Kansas' Quintrell Thomas, Tyrone Appleton Transfer, Opening Spots for Recruits

Neil PowellCorrespondent IApril 9, 2009

CORAL GABLES, FL - APRIL 01:  Lance Stephenson #1 of the East Team lays the ball up over Avery Bradley Jr. #11 of the West Team in the 2009 McDonald's All American Men's High School Basketball Game at BankUnited Center on April 1, 2009 in Coral Gables, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Two University of Kansas basketball players announced their decisions to leave the school to play elsewhere next season.

No, it wasn't Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins. They have yet to declare their intentions.

Seldom-used point guard Tyrone Appleton and forward Quintrell Thomas have both said they will transfer from the school to play elsewhere next year.

Appleton, a 6'2" junior, was a junior college transfer from Midland College in Texas and played just one season with the Jayhawks. He saw his most action of the season when Kansas played North Dakota State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament; he played six minutes and logged two rebounds and an assist. 

Thomas, a 6'7" freshman from Newark, NJ, averaged 1.0 PPG and 2.0 RPG in 26 games played this season. He had his best game on Dec. 6 versus New Mexico State, when he played 17 minutes and scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Neither player has stated what school they will transfer to at this time.

This announcement must mean that coach Bill Self has a pretty good idea that he's going to land one or more of the coveted recruits he's trying to get commitments from.

Currently targeted are Xavier Henry (and his brother C.J.), Lance Stephenson, John Wall, and Daniel Orton, the newest face in the picture.

A 6'10", 260-pound center from Oklahoma City, Orton had been committed to the University of Kentucky to play for Billy Gillispie previously. But after Gillispie was fired, Orton has backed out of his commitment and has stated that he and his father plan to talk with the Jayhawks and coach Self.

Xavier Henry of Oklahoma City has been let out of his letter of intent from the University of Memphis, and many are predicting that Kansas will land the 6'6", 210-pound prospect, ranked among the top in the nation. 

Henry, whose brother played at Memphis last year and could follow, is even more likely to choose KU because his father, Carl Henry played at the school, as did his mother Barbara Adkins and his aunt Vicky. 

Swingman Lance Stephenson of Brooklyn was scheduled to make his choice after last week's McDonalds High School All-American game, but delayed his decision.

It was thought that Kansas had the upper hand on landing the 6'6", 195-pound talent, but when news that Xavier Henry might be interested in playing in Lawrence broke, he chose to wait a while before he announced his school of choice.

John Wall (the top point guard prospect in the nation) seems to have removed the Jayhawks from his list of schools of consideration. He's narrowed it down to Duke, North Carolina, Miami and Kentucky.

If Kansas were to get one or more of these recruits and Aldrich and Collins decide to stay, Jayhawks fans will need to start tuning up their "Rock Chalk Jayhawks" chant for next season.

Can you say "preseason No. 1"?