Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Prep point guard from North Carolina commits to Kansas

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting


Less than 24 hours after learning about the departure of two players from the 2020-21 roster, the Kansas men’s basketball program got word of a replacement when Bobby Pettiford Jr., a 6-foot-1, 175-pound point guard from Creedmoor, N.C., announced his commitment to the Jayhawks on social media.

"Thanks to all the coaches that recruited me through these tough times," Pettiford wrote on his Twitter page Tuesday afternoon. "With all that being said, I’m excited to announce I’ll be committing to the University Of Kansas. Jayhawk nation stand up! Let’s get to it."

The one-time Louisville commitment who reopened his recruitment after a change on the Cardinals coaching staff, is ranked No. 115 in the 2021 recruiting class by and in the Top 100 by ESPN (95), 247 Sports (88) and (82). lists him as a three-star prospect while 247 Sports has him rated as a four-star talent.

After announcing his de-commitment from Louisville, Pettiford heard from a couple dozen schools who were interested in adding him to their roster.

Known primarily as an explosive athlete who plays best around the rim, Pettiford showed off his improved shooting touch during his senior season at South Granville High, hitting 53% from the floor, 39% from 3-point range and 80% at the free throw line.

Pettiford, who hails from the same general area as former KU point guards Devonte’ Graham (Raleigh) and Devon Dotson (Charlotte) has drawn comparisons to Dotson for his attacking mindset.

“Pettiford is a big-time athlete and really gets downhill with the ball,” national recruiting analyst Eric Bossi wrote last summer. “He's not backing down from anybody.”

Pettiford will be eligible to make his oral commitment official by signing a letter of intent with the Jayhawks on April 14, the start of the regular signing period for Division I college basketball.

His addition to a 2021 class that already included four-star prospects K.J. Adams (6-7, 220), Zach Clemence (6-10, 210) and three-star big man Sydney Curry (6-8, 265) moved the Jayhawks up to 5th in the 2021 team rankings at 247 Sports.


Bryce Landon 1 year, 8 months ago

Well now, maybe it's NOT doom and gloom for the Jayhawks in 2022 after all.

Welcome to Kansas, Bobby!

Jonathan Allison 1 year, 8 months ago

he looks like a really good player. Fiery competitor, fast and aggressive. Why isn't he higher in the rankings? Small school, weak competition? Did he not play all of the amateur circuits and shoe co leagues?

Ted Hume 1 year, 8 months ago

If only he was 6'7. Nothing like getting longer on the perimeter...oh wait.

Jonathan Allison 1 year, 8 months ago

Welcome Bobby! I think that you could be just what KU basketball needed for next year.

The backcourt should be shored up now with Bobby, Dajuan, Och, Braun, and Bryce figuring into the rotation.

Got reinforcements coming for the frontcourt as well, and likely a big jump for Gethro.

Ted Hume 1 year, 8 months ago

except that Ochai is probably going to try his luck in the draft. He doesn't have the game, but based on his size and athleticism and the feeling that he's reached his ceiling, he'll likely leave to give it a shot. That leaves us like 5'11, 6'0, 6'1, 6"2, and 6'6 on the perimeter. that's not going to cut it at all in a more "positionless" style of basketball.

Ted Hume 1 year, 8 months ago

but yeah, who wouldn't take another Devonte or Dotson. looks like a solid enough pick-up

Jonathan Allison 1 year, 8 months ago

I personally expect Ochai to test the waters and then return. But I could very well be wrong.

David Klamm 1 year, 8 months ago

@Ted. Bryce is listed at 6’5” and Braun is 6’6” and Josell likely doesn’t see playing time so I’m not sure your concern if Ochai leaves and that’s really unlikely so it seems much ado about nothing. Also - there’s a good chance KU is still in on TyTy Washington who is 6’4”. Regardless , KU did ok with Mason and Graham running the front court together

Ted Hume 1 year, 8 months ago

my only point is that we just lost two 6'7, 6'8 perimeter players (one with a 7'0 wingspan who could shoot over any defender), who could crash the glass- even if they didn't make the most of their opportunities by the end of the season and we didn't get to see their potential- and that we're getting a hell of lot smaller when length is important if we're going to play 4 out.

David Klamm 1 year, 8 months ago

I would have loved to see both TGF and Enaruna match up their basketball skills with their athletic skills but that length means nothing if it doesn't happen. I'm willing to wait and see how this plays out. Self seems dead set on creating a more explosive and faster team so I don't think he lets those 2 go without a plan in place.

Chad Durbin 1 year, 8 months ago

Ted, you may have forgotten 6’7 Grady Dick from Sunrise Academy committed. Maybe he has some athleticism that KU has been missing?

Ted Hume 1 year, 8 months ago

he's not here till 2022, but based on his tape, he's definitely not an "elite" athlete by any stretch. He looks pretty sound though...

Ted Hume 1 year, 8 months ago

OK- I'd say above average athleticism for sure, and he definitely has skills. I wish he was joining us next year because he is the type of player we need now

Tony Bandle 1 year, 8 months ago


Please clarify something for me.

Is it correct that, if Mitch and Marcus come back next season, we will be allowed to have 15 scholarships for one season?

So, technically, if you had 6 scholarship seniors on your team and they all came back, you could have 19 scholarship players on your team for next season.

Is that correct???


Matt Tait 1 year, 8 months ago

That's basically correct. I think they're maxing out the limit at 18, but, yes, Lightfoot and Garrett, if they both were to return, would not count against KU's total number and the Jayhawks still would be allowed to have the regular number of 13 other scholarship players.

Mitch has already announced that he'll be back. We have yet to hear anything from Garrett. But he sounded like a guy leaning toward leaving after that loss to USC.

Tony Bandle 1 year, 8 months ago

Thanks, Matt...18 scholarship players could actually be a coach's nightmare!!

Tan Hong Woon 1 year, 8 months ago

According to what I read in the article about Mitch decision to stay, I have the impression that Garrett is only leaving if we have a deep NCAA tournament run. So, with the loss to USC, he probably would like to have another try next year.

Jonathan Allison 1 year, 8 months ago

He may like another try. But I would guess that he leaves. He needs to start his pro career. He likely will be a solid contributor in most pro leagues around the world, and if he can develop a consistent abililty to make wide open threes he could find a role in the NBA at some point.

Shannon Gustafson 1 year, 8 months ago

Jonathan, he missed the last two AAU seasons (first an injury, then Covid) so nobody really got to see the improvements he made from Soph to Senior. He bumped his 3% from 29% to 39% between his JR and SR season for instance. He's also an 80% FT shooter so he's clearly got shooting skills. If he was taller or more of a "pure" PG he'd also be ranked higher but he's more of a scoring/combo guard who's best skill is driving downhill (think Mason or Dotson).

Ted, you're worried about losing height when we already had 3 guys sign earlier in the recruiting cycle that are between 6'7" and 6'10". That means we'll have 6 players 6'7" or taller on the roster next season (if nothing else changes) and two more at 6'5". We've still got an open spot for one more and Bobbie has been friends with another 4 star guard we're chasing after (6'3" TyTy Washington).

Also Ted, maybe you forgot but players can now declare for the draft and return to college ball. So even if Ochai declares, he'll likely be back.

Jonathan Allison 1 year, 8 months ago

Thanks Shannon. Looking at his highlights and the way that he drives and attacks, he looks like a lot better than a 100 ranking. A lack of exposure against solid competition explains how he could be ranked as low as he is. He looks like a taller version of Frank Mason at this stage.

Shannon Gustafson 1 year, 8 months ago

KU now has the #5 recruiting class in the country. If we add TyTy Washington then we move up to #2....while under the NCAA cloud. Bill Self has clearly given up...

Waylon Cook 1 year, 8 months ago

The Tristen comments are classic, just a few articles now. I expect more departures to bring in more big fish.

Mallory Briggans 1 year, 8 months ago

Another guard ..........................1 question CAN HE SHOOT !

Shannon Gustafson 1 year, 8 months ago

Jonathan, I agree, he looks a LOT like a bigger Mason (his AAU coach said he's 6'1" and 196lbs currently).

Mallory, he's a 40% 3p shooter and 80% from the FT line so yes, he can shoot.

Joe Baker 1 year, 7 months ago

Mason 2.0 for sure. I love his attitude, fight, and grit. I already love his tweet.

“Stand up Jayhawk Nation. Let’s get it done!”

Love it and we’ve missed this grit lately.

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