University of Kansas

KU basketball remains in the mix for 2019 stars Cole Anthony and Malik Hall

KU coach Bill Self (above) and the Jayhawks have reportedly offered a scholarship to Bryce Thompson, the son of one of his former Tulsa players.
KU coach Bill Self (above) and the Jayhawks have reportedly offered a scholarship to Bryce Thompson, the son of one of his former Tulsa players. rsugg@kcstar.com

Even as his senior year approaches, Cole Anthony remains mum on his recruitment.

Considered the nation’s top point guard in the 2019 class, Anthony, the son of former NBA guard and UNLV star Greg Anthony, said his dad has been helping him with the recruiting process and isn’t interested in commenting on any school in particular. Anthony also wasn’t interested in commenting on whether he will remain at Archbishop Molloy High School in New York City for his senior season.

“It’s just awesome to have someone who has that insight of the game and all that knowledge,” he said of his father. “Most kids who are playing basketball don’t have (that).”

Anthony showed why he’s the nation’s top floor general in his first game of the Nike EYBL season in Dallas against St. Louis’ Bradley Beal Elite on April 20. The 6-foot-2 guard hit shot after shot to keep his PSA Cardinals up on BBE. When the opposing defense started to slow him down, he created for others to keep the lead out of reach.

He said after the game that he won’t lose his spot as the nation’s top point guard.

Kansas remains firmly in the picture for Anthony, while Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and Oregon’s Dana Altman both stopped in to check on his games. Anthony said in Dallas.

Malik Hall picks up offers

Sunrise Christian Academy star Malik Hall is arguably the hottest commodity in the 2019 class right now.

Hall continues to pile up offers as he’s added Villanova, Florida State and Notre Dame to his list, joining Missouri, Kansas, Ohio State, Oregon and Purdue.

The 6-foot-7 small forward said he’s taking his time with the recruiting process and said he’s looking to visit Oregon, Wisconsin and Ohio State once his school year ends May 18. That could change with his recent offers.

He recently had in-home visits with Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Oregon.

Hall plans to wait until after the summer AAU season to cut his list of schools and begin taking visits in the fall before making a decision.

He said the biggest factor when picking a school is relationships.

“I’m really big on connecting,” he said. “If I don’t feel right at a place then I don’t think I should be forced to go there because someone wants me to.”

KU's interest in Carey?

Vernon Carey, who is the nation’s No. 1 or No. 2 player in the 2019 class depending on the list, said he has not heard from Kansas recently. The Jayhawks have offered, but Carey said Michigan State, Duke and Kentucky have been in constant contact.

Leech picks ISU

Marcedus Leech, a 2019 wing from Poplar Bluff, Mo., recently announced his commitment to Iowa State in a Snapchat post. Leech was a borderline five-star recruit after his freshman season of high school but has struggled to remain healthy. He’s suffered from a stress fracture in his shin and a broken foot.

An athletic scorer with a lot of upside, Leech had the likes of Kansas, Missouri, Florida State and LSU on his radar before picking Iowa State. He’s taken visits to Kansas, Kentucky and Missouri among others and could reignite interest from other schools even after his commitment if he can show he’s the same player from before the injuries.

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