's not forget we didn't get our first commitment last year until January 9th with Carlton Bragg. I don't think it's a wise policy to wait until the spring signing period and in many ways we lucked out with this year's incoming recruiting class. We could have striked out as Kentucky did with late commitments and signings but they already had a solid class coming in.

I've got to believe that Self will get the players we need especially since in the frontcourt there are starting minutes for the right players.

Steve Zimmerman 6 years, 9 months ago

Calm down. we might get the best, just like AW. Getting leftovers doesn't seem that bad if we can land some of those good guys who look to be ready right from the start like JJ.

Rodney Crain 6 years, 9 months ago

Steve you need to be more open with your searches with these recruits. Here is an article 5 days old where Jackson says MSU, he is from Michigan by the way, is one of his favorite Schools. I would take that lean you think we have down a few pegs.

Just in case anyone is interested, 70 of the top 100 players have signed already. 3 other B12 schools have signed a player out of the top 75. Including Texas/Smart. OK has signed 2. Zero of the recruits at Late Night are leaning towards KU. Of the top 5 "elite" schools (KU, Duke, KY, MSU, NC), 9 players have been signed by the other 4 schools out of the top 50. Almost 20% of the players Steve.

All I am saying is why not try to stay with these other schools in getting the best talent to sign early, they are not having any issues doing that. We do not appear to have any weakness compared to these other schools in what we offer.

Why cannot we not sign someone out of the top 50 like our "elite" brothers???

Cause we can't. We as you say will have to be happy with left overs. It just does not make sense to me. Either we are not looked at like those other schools, or we need to change our approach.

Dee Shaw 6 years, 9 months ago

Right on Aaron Paisley. I stand corrected. Your right. I will go back to bed.

Ashwin Rao 6 years, 9 months ago

Does anyone have a list of recruits already that have signed up after this year's Late Night? :)

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