Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, a 6-foot-8 sophomore power forward from Bishop Miege High School, on Saturday picked up a scholarship offer from Oklahoma.
Robinson-Earl, who scored 16 points in last spring’s Class 4A Division I 69-59 state-title victory over McPherson, told The Star on Sunday he has offers from Kansas, Kansas State, Wake Forest, Washington, Creighton and OU. He played for KC Run GMC’s 15 and under squad this past spring and summer.
Miege’s Bol Bol, a 6-11 junior who had 14 points in the state title game, also has been offered by KU. Miege went 22-3 a year ago.
Sexton coming to Late Night
Collin Sexton, a 6-1 senior point guard from Pebblebrook High in Mableton, Ga., who is ranked No. 12 in the Class of 2017 by Rivals.com, will visit KU for Late Night in the Phog, a source told The Star on Sunday night, confirming a report by 247sports.com.
He made an unofficial visit to Georgia Tech over the weekend. He also has Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Iowa State, Villanova, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Oklahoma State on his list.
Other seniors who have signed up to visit for Late Night thus far: Marcus Garrett, a 6-5 guard from Dallas Skyline (ranked No. 44 by Rivals.com) who has committed to KU and Troy Brown, a 6-6 guard from Las Vegas Centennial ranked No. 10 by Rivals.com.
Quinerly receives KU offer
Jahvon Quinerly, a 6-1 junior point guard from Hudson Catholic High School in Hackensack, N.J., who is ranked No. 40 in the Class of 2018 by Rivals.com, has received a scholarship offer from KU.
He told Zagsblog.com that “California, Seton Hall, St. John’s, Ohio State, Villanova and UConn,” are showing the most interest. Syracuse and Virginia are also on his list.
“I’m super-excited, especially since I wasn’’t expecting it,” Quinerly said of the KU offer in an interview with ZagsBlog.com.
ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla had this to say about Quinerly to ZagsBlog: “He’s going to be your consummate college point guard. … He has such a high understanding of the game. He’s a great floor general. He has deceptive speed because he knows how to turn it on and off. And if he can hit perimeter jumpers, he’s going to have a fabulous college career. I don’t know where he’s ranked, but I can’t think of many point guards I’d rather have running my team than him.”
Andrew White III surfaces at Syracuse
Well-traveled former University of Kansas guard/forward Andrew White III on Sunday announced his transfer to Syracuse.
The 6-7 White, who spent two seasons at KU (2012-13, 2013-14) and two at Nebraska (including his NCAA mandated red-shirt season) is a graduate student transfer, thus immediately eligible at Syracuse. He chose the Orange over Miami, Michigan State and VCU.
“When you’ve been in college for four years and been at two schools and played for three years, you look at things differently than when you’re coming out of high school,” White told Syracuse.com. “I almost had too much information and knowledge. As a young guy, you tend to look at the bells and whistles. I was looking at a lot more than a big stadium and a rich tradition.”
White earned honorable mention all-Big Ten honors last season after averaging 16.6 points and 5.9 rebounds a game for the (16-18) Huskers. He entered the NBA Draft but reconsidered after hearing he was at best a second-round selection.
“Since I’m an older guy, I don’t think it will take me long to mesh with the rest of the guys,” White told Syracuse.com. “I’m looking forward to meeting and playing with all the guys.”
Huge payday for Tarik Black
The Los Angeles Lakers last week announced the signing of former KU forward Tarik Black to a two-year deal reportedly worth $12.8 million.
“Tarik is a player whose strengths are well-suited for the style of play we envision for our team going forward,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a news release. “He plays the game with a mix of athleticism, energy, and physicality that make him a valuable frontcourt contributor in today’s NBA.”
Black has averaged 5.3 points and 5.2 rebounds in two seasons with the Lakers. He’s made 57.5 percent of his shots over 77 games, including 27 starts. He started his career with the Houston Rockets, playing in 25 games (12 starts) in 2014-15.
“Boom Boom’s back!” read a tweet from the Lakers’ Twitter account, referring to Black’s nickname.
Black has had some big games in his young career, including a 19-rebound outing against Dallas on April 12, 2015. It was the most boards in a game by a Lakers rookie since Leroy Ellis in 1963.