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AY2018-19 KUMBB Recruiting as of 2018-08-11

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3 months 1 week ago - 1 week 3 days ago #18644 by HawkErrant
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This Origin Post is updated throughout the year with the latest summary data for Kansas Men's Basketball recruiting as of the date shown in the Subject line. This one post gives the reader a snapshot of the current known and rumored status of KUMBB recruiting. Subsequent posts will contain the latest information or comments as events unfold, but the data those posts may contain will be summarized here as appropriate. Enjoy!

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Also, if you know of an error or omission, please let me know so I can correct it.

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TRACKING AY2018-19 PLAYERS and AY2018-19 RECRUITS Committed/Signed and Offered

ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-19 SIGNING PERIODS FOR D1 MEN'S BASKETBALL --
Early Signing Period window: 2018-11-14 thru 11-21
Regular Signing Period window: 2019-04-17 thru 05-15

DEPARTING PLAYERS AFTER AY2018-19 ((S) Scholarship, (W) Walk-on)
GRADUATING SENIORS
G Lagerald Vick (S)

NBA EARLY ENTRANTS (Projected EEs)
G Quentin Grimes (S)
C Udoka Azubuike (S)
F Dedric Lawson* (S)
F Silvio De Sousa (S)
Others ???


2019-04-??: NBA deadline to declare for the draft
2019-05-??: NCAA deadline to withdraw from draft and retain eligibility assuming no agent is hired. Date is ten days after the final day of the annual NBA Draft Combine, scheduled for May ??-??, 2019 )(need link to NBA Key Dates for 2018-19)

TRANSFERING OUT
Unknown

OTHER LOSSES
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RETURNING PLAYERS and AY2019-20 STATUS (by Class; (S)cholarship or (W)alk-on)
SENIORS
F Mitch Lightfoot (S)

JUNIORS
F KG Lawson* (S)
G Marcus Garrett (S)
G Charlie Moore* (S)
G Chris Teahan (W)

SOPHOMORES
G Devon Dotson (S)
C David McCormack (S)
G Ochai Agbaji (S)
G Garrett Luinstra (W)
G EJ Elliott (W)

* Past red-shirt
^ Red-shirt for this season.


SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE
13 total scholarships allowed (and usually filled) each AY
-7 returning scholarship players (assumes only 4 EEs and Other Losses).
=6 minimum scholarships open for AY2018-19
∴ at least 5 scholarships still available as of this update.

ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-19 RECRUITING SYNOPSIS
Sources: Rivals, 247Sports, ESPN and others; National Rank & Ratings used are Rivals.

COMMITTED/SIGNED
(Date format is YY-MM-DD)
Pos  Rnk/Rating	NAME		     HT/WT	Hometown & HS/College			Committed /Signed
PG   84/****    Markese Jacobs	     5-11/170	Chicago, IL/Uplift Community HS		2016-10-02/

WALK-ONS


NOTES
 

OFFERED (Multiple sources; where available, National Rank & Ratings are Rivals.)
The following list contains only recruits with a reported offer (Rivals, 247Sports, ESPN) from KANSAS
or a listing on JayhawkSlant's "Hoops Hot Board".
(NB: ! after position indicates recruit is listed on JayhawkSlant's “Hoops Hot Board”)
Pos Rnk/Rating	NAME		     HT/WT	Hometown & HS/College			
F    01/*****	Vernon Carey, Jr     6-10/245	Fort Lauderdale, FL/University HS	
PG!  02/*****	Cole Anthony	     6-2/175	Jamaica, NY/Archbishop Molloy	
C!   03/*****	James Wiseman	     7-0/210	Memphis, TN/Memphis East	
F!   04/*****	Jaden McDaniels	     6'8/210	Federal Way, WA/Federal Way	
F!   05/*****	Matthew Hurt	     6-9/200	Rochester, MN/John Marshall HS	
F    06/*****	Isaiah Stewart	     6-8/230	La Porte, IN/La Lumiere School	
F!   08/*****	Precious Achiuwa     6-9/200	Newark, NJ/St. Benedict's HS	
F!   09/*****	J. Robinson-Earl     6-9/235	Roeland Park, KS/Bishop Miege	
G!   10/*****	Josh Green	     6-5/185	Bradenton, FL/IMG Academy	
PG!  11/*****	Josiah James	     6-6/190	Charleston, SC/Porter Gaud	
G    12/*****	Bryan Antoine	     6-4/170	Tinton Falls, NJ/Ranney Prep	
G    13/*****	Scottie Lewis	     6-4/170	Tinton Falls, NJ/Ranney Prep	
F!   14/*****	Trendon Watford	     6-8/224	Birmingham, AL/Mountain Brook	
F!   15/****	Keion Brooks	     6-7/180	Fort Wayne, IN/North Side	
F    16/****	T. Jackson-Davis     6-9/210	Greenwood, IN/Center Grove
PG!  18/*****	Jalen Lecque	     6-2/170	Arden, NC/Christ School	
C!   19/*****	Will Baker	     6-11/235	Austin, TX/Westlake	
F    21/*****	Armando Bacot	     6-10/235	Richmond, VA/Trinity Episcopal
PG   24/*****	Nico Mannion	     6-3/175	Phoenix, AZ/Pinnacle
C!   25/*****	Kofi Cockburn	     6-10/280	Mouth of Wilson, VA/Oak Hill Academy
F    27/*****	Christian Brown	     6-6/200	Columbia, SC/Lower Richland
PG!  30/****	Tre Mann	     6-4/170	The Villages, FL/The Villages HS	
G!   33/*****	Cassius Stanley	     6-5/170	North Hollywood, CA/Sierra Canyon	
F    34/****	Zeke Nnaji	     6-10/215	Lakeville, MN/ Hopkins
F!   35/****	Samuell Williamson   6-6/170	Rockwall, TX/Rockwall	
F    41/****	Christian Brown	     6-6/200	Columbia, SC/Lower Richland
C    45/****	Oscar Tshiebwe	     6-9/230	Hermitage, PA/Kennedy Catholic
F    46/****	D.J. Jeffries	     6-7/200	Olive Branch, MS/Olive Branch	
G!   48/****	Zach Harvey	     6-4/170	Topeka, KS/Hayden HS 	
F!   50/****	Malik Hall	     6-7/210	Wichita, KS/Sunrise Christian Academy	
C    59/*****	Balsa Koprivica	     7-0/240	Orlando, FL/Montverde Academy	
F!   87/****	Chandler Lawson	     6-8/200	Memphis, TN/Memphis East	
C   150/***	Orlando Robinson     6-9/210	Los Angeles, CA/Middlebrooks Academy
				

TRANSFERS BEING RECRUITED
P   Rnk/Rating	NAME		     HT/WT	Hometown & HS/College			
None known

Transfer Notes
*  Graduate transfer, 1 year of eligibility left
^  Will have 3 years to play 2 after sitting out a year
+ will have 2 years to play 2 after sitting out a year
FORMER RECRUITS (Rankings not updated once they are off KU's radar)
HIGH SCHOOL
P   Rnk/Rating	NAME		     HT/WT	Hometown & HS/College			Decision
C    03/*****	Charles Bassey	     6-10/225	Louisville, KY/Aspire Academy		WKU (reclass 2018)
G    07/*****	Ashton Hagans	     6-4/190	Covington, GA/Newton HS			Kentucky
F    20/*****	Onyeka Okongwu	     6-8/215	Chino Hills, CA/Chion Hills		USC
F    21/*****	Alonzo Gaffney	     6-8/185	Cleveland, OH/Garfield Heights 		Ohio State
F    23/****	Kahlil Whitney	     6-5/170	Roselle, NJ/Roselle Catholic 		Kentucky
CG   29/****	Kira Lewis	     6-3/160	Hazel Green, AL/Hazel Green		Alabama
F    32/****	Joey Baker	     6-7/205	Fayetteville, NC/Trinity Christian	Duke
F    35/****	Jalen Wilson	     6-8/210	Denton, TX/Guyer			Michigan
C    46/****	Francis Okoro	     6-9/225	Normal, IL/Normal Community West 	Oregon
G    65/****	Grant Sherfield	     6-2/185	Bel Aire, KS/Sunrise Christian Academy 	UCLA
G     -/***     Marcedus Leech	     6-5/170	Poplar Bluff, MO/Poplar Bluff 		Iowa State

COLLEGE TRANSFERS
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2 months 3 weeks ago - 1 month 1 week ago #18723 by bklynhawk
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1 month 2 weeks ago #18919 by HawkErrant
Rivals’ Bossi: New 150, 5 programs that should feel good re: their standing with the recruits

Looks like this article is public access.
Let me know if you can’t read it and I’ll recap for you.

And here’s the new AY2018-19 Top 150.

Good stuff!

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1 month 1 week ago #18945 by HawkErrant
The Origin Post for this iteration of KUMBB Recruiting has been updated for the latest 2019 Rivals 150 rankings.

Of note in recent days, KU made the cut as one of the top 9 options for 5* PG Josiah James.

Also, Shay Wildeboor recently opined this as what he thinks KU's 2019 recruiting class might look like.
In addition to already committed 4* PG Markese Jacobs, he specifically mentioned:

#5 Matthew Hurt (PF) as reportedly KU is the team to beat. Doesn't hurt that Hurt recently spent an extended period of time with Bill Self at USA basketball.

#9 Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (PF), son of former KU star Lester Earl. Originally from Bishop Miege (Roeland Park, KS), he will attend the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL for his senior year. Family is very pro-KU and would love to have him close to home for college. While dad's old coach must still be considered a factor, Shay (and most of the basketball gurus I've read on various sites) feels very good about JRE to KU.

#34 Samuell Williamson (SG). The 6-foot-6, 170-pound guard from Rockwall (TX) High School really likes Self and KU, and both his mother and brother are Jayhawks. Shay believes SW could be the next player to commit to KU.

With Jacobs that adds up to a class of 4.

If you have been reading the updates to the OP, you know I think there will be 5 available scholarships for the AY2019-20 team, so if Shay is right about the above 3, who else might be joining them, hm?

This November's early signing period could be another exciting one!

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1 month 4 days ago #18977 by porthawk
A quick look at some top KU basketball recruiting targets as July continues to heat up
www2.kusports.com/weblogs/tale-tait/2018...top-ku-basketball-r/
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1 month 2 days ago #18982 by porthawk
Star-studded Hardwood Classic AAU tourney in Lawrence tips off today, runs through Sunday
www2.kusports.com/weblogs/tale-tait/2018...-classic-aau-tourne/

Jayhawks offer scholarship to rising 4-star forward
www2.kusports.com/weblogs/tale-tait/2018...rship-to-rising-4-s/

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3 weeks 3 days ago #19019 by porthawk
4-star Class of 2019 forward Chandler Lawson keeping a close eye on Kansas
www2.kusports.com/weblogs/tale-tait/2018...forward-chandler-la/

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl talks recruiting as another big weekend arrives
www2.kusports.com/weblogs/ku-recruiting-...l-talks-recruiting-/
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2 weeks 5 days ago #19043 by HawkErrant
The following changes have been made to the Origin Post to reflect new information.

First, of course, is taking Sam Cunliffe out of the Returning Players list, opening up another scholarship for next year. I think KU could face losing up to 4 to NBA draft early entry (Grimes, Dok, D. Lawson and DeSousa), and with Vick's graduating that leaves 6 openings to fill for AY2019-20, with just one commitment so far, **** PG Markese Jacobs.

The "OFFERED" list has been edited for the following changes:

1. PG Nico Mannion, who just reassigned from the 2020 class to 2019. He comes into the Rivals 150 for 2019 at #24, and the adjustments you may notice in the rankings of the 2019 class starting with #25 Kofi Cockburn are due to Mannion deciding to graduate early.

According to Rivals' Corey Evans "What makes Mannion special is his ability to score but also create for others in an efficient manner. He has already earned his stripes suiting up for Italy at various FIBA events thanks to his Italian descent and has won seemingly each step of the way with the West Coast Elite travel unit and with his Pinnacle High program.

Arizona and Villanova appear to be the most talked about programs involved with Mannion but a clearer picture will become known in the coming days whenever he does decide to cut his list to a final five or six where he has the chance to immediately stabilize a contending team’s backcourt from day one."


2. Earlier this week Lawson cousin D.J. Jeffries (**** PF Rivals #46) decommitted from Kentucky (porthawk posted a link related to this) . Here is KUSport.com's Matt Tait's article on his change of heart.

3. Rivals' #45 Oscar Tshiebwe (**** 6-9, 230 C) recently trimmed his list of schools to 8, with KU and WVU leading the way, although kensucky is starting to show interest and could end up being a player. His full list also includes Baylor, Ole Miss, Georgetown, Illinois and Virginia.

Per Corey Evans: "Oscar Tshiebwe was a man among boys in California, looking to tear the rim down at any chance, providing stout defense as a rim protector and remaining a vacuum on the glass. His offensive skill set is coming along nicely as Tshiebwe has begun to implement a face-up jumper into his arsenal, but his best will always remain in the paint. He sports a well-chiseled physique and an angry playing style that is reflected by his consistent double-double production. No one was more dominant than the big man from Congo. West Virginia and Kansas sit as the two programs to beat, though Kentucky has begun to express interest." (Members only link to JayhawkSlant post )

4. The sole deletion from the list was unranked guard Marcedus Leech, who chas committed to ISU.

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2 weeks 4 hours ago - 1 week 4 days ago #19076 by HawkErrant
Tait: KU Recruiting Update 2018-08-07

As noted, top tenners Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (Lester’s boy) and Matthew Hurt are KU’s top targets, and most analysts have them as Jayhawks.

Texas native Samuell Williamson is also considered a very good KU lean as his mom and his brother are KU grads.

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1 week 4 days ago - 1 week 3 days ago #19097 by HawkErrant
The Origin (Summary) Post has been updated to reflect additions and deletions to the OFFERED list as of this writing (12:15 PM Friday August 10, 2018).

6 Projected available scholarships for AY2018-19
-1 commitment to date
=5 openings to fill

As of this writing, KU has 34 offers to uncommitted recruits.
IAW SOP, the rankings used below are from Rivals.

DELETIONS
F 23/**** Kahlil Whitney 6-5/170 Roselle, NJ/Roselle Catholic chose Kentucky


ADDITIONS
F 16/**** Trayce Jackson-Davis 6-9/210 Greenwood, IN/Center Grove

CG 29/**** Kira Lewis 6-3/160 Hazel Green, AL/Hazel Green

F! 34/**** Zeke Nnaji 6-10/215 Lakeville, MN/ Hopkins

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1 week 3 days ago - 1 week 3 days ago #19102 by HawkErrant
No sooner did I add him to the list than I find myself updating the OP for Kira Lewis reclassifying and choosing HC Avery Johnson and Alabama . He'll be playing this fall, and his decision impelled CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein to tweet that for the upcoming season the "sleeper team in the SEC resides in Tuscaloosa."

What Lewis commitment means to Bama

A good get for Avery Johnson. I've always liked him since his days as the Spurs PG, and wish him well unless/until playing KU.

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1 week 1 day ago #19103 by bklynhawk
HawkErrant, I haven't been able to find any details about the new NCAA rules will affect (if at all) the dates have changed for players who declare for the NBA draft? Have you seen anything?

I feel like with the number of players KU will possibly have declare there will be a lot happening.

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1 week 1 day ago #19104 by HawkErrant
Here’s the text of the NCAA changes:
www.ncaa.org/about/flexibility-going-pro-and-getting-degree

There are links to more change topics at the bottom of the linked page, but this page contains the text directly addressing the NBA draft, agents, etc.

The only dates specifically mentioned as far as returning from the draft is for those who stay in but are not drafted (like Malik this last draft). That implies to me that the current rules will remain the same as far as the timeline for opting to return to school before the draft, i.e., 10 days after the combine to return.

Also note the extra requirements put in place in order to declare early and still be assured of being able to return —

1. Student-athlete must request an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee, AND
2. Attend the NBA Combine
in order to be eligible to return if not drafted.

In fact, as I read that text I understand it to mean the S-A cannot declare and maintain eligibility without requesting the NBA UAC evaluation. It says NOTHING about what the S-A can do if he does not request an evaluation, or is not given one by the NBA UAC after requesting, or is not invited to the Combine.

I think things will be a little sticky at first, getting the kinks worked out.

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4 days 9 hours ago #19122 by HawkErrant
tarred heels, Arizona, Notre Dame, Villanova and Kansas.

www2.kusports.com/weblogs/ku-recruiting-...-trims-list-to-five/

Got a bad feeling about the ol' Roy <-> Papa L connection costing KU the laddie.

Plus Roy's 3 rings shine real purty compared to Bill's 1.
Jay's 2 (out of the last 3 tournaments) are pretty darn attractive as well.

Hope I am wrong and Jeremiah comes to KU and helps Bill get on the list below (if Bill isn't already on it after next season)...

COACHES WITH MULTIPLE NCAA TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIPS
COACH		  WINS	YEARS WON
John Wooden	  10	1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975
Mike Krzyzewski*   5	1991, 1992, 2001, 2010, 2015
Adolph Rupp	   4	1948, 1949, 1951, 1958
Jim Calhoun	   3	1999, 2004, 2011
Bob Knight	   3	1976, 1981, 1987
Roy Williams*	   3	2005, 2009, 2017
Denny Crum	   2	1980, 1986
Billy Donovan	   2	2006, 2007
Henry Iba	   2	1945, 1946
Ed Jucker	   2	1961, 1962
Branch McCracken   2	1940, 1953
Dean Smith	   2	1982, 1993
Phil Woolpert	   2	1955, 1956
Jay Wright*	   2	2016, 2018
*Active college coach as of 2018-08-01

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4 days 8 hours ago #19123 by HawkErrant
Further historical note: note the absence of Rick Pitino (UK 1996, UL 2013) on the above list as a result of Louisville having to vacate the 2013 title.

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