LAWRENCE — Kansas signed five players during this week's early-signing period, a collection of talent that, on its own, could stand as one of the top recruiting classes in the country.
By RUSTIN DODD
The Kansas City Star
But KU coach Bill Self still has a few unchecked boxes on his recruiting wishlist.
“I’d like to get one more big guy,” Self said Saturday. “I’d like to get a wing.”
When the week was over, and KU had inked five new players, Rivals.com rated KU’s class as the second-best in the country behind Kentucky.
Wayne Selden, a 6-foot-5 guard at The Tilton School in New Hampshire, and Frank Mason, 5-11 point guard at Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, Va., officially signed on Friday, joining a group that already included Wichita guard Conner Frankamp, Georgia swingman Brannen Greene and center Joel Embiid of The Rock School in Gainesville, Fla.
Selden, Greene and Frankamp are all rated among the top 35 players in the country by most scouting services, and Embiid, a native of Cameroon, will likely end up close to there when the rankings are updated later this season.
“I think it’s a great class,” Self said, “because I think there’s two players in it, that’s nobody’s talking about, that (are) just about as good as anybody at their position in the country, in Mason and Joel.
“It’s incomplete still. We still gotta get another guy or two to make it as good a class as we’ve had.”
The most likely target: Julius Randle, a power forward from Plano, Texas, who ranks as the No. 2 player in the country, according to Rivals.com. Self also reportedly visited Andrew Wiggins, the consensus No. 1 overall player, at Huntington Prep (W.Va.) earlier this fall.
KU is set to have five open scholarships for the 2013-14 season. But that number could change based on early entries to the NBA Draft or other roster defections.
** Self said he wasn’t sure who would start at the power forward spot on Monday when KU plays Washington State in the semifinals of the CBE Classic at the Sprint Center.
Freshman Perry Ellis started the first two games of the season before being replaced in the starting lineup by freshman Jamari Traylor during Thursday’s victory over Chattanooga. Senior Kevin Young, who missed the opener with a broken bone in his hand, could also be in the mix.