Sunday, October 2, 2016

KU basketball lands commitment from 2019 guard Markese Jacobs

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting


Well, it worked again.

Less than 24 hours after the end of the 32nd annual men's basketball kickoff event, Late Night in the Phog delivered again, as Class of 2019 guard Markese Jacobs orally committed to the program Sunday morning, announcing the news on Twitter.

"I feel like Kansas is the school I’ve always wanted to go to," Jacobs told "I feel like they go through their guards. They are a great guard team. I feel like I fit their category in their guards."

Jacobs, 5-foot-10, 155 pounds from Chicago, was one of 15 visitors in for Late Night and becomes the first to commit in the 2019 recruiting class.

According to, KU began recruiting Jacobs last summer, when assistant coach Jerrance Howard watched him play with his AAU program, Mac Irvin Fire. Jacobs chose the Jayhawks over offers from in-state schools Illinois and DePaul.

"His number one strength is his athleticism and number two is his toughness," Mac Irvin Fire coach Jimalle Ridley told Scout. "His game is very similar to Sherron Collins. But he shoots the ball better at the same stage."

Jacobs, who plays at Uplift High, joins a long list of recent Chicago players to play at Kansas, including Collins, Cliff Alexander, Jamari Traylor and Julian Wright.

None by Markese Jacobs

Chaundee Brown picks Wake Forest

Meanwhile on Sunday, the Jayhawks lost out on Orlando SG Chaundee Brown, the No. 39-ranked player in the 2017 recruiting class according to

The Journal-World confirmed Sunday afternoon that Brown chose Danny Manning-led Wake Forest over the Jayhawks after officially visiting the Wake campus this weekend.

The Wake Forest staff was the first to go all-in on Brown and that bond and his relationship with the Demon Deacons proved to be too much to overcome.

Losing out on Brown makes the pursuit of other perimeter players in the 2017 class even more critical for Kansas. Four such players visited Late Night on Saturday night — Las Vegas wing Troy Brown and point guards Trevon Duval, Tremont Waters and Collin Sexton.


Matt Woolley 5 years, 11 months ago

Someone who is glad to be a Jayhawk. Glad to have him.

Jay Scott 5 years, 11 months ago

I'm sure you said that about Mason and Graham.

Dirk Medema 5 years, 11 months ago

A sophomore who averaged 15.7 ppg (28 of 78 = 36 % 3pg) 2.6 apg, 2.1 spg and 1.7 rpg during his freshman season. Yes, you shouldn't know much of anything about the freshmen class, but that is crazy good for a freshmen apparently on a varsity team. Uplift High is CPL school but with just 300 students it competes in the 2-A class out of 6, so the competition might not be the same level, but Mac Irvin Fire is a good AAU program.

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 11 months ago

Sounds like a player who already has some solid fundamentals and has plenty of time to improve where needed.

Self Invited him to Late Night for some reason and probably knows more about him than some of the fans..

Steve Macy 5 years, 11 months ago

As Ice T says, read the sign, or in this case the article.

Joe Ross 5 years, 11 months ago

The lesson of Royce Woolridge gives me some concern about recruiting super early (because we don't know if their stock will rise or fall compared to other recruits). I think it's kind of a gamble, myself. On the one hand, if it turns out that he is a blue-chip guy, then you've basically elbowed out the competition by locking him up early. If on the other hand he either doesnt measure up to other recruits coming out of his class, then we could lose a scholarship that could have gone elsewhere. The reason I am not too worried about this particular gamble, however, is because of the fact that Kansas always needs multiyear players in the event that he doesnt become the marquis player we hope he turns out to be.

Dirk Medema 5 years, 11 months ago

And having Royce on the team didn't really hurt us did it?

Joe Ross 5 years, 11 months ago

Certainly not. Went 35-3 that year. There was also this guy named Josh Selby...

Steve Macy 5 years, 11 months ago

Interesting, the kind of guard that in years gone by hurt us at times, quick and with a shot. Welcome aboard, RCJH. It would be nice if you continue to grow in stature, you're just a sophomore. Growth spurt time.

Mallory Briggans 5 years, 11 months ago

I would like to congratulate Danny Manning and Wake Forest on landing Chaundee Brown....KU will be ok in the recruiting process and any quality player that will help Danny be a successful coach I am all in ...

Brett McCabe 5 years, 11 months ago

Damn you Danny Manning! Oh, wait, you are my all-time favorite Jayhawk. Solid work - please continue.

Suzi Marshall 5 years, 11 months ago

Yea, I was hoping Manning would win this one. You never know what might have transpired over the past 24 hours. I suspect some communications between Self, Manning, Brown, Brown or others happened this morning. WF was probably the best fit for him.

Tyler Capone 5 years, 11 months ago

Losing Chaundee is HUGE, especially to a school like Wake. Severely underrated player and another miss in 2017.

Robert Brock 5 years, 11 months ago

I still think the key recruit - since the Hawks muffed the Ayton recruitment - is Collin Sexton. Gotta get him.

Freddie Garza 5 years, 11 months ago

When I saw that he was under 6 feet tall, I knew he was destined to be ours.

Bob Zielinski 5 years, 11 months ago

Yep, it is a well known fact (just watch college basketball any week out of the season) that guards under 6 feet tall never contribute to any winning team and it is entirely detrimental to have any such player on your team.

Freddie Garza 5 years, 11 months ago

Oh, lighten up Bob, its a joke. Crack a smile every now and again, it's good for the soul.

Dirk Medema 5 years, 11 months ago

He might be 5-9, but he's also only just beginning his last sophomore year and already reportedly has a 40 inch vertical. It shows when he dunks commonly and solidly.

Gotta love that he has Devonte's smile too.

check out Ball is Life.

Joe Baker 5 years, 11 months ago

Brown still committed to a Jayhawk in DMan. Congrats Danny and all the best to your program.

Mallory Briggans 5 years, 11 months ago

The word on Sexton is he is compared a lot to Allen Iverson .....even though he a " point guard " he is a recruiting site has him choosing KU......but they get it wrong from time to time....

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