New 2019 Recruiting



  • @JayHawkFanToo’s request here’s a new 2019 recruiting thread.

    For those that don’t follow recruiting as closely as others here’s a quick rundown of the recruits KU is recruiting currently.

    KU is looking to add at least two front-court players to its two man perimeter haul so far. Another SG/Wing is also a priority for which Cassius Stanley would fill that need if he signs.

    Already in the fold: Verbal, not signed

    Low 4 STAR Combo Guard Issac McBride

    Low 4 STAR SG/SF Christian Braun

    High Priority:

    5 STAR PF Jeremiah Robinson Earl

    The Skinny: Most likely signs in November. It’s a KU vs UNC battle with most still thinking KU wins due to his ties to the program. He visits Arizona this weekend with his good friend Josh Green (UA commit) for his final official visit. Has also visited UNC, Notre Dame & Villanova this fall.

    5 STAR PF Matthew Hurt

    The Skinny: Slow-playing his recruitment into the spring. Arguably the top prospect on the board. Potential official visits to KU, UK, Duke, UNC & Memphis could happen during the season/or spring. Some recruiting experts believe he ends up at KU however most believe his recruitment is still fluid since he hasn’t really focused on where he’s going. Has already stated he will be a One and Done.

    High 4 STAR/boarderline 5 STAR Wing Cassius Stanley

    The Skinny: Down to KU, UCLA & Oregon. Took his official for Late Night. Positive remarks from his father post visit. Likely a November signee after he takes his two other officials. KU sits in a good position but will be tough to pull from California as most West Coast players are.

    High 4 STAR/ Borderline 5 STAR PF/C Zeke Nnaji

    The Skinny: Visited unofficially for Late Night then came back last week for an official visit marking two visits in two weeks. Remarks from his father post visit were very positive. Looks as if he will still take his other visits planned (Arizona, Baylor, UCLA, Purdue) before potentially signing in November. KU has positioned itself well here.

    Mid 4 STAR Wing/PF Chandler Lawson

    The Skinny: Younger bro of current KU players Dedric & KJ Lawson officially visited KU already. Could follow in his brother’s footsteps to KU or blaze his own path somewhere else. I happen to think he doesn’t sign with KU unless they miss on other higher priority targets.

    Still Recruiting but unlikely to Sign with KU

    5 STAR James Wiseman

    The Skinny: #1 ranked player has officially visited KU. It’s been long thought this was a Kentucky vs Memphis battle however Wiseman & his family have gone out of their way to state he’s open and considering other schools. Unless something changes this is still a UK/Memphis battle with everyone else on the outside.

    5 STAR Cole Anthony

    The Skinny: #2 ranked player was coached by Self this summer. Tight-lipped about his recruitment but has taken visits to Notre Dame & North Carolina with Oregon scheduled for late October. He has not narrowed his list so KU isn’t officially out and no info recently has said KU is actively recruiting Cole. No word whether KU will get a visit either. Won’t sign until the spring

    5 STAR Wing/PF Precious Achiuwa

    The Skinny: Norm Roberts has kept KU alive in this one. This is another recruitment going into the spring from all those following this one. UCONN got some buzz during the summer but his camp has been pretty quiet so far since. He recently changed schools to Montverde Academy. Was also a surprise vistor for Memphis’s Late Night festivities. Will be one to monitor if KU misses on other prospects in the fall.

    High 4 STAR C Kofi Cockburn

    The Skinny: Unfortunate name for a bruising center who compares somewhat to current KU player Udoka Azubuike. Kofi narrowed his list to 8 with KU being the elite program of the bunch. Currently has not set a visit to KU yet.



  • @BeddieKU23 - thanks for the work you put in here!



  • Great breakdown. :thumbsup:

    Also, maybe something to denote that McBride and Braun are a different tier of recruit than Stanley and Nnaji. Putting them all at 4* is technically correct but maybe like high and low 4*.



  • @BShark

    Added per your good request



  • I can’t read about this without wondering how the current trial and its outcome will affect 2019 recruiting . Will the payoffs be out in the open? Who will be the highest bidder?

    I don’t see how this genie goes back in the bottle.



  • BeddieKU23 said:

    @BShark

    Added per your good request

    Awesome. I think it’s a good idea for people that don’t follow too closely.

    4* ranges on 24/7 composite from #27 (Stanley) to #130 (Braun, interestingly enough).



  • @BeddieKU23

    Great work. It really makes it easier for those of us that do not have the time to follow all recruits to get a nice view of the prospects KU is following. Much appreciated.



  • Update: Precious Achiuwa changed schools and was a surprise visitor at Memphis for their Late Night festivities. Andrew Slater put in a Crystal Ball pick for Memphis.



  • @BeddieKU23 Penny is definitely making waves. Time will tell if he can coach or not.



  • He may very well put together something of a fab 5…



  • BShark said:

    @BeddieKU23 Penny is definitely making waves. Time will tell if he can coach or not.

    Got lucky with a veteran team this season.



  • Update: Matthew Hurt canceled plans to attend Big Blue Madness. Reports of him going were false. Still plans to visit them at some point



  • Update: Zeke Nnaji: Wants to be a OAD according to quoted article

    Nnaji moving toward decision Four-star power forward Zeke Nnaji is someone who has had a busy process, but now he is finishing things with a kick as he is set to take five official visits in five weeks.

    The two schools that seemingly had the best chance going into the visits, Arizona and Kansas, are also the schools he is visiting first.

    This creates a scenario where it is at least possible that Nnaji could commit after this weekend. Since Nnaji visited Kansas this past weekend, and is visiting Arizona this weekend, that has to at least be considered a possibility.

    It seems as though it is a fairly remote possibility since the Nnaji family has been all about process, and the process is to take five visits and then decide in November.

    Because the circle around Nnaji is so tight, getting concrete information isn’t easy, but there is no doubt Arizona and Kansas are schools he is very high on. Both head coaches at those schools have done a good job of building a relationship, and each seems to provide Nnaji with what he is looking for.

    Nnaji is absolutely focused on being in school for one year, so the path presented to him and his father will be important in that regard.



  • I think they are going to be in for a rude awakening. He is plenty athletic enough to be a OAD. But he is like really bad at basketball lol. He has no left. His shooting form has a little hitch to it and his elbow is a little funky. He doesn’t look to have good enough post moves to score at the college level.

    He has about a 5% chance to be a OAD imo. And that is if he works his ass off.



  • Kcmatt7 said:

    I think they are going to be in for a rude awakening. He is plenty athletic enough to be a OAD. But he is like really bad at basketball lol. He has no left. His shooting form has a little hitch to it and his elbow is a little funky. He doesn’t look to have good enough post moves to score at the college level.

    He has about a 5% chance to be a OAD imo. And that is if he works his ass off.

    Yeah I found the comments confusing. Nnaji is definitely a NBA talent down the road, I’m just surprised they see it so soon. He is a talent that’s improved a ton in the last year. They must be banking on him continuing to improve at a rapid rate…



  • I mean what kid doesn’t want to be OAD??



  • Much less interested in Nnaji if he and his dad think he is OAD. Not very realistic, imo.



  • Woodrow said:

    I mean what kid doesn’t want to be OAD??

    Issac McBride, David McCormack, Mitch Lightfoot, Ochai Agbaji.

    But I get your point lol.



  • Zeke and JRE are both visiting Arizona this weekend. I believe this is JRE last visit.



  • Correct.



  • Woodrow said:

    I mean what kid doesn’t want to be OAD??

    The sad truth is that prospects have now become pretty much hired guns and they do not even hide that fact. Universities were originally the place where kids went to get a college degree and played sports on the side, then it was the place they went to prepare for a potential career in the NBA while getting a degree and now it is the place where they go for one year to get high end training and exposure with no intention whatsoever to get a degree.

    I have said it before that every top 100 prospect believes he can play in the NBA, every to 30 prospect believes he ca be a star and every top 5 player believes he will be the next Jordan, Bird, Johnson or James and in reality only a tiny fraction makes it to the league, a smaller number becomes starters and maybe one or two of every class becomes a star…really long odds. Some of the old timers on the board will remember a similar situation when boxing was big in the 60s and 70s and every kid saw himself as the next world champion millionaire and the result were similar with only a few making it big and now boxing is on its way out with only a few big fights and a shrinking audience having been replace by the even more brutal MMA.

    Getting off the high horse and stop speechifying for the day…:smile:



  • Good summary of KU targets.



  • Cole Anthony to cut his list. I’d be surprised if KU is on it. Guessing UNC, Oregon, Notre Dame, Pitt, Georgetown. I’d be surprised if he went anywhere but Carolina.



  • FarmerJayhawk said:

    Cole Anthony to cut his list. I’d be surprised if KU is on it. Guessing UNC, Oregon, Notre Dame, Pitt, Georgetown. I’d be surprised if he went anywhere but Carolina.

    Makes sense. Doesn’t seem like KU made a big play for him (not that they would have got him if that happened) but obviously KU took a couple developmental guys and put their eggs in the Stanley basket for elite guard talent.



  • Not sure KU was really ever in it.



  • Speaking of which, Anthony Walker is down to Miami, Pitt, Illinois and BC.



  • Miami is the favorite, right?



  • @Woodrow Yep.

    NOTHING BUT TOTALLY CLEAN PROGRAMS HERE BTW. :joy:



  • https://basketballrecruiting.rivals.com/news/rivals-roundtable–140

    Little blurb in here on JRE and how Dan McDonald believes they have made a big run at him.



  • Villanova for anyone wondering. JRE’s recruitment is feeling more and more like one where he and his family don’t put anything out there so people just throw shit at the wall.



  • @BShark

    You nailed that one



  • Now that JRE is done with visits has anyone heard on a decision timetable ? I think most believe it will be in the early signing period which is next month I believe so hopefully that’s still the case. I just haven’t read a whole lot afte his past visit.

    I am interested / concerned too see if this FBI case will affect Self and his ability to get high level recruits. I think JRE’s decision will be very telling.



  • @Woodrow

    Haven’t seen one yet.

    I believe JRE planned to sit down and go through things over the next few weeks with visits over.

    I think we’ll see him announce his intentions by the end of the month on a date



  • @BeddieKU23

    If JRE was/is expecting any type of pay out for selecting a school that is probably not going to happen with KU now, at least not in the current environment where KU need to stay pristine clean. If the jury on the FBI trial comes back quickly with a not guilty verdict things might change.



  • Sounds like it depends on what UNC/Nike is offering. If it’s a level playing field KU has a great chance if not…



  • JayHawkFanToo said:

    @BeddieKU23

    If JRE was/is expecting any type of pay out for selecting a school that is probably not going to happen with KU now, at least not in the current environment where KU need to stay pristine clean. If the jury on the FBI trial comes back quickly with a not guilty verdict things might change.

    Gassnola isn’t the only Adidas runner out there (I know this for a fact), he’s just the one that was caught. Given the info out there regarding him, its extremely sloppy and disappointing KU coaches were in contact with him in any manner.

    Regarding JRE… I assume this one is mostly a clean recruitment given his ties to his two favorites KU/UNC. He doesn’t need money to pick KU, a school he’s visited a good amount and where his family is within driving distance. Now if this is about $ driving his recruitment Nike certainly would have an advantage right now



  • @Woodrow

    from UNC’s site in regards to JRE. They got just a quick blurb from his mother

    “We are processing everything now,” his mother, Katie Robinson said, “and he will decide in the next few weeks.”

    Also from the update.

    Over the last few weeks, that information has changed. Now, as you know from previous scoops and recruitments, often times when inside information isn’t readily accessible, sometimes it’s manufactured. However, the people we’ve heard this from are independent of one another and trustworthy.

    Villanova, we’ve heard, is a school not to be discounted. Sources said something “clicked” between the defending champs and Robinson-Earl during his official visit. We’re not saying he’s committing to Villanova, but it doesn’t seem to be just Kansas and UNC as we thought for so long. In fact, if you asked 10 people where Robinson-Earl is going, I bet you’d get up to four different schools as answers (Kansas, Villanova, Arizona, and UNC).

    As you know, Roy Williams will recruit Robinson-Earl until he’s made a college decision. To that end, he and assistants Brad Frederick and Hubert Davis were in Bradenton, Fla. on Tuesday checking in on 2019 UNC commit Armando Bacot, 2020 target Jaden Springer, and Robinson-Earl.



  • Maybe Jay Wright’s money clicked. :thinking:



  • Man that would be a kick in the gut to miss on him.



  • The FBI investigation is certainly not helping the brand image.



  • Woodrow said:

    Man that would be a kick in the gut to miss on him.

    imo has been a possibility since the summer



  • BeddieKU23 said:

    Woodrow said:

    Man that would be a kick in the gut to miss on him.

    imo has been a possibility since the summer

    Agree. He has always said his recruitment is open and was annoyed by the fact that people were saying it was not.



  • BShark said:

    BeddieKU23 said:

    Woodrow said:

    Man that would be a kick in the gut to miss on him.

    imo has been a possibility since the summer

    Agree. He has always said his recruitment is open and was annoyed by the fact that people were saying it was not.

    That has always stuck with me as well.

    JRE has definitely tried his best to deflect any label placed on him. We’ll find out in a few weeks whether it was just part of crootin’ or real noise


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