Friday, April 16, 2021

Kansas basketball officially inks prep guard Bobby Pettiford Jr.

New Kansas basketball signee Bobby Pettiford Jr., soars through the air for a bucket during his playing days at South Granville High.

New Kansas basketball signee Bobby Pettiford Jr., soars through the air for a bucket during his playing days at South Granville High.


The Kansas men's basketball backcourt became a little more explosive on Friday, when prep guard Bobby Pettiford Jr., signed a financial aid agreement to officially join the Jayhawks.

Originally a Louisville signee, Pettiford Jr., reopened his recruitment after a coaching change at Louisville and committed to Kansas a few weeks ago after a second round of recruiting.

"He became a priority immediately," KU coach Bill Self said in a release announcing Pettiford's signing.

A 6-foot-1, 175-pound guard out of South Granville High, Pettiford Jr., helped lead his school to a 12-4 record last season, averaging 19.8 points, 6.4 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.

His performance earned him N.C. Basketball Coaches Association All-State honors and he was also named to the North Carolina roster for the 2021 Carolinas Classic All-Star Game, which was eventually canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We were very fortunate when Bobby opened up his recruitment last month," Self said in the release. "We feel Bobby has a tremendous future, great upside and will make an immediate impact for us. His work ethic and drive are something I think every program hopes every player has.”

Pettiford is South Granville’s all-time leader in scoring with 1,944 career points. He also is the school's all-time leader in assists (615) and steals (288), and, in 2019-20, he set the school's single season records in points (677), assists (230) and steals (95).

While at South Granville, Pettiford was part of two conference championships, two conference tournament titles, two conference player of the year awards and a school-record 79 wins.

Kansas Men’s Basketball Signees

(as of April 16, 2021)

• KJ Adams (Fr., 6-7, 200, F, Austin, Texas, Westlake HS)

• Zach Clemence (Fr., 6-10, 215, F, San Antonio, Texas, Sunrise Christian Academy [Kan.])

• Kyle Cuffe Jr. (6-2, 180, G, Toms River, N.J., Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J.)

• Sydney Curry (Jr., 6-8, 260, F, Fort Wayne, Ind., Northrop HS, John A. Logan College)

• Cam Martin (Sr., 6-9, 240, F, Yukon, Okla., Yukon HS, Missouri Southern)

• Bobby Pettiford Jr. (6-1, 175, PG, Fr, Durham, N.C., South Granville HS)

• Joseph Yesufu (6-0, 180, G, Bolingbrook, Ill., Bolingbrook HS, Drake)


Benjamin Shear 1 year, 5 months ago

Looks like a great addition, especially with the unlikely return of Garrett.

Jesse Johnson 1 year, 5 months ago

We're going to have a logjam of smaller guards next season, especially if we also land Ty Ty Washington.

Dirk Medema 1 year, 5 months ago

Ty Ty is a little bit taller at 6-3, but yes, still on the shorter side. For reference, BU went 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 last year, so not a lot difference when combined with Ochai, etc.

Steve Zimmerman 1 year, 5 months ago

Jam feast! Next season will be full of highlights. This is a completely different team than last season. 3s will be raining down non-stop. Bring it on BU, UT, TT!!! I can't wait!!!

Robert Brock 1 year, 5 months ago

Steve - no need to mention TT; Y’all can stick your chopsticks in them - they done!

Steven Haag 1 year, 5 months ago

In what I have been seeing in the transfer portal.....TT is going to be down. OU lost Brady Manek and another. They will be down. Iowa St wasn’t good and lost there top 2 scorers to the transfer portal....... It will definitely be Baylor and Texas as our stiffest competition, then OSU and I believe KSU pussycats will not be bottom dwellers next year. WVU will be OK, but nothing great.

Depending on what Beard can draw to Texas, they may be the team to beat year in and year out.

With sssoooooo many 1 through 3 guards on the roster, those that don’t see as much playing time may be gone after next year. We live in a “me” mentality and an “instant gratification” generation. Hopefully BS recruits those who are willing to work hard and wait for their turn.

Dirk Medema 1 year, 5 months ago

Robert - Absolutely! They were what CB was miraculously able to cobble together and really were fortunate to have one recruit in particular blowup and stick around long enough to put them over the top one year. Good luck with repeating with either the players or coach. That’s why they were outspokenly upset about CB leaving.

The contrast is Coach Self. We lose a top trainer. That’s okay. We’ll steal one from the nba. Lose a coach. That’s okay. We promote from within and talk to the best in the nation.

It’s why I had previously been excited about DD as the football coach, though I think that ship has sailed, and now most intrigued by Kevin Kane.

Brian Wilson 1 year, 5 months ago

Interesting Dirk....Kane intrigues me as well. I really don't find many of the names suggested as either being realistic, or being any better than just hiring Jones.

But about these BS signees. Seven!!! Wow. Who all is going to leave to make room for all these players? Which of these new players are going to redshirt and sit and wait their turn. It's getting packed.

Edward Daub 1 year, 5 months ago

Somebody call Uncle Joe! Pettiford is at the Junction!

James Miller 1 year, 5 months ago

I am old enough to get this reference. lol.

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