Kansas’ Bill Self and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski were among the college head coaches spotted watching blue-chip forward Marvin Bagley on opening night of the Nike EYBL Peach Jam on Wednesday in North Augusta, S.C.
Bagley, a 6-foot-10 senior forward from Sierra Canyon High School in Chatsworth, Calif., who is ranked No. 1 in the recruiting Class of 2018 by Rivals.com, scored 25 points and had double-digit rebounds for Nike Phamily in a loss to Each1 Teach1 Elite.
It was the “July Live Period” debut of Bagley, who has a list of KU, Duke, Kentucky, UCLA, Arizona and USC. He told ESPN’s Jeff Borzello he would visit Duke after the Peach Jam. CBSsports.com’s Gary Parrish noted that Bagley’s dad is from Durham, N.C., and Bagley’s grandmother lives in Durham, home of the Blue Devils.
Each1 Teach 1 was led by KU target Emmitt Williams, a 6-7 senior forward from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., who had 13 points, eight rebounds and a dunk in the face of Bagley.
Williams is ranked No. 17 in the Class of 2018 by Rivals.com.
On Thursday morning, Rivals.com saw KU’s Self at the Under Armour Association Finals in Atlanta where he watched 2020 guard Bryce Thompson hit six three-pointers for Oklahoma Run PWP’s 16-and-under team. Thompson is a 6-foot-3 sophomore guard from Tulsa’s Washington High.
Later Thursday Self was spotted by ESPN at an Under Armour game of Moses Brown, a 7-foot senior forward from Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens, N.Y. Coaches from Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville and St. John’s also were at the game as well as former Kansas guard Mark Turgeon, head coach at Maryland. Brown is ranked No. 7 in the Class of 2018 by Rivals.com.
KU had coaches in attendance for the 31-point outing of Zion Williamson on Thursday at the adidas Gauntlet Finale in Spartanburg, S.C. Williamson, a 6-6 senior from Spartanburg Day School, is considering KU, Kentucky, South Carolina, UCLA, North Carolina, Duke and others.
Darius Garland, a 6-foot senior point guard from Brentwood Academy in Nashville, is competing at the Peach Jam.
“Duke, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Kansas, they all want to be first,” Garland told Zagsblog.com, referring to schools wanting him to schedule campus visits. “I don’t know yet, we’re still deciding (on visits).” Garland is ranked No. 12 in the Class of 2018 by Rivals.com.
Garland told Zagsblog.com that he “would like to play in college with Tre Jones, Cam Reddish, Romeo Langford and Marvin Bagley.” KU is recruiting both Bagley and No. 5-rated Langford (6-4, shooting guard, New Albany (Ind.) High School).
Kaden Archie, a 6-6 forward from Midlothian (Texas) High School and Urban DFW Elite, who is ranked No. 104 in the Class of 2018 by Rivals.com, competed in an adidas Gauntlet game Thursday in front of assistant coaches from KU, LSU, Texas, Texas A&M, Virginia, Virginia Tech and SMU, Rivals.com reports.
Louis King, a 6-6 forward from Hudson Catholic in Hackensack, N.J., who is at Peach Jam, is being courted by KU, Syracuse, Louisville, Miami, Indiana, Seton Hall, Oregon and others, Rivals.com reports. He’s ranked No. 16 in the Class of 2018.
Mason signs contract
Former KU point guard Frank Mason signed his NBA rookie contract with the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday before his squad’s Las Vegas Summer League game against the Milwaukee Bucks, the team announced.
Terms were not disclosed. If the second-round pick signed for the rookie minimum, he would receive $543,471 for the 2017-18 season.
Mason, who had scored 24 points with six assists and five rebounds in Monday’s 95-92 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers suffered a sprained ankle four minutes into Wednesday’s contest. X-rays were negative. He did not return to the game. Mason, who is listed as 6-foot, not his college height of 5-11 by the Kings, averaged 11.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists through his first three summer league games. He did not score in his short 4-minute stint versus the Bucks in game four.
“He’s capable (of producing in the NBA),” Kings guard Buddy Hield told the Las Vegas Review Journal. “He’s tough, and you can’t teach that speed he’s got. I like what he’s been doing. He’s been aggressive.”
“(He’s the) toughest guy I’ve ever played with,” said former KU guard Wayne Selden, who recently signed a two-year deal with the Memphis Grizzlies. “There’s something about him. Everybody’s been telling him, ‘No’ for so long. He said he was going to win National Player of the Year before the year started. And he went out and did it. The guy’s always faced up against odds, but he always comes out strong. I’m not worried about him.”
Mason’s dad, Frank Jr., who watched his son on Wednesday in LAs Vegas, told the Review-Journal: “He definitely belongs. I think if he just continues to keep working and staying focused and keeps that chip on his shoulder, everything’s going to be all right. He’s going to have a hell of an NBA career.”
Vegas Summer League stats
Former KU forward Landen Lucas scored eight points on 4-of-4 shooting in Boston’s 93-69 Las Vegas Summer League victory over Golden State on Thursday. He had zero rebounds in nine minutes. Boston has a 4-0 record in Vegas. … Former KU forward Cheick Diallo scored 13 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in New Orleans’ 86-81 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday. He hit 6 of 10 shots (1 of 3 from the line) in 30 minutes. … Former KU forward Perry Ellis scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds in Minnesota’s 77-69 loss to Golden State on Wednesday. The 6-8 Ellis hit 5 of 12 shots, but was 0 of 4 on three-pointers. He had three steals in 32 minutes … Former KU guard Josh Jackson scored 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting with 15 rebounds in the Phoenix Suns’ 98-81 win over Utah on Wednesday. He missed his only three-point try and was and 3 of 6 from the line while playing 32 minutes. Jackson had a forceful block of a Julian Wright shot:
Former KU forward Wright had four points and six boards in 10 minutes for Utah.