Self visits Wiggins; Weis hard at work

Here’s the latest in the KU basketball recruiting world.

By Nick Ratliff

Welcome once again to the Recruiting Trail. In this week’s blog, I’ll let you in on the latest news about Kansas’ recruitment of #1 basketball prospect Andrew Wiggins, Kansas’ recruitment of two big offensive linemen and two football commitments from weeks past. Let’s get right to it.

First of all, Bill Self himself visited the #1 basketball prospect in the nation, guard/forward Andrew Wiggins from Huntington, West Virginia, by way of Ontario, Canada. Self made his way to Huntington Prep High School almost a week after assistant coach Kurtis Townsend initially visited Wiggins at his school. Wiggins has not spoken about his visit from Self. However, I think this means that Wiggins has legitimate interest in Kansas, or Kansas at least believes it to be that way. The initial visit by Townsend was primarily to gauge Wiggins’ interest initially, and once the coaching staff believed the interest was mutual, Self was brought in. Hopefully there will be more news on this impactful recruitment next week.

Also on the basketball side, forward Tyler Roberson is reportedly very close to making a decision on where he will attend school next year. Roberson recently trimmed his final list to Kansas, Syracuse and Villanova after visiting Villanova last weekend. It has been rumored that Roberson would prefer to play closer to home on the east coast, but if he commits to Kansas, Bill Self gains a talented and skilled forward.

Moving on to some football recruiting, Kansas got a couple of commitments in the past couple of weeks. The Jayhawks received commitments from previous Kansas player, cornerback Dexter McDonald, and junior college defensive tackle Tedarian Johnson. McDonald played for Kansas the past two seasons but was dismissed from the program for academic reasons once Charlie Weis took over last winter. McDonald resurfaced at Butler County Community College in El Dorado, Kansas and has gotten his academics in order so he may return to play for Kansas next season. McDonald is a very talented corner and could even challenge for a starting spot next season. Johnson, a big defensive tackle who is a good pass rusher from that position, is from Hinds community college in Raymond, Mississippi. He chose Kansas over such schools as Mississippi State, Memphis, Texas Tech and Troy.

Finally, Kansas will receive visits from two of the hottest Juco prospects at offensive line this season. Ngalu Fusimalohi, a guard from City College of San Francisco, will visit Kansas on November 16th for the game against Iowa State. Fusimalohi is a very raw prospect, having moved to the U.S. from Tonga a little more than a year ago. The other prospect to visit is 6’8”, 330 pound tackle Matt Finnin from College of DuPage in Illinois. Finnin is quickly becoming one of the rising prospects in the junior college ranks, also receiving interest from the likes of Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kansas State and Oklahoma State. Finnin will visit Lawrence December 7th.

That does it for the Recruiting Trail this week. Check back next week for more Kansas recruiting news.

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