Louis King, a 6-foot-7 senior small forward from Hudson Catholic High School in Columbus, N.J., who is ranked No. 23 in the recruiting Class of 2018 by Rivals.com, on Thursday listed Kansas as one of his five finalists.
The others, as reported by Zagsblog.com, include Oregon, North Carolina State, Seton Hall and Purdue.
King — who averaged 13.3 points., 5.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game his junior year at Hudson Catholic — trimmed UConn, Syracuse and Maryland from his list. At one time, Louisville and St. John’s also were being considered.
King, a member of the 2017 bronze-medal winning USA Basketball Under-19 World Cup team, visited Oregon last weekend. He has yet to set up any other visits.
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He is one of three major college prospects starting for Hudson Catholic High. Point guard Jahvon Quinerly has committed to Arizona, while shooting guard Luther Muhammad is considering Xavier, Ohio State, Virginia, St. John’s and West Virginia.
Darius Garland to see four schools
Darius Garland, a 6-foot-1 senior point guard from Brentwood Academy in Nashville, Tenn., will visit Vanderbilt (Sept. 23-25), Kentucky (Oct. 13-15), Indiana (Oct. 20-22), and Duke (Oct. 27-29), ESPN.com’s Paul Biancardi reports. Scout.com says Kansas or UCLA reportedly will get the final visit. Garland is the No. 15-ranked prospect in the Class of 2018 according to Rivals.com. His dad is former NBA player Winston Garland.
Quickley to visit Kentucky this weekend
Immanuel Quickley, a 6-3 senior point guard from John Carroll High in Bel Air, Md., who visited KU on Sept. 1-3, is set to Kentucky this weekend. He planned on visiting Miami (Fla.) last weekend but had to postpone the visit because of Hurricane Irma. He has yet to reschedule. Kentucky is considered the heavy favorite.
Williamson meets with Frank Martin
South Carolina coach Frank Martin was to visit the home of No. 2-ranked Zion Williamson on Thursday. Williamson, a 6-foot-6, 230-pound senior forward from Spartanburg (S.C.) Day High School, had an in-home visit with Kansas coach Bill Self on Tuesday and Kentucky’s John Calipari on Wednesday. Williamson will visit KU for the Sept. 30 Late Night in the Phog. He will visit Kentucky on Sept. 22-24, Duke on Oct. 20-22 and UCLA on Oct. 27-29. He’s already visited Clemson.
KU not on Bol Bol’s list of five
It looks as if KU is officially out of the running for former Bishop Miege center Bol Bol, the No. 3-ranked player in the recruiting Class of 2018. Bol, a 7-2 senior who transferred to Mater Dei High in Santa Ana, Calif., last year, will visit Arizona, Kentucky, Oregon, UCLA and USC, Scout.com reports. No. 18-ranked Keldon Johnson, a 6-6 small forward from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., also appears to have cut KU. Johnson, who is originally from South Hill, Va., will visit Kentucky this weekend and is also planning trips to Texas, Florida State, North Carolina State and Maryland.
Self completes Dotson visit
KU coach Self and assistant Norm Roberts on Thursday visited the home of Devon Dotson, a 6-1 senior point guard from Providence Day High in Charlotte, N.C., who is ranked No. 17 in the Class of 2018 by Rivals.com. Dotson — who visited KU on Aug. 25-27 and Clemson last weekend — heads to Florida for a weekend visit. Dotson also has UCLA, Maryland and Wake Forest on his list.
Self stopped by Providence Day High on Thursday, prompting coach Brian Field to write on Twitter: “It was a pleasure having recently inducted HOFer Bill Self from Kansas Basketball visit campus today.”
KU’s offense fifth best, ESPN says
KU is projected to have the fifth-best offense in college basketball this season, according to ESPN.com. Arizona projects to have the best offense, followed by Duke, Michigan State and St. Mary’s.
“With Devonté Graham, Svi Mykhailiuk, Mississippi State transfer Malik Newman and Lagerald Vick all on hand, KU will again have the perimeter chops to score from deep. Plus Arizona State transfer Sam Cunliffe will be eligible after the first semester. Udoka Azubuike is now healthy, and he and 6-10 freshman Billy Preston will hold down the fort in the paint for the Jayhawks. Add it all up and there’s more than enough on hand for KU to mount yet another defense of its perpetually recurring Big 12 title. You may have noticed Self is good at what he does,” wrote John Gasaway of ESPN.com.
Last week, Gasaway listed the country’s top five defenses: Louisville was No. 1, followed by West Virginia, Wichita State, Villanova and Texas.
Morris trial starts Monday in Phoenix
Opening statements will be delivered Monday in a Phoenix courtroom in the aggravated assault trial of former KU forwards Marcus and Markieff Morris, The Associated Press reported. It is expected to be a 10-day trial. The brothers, who were indicted by an Arizona grand jury in 2015, are accused of helping three other individuals assault Erik Hood outside a Phoenix recreation center.
According to AP, two of the other co-defendants pleaded guilty on Wednesday to aggravated assault charges. The Morris twins, who plead not guilty, could face a maximum of nearly four years in prison if they are found guilty. Marcus plays for the Boston Celtics, Markieff for the Washington Wizards.