LAWRENCE — Kansas officially added two more players to its 2013 recruiting class on Thursday. Center Joel Embiid, a 7-footer from Gainesville, Fla., and swingman Brannen Greene (Tifton, Ga.) became the second and third players to sign national letters of intent with the Jayhawks.
By RUSTIN DODD
The Kansas City Star
Embiid, a native of Cameroon, is playing just his second season of organized basketball at The Rock School in Gainesville. But most scouting services project him to be a top-50 recruit after a solid summer on the AAU circuits.
“Joel’s potential is untapped,” Self said. “I think he’s just now starting to figure it out and get confidence. He will develop and be one of the very best tall guys in college basketball in just a year or two. The way we play, we can move him around, and he made me a much better coach when he put his name on the dotted line.”
Greene, the No. 25 overall player in the country, according to rivals.com, has been committed to Kansas since last December. His father Jeffrey was a former star player at Pittsburg State, and he becomes the highest ranked member of the class to date.
“Brannen is one of the most skilled 6-foot-7 guys in the country,” Self said. “He can shoot it. He can put it down. He’s got good vision. He’s a guy that should have a smooth transition from high school to college, in large part because he is a big guard. He’s not a guy that has been playing inside a lot.”
Wichita guard Conner Frankamp signed with Kansas on Wednesday. KU has yet to announce the signings of guards Wayne Selden and Frank Mason. Selden, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard at The Tilton School (N.H.) is expected to sign this week, while Mason, a point guard at Massanutten Military Academy (Va.), signed earlier this week, according to rivals.com.