A long shot Kansas basketball recruiting target appears to be officially off the board.
Jarrett Allen, a 6-foot-9 forward and Rivals.com’s 15th-ranked player in this year’s class, has signed with Texas according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman and Jeff Borzello. KU and Houston were the other finalists for Allen.
The decision means KU still has two open scholarships for next season. Duke transfer Derryck Thornton visited Lawrence last month and still has not chosen from his list of KU, Southern California, Washington and Miami (Fla.).
KU also appears to have interest in Mississippi State transfer Malik Newman, a guard who was Rivals’ eighth-ranked player in the class of 2015. KU is one of more than 12 schools that have contacted Mississippi State about Newman, according to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein reported that Newman would be visiting KU this week, though that was later refuted by Newman’s father Horatio Webster.
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Self, in an interview with 610 Sports radio on Thursday, suggested KU wasn’t finished with this year’s class.
“Still trying to finish up recruiting. We’ve still got some openings there. I think we have 11 on aid right now,” Self told 610 Sports. “We still have a chance to get a couple more if that’s what we chose to do and we could pull it off. But right now, everything’s still status quo.”
KU’s 2016 class includes Rivals’ top-ranked player Josh Jackson, No. 31 Udoka Azubuike, No. 107 Mitch Lightfoot and Liberty transfer Evan Maxwell.
“I think we’ve had a nice recruiting class. I love the guys we’ve gotten so far,” Self told 610 Sports. “But I still think there’s a couple holes. And this next year’s recruiting class is so big for us, because I really believe we could lose our top six players to the draft next year.
“So we’ve got to be prepared to stay the course whenever those guys do jump if they do, because I think they’ll all be capable of doing that.”