David McCormack, a 6-foot-10, 260-pound senior power forward from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., who made an unofficial visit to Kansas last week, on Monday listed KU as one of his six finalists.
The others per his Twitter account: Oklahoma State, Duke, Xavier, UCLA and North Carolina State.
“It’s a great environment. I really enjoyed myself there (KU),” McCormack, the No. 35-ranked player in the recruiting class of 2018 according to Rivals.com, told D1vision.com. “They told me how they’re likely losing their top six guys. Billy (Preston) will be gone, Devonté (Graham) will be gone, so I’ll be able to play inside and out. They’ll be able to take advantage of what I can do.”
He said he would be setting up some official visits in the near future.
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“I haven’t set any and I don’t know how many I’m going to take,” McCormack told D1vision.com.
Langford narrows list to KU, six others
Romeo Langford, a 6-4 senior shooting guard from New Albany (Ind.) High School, who is ranked No. 5 in the recruiting class of 2017, on Monday narrowed his list of schools to Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Indiana, UCLA, Vanderbilt and North Carolina, Rivals.com reported. He has yet to set up any visits and is expected to pick a school in the spring.
Langford averaged 28.7 points and 8.9 rebounds per game as a junior in leading New Albany to a state title.
According to the Indianapolis Star, he enters his senior season with 2,079 career points. He has a chance to break the state of Indiana’s all-time scoring record of 3,134 points, set by Damon Bailey of Bedford North Lawrence in 1990.
De Sousa update
Silvio De Sousa, a 6-9, 220-pound senior power forward from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., apparently had a good time on last weekend’s official visit to KU, Rivals.com indicated Monday.
It’s been speculated KU may be leading Maryland for the No. 18-ranked player in the class of 2018. He’s also considering Florida, Louisville, Illinois, North Carolina, Syracuse and others.
Rivals.com’s Eric Bossi points out that Maryland freshman Bruno Fernando is a close friend of De Sousa and thus sees De Sousa making an official visit to Maryland before possibly choosing a school.
A native of Angola, De Sousa moved to the United States in January 2015. He first attended Montverde Academy in Florida, then transferred to IMG last season.
KU is also recruiting De Sousa’s IMG teammate, Emmitt Williams, a 6-7 senior forward who is ranked No. 17 nationally.
Dotson to visit Florida
Devon Dotson, a 6-1 senior from Providence Day High School in Charlotte, N.C., who visited KU last weekend, will visit Florida on Sept. 8-10, he told Zagsblog.com. Rivals.com’s No. 35-rated player in the class of 2018 also has UCLA, Maryland, Clemson, USC and Ohio State on his list.
“Coach (Bill) Self has made me a priority and he wants to put the ball in my hands,” Dotson told Zagsblog.com. “Just be in attack mode and run the show. He thinks I’m the top point guard in the nation, so he believes in me a lot.”
Dotson eliminated Arizona recently after the Wildcats received a commitment from No. 16-ranked Jahvon Quinerly.
Carey visits Miami
Jalen Carey, a 6-4 senior point guard from Immaculate Conception High School in Montclair, N.J., made an official visit to Miami last weekend.
Carey, the No. 50-rated player in the class of 2018 by Rivals.com, will visit KU for the Sept. 30 Late Night in the Phog and also has visits set to Connecticut for Wednesday through Friday and Syracuse for Sept. 8-10. Villanova and Rutgers are also on his list.
“I’m definitely going to take all five (visits), just enjoy it,” Carey told Zagsblog.com. “I don’t want to rush anything.”
Robinson saga ends; he’s back at WKU
Mitchell Robinson is officially a member of Western Kentucky’s basketball team … again.
The 7-foot freshman out of Chalmette (La.) High School, who considered transferring to Kansas after being released from his national letter-of-intent at Western Kentucky and also pondered sitting out the 2017-18 season to prepare for the NBA Draft, on Monday enrolled at Western Kentucky, the school confirmed.
“I’ve said it many times, Mitchell is a good kid who can benefit greatly from the structure and accountability provided to him here,” Hilltoppers coach Rick Stansbury said in a statement as reported by WBKO.com. “As I stated previously, there are requirements for his return that will be handled internally.”
Robinson left Western Kentucky’s campus at the end of July and was released from his letter-of-intent. He visited KU, LSU and New Orleans, ultimately electing to return to Western Kentucky after it became apparent he’d be unable to receive a waiver from the NCAA allowing him to play in games this season at another Division I school. He’s expected to be a lottery pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.
“I’ve learned from some decisions I’ve made in my life,” Robinson said in a statement. “I accept all responsibility for my actions and look forward to gaining back the respect of all of my coaches, teammates and fans. This is where I want to be, and I want to help the Hilltoppers compete for a championship.”
Rivals.com’s No. 9-rated player in the class of 2017 averaged 25.7 points, 12.6 rebounds and 6.0 blocks per game his junior season.
KU on Horton-Tucker’s long list of schools
Talen Horton-Tucker, a 6-5 senior small forward from Chicago Simeon High School, who is ranked No. 102 in the recruiting class of 2018 by Rivals.com, has narrowed his list to 13 — yes 13 — schools.
They are: KU, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa State, Xavier, Michigan State, Georgia Tech, Florida State, St. Louis, Dayton, Ohio State, Georgetown and Michigan.