Saturday, February 13, 2016

Preps Marques Bolden, DeAndre Ayton haven’t cut KU from lists

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting


— Marques Bolden, a 6-foot-10 senior center from DeSoto (Texas) High who is ranked No. 16 in the Class of 2016 by, apparently has not eliminated Kansas from his list of schools.

Bolden’s dad, Melvin, tells that Marques has not sliced his list to Duke, Oklahoma, TCU and Kentucky.

“Nothing has changed in the past month or so,” Melvin Bolden told and “We have not added or dropped any schools.”

That means KU and Alabama, and possibly others, remain on the list.

Also, DeAndre Ayton, a 6-11 junior from Hillcrest Academy in Phoenix, who is ranked No. 4 in the Class of 2017, tells Zagsblog he has not cut his list to KU, Duke and Kentucky, as previously reported.

“Those aren't really my top, top three. I don't get on the phone with anyone. I don't have any of their numbers. I'm going to visit soon. I just like those schools because I like the players that have come out of those programs,” Ayton told Zagsblog.

Of KU, he said: “I love (Bill Self’s) program. I've been watching them for a while and everything runs through his bigs. He's just caught my eye to be honest.”

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By the Numbers: Kansas 76, Oklahoma 72


Aaron Paisley 6 years, 9 months ago

Josh Jackson has to be top priority in this class. He adds a dimension KU has lacked for a long time now. Bragg will be really good when he adds some muscle and learns how to set a screen. Diallo will be good when he gets an offseason to actually learn the system since he was deprived of that last offseason. Lucas will be a solid complimentary player and Azubuike will hopefully be able to add solid minutes as well.

Jay Scott 6 years, 9 months ago

With Svi, Greene, Mason, Vick, Graham, Az, Bragg, Lucas, Coleby, Lightfoot they're still top 5 preseason.

With Selden and Diallo, they're #1 preseason.

With Jackson KU would be as loaded as any team in recent memory.

Robert Brock 6 years, 9 months ago

KU's projected bigs for 2016-2017:

  1. Carlton Bragg
  2. Landen Lucas
  3. Udoka Azubuike
  4. Mitch Lightfoot
  5. Dwight Coleby

I would like to see Cheick Diallo stick around and learn/contribute. Doubt he will stay.

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 9 months ago

The cynic in me says you're right but Diallo must know he isn't close to being ready. Diallo will stick around another year. If not, Jarrett Allen joins the Jayhawks.

Barry Weiss 6 years, 9 months ago

Totally agree Marius. He has hugh upside, but no way he would go as a lotto this year. If he comes back and balls out at 15 points per game and 10 rebounds, 5-6 blocked shots, he could make lotto money after next season.

Aaron Paisley 6 years, 9 months ago

Diallo leaving early would be a bigger mistake than Josh Selby leaving early was. There is zero good reasons for Diallo to leave right now. Nobody has him as a lottery pick anymore and most places don't even have him as a first rounder anymore either.

Doug Cramer 6 years, 9 months ago

How the hell is Diallo going to go pro when he hasn't hardly even played ?

Joe Ross 6 years, 9 months ago

A little commentary on why we should have thought the pair might have eliminated Kansas in the first place would be useful? Anyone know?

Danny Hernandez 6 years, 9 months ago

It might have to do because of Udoka's commitment to Kansas & the feeling that if Bragg and Cheick return, no minutes available??

Omari Miller 6 years, 9 months ago

Right after Azubuike committed, Zagsblog reported that Bolden had eliminated KU from his list. About a week later, it ran a post detailing that Bolden's dad said they hadn't cut the list.

Don't know what the context was with Ayton. Doesn't surprise me either way. Adam Zagoria does a great job covering recruiting news (particularly with kids out of the NYC area), but is in love with Coach Cal. Anything with a favorable UK story gets published in a hurry there. The Bolden story was mostly about how Azubuike's commitment made it much more likely Bolden was off to UK.

Noel Graham 6 years, 9 months ago

The message boards had been talking about Bolden eliminating us since the Azubuike commitment but Ayton eliminating us was out of the blue. Everything I have seen reported indicated that he is very high on Kansas and he is a big target of ours for 2017. After reading the quotes in the article I realize the headline is incorrect and should not have implied that he had ever eliminated KU

Dee Shaw 6 years, 9 months ago

Just looked this up. Cheick is averaging 3.5 pts per game. He has a grand total as of now 66 points in his college career. I would assume Cheick being a one and done player will end his KU career under a 100 pts total. Wow. It makes me appreciate how good Andrew Wiggins was.

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 9 months ago

I think Embiid was the key to our success that year. When he went down - so did we.

Joe Ross 6 years, 9 months ago

Cheick is not turning pro in the off-season. His stock is not high enough, his skills are not polished enough, the money will not be there until after next season for him. It's a mistake to compare Wiggins and Diallo as one-and-dones.

Jay Scott 6 years, 9 months ago

Diallo isn't a unique enough physical specimen to be lotto drafted without some college accomplishments.

Gerry Butler 6 years, 9 months ago

just people going off article coming off recruiting sites , like you was surprise to hear Bolden had cut, not saying that he hasn't or won't since Udoka committed either way I think we are fine

Harlan Hobbs 6 years, 9 months ago

Marius, your insight re: Embiid is right on the mark. That team would have been much stronger as the year progressed had he not gotten hurt.

Mike Greer 6 years, 9 months ago

The tendency is for guys to go too early, rather than stay too long. Few are really ready to go pro after a year in college. Most need both physical development and mental improvement (maturity) to enter the pros, and even then, many end up in the D-league, where they won't get near the coaching they would have gotten in college. Diallo needs that extra coaching more than most as many have previously stated. One more year at KU would do wonders for his career long term.

Coach knows he's not ready, he's barely ready for the Big XII play. I wouldn't be surprised to see more of him in the tournament though. Coach had some interesting and insightful remarks about player experience in his press conference.

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