By Nick Ratliff
It’s that time of the week again where we dive into all things KU recruiting in the Recruiting Trail blog. Almost a week away from the biggest recruiting day of the year for the Kansas men’s basketball program, Late Night in the Phog, the class of 2013 is slowly looking like it’s taking shape. Let’s get right to it:
This week, Bill Self traveled to District Heights, Maryland to put the “full court press” on four star point guard Roddy Peters. Peters is a 6’4” long and lanky guard who many believe is a strong Maryland lean. With 5-star twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison announcing between Kentucky (whom they ultimately chose) and Maryland on Thursday, Self was trying to make sure Peters knew that Kansas was a serious option, just in case the twins chose the Terrapins and Peters was no longer needed at Maryland. The Harrison twins did choose to go to school in Lexington, however, and Maryland still appears to be the team to beat for Peters. However, the visit could not have gone better according to Peters’ high school coach, and a visit to Kansas was set. After the Harrison twins chose Kentucky, Peters’ camp released a statement saying that he will still in fact take all of his visits. Kansas has the luxury of having the last visit on the weekend of October 19th. This is surely a big visit for Bill Self and his staff and would be a huge coup if they could steal Peters from out of state.
Another visitor was officially added to the Late Night in the Phog visitor list this week. 7-foot center Joel Embiid from Gainesville, Florida has been extended a scholarship offer to Kansas and will be attending the Late Night festivities on October 12th. Embiid possesses great size and athleticism with good defensive instincts but is still a very raw prospect, only having played basketball for a little more than a year. This only means that Embiid has unlimited potential, and several major college basketball powers have picked up on this. Kansas’ stiffest competition for Embiid will be the Florida Gators, who are almost literally in Embiid’s backyard in Gainesville. Worse for Kansas, two of Embiid’s AAU teammates, Kasey Hill and Chris Walker, are both top ten ranked prospects committed to the Gators. Kansas has a tough task getting Embiid out of Gainesville, but if anyone can do it, it’s Bill Self.
Finally, shooting guard James Young (#8 overall by Rivals) from Rochester Hills, Michigan officially cut his list down to four schools this week. Kansas made the cut, along with Kentucky, Michigan State and Syracuse. This is another uphill battle for Kansas to land Young, but Young and his family seemed very impressed by their in-home visit with Bill Self, so anything could happen.
That’s it for this week. This week it was a shorter blog than usual, but next week will be a big, jam-packed one, getting you primed for everything Late Night in the Phog. The final visitor list for Late Night is as follows: Aaron Gordon, Brannen Greene, Wayne Selden, Conner Frankamp, Karviar Shepard and Joel Embiid. See you next week as we get ready for the madness on the Recruiting Trail.