Karviar Shepherd: 2013 Texas Center Recruit Is Big on Kansas

Jon HancockSenior Analyst IAugust 22, 2012

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Karviar Shepherd has eight schools left on his list and is planning to take visits soon. That list now includes Kansas, Texas, TCU, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, SMU, Marquette and LSU. Shepherd took Louisville and Oklahoma State off from his previous list. Shepherd is coming off a very good summer playing for Urban DFW, an AAU squad.  He was playing physically and with confidence on both sides of the floor.

The 6'9" big man from Grace Preparatory Academy in Dallas, Texas is ranked as the 34th best player by Rivals.com and the fifth best center in the 2013 class by Scout.com.

ESPN said of the four-star recruit:

"He's got some of the sharpest elbows in high school basketball. Shepherd does an excellent job of laying down the law in the lane. He goes up strong for rebounds and gets his elbows extended. He's the kind of center who takes pride in owning his realm."

I recently asked Mike Gandalfo, the recruiting coordinator for the Derby Classic held in Louisville, KY., about Shepherd.  Gandalfo watched him play in Indianapolis and Las Vegas this summer in AAU tournaments and said of him: "He is a streaky scorer who needs to improve his footwork on offense and defense. He is a good defender when he can stay out of foul trouble. He can hit the 5-10 foot jumper and is an average ball handler for a big guy. He is a big time rebounder because of his athleticism and his ability to hold his space. Good body control."

Shepherd spoke about why Kansas is still on his short list in an interview with JayHawkSlant.com: "Kansas is a great school, I took a visit to Kansas last summer and it's a great campus and the coaches treat the players at Kansas very well. I talk to all of the coaches at Kansas. My relationship with the coaching staff is good and I like those guys."

Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks already have two four-star commitments for the 2013 class in Brannen Greene and Conner Frankamp.  Coach Self said he is still looking for a point guard and a center for the for this class. The Jayhawks still need a center to replace Jeff Withey. With Shepherd's body and ability to play physically, he is a perfect fit to play in the Big 12. Kansas is also in good position with five-star power forwards Julius Randle and Jermaine Lawrence.  Kansas is hoping their success in last year's NCAA tournament will help them put together one of their best recruiting classes since Self was hired. 

Shepherd told Rivals.com that he is planning on making his college choice in the fall.