2017 PF Deng Gak picks Miami over Kansas

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Evidently, Class of 2017 power forward Deng Gak's recent visit to Kansas was not impressive enough to lure the big man to Lawrence.

Eric Bossi, of Rivals.com, on Tuesday morning Tweeted that Gak, a 6-foot-9, four-star forward from Blairstown, New Jersey, had committed to Miami.

Gak, the No. 91-ranked player in the class according to Rivals.com, was in town last weekend with five-star point guard Trae Young.

Gak first landed on the Kansas radar in the days following No. 1 prospect DeAndre Ayton's decision to commit to Arizona. Although the Jayhawks lost out on Ayton, the belief held by some recruiting analysts was that Gak was a raw, under-the-radar type player who could wind up being a steal if the Jayhawks were able to land him as a sort of Plan B.

Despite the KU coaching staff spending time in New Jersey recruiting and watching Gak and getting him on campus for a visit, the big man chose to stay out east.

His decision leaves the Jayhawks still in search of a big man in the 2017 class, after Late Night visitor Cody Riley committed to UCLA and Gak now headed to Miami.

KU's 2017 recruiting class (which already has 6-5 Dallas combo guard Marcus Garrett in the fold) figures to be guard heavy, but there's no doubt that the coaching staff would like to add at least one big to round out both the class and the roster, with Kansas likely to lose projected starters Carlton Bragg Jr. and Landen Lucas following the 2016-17 season.

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Robert Brock

KU dodged a bullet.

11 months ago

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Tyler Capone

With the news that Bama leads for Sexton i'm really wondering what this staff is doing wrong this year in recruiting. I like Garrett, but really? We are losing targets to schools that can't hold a candle to us I just don't understand at all.

11 months ago

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Waylon Cook

"SKY IS FALLING" Imagine that, these posts hardly ever show up when we don't get a recruit.

11 months ago

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Jay Scott

Bama leads? What's the score? When the kid signs, he signs. Everything else is hot air.

Most of the top kids haven't signed.

You were right about one thing. You just don't understand at all.

11 months ago

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Suzi Marshall

That 247 crystal ball prediction stuff is crazy when it comes to Kansas. Ayton and Gak were both overwhelming fovorites for KU. Apparently neither player had much of an appetite to compete for a position, wanting a free pass and assurances from Bill Self. Very happy we lost both those entitled guys.

Self must have tons of confidence for the Azubuike/Lightfoot/Coleby/Maxwell group.

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Karen Mansfield-Stewart

This guy might have been pretty good after playing behind Azubuike or others for a year. I'm not losing any sleep over it however. Our main need(s) are Sexton or Young; or both.

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Marius Rowlanski

Agree. He has zero chance of makinging it into the NBA after one year at at any school and would have had a great opportunity to learn behind Azubuike. Now he can get his butt kicked regularly in the ACC.

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Scott Burkhart

Miami? Yeah, they're a real BB powerhouse. This guys isn't exactly a Rhodes Scholar is he?

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Dirk Medema

Miami had a top team recently. Don't remember how they finished. Obviously few programs can match our tradition but there are other good programs and Coach always finds more good players.

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Eliott Reeder

Deng it!

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Humpy Helsel

At Miami he starts from day one, more than likely. At Kansas, he plays behind Udoka for a year. In today's world of instant stardom (OAD), that can mean the difference. With that said, no telling what tips the scale in the mind of a 17-18 year old, one way or the other. Might be as simple as how much people in the Northeast love to talk about spending the winter in Miami. Sounds good to me!

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Omari Miller

The coaches aren't doing anything wrong... as long as you don't consider telling the truth wrong. After his visit, Gak said that he really enjoyed KU, but he also said that the coaches told him he'd play more in his second year. There aren't a lot of kids who will play a lot right away at KU... the coaches are honest with them... they go to schools where they'll be big men on campus immediately.

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Glen Miller

Our front court depth next year could be thin..... just have to see how this recruiting season shakes out. Preston is the only highly ranked big I can recall we are in serious consideration for (and judging by what I am reading everywhere his eligibility is a massive concern). As it stands we have Az, Coleby and Lightfoot next season. We seem to be in on a ton of guards, but no bigs and that is just not normal for Bill Self. Especially when it's obvious that we NEED bigs more than guards. I'm a big perplexed at some of the choices these kids make. Sometimes playing time just isn't as important as these youngins' seem to think these days. Just because you're a stud in High School does not mean that you should immediately start in college. SMDH

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Jay Scott

Azubuike, Coleby, Lightfoot and Maxwell...that's assuming Bragg leaves....thin?

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Glen Miller

Yep, thin....... that's what I said and your comment has not deterred me from that stance.

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