Two Class of 2023 big men eyeing Kansas basketball program
Dennis Evans, the No. 11-ranked prospect in the 2023 class per Rivals.com is planning to visit KU for Late Night in October.
His AAU coach Elvert “Kool-Aid” Perry recently told Shay Wildeboor of JayhawkSlant.com that Evans was planning to attend KU’s annual season kickoff event. He also noted that KU has offered a scholarship to the 7-foot-1, 210-pound center from Hillcrest High in Riverside, California, and that Evans is interested in the KU program.
KU assistant Kurtis Townsend has been the lead recruiter for Evans and, according to Perry, their relationship is a big part of the reason that Evans plans to visit Lawrence in a couple of months.
Perry told Wildeboor that KU, TCU, Minnesota, California Riverside, Missouri, Florida State, San Diego State, Texas, Oklahoma State and Georgetown have shown the most interest in Evans thus far and that KU, Minnesota and TCU were “probably the three main schools.”
The Jayhawks also recently made the cut for Class of 2023 prospect Jazz Gardner, who recently narrowed his list to a final eight.
The 7-foot, 225-pound center from West Ranch High in Santa Clarita, California, has a final eight of Kansas, Dayton, Missouri, Pepperdine, St. Mary’s, Texas Tech, UCSB and USC.
Townsend has been the lead recruiter for Gardner, whose father, Jelani Gardner, was recruited to Cal by Townsend back in the 1990s.
Gardner averaged 19 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks per game as a junior at Los Altos High while leading his team to a 26-7 record. He transferred to West Ranch High for his senior season to play with his brother, Jai Gardner, who will be a freshman this season.