Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Kansas offers scholarships to Taurean Thompson and Deng Gak

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting


— The Kansas basketball program has offered a scholarship to Taurean Thompson, a 6-10, 220-pound senior forward from Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H., according to and

Thompson is ranked No. 84 in the recruiting Class of 2016 by He is also considering Syracuse, Seton Hall, Providence, Wake Forest, Louisville, Arizona State, Georgetown, Pitt, N.C. State and others.

“I’m probably going to wait to see who goes to the draft and that’s when I'll probably decide, all the way deep spring,” Thompson told Zagsblog.

Gak yak: KU also has offered a scholarship to Deng Gak, a 6-9, 210-pound junior forward from Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J., Zagsblog reports.

Originally from Australia, Gak is also considering SMU, Minnesota, Seton Hall, Providence, Cincinnati and others.

“Gak is new to the country and still hasn’t been seen that many times,” writes Eric Bossi of “Rangy, long athlete who can put the ball on the floor a little bit, is quick and has some skill. Pretty skinny and not really that into banging for position just yet. Somewhere in the 6-9, 6-10 range with good length and he runs very well. Will debut in 2017 rankings when they get updated here in the next week and a half or so.”

Young erupts for 60: Trae Young, a 6-foot-1 junior guard from Norman (Okla.) North, who is ranked No. 26 in the Class of 2017 by, scored 60 points in a recent victory 102-70 victory at Yukon.

Young hit 12 threes in the game.

The son of former Texas Tech guard Rayford Young, Trae has taken unofficial visits to KU, Duke, Kentucky, SMU, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. He’s also had Stanford, Texas, Texas Tech and Missouri on his list.

He’s hoping to be a package deal with No. 3 Michael Porter, a 6-8 junior forward from Tolton Catholic in Columbia, Mo.

Yurtseven on market: Seven-foot Turkish forward Omer Yurtseven is interested in joining an American college team for the 2016-17 season, reports. He currently has a list of Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, California, Duke, Miami, Texas and UC-Irvine.

So far KU and Kentucky are not involved.

— See what people were saying about KU at Baylor during's live coverage

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By the Numbers: Kansas 66, Baylor 60

By the Numbers: Kansas 66, Baylor 60


Barry Weiss 6 years, 5 months ago

when does Josh Jackson make his decision?

Steve Zimmerman 6 years, 5 months ago

Deng Gak looks polished - reminds me of Embiid.

Tyler Capone 6 years, 5 months ago

Jacksons waiting to see who leaves for the draft. If Selden leaves, our chances of landing Jackson improve greatly.

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 5 months ago

Gak has surprising good footwork and decent range but desperately needs to add some weight but he is still a junior in high school. Would like to him see add 20 pounds before arriving on campus...

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