One of the nation’s top uncommitted basketball recruits will visit Kansas in January.
Josh Jackson, a 6-foot-7 shooting guard, confirmed Wednesday that he will take his official visit to KU beginning on Jan. 22, according to 247sports.com. He will be in town for Kansas’ home game against Texas on Saturday, Jan. 23.
Jackson, a native of Detroit, Mich., is rated as the nation’s No. 1 overall recruit in the 2016 class, according to Rivals.com. He plays his high school basketball at Prolific Prep in Napa, Calif. Jackson is considering a list of schools that includes Arizona and Michigan State. Jackson will visit Arizona on Dec. 19, according to 247 Sports.
Jackson has loose ties to the state of Kansas. His mother, Apples Jones, grew up in Michigan and played collegiately at Allen County Community in Iola, Kan.
Kansas coach Bill Self has just one signed player in his 2016 recruiting class — power forward Mitch Lightfoot of Tucson, Ariz.
Traylor and Lucas recovering
Self held forwards Landen Lucas and Jamari Traylor out of Wednesday’s 92-59 victory over Holy Cross. The reason was mostly precautionary. Lucas is recovering from a nagging toe injury, while Traylor has a sore ankle. The reason was also pragmatic.
“They got the shaft tonight in some respects,” Self said. “Because they could have played. But I didn’t see any reason to do it. I didn’t see any reason to play them. And then, you play five minutes each, you turn and ankle or do something like that, we need everybody full strength.”
With Lucas and Traylor out, Self had more license to play freshman Cheick Diallo and senior Hunter Mickelson, who made the first start of his KU career. Diallo had 12 points and four rebounds in 18 minutes. Mickelson battled foul trouble, going scoreless with two rebounds in 15 minutes.
Self said both Traylor and Lucas should be available for Saturday’s game against Oregon State at the Sprint Center.