LAWRENCE — It’s that time of the year. The college football season is starting. And that means the top basketball recruits in the country are cutting down their lists and planning official fall visits.
By RUSTIN DODD
The Kansas City Star
It's shaping up to be a very busy fall for KU, which will have at least five open scholarships in the Class of 2013.
Start here: Senior forward Julius Randle, one of the most sought-after players in the country, has included KU in his trimmed-down list of 10 schools, according to Rivals.com. The list: KU, Baylor, Duke, Florida, Kentucky, NC State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and UNC. Ranked as Rivals.com’s No. 2 overall player in the Class of 2013, Randle (6 feet 9 and 240 pounds) was a high school teammate of current KU freshman forward Zach Peters at Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas. Randle has long been expected to wait until the spring to make a decision.
Other recruiting notes:
-- Point guard Anthony “Cat” Barber, a top-10 player in the Class of 2013, will visit KU this weekend, according to SNY.tv. Barber, a native of Hampton, Va., is considering a long list that includes Alabama and Louisville. KU also has interest in Barber’s AAU teammate, Troy Williams, a swingman from Oak Hill Academy in Virginia.
-- Top juco point guard Chris Jones also has interest in KU, according to Rivals.com. Jones, a 5-foot-10, 195-pound native of Memphis, Tenn., was a top-50 player in the Class of 2011 and committed to Tennessee. Jones, however, didn’t qualify academically, and he spent last season at Northwest Florida State College, a juco in Niceville, Fla.
According to Rivals, Jones is considering Kansas, Baylor, Florida State, Louisville and Oklahoma State. He’s expected to take his campus visit to KU in October and be in attendance for “Late Night in the Phog.”
-- Kansas already has two commits in the Class of 2013, Wichita guard Conner Frankamp and Georgia swingman Brannen Greene. Both competed this past weekend in the Under Armour Elite 24 all-star game in Venice Beach, Calif. Frankamp won the three-point contest at the event on Friday.
-- Another KU target, forward Aaron Gordon, also participated in the Under Armour event. Gordon is listed as Rivals’ No. 5 overall player in the Class of 2013.