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Days before KU visit, power forward Billy Preston decides to open recruitment

Billy Preston, who will attend Saturday’s Late Night at the Phog as part of an official recruiting visit to Kansas, has decided to expand his list of schools. He had been considering KU, Maryland, USC, Indiana and Syracuse.
Billy Preston, who will attend Saturday’s Late Night at the Phog as part of an official recruiting visit to Kansas, has decided to expand his list of schools. He had been considering KU, Maryland, USC, Indiana and Syracuse. Icon Sportswire via The Associated Press

Billy Preston, a 6-foot-9 senior power forward from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., is apparently in no hurry to choose a college.

Preston, the No. 8-rated player in the recruiting Class of 2017 by Rivals.com, who will attend Saturday’s Late Night in the Phog as part of an official recruiting visit to Kansas, told ZagsBlog.com he has decided to open his recruitment.

He said he would “explore what schools would best fit for me as a student-athlete. I am looking forward to taking official visits and have no timetable for making my final decision.”

The Los Angeles native has made two unofficial visits to Maryland. He’s also heard from Southern California, Indiana, Syracuse and others.

KU assistant visits Chaundee Brown

KU assistant coach Jerrance Howard paid a visit to prospect Chaundee Brown on Tuesday, 247sports.com and Rivals.com reported. Brown, a 6-5 senior shooting guard who is ranked No. 39 in the Class of 2017 by Rivals.com, is slated to visit Wake Forest this weekend and Florida on Oct. 7.

Embiid doesn’t like college hoops

Former KU center Joel Embiid said at Philadelphia 76ers Media Day he can’t stand watching college basketball.

“Since I’ve been in the league, I feel like they don’t know how to play,” third-year pro Embiid told ESPN.com, citing a problem with spacing in the college game.

Ellis can’t practice yet

Former KU forward Perry Ellis of the Charlotte Hornets cannot practice because of recent sports hernia surgery.

“Perry really can’t do anything (physical) yet,” Hornets coach Steve Clifford told the Charlotte Observer. “With the sports hernia, it’s about how he feels, making sure it’s healed before he does anything.

“He said he feels comfortable running forward, but it’s the lateral stuff where he can feel a little pulling. It’s so hard for a guy that age to miss that (preseason) stuff,” Clifford added. “But we really need to be careful with this injury.”

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