Monday, April 22, 2019

4-star prep G Cassius Stanley chooses Duke

Sierra Canyon's Cassius Stanley, left, stuffs as Sheldon's Darren Tobias watches during the second half of the CIF boys' open Division state high school basketball championship game Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. Sierra Canyon won 76-52. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Sierra Canyon's Cassius Stanley, left, stuffs as Sheldon's Darren Tobias watches during the second half of the CIF boys' open Division state high school basketball championship game Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. Sierra Canyon won 76-52. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)


On the same afternoon that Kansas basketball coaches and players learned center Udoka Azubuike will be back for his senior season, the Jayhawks missed out on a highly regarded prep guard who could have complemented the 7-footer inside.

Graded as a four-star shooting guard in the Class of 2019, Cassius Stanley announced Monday his decision to play college basketball at Duke.

Rated the No. 33 prospect in the nation by Rivals, Stanley, a 6-foot-5 guard from Chatsworth, Calif., became the second high school senior in the past four days to consider KU a finalist but ultimately go with Mike Krzyzewski’s Blue Devils.

Five-star big Matthew Hurt, rated the No. 7 overall prospect in the class, did the same this past Friday.

Stanley, a standout at Sierra Canyon High (Calif.), listed his finalists as UCLA, Oregon, KU and Duke.

He made his choice official during a ceremony at his high school’s gymnasium on Monday afternoon.

During the announcement, which was streamed live by the L.A. Times’ Eric Sondheimer, Stanley called KU a great school with a great coaching staff.

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But he ultimately went with Duke, while making his decision known in a video that had been produced beforehand and shown on a large screen hanging from the gym’s ceiling.

“It feels great to get it off my chest,” Stanley said after the video concluded. “I’m just so excited right now.”

As of Monday, Bill Self’s 2019 KU recruiting class includes two players: Overland Park forward Christian Braun and Little Rock, Ark., guard Issac McBride.

This past week, at KU's annual postseason banquet, Self made known his confidence that KU would add to its recruiting class in the near future.

“Oh, I think we’re going to get some guys,” Self said. “I think we’re going to better ourselves, without question.”

T.J. Holyfield, a grad transfer from Stephen F. Austin, is visiting KU this week, and planned on arriving Monday. A 6-8 forward, Holyfield also visited Texas Tech over the weekend. He averaged 12.9 points and 6.4 rebounds in 2017-18, before missing this past season with a shoulder injury.

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Moore headed back home

A Chicago native, Charlie Moore’s next stop will be in his hometown.

Jeff Goodman of Stadium reported Monday afternoon that Moore will transfer to DePaul.

Moore’s college basketball career began at Cal, but he transferred to KU, where he played just one year, as a redshirt sophomore.

The 5-11 guard averaged 2.9 points and 1.3 assists while playing in 35 games for Kansas in 2018-19.

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Glen Miller 3 years, 3 months ago

Bring on the graduate transfers that we only get for one year. We'll be right back in this same mess next year. We have not hit on one singular player of note this season. I'm tired of the lies, there's obviously something going on here. For NONE of the big prospects to come here when we have 5 open schollies to fill seems a bit odd to me.

Craig Carson 3 years, 3 months ago

It will be worse next season unless Self and his staff don't strike gold in the recruiting market..for KU to compete this year Dotson, Ajai, and MacCormack are gonna need to have monster years =NBA interest..we could lose virtually everyone next season..I've never seen KU strike out on so many highly regarded players..hell, those years when Roy couldn't land 5 star kids because on the academic scandal he still landed lots of good 4 star talent...KU couldn't even do that ....I appreciate Bruan and McBride, but they shouldn't be the highlight of the recruiting season at KU

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 3 months ago

KJ and Dedric, plus Charlie Moore used six positions on the bench – 3×2 – and only one player with made a productive season.

Six spots over two years. The first year they were all ineligible due to transfer rules but in the second year, only Dedric played as expected. No idea what happened to Moore and KJ.

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 3 years, 3 months ago

Wow. Great news from Dok. Another wiff on a high schooler. I get the Duke appeal though. You just needed to watch ESPN for 5 minutes this past college basketball season and you would have likely heard Duke mentioned 3 times.
Still, we've been on these players way longer and then Duke comes in at the last minute and they all go there; that sucks.

Len Shaffer 3 years, 3 months ago

I can't wait until Coach K retires and Duke can only rely on its paying of players instead of that plus having a great coach.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 3 months ago

Coach K has done more damage to Kansas than any other coach in NCAA history.

DaNeille Dani Davis 3 years, 3 months ago

I guess Nike pays more than Addidas to players....

Layne Pierce 3 years, 3 months ago

Ok Just maybe he thinks he fits in better with Duke, than with Kansas. Fact is 1 4star 6'5 guy is not going to solve our problems. Frankly, if we could get Enaruna,and or Blackshear, then I'm cool with that.

Maybe Stanley was just a little bit afraid of the pressure.
Disappointing to be certain, and if we get put on probation, then so should Duke.

But again, we still need players for next year, that's the bottom line.

A lineup of: Dok, Dotson Ochai, Garrett and DMac, with maybe Silvio, Mitch, McBride and Braun, that's not chopped liver, especially if this year's freshmen kick it up a notch.
Frankly Enaruna has more of an all around game, and maybe even more potential.


Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 3 months ago

It wouldn't solve all our problems but you need to start somewhere. I'd like to see Self hold onto a couple of scholarships for the late signing period instead of signing players who are only interested in $$, exposure, playing time, and everything not geared for

Adam Bengtson 3 years, 3 months ago

No. 33 recruit and makes a video like he’s Gods gift of basketball? What is wrong with these kids? Probably be a flame out NBA player if he makes it.

Mike Barnhart 3 years, 3 months ago

In the 14 seasons of the "one and done" era exactly 2 teams featuring multiple OAD's have won National Championships. In that same time frame North Carolina, Connecticut and Villanova have each won MULTIPLE TITLES by building their rosters the old fashioned way; recruiting well and developing the talent they got.

Craig Carson 3 years, 3 months ago

well, Self has got to start recruiting enough players TO develop..a recruiting class of 2 players is pathetic

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 3 months ago

More so if your top recruit plays nowhere near their buildups and or any of the bad luck (?) we've had of late w/signings and eligibility.

There are several top mid-majors that yearly outplay the others and I think the main reasons are player development over several (3+) years, talent overlooked by others.

Robert Brock 3 years, 3 months ago

Man, now Duke is slapping KU around and taking 4-star players away from us.

Craig Carson 3 years, 3 months ago

EVERYONE is taking those kids away from KU..150 ranked kids and KU can only convince 2 to come? terrible

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 3 months ago

And those 2 players are barely in the top 50 though I know there has been some movement.

But we are still #8 in the (BIG12- 2).

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 3 months ago

To be fair, I know nothing of Bill Self's relationship with Lester Earl or his son but this kid has been a solid Kansas lean and with the STRONG family connections?

Worst, he goes to Villanova. A little salt there.

Craig Carson 3 years, 3 months ago

KU spent YEARS recruiting Earls son and Hurt..Nova and Duke came in and erased all that in a matter of weeks..that's alarming to me

Chris Shaw 3 years, 3 months ago

Deep breathe folks. Amazing to me how much weight fans put on 17/18 year old recruits.

Grad Transfers TJ Holyfield just visited Kansas and Rayjon Tucker is visiting in early May. Tucker is the real deal who averaged 20 at Arkansas Little Rock. Kid is from Charlotte so I’m sure Dotson knows him but he’s a high flyer and can shoot. He’s instant highlights.

Add in the fact that Hampton still may reclassify is also a good possibility for KU. Yes, there are still a lot of “What If’s” but Doke coming back is the anchor that will allow this to all start taking form. Hopefully, more good news from De Sousa this week with the appeal and Kansas is off and rolling.

Tucker is the kid I want. He’s athletic, he wants to prove he’s an NBA player, and he’s 21. IMO that’s the kid Self and staff need as a must get.

Finally, it is a blow missing the top recruits to Duke but it’s also not the end of the world. Next year IMO is more of a concern than this upcoming year because Doke (Sr) and Dotson are as good as gone next year. Picking up Enaruna for bracing the future foundation would be huge and getting Holyfield and Tucker to go along with McBride and Braun would actually be a home run IMO. Tucker, McBride and Braun actually really help in the “shooting” department. It will all be okay, folks.

Craig Carson 3 years, 3 months ago

Grad transfers are only a 1 year fix..with only 2 true recruits in the fold, KU would be screwed if they have another mass exodus next season ...

Andy Tweedy 3 years, 3 months ago

I had such a hard time getting excited about this year's team, it was the first time I ever felt like I just didn't relate to a bunch of transfers and one year players. I don't have an issue with having one and dones, but I think I'm going to enjoy having a few players around for a few years!!! This decision doesn't bother me at all!

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 3 months ago

Agree. This past season was the first time that I recorded the games instead of watching live.

Jerry Mahner 3 years, 3 months ago

I hop HCBS and administration is able to right this ship. The reason we are not getting recruits is because of the NCAA. Huge cloud hanging over KU Basketball, whether true or not. If KU is cleared, then the recruits will come, if not, well, they won't be needed. As this investigation goes forward, more and more schools will be hit...probably so many that the NCAA will have one of two choices, 1) sanction everyone 2) make an example of a few, which will then probably include KU. And I believe that the NCAA is crooked enough that they won't be completely transparent on some of their favorite coaches and schools. They have always hit KU hard. They take an entire season to determine if a player is eligible academically for us. Face it KU nation, we have had player eligibility issues nearly every year since I don't know when. I cannot see how UNC is even allowed to play any sport, with all the "ghost classes and degrees" they were doing for 10 years across all sports. NCAA should be the one under sanctions and penalties.

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