4-star forward Tristan Enaruna picks Kansas


Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

The Kansas men's basketball program on Tuesday night secured a commitment from the third member of its 2019 recruiting class when 4-star forward Tristan Enaruna announced his commitment on Twitter just before 8 p.m.

In a phone conversation with the Journal-World, the 6-foot-9 forward from Wasatch Academy in Mount Pleasant, Utah, said KU's history, tradition and standing among college basketball's blue blood programs was what sold him on picking Bill Self and Kansas.

“I’ve always wanted to play on a big team, like the highest level of college basketball," Enaruna said. "And they’ve been recruiting me very hard and we kind of built a relationship. I really like Coach Self and I think that he will be able to help me become the player that I really want. I think I’m overall just a great fit for that team."

At 6-foot-9, 205 pounds, Enaruna possesses the size and skills to play a number of different positions and do different things on the floor.

“I think one of the most noticeable things about me is just my versatility," he said. "Like being able to play different positions, guard different positions and doing a lot of different stuff on the court. I like to handle the ball and get my teammates involved. I really like to pass. People think that I’m really looking to score a lot, but I love passing.”

Having said that, putting points on the board is also a strength of Enaruna's, according to KU's newest player.

“Scoring is another thing that’s one of my other strengths," he said. "Post-ups, jump shots, 3s and I really like to play in the pick and roll.”

Enaruna came to the United States from Netherlands midway through his junior season and has been on an upward trend in the recruiting game nearly the entire time. Ranked No. 44 in the most recent rankings, Enaruna, who picked KU over Creighton and Miami (Fla.), jumped 61 spots from the previous rankings to crack the Top 50.

"Enaruna is loaded with potential," recruiting insider Matt Scott said Tuesday night. "He's long, skilled and not anywhere near his ceiling. He's a future pro that has really grown since coming to the United States in the middle of his junior year. His length and skill set will be a huge asset for Coach Self and his staff."

Self has been pursuing Enaruna for months, even going as far as to take a trip to Utah to watch him play during Big 12 play last season. Enaruna said seeing Self in person in his high school gymnasium was "motivational" and made a lasting impression that inspired him to pick the Jayhawks.

If his memory served him correctly, Enaruna recalled recording a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds the night Self was in town to watch him play. Enaruna hopes that that kind of production with Self watching is just the beginning of what's to come.

“He’s one of the best coaches to ever coach the game of basketball," Enaruna said of Self. "And that’s obviously one thing that I’m really excited about.”

Enaruna is now KU's highest-ranked player in the 2019 class, which includes 4-star guards Christian Braun (No. 90) and Issac McBride (No. 103).

Self and company still figure to have at least three more scholarships to hand out in the 2019 class before the class is complete.

None by Tristan Enaruna


Tim Orel 3 years, 1 month ago

Welcome! We look forward to seeing you play in about 38 - 40 games next season.

Layne Pierce 3 years, 1 month ago

This is really big. Wonder if Silvio is out of question now. Enaruna's upside is big. I predict he is actually more what we need than a 6;5 hot shot, but then again we may get Rucker, or R.J.

We now have 3 4star players and more to come.


Shannon Gustafson 3 years, 1 month ago

He and Silvio have completely different games so I'm not sure how this has anything to do with Silvio. Their similar heights is all they share. Tristan plays like a wing but has the height of a 4 (but not the weight, he's 20lbs lighter than Lightfoot while being taller). Silvio plays like a 4 or 5 with the body of a 4.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 1 month ago

One has no bearing on the other and there is plenty of minutes up for grabs. What stands out to me is how Self zeroed in on this guy long before the ratings or other coaches finally noticed him.

Here's hoping for the same success with his first two signings.

Phil Leister 3 years, 1 month ago

This guy is going to be really good. He’s super long and athletic and can handle the ball. He doesn’t fit the mold of anyone we’ve had in a while. Next year’s team is going to be a damn good team regardless of what happens the rest of the way with recruiting.

Sam Meyer 3 years, 1 month ago

Ok, the next domino falls into place. BIG exhale. LaGerald, KJ, Charlie, Dedric, Quentin, Devon, and Silvio (7) are out (for the moment). Isaac, Christian, and now Tristan (3) coming in. That means there's still 4 scholarships unaccounted for. Presuming Devon comes back, there's still a lot of recruiting to do. Welcome to Lawrence, Tristan!!! You will not regret this decision.

Steve Zimmerman 3 years, 1 month ago

Woohooo!! Welcome to the family, Mr. Enaruna!! Very exciting news!!!

Stuart Corder 3 years, 1 month ago

Tristan Enaruna is a truly versatile player, in that he can play 2 - 4 reliably well. He’ll definitely have some growing pains, and he’ll need to continue to develop more mass, BUT he can handle the ball, shoot, and can play above the rim.

This is a great pick up, and adds to a potential monster of a team pending the return of NBA testers and the ruling on Silvio De Sousa.

Len Shaffer 3 years, 1 month ago

One of the great things about his growing pains is that it means he's unlikely to be a one-and-done.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 1 month ago

Sam - You forgot the open scholarship from last year.

Matt Tait 3 years, 1 month ago

He's correct, though.

Braun and McBride filled the open scholarship and Vick's spot.

That leaves 6 spots to fill with K.J. Lawson, Dedric Lawson, Moore, Dotson, Grimes and De Sousa all currently gone.

If Dotson and De Sousa come back, that would leave 4 spots open.

Enaruna gets one of those, so now you're looking at filling three more spots for K.J. Lawson's transfer and Dedric Lawson and Grimes staying in the draft, if that's in fact what happens.

David McNickle 3 years, 1 month ago

Are we going to have any eligibility issues with Tristan because he just moved to the states his junior year?

Matt Tait 3 years, 1 month ago

Never say never, but I haven't heard that.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 1 month ago

Sounds like a smaller version of Joel in that he was late coming to the states and development. Not expecting the same trajectory by any means but just another example of why I trust in the recruiting of this staff. They are going to get quality players - even when the sky is falling, develop them, and win.

Brett McCabe 3 years, 1 month ago

Great news, and maybe it leads to more success. Welcome Tristan, you are going to love AFH and KU. RCJHK!

Mike Riches 3 years, 1 month ago

Welcome Tristan! I wonder if he was at either of the tourney games we just played in SLC. That would have been a cool experience.

Dale Rogers 3 years, 1 month ago

Silvio remains in the draft at this point but pulled out of the G-League combine. I think he wants to come back if he can win his appeal. As for Tristan Enaruna -- YES!!!

Matt Tait 3 years, 1 month ago

Silvio definitely wants to come back, Dale. He told me flat out that if he wins the appeal he WILL be back... They've obviously hit some kind of a delay and I'm not exactly sure what that's about, but I wouldn't necessarily say the delay means a bad ruling is imminent.

Time will tell...

Steve Zimmerman 3 years, 1 month ago

Sorry, but I can't wait to watch Tristan in KU's uni. But at the same time, I'm also anxious, worried, feeling a bit chicken-littlish...but for a good and valid reason, based on past experience.

I pray that coach BS won't make him play 5. I pray that coach BS will accept the fact that forcing Tristan playing high-low will kill his career. I pray that coach BS will realize that this kid needs to become power forward to succeed and coach will support him by designing plays that are suitable for him (& the team).

Matt Tait 3 years, 1 month ago

I can't see any way this kid will ever be asked to play the 5 unless it's to match up with an extremely small team at some point.

He's definitely in that Josh Jackson and Svi mold, where he can be an athletic 4 and use his height and length to survive inside while using his guard skills and athleticism to be a matchup problem for opponents on the perimeter.

Great get.

Bill Kackley 3 years, 1 month ago

Why doen't Steve Zimmerman apply to be an assistant coach for Hall of Fame coach Bill Self, maybe he can teach him something

Doug Stahler 3 years, 1 month ago

He already has 27 times. The interview doesn't go so well.

Steve Zimmerman 3 years, 1 month ago

They gotta have that position available, first. I don't see any of those asst.coaches leaving anytime soon. I've tried, as Doug said.

Brett McCabe 3 years, 1 month ago

I heard that Howard needs a 24/7 D.D. Maybe that's why they keep holding interviews.

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 3 years, 1 month ago

Welcome! Exciting news and still leaves the door wide open for both RJ &/or Rucker. Get on board!

If we could just get a positive outcome for Silvio now...

Jim Stauffer 3 years, 1 month ago

Great pick up! Probably the most needed recruit of all. Now if we can land either Hampton or Tucker, we will have the immediate needs taken care of. We can then develop any other recruits for the season following.

Robert Brock 3 years, 1 month ago

This kid is a skinny, skilled small forward (can he add thirty pounds and play some at the 4?) who will take a lot of time to get into the rotation. I don’t see him playing much next season. The good thing is that he will be a four-year guy who may add value to the team as Svi Mykhailiuk did.

Craig Carson 3 years, 1 month ago

Finally some positive recruiting news...lets see if this dpsrld anything

Craig Carson 3 years, 1 month ago

yeah, auto correct messed up..I actually forgot what word I was trying to put...think I was trying to type "sparks"???????????

Keith Gellar 3 years, 1 month ago

hmmmm...Ku signs a massive $$$ deal with Adidas....Recruits start committing. I just pray Bill and his staff learned from prior mistakes and are using burner phones.

Bill Kackley 3 years, 1 month ago

Keith get on the K-State page. You are bleeding purple

Keith Gellar 3 years, 1 month ago

yes - that must be it. Why else would a KU fan even question anything about the empire.

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