Selden, Gordon coming to Late Night
The latest and greatest news in the KU recruiting world
By Nick Ratliff
We’re back again on the Recruiting Trail to give you the lowdown on all things Kansas recruiting. Since I have started writing this blog, it seems as if Kansas recruiting has gotten very busy just at the right time. This means that there is a fair amount to get to, so let’s get to it.
On the basketball front, Bill Self and his staff continue to recruit for 2013, especially trying to get visitors for Late Night in the Phog on October 12th. This past week, guard Wayne Selden, who you may remember was visited by Self and his staff last week, told Coach Self that he will be present at Late Night in the Phog. This is very good news for Kansas, as Selden is one of the toughest, and most versatile, guards in the country. With a unique game and skill set, the best comparison for Selden I have heard is a cross between former Kansas standouts and current NBA players Mario Chalmers and Brandon Rush. At 6’5”, 230 pounds, Selden is a powerful guard, who is very good defensively, but can also handle point guard duties if called upon. The latter point must seem very attractive for Coach Self right now, as four star guard and Kansas target Demetrious Jackson (Mishawaka, Indiana) committed to Notre Dame earlier today. The fact that Selden could take over ball handling duties if the staff needs to makes him even more of a must-get prospect, in my opinion.
Earlier in the week, the Kansas staff traveled to San Diego for one of their most important in-home visits, with five-star power forward Aaron Gordon. Gordon is a Blake Griffin clone, and as a top 5 ranked player, is one of the most highly recruited players in the country. Gordon himself has kept quiet on the Kansas visit, but his high school coach briefly told the press that the visit went very well just after the visit occurred. The schools near the top of Gordon’s list are Washington, Arizona, Cal, Oregon, Kentucky and Kansas. Gordon too will be attending Late Night in the Phog on October 12th.
In other news, Kansas offered 3-star point guard prospect Frank Mason this past week. From Petersburg, Virginia, Mason was previously committed to Towson in Maryland. He is starting to receive some interest from high major programs, and the fact that Bill Self and Kansas have offered him a scholarship can only mean Self thinks he is an underrated prospect. Whether Self is just reaching down for a “plan C” or “plan D” at the point guard position, or believes that Mason will be a quality player, only time will tell. Mason is also traveling to Lawrence for an official visit this weekend.
The final piece of news on the basketball front is that former class of 2014 forward Noah Vonleh from Hampton Prep in New Hampshire, reclassified to the 2013 class this week, meaning he can graduate early and play college basketball next season. Vonleh, a long, athletic shot blocker, was ranked #3 in the 2014 class and will most certainly be a top 10 ranked player in the 2013 rankings when the new rankings come out. Vonleh is being recruited heavily by Kansas and it is believed the Jayhawks are somewhere in his top 5.
And finally, the only football news is that three star wide receiver Ishmael Hyman from Holmdel, New Jersey will officially visit Kansas. It is reported that Kansas is fighting with Rutgers, Old Dominion, Purdue and Georgia for Hyman’s services. Three games into his senior season, Hyman has 11 catches for 190 yards and a touchdown.
That’s it for this week’s Recruiting Trail. Come back next week for even more Kansas recruiting news.