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KU notebook: Jayhawks pursing another Chicago point guard in Charlie Moore’s buddy, Ayo Dosunmu

Kansas coach Bill Self, shown here during a team practice in March, is back on the recruiting trail this summer.
Kansas coach Bill Self, shown here during a team practice in March, is back on the recruiting trail this summer. rsugg@kcstar.com

The Kansas basketball team could conceivably have two point guards from Chicago’s Morgan Park High School on the roster in 2018-19.

Morgan Park senior-to-be Ayo Dosunmu, who received a scholarship offer from KU on June 9, happens to be a good friend of KU redshirt sophomore Charlie Moore, a graduate of the Public League school located on the far South Side.

“Our relationship is great. I’ve known Charlie for a good 10 years. We’re going to talk about how we’re going to do things,” Dosunmu said in an interview with USA Today.

Dosunmu, who is ranked No. 29 in the Class of 2018 by Rivals.com, said he has visits planned to KU, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Xavier, Illinois and Northwestern. He’s also received offers from Missouri, Butler, North Carolina State and Marquette.

The 6-foot-4 Dosunmu also plays for Chicago’s Mac Irvin Fire with future Jayhawk guard Markese Jacobs, a 5-11 junior-to-be from Chicago Uplift Community High. Jacobs, who has orally committed to KU, is leaving the Windy City for Phoenix, where he’ll attend Hillcrest Prep his junior season. Moore also is a Mac Irvin Fire alumni.

“At the end of the day, I’m going to go to the school that has the best interest for me and I can go play my game and play right away,” Dosunmu told USA Today.

Dosunmu played well at last week’s NBPA Top 100 camp in Virginia. He’s averaged 23.2 points and 3.1 assists a game this summer for Mac Irvin Fire on the Nike EYBL circuit.

“Ayo Dosunmu ... he is very tough. I like him a lot and his game,” elite Class of 2019 point guard Cole Anthony told Rivals.com, when asked to identify the top point guard at NBPA Top 100 camp. “He works really well off of ball screens and just has a pretty good feel for the game.”

Nick Irvin, head coach at both Morgan Park High and Mac Irvin Fire AAU, believes his pupil, Dosunmu, is a strong candidate to play in the 2018 McDonald’s All-America Game.

“When you talk about a kid being a ‘ballplayer,’ that’s what he is. He’s a point guard with great size who sees the floor and makes plays off the dribble. He’s just one of those smooth, big point guards in the mold of a Jason Kidd or Gary Payton,” Irvin told the Chicago Sun Times.

Quinerly to visit Zona

Jahvon Quinerly, a 6-2 senior-to-be point guard from Hudson (N.J.) Catholic High School ranked No. 24 in the recruiting Class of 2018 by Rivals.com, will visit Arizona on June 24-26, Zagsblog.com reports.

That will be his first campus visit.

Quinerly recently announced a top seven of Kansas, Arizona, Seton Hall, UCLA, Stanford, Virginia and Villanova.

Quinerly’s teammate likes KU, too

Louis King, a 6-6 senior forward and high school teammate of Quinerly, is being recruited by KU, Duke, Kentucky, Louisville, Oregon, UCLA, St. John’s, Syracuse, North Carolina, Maryland, North Carolina State, Indiana and others.

King, who is ranked No. 31 in the Class of 2018 by Rivals.com, is in Colorado Springs for USA Basketball’s FIBA Under 19 World Cup tryouts.

“I think I’m going to be a spring decision type. I’ll cut my list further into the school year,” King told Rivals.com.  

Quickley discusses finalists

Immanuel Quickley, a 6-4 senior point guard from John Carroll High in Bel Air, Md., ranked No. 15 in the Class of 2018 by Rivals.com, spoke about his four finalists — KU, Kentucky, Miami and Maryland — before heading to Colorado Springs on Sunday for Under 19 tryouts.

“With Kansas I think their player development is a big part of it. Originally Frank Mason was supposed to go to Towson, which is around my area so I know how big of a difference it is between Towson and Kansas and for him to do that and win Player of the Year that’s really good,” Quickley told Zagsblog.com.

Kentucky is considered the favorite.

“I think Cal (John Calipari) says basically what he says to every other kid. He only offers pros. So for him to think that’s a humbling and a blessing so I think that’s really cool,” Quickley said.

Jayhawk flavor at camp

Kentucky coach Calipari opened USA Basketball’s FIBA Under 19 World Cup training camp on Sunday in Colorado Springs. KU’s Moore is one of 27 players vying for a spot on the 12-player team.

Calipari is assisted by former KU players Danny Manning (Wake Forest) and Tad Boyle (Colorado).

Calipari was assistant at KU (1982-85) when Boyle (1981-85) and Manning (1984-88) played for the Jayhawks.

“When I coached Tad and Danny, I was 24 or 25 years old. But we’ve all stayed in touch,” Calipari told USAbasketball.com on Sunday.

“They were great to coach, and they treated me with respect when they didn’t have to. I was like the fifth man on the totem pole. They’ve grown into great coaches, and they are just good people. I’m excited to learn from and travel with them,” Calipari added Sunday.

Forget about No. 1?

It appears certain former KU guard Josh Jackson, who had an outside shot at being No. 1 pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft, will now definitely not be taken first overall.

ESPN reported Saturday that Boston Celtics have finalized a trade that will send the No. 1 pick to Philadelphia, which picks third. The Los Angeles Lakers pick second.

The Sixers are reportedly set on taking former Washington point guard Markelle Fultz at No. 1. Jackson has worked out twice for the Lakers. ESPN says Boston has interest in Jackson at No. 3. However, Duke’s Jayson Tatum also is a possibility for the Celtics.

Jackson, according to USA Today, took a shot at Fultz on Saturday night on Twitter, writing: “lol anybody with the smallest bit of talent can look good and lose. It’s not that hard.” The Tweet was taken down shortly after being posted. Fultz’s Washington Huskies went 9-22 last season. KU won the Big 12 regular-season title and reached the Elite Eight.

By the way, details of the trade as reported by the Associated Press: The Celtics will acquire the No. 3 pick plus an additional first-rounder in either 2018 or 2019.

Gary Bedore: 816-234-4068, @garybedore

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