The final live college basketball recruiting period of the summer figures to send Kansas’ coaches to Las Vegas, Toronto and, yes, the Kansas City area late this week into the weekend for various AAU events.
Glitter City will play host to several summer-ending tournaments including the adidas Summer Championships, Nike’s The 8, the Las Vegas Fab 48 and Bigfoot Hoops Las Vegas Classic.
Close to home, the Jayhawk Summer Finale, which features KC Run GMC and its duo of Jeremiah Robinson-Earl of Bishop Miege and Zach Harvey of Topeka Hayden is set for Wednesday through Saturday at Drive 5 Sports Center in Overland Park.
The Summer Slam, which features MOKAN Basketball and Wichita Sunrise junior wing Malik Hall, will be contested Thursday through Sunday at Staley High School in Kansas City. The Slam will have three Nike programs from the EYBL circuit — MOKAN, Howard Pulley (Minn.) and Southern Stampede of Georgia, a team that features top 40 recruit Jalen Lecque, a junior point guard from the Bronx.
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The Sunflower Showcase, which will bring together about 150 AAU teams, will be held Thursday through Sunday at Okun Fieldhouse in Shawnee. There’s also a new portion of the event involving junior college players called the “Verbal Commits Juco Showcase” to run Thursday and Friday, also at Okun. Major-college and mid-major coaches figure to attend all three area events.
▪ For information on the Summer Slam, go to https://hardwoodevents.com/home/summer-slam/ and 810Varsity.com.
▪ For information on the Summer Finale, go to http://www.jayhawktournaments.com/page/show/2045584-home.
▪ For information on the Sunflower Showcase go to sunflowershowcase.com.
As far as the tournament in Canada, according to Zagsblog.com, KU coaches will join coaches from Kentucky, Baylor, Arizona, Vanderbilt, Oregon, Michigan, Louisville, UCLA, Virginia, Washington and others on Saturday at both the Signature Camp, run by UPlay Canada, and The Classic, run by the CIA Bounce AAU program.
Both events will be in the Toronto area.
Team Canada recently won the FIBA Under 19 World Cup title in Egypt — a tourney in which the U.S. placed third. Possible major-college prospects at the CIA Bounce event, according to Zagsblog.com: class of 2018 forward Simi Shittu, class of 2019 guard Ignas Brazdeikis, class of 2020 forward Addison Patterson and 2020 guard Matthew Alexander-Moncrieffe.
Major-college prospects at the UPlay Canada event, according to Zagsblog.com: class of 2019 guard Andrew Nembhard, plus Khaleem Bennett, Isaiah Bujdoso, Tre Edwards, Nudy Georges, AJ Lawson and Tyrese Samuel.
KU target R.J. Barrett, who is expected to reclassify from the class of 2019 to 2018, is taking the month off after winning MVP honors at the U19 World Cup. Barrett, a 6-7 small forward from Montverde (Fla.) Academy, is ranked No. 1 in the class of 2019 by Rivals.com. Originally from Canada, he’s considering KU, Kentucky, Duke, Oregon, Michigan, Arizona, Texas, UCLA and others. Barrett is considered a possible overall No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft.
He had 38 points, 13 rebounds and five assists in a recent World Cup semifinal win over the U.S. team, coached by Kentucky’s John Calipari and assisted by former KU players Danny Manning (Wake Forest) and Tad Boyle (Colorado).
Quickley comments in blog
Immanuel Quickley, a 6-4 senior guard from John Carroll High in Bel Air, Md., who is ranked No. 10 nationally in the class of 2018 by Rivals.com, on Wednesday reiterated in his USA Today blog he will visit Kansas on Sept. 1. He’ll visit Miami on Sept. 8 and Kentucky on Sept. 15.
“After that I’ll probably make a decision before the high school season starts, but it could be earlier than that. It all depends on how the visits go,” Quickley wrote.
“I didn’t set an official to Maryland (fourth finalist) because I live here and can go there any time that I want. That doesn’t mean that I’m not really considering them because I am. Next up for me is Vegas and then I’ll be at adidas Nations. I’m back in school after Labor Day!”
Quickley noted that he is “doing a documentary that will come out maybe next year and that’s been pretty cool. We’ve been shooting for a while and the whole process has been cool. It’s gonna be really interesting.”
Mason’s contract details
Former KU guard Frank Mason recently confirmed to The Star he has a two-year guaranteed contract with the Sacramento Kings, with the team holding an option for the third year.
It has been reported by basketball-reference.com that Mason will receive $1,184,385 in 2017-18 and $1,378,242 in 2018-19. The third year calls for $1,618,520.