Kansas Basketball: Jayhawks Recruiting Update
Andrew Wiggins, Wayne Selden and Joel Embiid highlighted arguably the best recruiting class in Kansas' basketball history last spring, but Bill Self is already working on a comparably dynamic 2014 class.
Despite a miss on the All-American duo of Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones, Kansas has already landed two consensus top-10 recruits and is pursuing other elite prospects.
The Kansas recruiting update includes reviews of those top-10 commits, three other high-profile prospects and couple lower profile under-the-radar players.
- 6'8", 230 pounds
- Chicago, Ill. (Curie High School)
- No. 3 ESPN 100 (No. 1 PF)
Alexander, a consensus top-five prospect with deceptive strength and incredible mobility, signed with the Jayhawks in mid-November after breaking Illini hearts in Champaign.
For Kansas fans, think a more polished Marcus Morris with better footwork. The power forward will immediately fill a need inside, assuming Joel Embiid leaves for the association after one season.
- 6'7", 190 pounds
- Richmond, Texas (Findlay Prep)
- No. 10 ESPN 100 (No. 3 SF)
Kelly Oubre, Bill Self's first commitment in the 2014 class, also signed two weeks ago. The freaky athletic wing with great length is a reliable perimeter threat with above average ball-handling skills for a 6'7" small forward.
With the expected loss of Andrew Wiggins and potentially Wayne Selden, Oubre will receive every opportunity to be KU's primary scorer next season.
- 6'6", 200 pounds
- Golden Valley, Minn. (Findlay Prep)
- No. 17 ESPN 100 (No. 2 SG)
Rashad Vaughn is polished, yet somehow in mid-development.
Vaughn is a supremely polished shooting guard with dangerous open-court instincts that will dramatically alter a roster. He can improve with the ball in tight situations but has the quickness, instincts and unselfish nature to become an elite scorer.
Kansas remains on the Minnesota native's list, but they are not considered a favorite.
- 6'11", 230 pounds
- Bedford, Texas (Trinity High School)
- No. 2 ESPN 100 (No. 2 C)
All eyes turned to Myles Turner, the No. 2 overall player in the ESPN 100, following the commitment of No. 1 player Jahlil Okafor. Turner, a responsibly explosive true center with small forward attributes, is long and dynamic on both ends of the court.
As Paul Biancardi of ESPN.com said (subscription required) of Turner, "An outstanding athlete with mobility, he has a legitimate 7-foot-3 wingspan."
His list of potential suitors includes the Jayhawks along with Arizona, Duke, Kentucky, Ohio State, Oklahoma State and Texas.
- 6'4", 185 pounds
- Evansville, Ind. (Huntington Prep)
- No. 39 ESPN 100 (No. 8 PG)
Arizona, UConn, Memphis and Kansas appear to be leading the charge for JaQuan Lyle, a perfectionist at hybrid point guard for Huntington Prep.
With a game similar to that of Naadir Tharpe, Lyle has an inconsistent jump shot but isn't afraid to penetrate the lane before dishing it off.
- 6'5", 190 pounds
- Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Our Savior New American High School)
Kobe Eubanks, an athletic and underrated shooting guard with minimal power conference interest, has been rumored to be on the Jayhawks' radar.
The sweet shooting 6-footer with excellent awareness can run the point but works wonderfully off the ball. Eubanks might wait until the last minute to sign with a premier program and opt for a redshirt his first season.
- 6'3", 180 pounds
- Oakland Park, Fla. (Blanche Ely High School)
After a quiet start to his prep career, offers from Florida, Alabama and Virginia Tech, among others, began flying in for Richard Lee. The naturally gifted scorer also picked up increased interest from Kansas, Oklahoma State and Tennessee before his junior 2012-13 season.
With a reliable mid-range repertoire and smart aggressiveness, Lee would be a top-100 recruit with an additional four inches on his frame. Another recruit that might sign late, Richard Lee could greatly benefit from an elite point guard alongside him.