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2 months 2 weeks ago #19207 by HawkErrant

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2 months 1 week ago #19234 by HawkErrant
Excerpt from paid site story link

3. Which program do you get the feeling is about to go on a recruiting run between now and the November signing period?

(Eric) Bossi: Kansas doesn’t have any commitments, but it is starting to fire up on the recruiting trail and is anybody really going to bet against it making a run? Top 35 Samuell Williamson was on campus last weekend (he sees Texas A&M this weekend) and while he didn’t commit, the Jayhawks are still in a good spot.

Soon to be four-stars Isaac McBride and Christian Braun both look to be pretty high on the Jayhawks and the big fish like Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Matthew Hurt, James Wiseman, Josh Green, Zeke Nnaji and others are getting ready to roll through Lawrence. Maybe it won’t be today, maybe it won’t be tomorrow but it would be surprising if the Jayhawks don’t hit Signing Day with a top 10 or top five class.

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2 months 1 week ago - 2 months 1 week ago #19238 by HawkErrant
The origin post has, of course, been updated for the new ranks.

What I did not include in the OP is how much each KU offeree changed from the last published rankings. Messes up the tables for future use.

So here I have added the ^ v - info for this newest version.

I will note that on the whole the guys that appear to be KU's top targets did very well in either holding their ground or making big leaps in the rankings. From what I'm reading the guys that most folks are saying will most likely be Jayhawks are:

v1 to #6 F Matthew Hurt *****
v1 to #10 F Jeremiah Robinson-Earl *****
^1 to #34 SF Samuell Williamson ****
and NEW TO THE 2019 TOP 150
@ #110 PG Isaac McBride ****
@ #113 SF Christian Braun ****

That would be an excellent class if KU landed those 5, and would leave at least one (1) scholarship still available for the 2019 class for Self & Co to make it even better. Unless they come up with a transfer for scholly 6, of course, which will not affect the class rating at all..

Here are the changes for all currently uncommitted KU offerees that I am aware of today.
RIVALS 2019 TOP 150 RANK CHANGES FOR KU OFFEREES
LEGEND 
Rnk/Rating/D: Rank/Rating/Change
^ = up; v = down; - = no change from last ranking; N = New to T150; V = out of the T150 

Pos Rnk/Rating/D  NAME		     HT/WT	Hometown & HS/College			
F    01/***** -	  Vernon Carey, Jr   6-10/245	Fort Lauderdale, FL/University HS	
C!   02/***** ^1  James Wiseman	     7-0/210	Memphis, TN/Memphis East	
PG!  03/***** v1  Cole Anthony	     6-2/175	Jamaica, NY/Archbishop Molloy	
F!   04/***** -	  Jaden McDaniels    6'8/210	Federal Way, WA/Federal Way	
F    05/***** -	  Isaiah Stewart     6-8/230	La Porte, IN/La Lumiere School	
F!   06/***** v1  Matthew Hurt	     6-9/200	Rochester, MN/John Marshall HS	
F!   08/***** -	  Precious Achiuwa   6-9/200	Newark, NJ/St. Benedict's HS	
F!   10/***** v1  J. Robinson-Earl   6-9/235	Roeland Park, KS/Bishop Miege	
G!   11/***** v1  Josh Green	     6-5/185	Bradenton, FL/IMG Academy	
G    13/***** -	  Scottie Lewis	     6-4/170	Tinton Falls, NJ/Ranney Prep	
PG!  14/***** v3  Josiah James	     6-6/190	Charleston, SC/Porter Gaud	
C!   15/***** ^4  Will Baker	     6-11/235	Austin, TX/Westlake	
F!   16/***** v2  Trendon Watford    6-8/224	Birmingham, AL/Mountain Brook	
F    18/***** v2  T. Jackson-Davis   6-9/210	Greenwood, IN/Center Grove
PG   20/***** ^4  Nico Mannion	     6-3/175	Phoenix, AZ/Pinnacle
C    21/***** ^24 Oscar Tshiebwe     6-9/230	Hermitage, PA/Kennedy Catholic
F!   26/***** v11 Keion Brooks       6-7/180	Fort Wayne, IN/North Side	
PG!  28/***** v10 Jalen Lecque	     6-2/170	Arden, NC/Christ School	
C!   30/***** v5  Kofi Cockburn	     6-10/280	Mouth of Wilson, VA/Oak Hill Academy
G!   31/****  ^2  Cassius Stanley    6-5/170	North Hollywood, CA/Sierra Canyon	
F!   34/****  ^1  Samuell Williamson 6-6/170	Rockwall, TX/Rockwall	
F    37/****  v3  Zeke Nnaji	     6-10/215	Lakeville, MN/ Hopkins
G!   43/****  ^5  Zach Harvey	     6-4/170	Topeka, KS/Hayden HS
F    49/****  v3  D.J. Jeffries	     6-7/200	Olive Branch, MS/Olive Branch	
F    66/****  v25 Christian Brown    6-6/200	Columbia, SC/Lower Richland
C    68/***** v9  Balsa Koprivica    7-0/240	Orlando, FL/Montverde Academy	
F    79/****  ^44 Kai Jones	     6-9/200	Wolfeboro, NH/Brewster Academy		
F!   88/****  v1  Chandler Lawson    6-8/200	Memphis, TN/Memphis East	
PG  110/****  N   Isaac McBride      6-0/160	Little Rock, AR/Arkansas Baptist
SF  113/****  N   Christian Braun    6-6/180    Overland Park, KS/Blue Valley NW
PG  125/****  v33 Markese Jacobs     5-11/170	Chicago, IL/Uplift Community HS
C     -/***   V   Orlando Robinson   6-9/210	Los Angeles, CA/Middlebrooks Academy

There were some big ups and downs this time around.
Here is a look at who made double digit leaps forward in this rendition of the Top 150.

* indicates a KU offeree.
>=^nn indicates a new name in the Top 150, so his leap is at LEAST (151 - New Ranking).

In the Top 25 (all the new faces in the Top 25, even if not quite a double digit jumper)
#7 Khalil Whitney ^16
#19 Isaiah Mobley ^9
#21 Oscar Tshiebwe* ^24
#23 Tre Mann ^7
#24 C.J. Walker ^20.
#25 Wendell Moore ^1

From 26-50
#29 Drew Timme ^11
#38 Patrick Williams ^24
#40 Mark "Rocket" Watts ^11
#41 Boogie Ellis ^67
#46 Terrence Shannon Jr ^26
#47 Lester Quinones ^16
NB: #50 Malik Hall was not previously ranked in 2019 because he reclassified from 2020 to 2019 since the previous rankings. I do not know what his 2020 ranking was, but (a) I do know it was good and (b) it wouldn't be appropriate to compare them for this purpose.

From 51-150
#52 Donovan Williams ^46
#77 Anthony Walker ^18
#78 Kadin Shedrick >=^73 biggest discernible leap in the new rankings link (1)
#79 Kai Jones* ^44
#82 Tyrell Terry ^14
#83 Damion Baugh >=^58
#86 James Bouknight ^29
#91 Chris Ledlum ^41
#93 Chase Hunter >=^48
#98 Robbie Beran >=^43
#100 Cole Bajema ^47
#101 Raequan Battle ^48
#110 Isaac McBride* >=^41
#111 Jaylen Forbes >=^40
#112 Austin Crowley >=^39
#113 Christian Braun* >=^38
#117 Victor Iwuakor >=^34
#123 Toumani Camara >=^28
#136 Jaden Shackelford >=^15
#140 Gerald Drumgoole >=^11
#141 Kenyon Martin Jr >=^10

NOTES
1. (Reporter):
Once again, your action news reporter in the booth at the gym, covering
the disturbance at the basketball playoff. Pardon me, sir, did you see
what happened with Kadin Shedrick?


(Witness):
Yeah, I did. I's just goin' down thar to get Ethel a snow
cone, and here he come from nowhere, right out of the cheap seats... dribbling.
Made quite the impression on Ethel and everyone else at the games, I tell ya!


- with absolutely no apologies whatsoever for ripping off Ray Stevens (from "The Streak")

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2 months 1 week ago #19239 by HawkErrant

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2 months 6 days ago #19246 by HawkErrant
Just goes to show how HS recruiting rankings can totally miss some players.
CBS Sports.com: NBA Draft 2018: How 7 unheralded high school recruits became first-round NBA prospects

Final Rivals rankings pages of a handful of players you should recognize that were named in the article:

Stephen Curry not in the Top 150
Russell Westbrook not in the Top 150
Jevon Carter not in the Top 150
Zhaire Smith not in the Top 150
Donte DiVicenzo ranked 120

247Sports and ESPN pages (when you can find them, ESPN only goes back to 2007) shows similar results.

Of course, this is only looking at the positive misses, if you will -- the players who were great who were missed. The negative misses are there as well (e.g., Rivals 2015 #21 Carlton Bragg), but I'm not going to dwell on them.

Because my point is that just because someone is not ranked in the Top 100 does not mean that they won't turn out to be a real gem of a college hoops player. Self & Co have shown time and again that they have an eye for talent. Here's to their continued success in getting that talent to come to Lawrence!

¡Salud!

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2 months 4 days ago #19253 by HawkErrant
OP updated to reflect Rivals reporting —

1. Former KU prospect Zach Harvey has transferred from Topeka’s Hayden High to Prolific Prep in Napa, CA, and is reclassifing to 2020.

2. 5* PG Nico Mannion of Phoenix committing to Arizona.

Both moved to the Former Recruits section.

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2 months 2 days ago #19278 by HawkErrant
Rivals national analyst Eric Bossi: “...not really sure of what all went down, but is my understanding that Kansas is no longer recruiting Samuell Williamson. Barring a big change, he won't be an option.”

Quite the surprise for many, especially as reports were that KU is (was?) supposedly his “dream school”.

The OP has been adjusted accordingly.

In other news, KU had an in-home visit Sunday with Overland Park, KS 4* SF Chris Braun (6-6/180). Bossi on Braun — it’s his feeling that KU is going after him very strongly.

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2 months 1 day ago #19282 by HawkErrant
KUSports.com (Scott) - Braun Commits

KUSports.com (Tait) - Braun Commits

Two things --

1. Rivals and 247Sports have Braun as a SF.
KUSports and Verbal Commits have him as a SG, and ESPN has nada on him.

I've read little about him specifically being a 2, it's always been him as a 3 until now. Granted going small and using an SG at the 3 is not unheard of in recent years at KU, but I'm more inclined to go with what Rivals and 247Sports apparently believe is the better descriptor.

2. Tait believes this year's recruiting class will be from 3-5 strong. I disagree. I believe it will be AT LEAST 5, more likely 6 (see the OP), and possibly more depending on how the season plays out.

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2 months 1 day ago #19283 by HawkErrant
Rivals analyst Eric Bossi states there are no off-court issues with SW - "There are no off the court issues with Sam Williamson, known to be a very high character kid."

He also writes that he would "leave it as Kansas made their case to him, gave him time to ponder and decided they weren't going to wait any longer."

Twitter buzz is he is committing tonight, popular opinion is it's Louisville.

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2 months 1 day ago #19284 by HawkErrant
Louisville it is. Best of luck to the kid.

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1 month 4 weeks ago #19293 by HawkErrant
Rick Barnes' big recruiting win

PG 14/***** Josiah James 6-6/190 Charleston, SC/Porter Gaud Tennessee

Barnes the Magician strikes again!

(How did he get Kevin Durant from DC to Austin?)

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1 month 2 weeks ago #19358 by HawkErrant
Per Shay Wildeboor at Rivals JayhawkSlant --

Spoke with 4* G Isaac McBride after Late Night before his flight took off, and reports Isaac loved everything about his visit and KU. Shay cannot definitely say that McBride will choose KU, but he expects McBride to be a Jayhawk. Young man was heading home to talk with his family, then see how he feels. Again, Shay feels very good about McBride.

Re: 4* SG Cassius Stanley, Shay spoke with his father who reports "Visit was outstanding. Great school, great staff, great fans."
Shay also reports someone he trusts thinks Cassius will be deciding between KU and Oregon. Nothing else to add at present.

Fingers crossed!

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1 month 2 weeks ago #19363 by HawkErrant
Zeke Nnjai cuts his list.

Must confess to liking his idea.

Also thinking I will be surprised if we get him, especially if we also get Matthew Hurt and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, both of whom KU has been courting forEVer.

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1 month 2 weeks ago #19365 by HawkErrant
KUSports.com story

Baptist Prep coach Steve Miller say "Issac is just a coach’s dream. This is the kind of young man you get to coach maybe once or twice in your career. On the basketball floor, he can do it all. We want the ball in his hands, but he’s very unselfish and likes to get his teammates involved.”

Welcome to The Hill, Mackey!

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1 month 1 week ago #19398 by HawkErrant
OP updated for KU recruits choosing someplace else (moved from OFFERED to FORMER RECRUIT table).

Rivals #11 5* SG Josh Green chose Arizona (AZ doing ok despite their FBI probe involvement... hmm...)

#13 5* SG Scottie Lewis chose Florida

#28 5* PG Jalen Lecque chose NC State

#124 4* PG Markese Jacobs had committed to KU several years ago, but in August chose to reopen his recruitment. At the time I moved him to the OFFERED table, but recent chatter is that he and KU are going separate ways, so I moved him to the FORMER table.

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1 month 1 week ago #19401 by HawkErrant

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3 weeks 4 days ago #19493 by HawkErrant
Rivals National Analyst Eric Bossi reports that Lester Earl’s son has cut his list to KU and Nova. Arizona, tarred ones and golden domers all on the cutting room floor. Though JRE gave no indication of a decision date having been set, Bossi expects a decision soon. Remember the early signing period runs Nov 14-21.

Jay Wright and Nova are relative newcomers to the JRE sweepstakes, but it easy to see the appeal.

Hopefully JRE’s senior year at IMG has helped reinforce how nice it would be to play for the hometown and long term favorite KU.

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2 weeks 5 days ago #19539 by HawkErrant
Definitely trick, with Lester Ear's son Jeremiah Robinson-Earl commiting to Villanova today.

I was afraid of this when Jay Wright got involved. For all Self's star power, and all the long term time and effort spent recruiting probably the top player from the are in years, access to playing time and two NCs in the last 3 years turned the tables in Nova's favor. >sigh<

And JRE has said it was not the investigations. According to him if they had been a factor KU would not have been in his last two.

Here's hoping Self & Co can land his other top 10 recruit Matthew Hurt, then close out the rest of the 2019 openings with some excellent basketball players.

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2 weeks 5 days ago #19540 by HawkErrant
Stanley is down to KU, UCLA and Oregon.

Here is a Zagsblog article from yesterday talking about both his UCLA and KU visits. Oregon visit will be this weekend.

Keeping my fingers crossed, would love to see this kid as a Jayhawk.

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5 days 9 hours ago #19662 by HawkErrant
McBride and Braun to sign on Wednesday Nov 14.
No other names as yet.
Stay tuned.

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