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AY2022-23 MBB Recruiting DRAFT @2022-08-06

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2 months 4 weeks ago - 3 days 9 hours ago #29278 by HawkErrant
Updated for Chris Johnson commitment 2022-08-02 and latest Rivals rankings of KU Offerees 2022-08-04
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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 known and rumored status of KUMBB recruiting as of that date. Subsequent posts in this thread will contain later information or comments as events unfold, but the data those posts contain will be summarized in this origin post as appropriate.

For your easy reference, you can click here to see last season's recruiting thread.
Enjoy!


REQUEST TO RCBers
In an effort to keep recruiting information and Q&As easily accessible in one thread, please consider posting your recruiting comments and questions for this recruiting season in this pinned thread.

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

Thank you and ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK KU!
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ACADEMIC YEAR 2022-23 SIGNING PERIODS FOR D1 MEN'S BASKETBALL
Early Signing Period window: .... 2022-11-09 thru 11-16
Regular Signing Period window: 2023-04-12 thru 05-17
Source: NLI Future Signing Dates Prospective Student-Athletes Signing AY2022-23 and Enrolling AY2023-24

OTHER IMPORTANT DATES
SUNDAY 2023-04-??, 11:59 PM ET: NBA deadline to declare for 2023-06-?? draft (60 days out)
SUNDAY 2023-05-??, 11:59 PM ET: NCAA deadline for Fall and Winter sport athletes to enter the Transfer Portal and be eligible to play immediately next season.
SATURDAY 2023-06-??, 11:59 PM ET: 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 ??-??, 2023. This date is NOT the same as the NBA's deadline to withdraw from the draft (5:00 PM ET 2023-0?-??, 10 days before the NBA draft is held).

With the new NCAA rules approved in August 2018, effective with the 2019 NBA Draft players can hire an NCAA certified agent and still return to school.

Note that the other NCAA rule approved in that session would allow an “elite” player (i.e., invited to the NBA combine) who stayed in the draft but went undrafted to return to school, but it does not go into effect until the NBA and the NBPA make their final decision on such players not being NBA eligible again until the next school year is over. The NCAA anticipated this would be approved within a few years, but it's 4 years later and to the best of my knowledge the owners and players union have yet to come to terms with the idea of this posting. The 2022 NCAA NBA Draft, Combine, Agents and Workouts Guidance Memo does not address the situation at all, so I'm thinking not. IF ANYONE knows differently, please LET ME KNOW so I can update this section accordingly. Thanks in advance!
*Sources:
NBA.com: Key Dates
InsideHigherEd.com: 'Committed Change' for Men's Basketball.



DEPARTING & RETURNING AY2022-23 PLAYERS and
RECRUITS for AY2023-24: Committed/Signed, Offered & Former

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DEPARTING PLAYERS AFTER AY2022-23 ((S)cholarship, (W)alk-on, *red shirt)
NB: Due to COVID19, the NCAA has approved an additional year of eligibility and another year to use it if for all AY2020-21 players. These “Super Seniors” did not count against original team scholarship limits for AY2021-22 to give programs some flexibility in transitioning to the new rule. All subsequent year Super Seniors will count against roster and scholarship totals.

GRADUATING “SUPER SENIORS” and SENIORS
SUPER SENIORS
F/C Cam Martin* (S)
SENIORS
G Kevin McCullar* (S) (SSR eligible if he wants to play 2, but I'm projecting OAD at KU)
G Michael Jankovich (W) (SSR eligible)

PROJECTED EARLY ENTRANTS (EEs)
JR F Jalen Wilson* (S)
SO F MJ Rice (S)
SO G Gradey Dick (S)

TRANSFERRING OUT
-
OTHER LOSSES
-
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RETURNING PLAYERS and AY2023-24 STATUS (by Class; (S)cholarship or (W)alk-on)
"SUPER" SENIORS (will count against program scholarship and roster limits)
?

SENIORS
G Dajuan Harris* (S)+
F Jalen Wilson* (S)+ (If he does not go EE after AY2022-23)
G Joseph Yesufu (S)++

JUNIORS
F KJ Adams (S)
F Zach Clemence (S)
G Bobby Pettiford, Jr (S)
G Charlie McCarthy (W)

SOPHOMORES
G Kyle Cuffe Jr* (S)
G Gradey Dick (S) (Assuming he does not go OAD)
F MJ Rice (S) (EE? He considers himself OAD)
C Ernest Udeh Jr (S)
C Zuby Ejiofor (S)
G Wilder Evans (W)
F Dillon Wilhite* (W)

RED SHIRT FRESHMEN
?

* Past red-shirt
+Super Senior eligible in the future, played at KU in AY2020-21, but will still count against the annual limits.
++Super Senior eligible in the future, played elsewhere AY2020-21, will count against the annual limit.


SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE
13 total scholarships allowed each AY
-11 returning scholarship players (assumes no EEs or Transfers out)
= 2 openings (before EEs or Transfers Out)
∴ 1 scholarships available as of update date (could be more depending on transfer out and/or EE decisions)
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ACADEMIC YEAR 2022-23 KANSAS JAYHAWKS RECRUITING SYNOPSIS
Sources: Rivals, 247Sports, ESPN and others; National Rank & Ratings used are Rivals.
247Sports.com Top 2023 Recruits (lists 247 HS players)
ESPN Top 100 2023 Recruits
Rivals Top 150 2023 Recruits
To look up any of the players listed below, copy the players name, go to any of the three above sites and paste the players name into that site's search window.

COMMITTED/SIGNED
(Date format is YYYYMMDD)
Pos Rnk/Rating  NAME			HT/WT	 Hometown	   Committed/Signed
G    55/****(1)	Chris Johnson		6-6/192	 Missouri City TX  20220802/

WALK-ONS
-

CLASS RANKING as of 2023-01-??
? - Rivals 
? - 247Sports.com
? - ESPN.com

NOTES and LEGEND for COMMITTED/SIGNED 
(1) 247sports.com: 33/****; ESPN100: 24/****
(2) Recruit 2 -- 247sports.com: nn/?????; ESPN100: nn/?????

# Graduate transfer, 1 year of eligibility left
^ Transfer with 3 years left to play.
+ Transfer with 2 years to play
& JUCO recruit with 3 years eligibility left
% JUCO recruit with 2 years eligibility left 

OFFERED (Multiple sources; where available, National Rank & Ratings are Rivals.)
The following list contains only recruits with a reported KANSAS offer (per Rivals, 247Sports, ESPN)
or a listing on JayhawkSlant's "Hoops Hot Board".
(NB: ! after Position indicates recruit is listed on JayhawkSlant's “Hoops Hot Board”; !! means despite no reported offer.)
"Interest" is Rivals reporting of Prospect's Interest in KU: High, Medium or Low.
Pos Rnk/Rating	NAME		     HT/WT	Hometown		  Interest
F!    6/*****	Matas Buzelis	     6-8/170	Wolfeboro NH	
F     8/*****	Marquis Cook	     6-7/200	Chandler, AZ
C!   10/*****	Aaron Bradshaw	     7-0/207	Camden NJ	
C!   11/*****	Dennis Evans III     7-1/210	Riverside, CA
C!   12/*****	Baye Fall	     6-10/200	Denver CO	
F    14/*****	Ronald Holland	     6-6/185	Duncanville TX	
G!   19/*****	Mikey Williams	     6-1/175	Charlotte NC	
G!   25/****	AJ Johnson	     6-5/160	Woodland Hills CA
F!   29/****	Andrej Stojakovic    6-7/188	Carmichael CA	
F    36/****	Kaden Cooper	     6-6/180	Atlanta GA
F    37/****	JJ Taylor	     6-7/195	Simi Valley CA	
F!   38/****	Xavier Booker	     6-11/215	Indianapolis IN	
F    53/****	JP Estrella	     6-11/210	South Portland ME
G!!  54/****	Braelon Green	     6-3/175	Glendale AZ
F!   59/****	Scotty Middleton     6-6/180	Bel Aire KS	
F    60/****	TJ Power	     6-10/210	Worcester MA
G!!  66/****	Taison Chatman	     6-3/175	Fridley MN
F!   72/****	Dennis Parker	     6-6/180	Richmond VA	
F!   96/****	Assane Diop	     6-10/215	Westminster CO	
C!  105/****	Jazz Gardner	     7-0/225	Hacienda Heights CA
G   107/****	Corey Chest Jr	     6-8/180	New Orleans LA
C!  108/****	Papa Kante	     6-10/???	South Kent CT	
F!  122/***	Justin McBride	     6-8/200	Plano TX
F   134/***	Amani Hansberry	     6-7/245	Baltimore MD
F!  138/***	Chris Lockett Jr     6-5/189	New Orleans LA	
G   141/***	Elmarko Jackson	     6-3/180	South Kent CT
G   143/***	Jamari McDowell	     6-5/180	Marvel TX
F!    -/***	Brady Dunlap	     6-7/205	Los Angeles CA	
F     -/***	David Tubek	     6-8/210	Glendale AZ	
C!    -/***	Tichyque Musaka	     6-10/195	Durham NC
G     -/-	Dalen Davis	     5-11/165	Chicago IL

	
NOTES HS & JUCO Recruits
& JUCO recruit with 3 years eligibility left
% JUCO recruit with 2 years eligibility left


GRADUATE & 4 YEAR SCHOOL TRANSFERS BEING RECRUITED 
(NB: JUCO Recruits are included in the main OFFERED listing above; 
RE = Remaining Eligibility including C-19)
P    NAME	        HT/WT	 Hometown/College	RE		KU Visit			


NOTES Graduate & 4 year school transfers
# Graduate transfer, 1 year of eligibility left
^ Transfer with 3 years to play 3 (no COVID-19 year)
+ Transfer with 2 years to play 2 (with COVID-19 year)

FORMER RECRUITS (Rankings not updated once they are off KU's radar)
HIGH SCHOOL
P   Rnk/Rating	NAME		     HT/WT	Hometown/HS          	Decision
F!    3/*****	Justin Edwards	     6-6/165	Philadelphia PA		UK	
G!    5/*****	Robert Dillingham    6-1/160	Simi Valley CA		UK
F     6/*****	Jalen Lewis	     6-9/210	Oakland, CA		Overtime Elite
F    13/*****	KJ Evans	     6-9/190	Monteverde FL		Oregon
G    15/*****	Elijah Fisher	     6-7/210	North York ON		Texas Tech
G!   16/****	Ja'Kobe Walker	     6-5/178	McKinney TX		Baylor	
F!   18/*****	Omaha Biliew	     6-8/205	Branson MO		Iowa St	
G!   20/*****	Marvel Allen	     6-4/190	Ft Lauderdale FL	Georgetown	
F!   23/****	Taylor Bowen	     6-7/180	Jericho VT		Florida St
G!!  30/****	LeBron James Jr	     6-2/170	Chatsworth CA		Not KU
G!   35/****	Layden Blocker	     6-2/168	Wichita KS		Arkansas	
F    44/****	KJ Lewis	     6-4/195	Duncanville TX		Arizona
F!   58/****	Brandon Garrison     6-8/200	Del City OK		OK St	
F!   63/****	Brandon Gardner	     6-7/195	Raleigh NC		St Johns	
C!   87/****	Ugonna K Onyenso     7-0/???	Putnam CT		UK	
F    95/****	Rashaud Marshall     6-8/215	Blytheville AR		Mississippi
G!! 110/****	Trey Green	     5-11/170	Branson MO		Not KU
G     -/*****	Bryson Warren	     6-2/160	Branson MO		Overtime Elite	
G     -/****	Maki Johnson	     6-6/192	Huntington WV		Not KU
F     -/****	Tyler Smith	     6-9/205	Richmond TX		Overtime Elite	
G    -/-	Jackson Shelstad     6-0/170	West Linn OR		Oregon




OTHER NOTES (Reclassified, etc.)

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Last Edit: 3 days 9 hours ago by HawkErrant. Reason: updated for Chris Johnson commitment, latest Rivals rankings, Offers; dates fixed

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6 days 6 hours ago #29505 by HawkErrant
DocBlues with the news!

Rivals #55/****; 247sports.com: #33/****; ESPN100: #24/****

247Sports Evaluation 07/09/2022
by Adam Finkelstein, Director of Scouting

Johnson is a big guard with size and strength alike. He changes speeds, protects the ball at a high level going through the lane, and can score the ball in numerous ways inside the arc. He needs to keep progressing as a three-point threat with both inconsistent mechanics and a bit of a hard ball. Defensively, he has tools that should eventually be able to translate at a high level, although he has yet to make that end of the floor a consistent priority. Overall, he is confident, physical, and plays with an edge, that can be either a competitive advantage or disadvantage depending on how it is impacting him.

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3 days 13 hours ago - 3 days 9 hours ago #29514 by HawkErrant
Dennis Evans III

Per Rivals update ...
Programs recruiting the five-star 17 year old 2023 7-1 center the hardest right now - Minnesota, TCU, Kansas, San Diego St and tu.

Winning program should have him on the roster for at least two seasons. Just turned 17 last month, so he will be too young to enter the 2024 NBA Draft.

Official KU visit set for Late Night in the Phog.

Comment from posters who have been following him...
“potential is through the roof”

“defensive ability has a chance to be special”

“When asked about what schools were recruiting him the first school mentioned was Kansas. When asked what player he would like to be like in the NBA he said Joel Embiid.”

I like what I’m reading.

Fingers crossed on this one as a November signee.

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3 days 9 hours ago - 3 days 9 hours ago #29515 by HawkErrant
From SI back on June 30, 2022...
si.com: How the Wrong End of Mikey Williams’s Poster Dunk Fueled Dennis Evans III’s Rise

BTW, 247Sports ranks Evans #19 in their Top 247 for 2023 (#16 in their Composite rankings for 2023).

Methinks ESPN -- who does not have Evans in their Top 100 for 2023 at all -- needs to update their evaluations of the lad.

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