An important recruiting weekend for Bill Self and Kansas began Wednesday.
LaGerald Vick, a former SMU commit, was set to be on campus starting Wednesday for an official visit. Vick, a 6-foot-5 wing from Memphis, Tenn., was coming off a visit to Kansas State and will visit Kentucky this weekend.
As noted last week after Kansas offered a scholarship, Vick is an intriguing prospect for a couple reasons. Originally a member of the 2015 class, Vick committed to SMU and planned to spend the 2015-2016 season at a prep school.
Now those plans might have changed. Maybe. At any rate, if Vick had concerns about becoming qualified for the 2015 class, those appear to have subsided.
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“He has qualified, but he has not decided on 2015 yet,” Norton Hurd, Vick’s AAU coach, told recruiting site Zagsblog this week.
If Vick does choose to rejoin the 2015 class and go to school this fall, it appears to be down to Kansas, K-State and Kentucky.
▪ Another 2015 prospect, shooting guard Kobie Eubanks, also plans to visit Kansas this weekend, according to Rivals.com.
Eubanks, listed at 6-foot-5, 215 pounds, is ranked as the nation’s 101st best prospect in the 2015 class, according to Rivals. He was originally a member of the 2014 class and committed to Baylor. But academic issues forced him to spend a prep year at Elev8 Sports Academy in Florida.
Kansas has two remaining scholarships available after signing freshman forward Carlton Bragg and freshman big man Cheick Diallo. Self could choose to pocket at least one of those scholarships and have it available for the 2016 class, but it’s not like the Jayhawks won’t have plenty of scholarships available.
Perry Ellis, Jamari Traylor and Hunter Mickelson will all be seniors next year, and freshman forward Diallo projects as a possible — emphasis on possible — one-and-done player. In other words, the Jayhawks will have plenty of room to go hard after their 2016 targets.
Here are a couple of Kansas links that you might have missed:
▪ Sydney Conley is a Kansas junior and one of the best long jumpers in the Big 12. She’s also the younger sister of NBA point guard Mike Conley Jr. and daughter of Olympic champion Mike Conley Sr. While her brother attempts to topple the Warriors, Conley will be trying to win a Big 12 long jump title in Ames, Iowa, this weekend.
▪ Inspired by her younger brother, Kansas softball pitcher Alicia Pille has helped the Jayhawks back to the NCAA Tournament. KU opens Friday against Louisville in Columbia.
▪ Tickets for Kansas’ two summer exhibition games against Team Canada went on sale Wednesday. The game, which will take place at the Sprint Center on June 23 and June 26, will prepare KU to represent the United States at the World University Games in July in Gwangju, South Korea.
▪ Kansas football picked up a juco linebacker for its 2015 class. He’ll be able to play this season.
▪ Here is a good song from Courtney Barnett.