Bishop Miege High School forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl heard about fellow high school sophomore Markese Jacobs’ oral commitment to Kansas on Sunday.
“I was thinking, ‘Wow, that’s pretty cool to do that the day after Late Night,’ ” said Robinson-Earl, who like Chicago Uplift Community High basketball point guard Jacobs attended Saturday’s Late Night in the Phog on an unofficial recruiting visit.
Though he said he had a good time watching KU’s players dance and scrimmage in Allen Fieldhouse, Robinson-Earl was not tempted to follow Jacobs’ lead and halt his recruitment.
“I am still open on all my options. I’m not sure where I’m going right now,” the 6-foot-8, 190-pound Robinson-Earl said Monday in a phone interview. “I think I am going to take my time. While I’m taking my time I’m still going to be narrowing it down.”
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Robinson-Earl — his Miege/KC Run GMC teammate Bol Bol and Run GMC teammate Zach Harvey of Topeka Hayden also attended Late Night on unofficial visits — has received scholarship offers from KU, Iowa, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Washington, Wake Forest and Creighton.
“It was a good experience talking with all the coaches, seeing the facilities and going to Late Night,” said Robinson-Earl, the No. 18-rated player in the recruiting Class of 2019 by Rivals.com. “One of my friends invited me to a Late Night and I went once before. And I went to the Kansas-Kentucky game last year (in Allen).”
Robinson-Earl toured KU’s McCarthy Hall for the first time Saturday.
“I’d heard about it. It was pretty nice,” Robinson-Earl said of KU’s dorm for players and some other KU students. “It’s probably not the biggest (reason to pick a school), but it matters where you are living and that’s a pretty nice place to be living at.”
Robinson-Earl — he scored 16 points in Bishop Miege’s Class 4A Division I 69-59 state-title victory over McPherson last spring — said he was impressed with the current KU team.
“I think they are pretty loaded. They’ll be very good this year. If Malik Newman (transfer who must sit out a year) was playing also, that would make them even more loaded,” Robinson-Earl said.
One visit left for Troy Brown
Troy Brown, a 6-6 senior shooting guard from Las Vegas Centennial High, who is ranked No. 12 nationally in the recruiting Class of 2017 by Rivals.com, attended Late Night as part of an official KU visit. His sister, Jada, is a senior on the KU women’s team.
Troy has been in Lawrence many times before.
“I have one more visit left, which is Georgetown, and that’s next weekend,” Brown told Jayhawkslant.com. He has also made trips to Ohio State, Alabama and Oregon. “In November, I will sign for sure. I don’t know how much more of the recruiting process I can handle. I would say, since being recruited since the eighth grade, it’s just really worn on me.
“Me cutting my list, I wish that I would have cut it to less schools, honestly, because it just kind of made it more hectic with a lot of coaches hitting me up at one time, especially when I’m trying to focus on basketball,” Brown added, stressing that he had a “great” visit to KU.
Preston feels ‘love’ from KU’s student section
Also labeling his weekend visit as “great,” on Monday was Billy Preston, a 6-9 senior forward from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., who is ranked No. 8 nationally.
“Just being in the Jayhawk atmosphere of the students that showed much love to me and the team itself …I enjoyed the visit very much,” Preston told Jayhawkslant.com.
Preston, who is originally from Irvine, Calif., last week said he’d be re-opening his recruitment. He had recently narrowed his list to KU, Indiana, Maryland, North Carolina State and USC.
Riley has ‘unbelievable’ visit to KU
Cody Riley, a 6-7 senior from Sierra Canyon High in Chatsworth, Calif., who is ranked No. 34 in the Class of 2017, told Rivals.com his weekend visit to KU was “just unbelievable. The atmosphere at Late Night was the best that I’ve ever seen and I know that it’s the best atmosphere in college basketball. I felt right at home and everybody treated me like family.”
Riley was born and raised in Kansas City, Mo., and attended one previous Late Night. He moved to California when he was 12. He has one other visit scheduled — to UCLA. He’s also considering UConn, Oklahoma and USC.
Duke’s Giles has knee surgery Monday
Duke freshman forward Harry Giles, who had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Monday, may not be ready for the KU-Duke game on Nov. 15 in New York.
The 6-foot-10 Giles is expected to miss six weeks, which would have him on track to return the week of the KU contest. Whether Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski would let Giles debut in such a big game is anybody’s guess.
Giles has torn the ACL in both knees and also has suffered a torn meniscus in the left knee.
“We’re very pleased with the outcome of today’s procedure,” Krzyzewski said in a statement. “This is the right step for Harry at the moment as it will help him be 100 percent going forward. Harry has done a tremendous job in rehabilitation over the last year and I’m sure he’ll continue to do the same after this procedure.”