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Two Class of 2023 big men eyeing Kansas basketball program

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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.

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Four-star combo guard Chris Johnson to announce decision on Tuesday

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Kansas University basketball recruiting

Four-star combo guard Chris Johnson, who visited the University of Kansas earlier this week, will announce his college choice on Tuesday, according to his Instagram page.

Johnson’s Instagram story on Saturday night featured a countdown to his commitment time.

Ranked No. 24 overall by ESPN.com, — 32nd by 247 Sports and 58th by Rivals.com — Johnson arrived on KU’s campus on Monday evening for an official visit.

He recently told Rivals.com that he was considering visits to Arkansas, Alabama, Connecticut and Texas, and others, including Auburn, Kentucky, Houston, Memphis, Mississippi, Tennessee, UCLA, all of which have been reported to be showing heavy interest in Johnson.

As of Saturday, he had not named a list of finalists or narrowed his list in any way, so the fact that he’s ready to announce his commitment so close to his visit to KU is at least noteworthy.

Also of note is the fact that two Rivals.com publishers and one publisher at 247 Sports recently entered FutureCast and Crystal Ball picks for Kansas in Johnson’s recruitment. No other school had received a pick as of late Saturday night.

A recent recap of Johnson’s KU visit by Shay Wildeboor of JayhawkSlant.com certainly pointed to KU being the pick, as well.

“His focus is there,” Johnson’s father, Chester Johnson, told Wildeboor of KU. “The way he talked to me; I think his focus is going to Kansas. What I hear and what he told me, and this is just him and I talking as father and son, he told me there's no reason for him to go and visit another college. So, we’ll go from there.”

The elder Johnson made it clear that he had his made his choice after the KU visit.

“Me, personally, as his father, I’m hoping that he does sign there,” he told Wildeboor. “I don’t see another place that is going to treat him like he was treated and be real with him. One of the most winningest coaches ever and when you get that kind of publicity and somebody wants you like that, I don’t think you can ask for anything more.”

Johnson, who is originally from Fort Bend, Texas, currently plays at Montverde Academy in Florida. He is listed at 6-foot-4, 175 pounds by ESPN.com, 6-6, 192 by Rivals.com and 6-5, 180 by 247 Sports, and he is drawing interest and attention from several of the top programs in college basketball.

Second-year KU assistant Jeremy Case has been the lead recruiter for Johnson.

“Chris really liked how all of the coaches interacted with each other,” his father told Wildeboor. “It seemed like more of a family instead of just a school. Chris left with a couple of players during his visit and he really enjoyed the players. He en-joyed talking to them and they talked to Chris about what’s going on with the school. Chris really enjoyed the visit, and I know that I really enjoyed it. I know that I felt comfortable and I think we all did. They made it seem like we were more like family. One thing that I really liked, (KU coach Bill Self) is real. Tell me the truth and don’t sugarcoat it and tell me what he needs to do and then we get along. I think (Self) was genuine with everything he was saying.”

Kansas does not currently have any commitments in the Class of 2023.

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Class of 2023 combo guard Chris Johnson arrives in Lawrence for official visit to Kansas

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One of the top combo guards in the 2023 recruiting class arrived in Lawrence on Monday for the start of his official visit to Kansas.

Ranked No. 24 overall by ESPN.com, — 32nd by 247 Sports and 58th by Rivals.com — Chris Johnson noted his arrival on KU’s campus on Twitter on Monday evening.

Johnson, who is originally from Fort Bend, Texas, currently plays at Montverde Academy in Florida. He is listed at 6-foot-4, 175 pounds by ESPN.com, 6-6, 192 by Rivals.com and 6-5, 180 by 247 Sports, and he is drawing interest and attention from several of the top programs in college basketball.

He recently told Rivals.com that he was considering visits to Arkansas, Alabama, Connecticut and Texas, and others, including Auburn, Kentucky, Houston, Memphis, Mississippi, Tennessee, UCLA and more have been reported to show interest in Johnson.

According to a recent update from Rivals, Kansas already has made an impact.

“They love my game and they’ve been on me since pretty much a year and a half,” Johnson told Rivals of KU’s coaches. “I love that coaching staff.”

KU’s recruiting efforts for Johnson have been led by second-year assistant coach Jeremy Case, whom Johnson called “a real down-to-earth guy,” who, “doesn’t sugarcoat things.”

Johnson first reported a scholarship offer from KU in October of 2021.

In June, Johnson told Rivals.com’s Rob Cassidy that he had no time table for a decision in mind.

“I don’t even know right now; I’m just trying to get on all these campuses and see how everything is before I start thinking about that,” he said.

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Class of 2023 Kansas hoops targets Taison Chatman, Scotty Middleton update recruiting status

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Kansas University basketball recruiting

A couple of high-profile recruiting prospects on the Kansas basketball radar made news over the weekend.

Four-star combo guard Taison Chatman (6-3, 175) included Kansas while trimming his list of finalists to five over the weekend.

Chatman, who is ranked as high as No. 26 by 247 Sports and in the 60s by ESPN, On3 and Rivals, is picking between KU, Minnesota, Ohio State, Virginia and Xavier.

Kansas offered Chatman a scholarship in late April following his run to a Minnesota state title. He made an official visit to KU in late June and also has visited Xavier.

Chatman told Shay Wildeboor of JayhawkSlant.com that KU coach Bill Self told him he would “fit in great.”

“It was good and I spent a lot of time with the team,” he said of the visit. “I toured the campus and spent time with the coaching staff. I hung out with Bobby (Pettiford) and Zach (Clemence). We went through a day in the life. They get a lot of basketball players and they are treated well up there, too. I think it’s a great school.”

Known as a talented scorer with good vision and athleticism, Chatman averaged 13.5 points per game for Totino-Grace High in Fridley, Minnesota, during his junior season.

Four-star wing Scotty Middleton (6-6, 180) also made news over the weekend.

Already down to a final five since April, Middleton, who hails from Sunrise Christian Academy, where current Jayhawks Zach Clemence and Gradey Dick starred, plans to announce his choice on Aug. 6 during an Instagram Live session with recruiting analyst Paul Biancardi.

Middleton’s list includes UConn, Ohio State, Seton Hall and Texas A&M.

When asked in April why Kansas made the cut, Middleton told Wildeboor: “Probably because of KU’s winning culture. You know, coming off a national championship, you got to see what Kansas basketball is and Bill Self does a great job at making his guys play hard and at a high level.”

Ranked No. 62 in the 2023 class by Rivals.com, Middleton received an offer from KU back in February. He is known primarily as a tenacious wing defender, but his athleticism also serves him well on the offensive end, where he needs to develop a more consistent jump shot and better handles to continue to make a move up the rankings.

He’s already up from No. 97 in the previous Rivals rankings and 247 Sports lists him as the No. 35 overall prospect in his class.

Middleton originally is from Miami, Florida.

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The give and take of increased player movement throughout college athletics

Coming & Going: While the Kansas men's basketball program added a dynamic transfer in Drake combo guard Joseph Yesufu, right, the KU football program saw one of its most promising young players opt to transfer to Tennessee. Such is life in the current college athletics landscape, where coaches are constantly having to reshape their roster.

Coming & Going: While the Kansas men's basketball program added a dynamic transfer in Drake combo guard Joseph Yesufu, right, the KU football program saw one of its most promising young players opt to transfer to Tennessee. Such is life in the current college athletics landscape, where coaches are constantly having to reshape their roster. by Matt Tait

Despite one player standing 6-foot-4, 320 pounds and the other at 6-foot, 180 pounds, Da’Jon Terry and Joseph Yesufu are basically the same person.

To accept this, you have to embrace the idea that Kansas football and Drake basketball are also on the same level, which, at this point, is probably more of an insult to Drake than the other way around.

But thanks to the recent rise of the transfer portal across college athletics, both Drake hoops and KU football essentially provide the same service for players and programs. They’re training grounds for bigger programs, which, because of the way the rules are written, can take talented players from smaller programs and offer them an opportunity to play in the limelight.

Not all players are wired to make the move. Loyalty, fit, opportunity and geography, among other things, all factor into each player’s decision.

But it’s no secret that players are moving about the country at a faster rate than ever before. And when you throw in the fact that the NCAA recently passed the one-time transfer exemption that makes players on the move immediately eligible, it’s likely not going to change any time soon either.

For Yesufu, who starred for the Bulldogs last season and signed with Kansas last month, this meant making the jump from a quality mid-major program that has to fight for recognition and notoriety to a blue blood program like Kansas that is constantly on major networks and in national headlines.

Hard to blame the kid for that. He did well at Drake, made a name for himself and caught the eye of coaches at the highest level of his sport.

It’s the exact same thing for Terry, who is headed to Tennessee after playing in eight games for the Jayhawks last season after redshirting in 2019. Despite his humble, 2-star beginnings, Terry had emerged as a real player in the Big 12 and his promising future made him attractive outside of Lawrence.

He became even more attractive for the Volunteers when they lost one of their top defensive linemen to rival Alabama last week.

It’s a vicious cycle and one that lacks consistency or predictability. So if you’re a fan of any program it’s best to just close your eyes and hang on for the ride.

Since we’re talking about fans here, and it’s clear that rational thinking isn’t always at the top of their list of priorities, it’s important to point out one thing: If you’re good with one move, you essentially have to be good with the other because they’re the same thing.

If anything, KU still has the upper hand here because of the potential of its football program to improve under new head coach Lance Leipold. Doing so would go a long way toward making Kansas a destination for players like Terry rather than a necessary step in their bigger journey.

KU has a ton of resources. KU’s in a Power 5 conference. And the Big 12’s television deal and annual schedule help make sure that players who come to Kansas will be seen.

Drake basketball, which competes in the Missouri Valley Conference, may not be able to climb much higher. So the goal for that program is to find these Yesufu-type players and make a heck of a run with them while you’ve got them.

Is that fair? Yes and no. Sort of.

For one, it all fits within the rules and everyone knows that those rules exist.

For two, for every program like Drake that loses a player like Yesufu there’s a program like Kansas that has to deal with losing one of its more talented and promising pieces, too.

Even though we’re talking about different sports, I guess it all evens out in the end. Kansas basketball got its upgrade and Tennessee football got one, as well.

Back to the drawing board for Drake’s hoops program, Leipold and KU football and dozens of other programs like them.

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Class of 2020 PG R.J. Hampton names final 5

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Five-star Class of 2020 point guard R.J. Hampton on Thursday trimmed his list of finalists to 5, with Kansas, Duke, Kentucky, Memphis and TCU making the cut.

Hampton, a 6-foot-5, 170-pound prospect from Little Elm, Texas, is ranked No. 5 overall in the 2020 class by Rivals.com and is regarded by many recruiting analysts as a “can’t-miss” prospect.

Hampton recently caught up with Rivals analyst Corey Evans to give his thoughts on his 5 finalists. Of Kansas, the dynamic, play-making point guard said simply, “KU is college basketball. The atmosphere is second to none. Coach Self is a Hall of Famer. They always push for the title and the development, (and) the strength and conditioning program is top-notch. There is a lot to like about Kansas.”

Despite Thursday's news, Evans said fans should not expect the elite point guard to make a final decision any time soon.

"Like most heavily rated and coveted prospects, Hampton will likely wait until he has a greater grasp of the potential roster makeup of each of his finalists before considering his college destination," Evans wrote Thursday. "Whichever program he does select (can) expect a do-it-all guard who has evolved into a more-than-solid play-making (guard) who is at his best on the attack."

Here's a quick look at what Hampton told Evans about the rest of his finalists:

• Duke - “Coach K is amazing. Year after year, he puts his team in position to win the national championship."

• Kentucky - "It is Coach Cal and the way that he treats his players. He demands a lot out of you and you have to really work, but he wants nothing but for them to succeed."

• Memphis - “Playing for one of my idols would be great. Coach Penny (Hardaway) has revived the Memphis program and the staff is next level."

• TCU - “The TCU program is making strides year after year. Coach (Jamie) Dixon really lets his guards play. They recruit at a high level and the Big 12 is great basketball.”

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KU freshman Quentin Grimes explains reason for season-long struggles

Kansas guard Quentin Grimes (5) gets around Texas Tech forward Khavon Moore (21) to throw a pass in the paint during the second half, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Quentin Grimes (5) gets around Texas Tech forward Khavon Moore (21) to throw a pass in the paint during the second half, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

The first 22 games of Quentin Grimes’ Kansas basketball career have been a self-described adventure of “ups and downs.”

While averaging just over 25 minutes per game and starting all 22 contests, Grimes has produced 7 double-figure scoring games, 5 games of 3 points or fewer and 10 games where he his final point total landed somewhere in between.

Before experiencing his first taste of Tuesday’s Sunflower Showdown, Grimes talked openly about his rookie season and the challenges he has encountered.

“It’s definitely been a struggle, for sure,” the former 5-star prospect and one-time projected lottery pick said. “But there’s always been those couple games where I almost broke out and have shown what I can do.”

One such moment came in his Kansas debut, where he scored a career-high 21 points on 6-of-10 shooting in a win over Michigan State at the Champions Classic.

His best stretch of the season came in late December/early January, when he reached double digits in 3 consecutive games — 16 vs. Eastern Michigan, 14 against Oklahoma and 19 at Iowa State — but he followed that up with 5 straight single-digit scoring efforts, including a 0-point outing in the rematch with Iowa State at Allen Fieldhouse.

Despite the rocky road and inconsistency that, to this point, has defined him as a college player, Grimes said his head has remained in a solid place.

“I feel like it’s going good,” he said. “I’m staying in the gym and not getting down on myself and, moving forward, I feel like I’m on the right track, moving in the right direction. So I feel like it’s going to end up pretty well for me and the team going forward.”

As for any ideas why the 6-foot-5, 210-pound guard from The Woodlands, Texas, has had to endure those ups and downs and episodes of inconsistency, Grimes had a theory on that, too.

“Maybe just trying to figure out the offense, trying to be maybe too perfect out there, trying to meet every need that coach Self wants out there,” the freshman said. “Just trying to be too perfect and not just going out there playing free.”

While the former No. 10 overall prospect in the Class of 2018 per Rivals.com has underwhelmed in many areas thus far, he also has done his best to stick with it. Grimes has a good support system — from friends and family to trainers and teammates — and those people, and others, have helped him keep his head up while trying to make the transition.

Of late, it’s been baby steps, and not big explosions, that have backed Grimes’ claim that he is moving in the right direction.

Against Texas Tech last Saturday, in a huge win for the Jayhawks, Grimes scored just six points, but also dished 4 assists and swiped 2 steals while grabbing 3 rebounds.

Those 2 steals pushed his total to 9 for the season, with 5 coming in the first 18 games and the remaining 4 coming in the last 4 games.

“That question’s asked, it seems like, every game,” Self said after being asked if Grimes’ recent outing possibly was a precursor for a breakthrough. “But, yeah, I thought he did some good things. … I do see some positives moving forward in things other than scoring,” Self added. “He had 9 paint touches off the bounce against Texas Tech. The game before he had 1.”

And therein lies what appears to be the key for Grimes’ production. On nights when he’s aggressive, good things usually come. On nights when he’s not, his numbers tend to underwhelm.

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KU guard Marcus Garrett expected to miss Tuesday’s game at K-State

Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa, right, talks with Kansas guard Marcus Garrett before tipoff, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa, right, talks with Kansas guard Marcus Garrett before tipoff, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

For the second game in a row, and the first time on the road, Kansas sophomore Marcus Garrett is expected to be in street clothes when the 13th-ranked Jayhawks travel to Manhattan on Tuesday night to take on Kansas State.

Garrett, who injured his left ankle during last Friday's afternoon practice ahead of KU's home game against Texas Tech, sat out of that one while wearing a walking boot on his left foot.

The Jayhawks, fueled by sensational defense and a wild home crowd, rolled over the Red Raiders, 79-63, in a game that wasn't that close, making the absence of Garrett much easier to stomach.

It remains to be seen if KU will encounter similar success against the Wildcats, but if they do, they'll have to do it without Garrett, who is widely regarded as the Jayhawks' best defensive player.

KU coach Bill Self confirmed as much Monday afternoon during a meeting with the media.

"I don't think so," Self said when asked if Garrett could play Tuesday. "I'd like to be able to tell you (he's) questionable, but that's wishful thinking. We're hopeful that he'll be able to go by this weekend."

After Tuesday's edition of the Sunflower Showdown, the Jayhawks return home for another Saturday game at Allen Fieldhouse against Oklahoma State. Tipoff is set for 11 a.m.

KU and K-State square off at 8 p.m. Tuesday on ESPN.

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Freshman guard Ochai Agbaji emerging as an obvious leader for Kansas basketball

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji (30) throws in a pass during the first half, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji (30) throws in a pass during the first half, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

It’s rare, on a team with a so many players who have been through the battles before, to have a freshman step up and lead them.

And it’s almost unheard of for that to be the case when that freshman sat the first 15 games of the season and spent more time thinking about redshirting than contributing up to that point.

But that very well might be what’s happening with this Kansas men’s basketball team.

Never was that more evident than during last Saturday’s enormous home victory over No. 16 Texas Tech that, at least momentarily, righted KU’s ship and kept the Jayhawks (17-5 overall, 6-3 Big 12) right in the thick of things in the hunt for this season’s Big 12 crown.

Ochai Agbaji is that freshman. And with each passing game, the 6-foot-5 guard from Kansas City, Mo., continues to flex his leadership muscles and show the world that his contributions to this Kansas team go well beyond high-flying dunks, defensive effort, infectious energy and trying to keep from hitting his head on the backboard.

Agbaji, who made his second consecutive start for Kansas in Saturday’s 79-63 win over No. 16 Texas Tech, scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in KU’s latest victory.

His numbers earned Agbaji Big 12 newcomer of the week honors, but what he did in terms of leadership during the Jayhawks’ most recent victory was at least equally as impressive as the stats he posted.

The problem with freshmen leading a team at this level comes from the fact that just about every experience they encounter is new.

First road game. First game against a Big 12 team. First Big 12 road game. First game on a huge national stage. First time talking to the media after a great game. First time talking to the media after things went wrong.

The list goes on and on and does not ever truly end until freshmen become sophomores.

But Agbaji’s actions run counter to that argument. He carries himself like a player who has been there before, and, new or not, he doesn’t seem to mind stepping into a leadership role even while experiencing things around him for the first time.

After the game, Agbaji attributed any credit for his enhanced leadership to a total team effort in that area, saying, “I think it was everybody, really, that stepped up. We kind of held each other accountable throughout the game and our leadership just kind of spread around all five of us on the court.”

But actions speak louder than words and nobody’s actions, in terms of leadership, were more noticeable than Agbaji’s against Texas Tech.

Here’s a look at some of the highlights:

• With Tech on the free-throw line and the Jayhawks taking their spots outside of the lane, it was Agbaji who shouted and gestured, “Hey! Everybody box out. Go for the ball. We’ve got to go for the ball.”

Obvious stuff, to be sure, but the sequence followed a couple of trips where the Red Raiders got easy offensive rebounds on long misses.

• During a break in the action, as officials prepared to put the ball in play for an inbounds pass, Agbaji calmly looked out toward Devon Dotson and winked while asking, “Hey Dot, you good?”

Dotson nodded and play continued. It wasn’t the biggest moment in the game or anything that most people would’ve even noticed, but it illustrated Agbaji’s awareness of all things happening on the court and his willingness to check in with his teammates to make sure they were in good shape.

It’s a simple gesture, of course. But it’s so impressive in this case because Dotson has played in 22 games for the Jayhawks and Agbaji has played in just 8. It would be real easy for him to be worried most about himself and his play while still trying to settle in, but, clearly, Agbaji feels comfortable enough out there to keep an eye on everybody.

• A while later, again with Tech on the free-throw line, it was Agbaji who sought out the information — “Who’s got shooter?” — while trying to make sure assignments were in place. Fellow freshman Quentin Grimes answered, telling Agbaji that senior guard Lagerald Vick, on Agbaji’s side, had the responsibility of boxing out the shooter and the Jayhawks secured the rebound on the missed free throw.

For what it’s worth, and to Agbaji’s point about all five guys stepping up, Grimes also was more vocal than normal with his directions and answers during Saturday’s game. So credit him improved leadership, as well. There’s just something more commanding and more natural about the way Agbaji leads. It’s like he was born to do it.

• Case in point, later in the game, after an and-one bucket by Dotson in transition, Agbaji raced by the KU point guard, high-fiving him along the way, and immediately sought out freshman forward David McCormack while the rest of the gym celebrated Dotson’s bucket.

“Dave, Dave, Dave, Dave,” Agbaji yelled, trying to get McCormack’s attention so he could help explain to him — and encourage him — what went wrong a few possessions earlier when McCormack had the ball stripped from him in the post.

• Late in the game, after a defensive foul called on Dotson sent the KU point guard toward the referee both to seek an explanation and voice his displeasure with the call, Agbaji cooly walked by Dotson and pulled him away from the official back toward the KU bench.

It’s not that Dotson was in jeopardy of getting a technical foul or anything crazy like that that made Agbaji’s move worth noting — more the fact that Agbaji was clearly operating with the mentality that what's done is done and it's time to focus on what comes next. That's what coaches beg for and love to see from players of all ages.

Leadership, of course, comes in all shapes and sizes and is a trait that, even when being done differently, can be equally effective through many styles.

But in Agbaji, the Jayhawks appear to have found the total package — a player who both leads by example and isn’t afraid to do the talking necessary to make sure the entire team is clicking and doing what needs to be done.

I’d imagine the freshman’s leadership skills are only going to grow from here — both the rest of this season and well into the future.

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Jayhawks drop 2 spots to No. 13 in latest AP poll

Kansas guard Quentin Grimes (5) puts up a three during the first half, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Quentin Grimes (5) puts up a three during the first half, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

A home victory over ranked Texas Tech and a road loss at Texas in the last week resulted in KU dropping two spots in the latest Associated Press Top 25, released Monday.

The Jayhawks (17-5 overall, 6-3 Big 12) are now ranked No. 13 heading into their Tuesday night showdown with Kansas State in Manhattan.

The Wildcats, who sit atop the Big 12 standings with Baylor at 6-2, are unranked in this week’s poll but, like the Bears, are receiving votes.

Kansas is one of three Big 12 teams ranked in this week’s poll, with Iowa State at No. 17 and Texas Tech at No. 18.

The Jayhawks have played seven teams in the current Top 25 — with 4 of them residing in the Top 10 — and already have wins over teams ranked 1st, 9th, 10th, 17th and 18th on their 2018-19 resume.

Kansas currently ranks 14th in the KenPom.com rankings and 17th in the new NET rankings, which are being used this season in place of the RPI ratings of the past.

AP Top 25, Feb. 4, 2019:

1 – Tennessee, 20-1 (48)

2 – Duke, 19-2 (12)

3 – Virginia, 20-1 (4)

4 – Gonzaga, 21-2

5 – Kentucky, 18-3

6 – Nevada, 21-1

7 – Michigan, 20-2

8 – North Carolina, 17-4

9 – Michigan State, 18-4

10 – Marquette, 19-3

11 – Virginia Tech, 18-3

12 – Houston, 21-1

13 – Kansas, 17-5

14 – Villanova, 18-4

15 – Purdue, 16-6

16 – Louisville, 16-6

17 – Iowa State, 17-5

18 – Texas Tech, 17-5

19 – Wisconsin, 16-6

20 – Iowa, 17-5

21 – LSU, 17-4

22 – Florida State, 16-5

23 – Buffalo, 19-3

24 – Maryland, 17-6

25 – Cincinnati, 19-3

Others receiving votes: Washington 135, Mississippi St. 133, Auburn 128, Kansas St 114, Baylor 44, Wofford 15, Lipscomb 5, Syracuse 3.

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