Self says Jayhawks targetting 'everything' on recruiting trail

Kansas head coach Bill Self and assistant coach Kurtis Townsend watch with smiles during the campers vs. counselors scrimmage, Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at the Horejsi Athletic Center.

As if preparing for four games on Italian soil in early August was not making things busy enough, Kansas coach Bill Self and his staff have been running ragged on the recruiting trail of late.

Out on the road a minimum of four days a week, tracking some of the top talent in the 2018 class, Self and company are seeking players of all shapes and sizes to add to next year’s roster and continue building for the future.

“We’re looking for everything,” Self said during a recent meeting with the media. “I think we could lose five or six guys (after the 2017-18 season) so we’ve gotta sign big, we’ve gotta sign little, we’ve gotta sign point guard and tall wings. We need to sign a little bit of everything.”

As is the case every year with transfers in, transfers out and potential departures for the NBA, it remains to be seen exactly how things will play out following the 2017-18 season. But the Jayhawks are all but certain to lose seniors Devonte’ Graham, Svi Mykhailiuk and Jack Whitman.

To get to five or six open scholarships as Self suggests, KU also would have to lose two or three players in the group of potential early entrees, which includes center Udoka Azubuike, guard Malik Newman, forward Billy Preston and guard Lagerald Vick.

Because that list runs the gamut from a 7-foot center to a 6-foot-2 point guard, Self and company have the luxury of keeping all of their options open whey scouting talent in the 2018 class and beyond.

As usual, the Jayhawks have been major players and shown a lot of love to a good chunk of the Top 10 prospects in the country. But for every Top 5, 5-star standout there’s half a dozen players in the position reigning national player of the year Frank Mason once was in — Mason initially was ranked No. 131 in the 2012 class by Rivals.com — and Self and his staff have shown time and time again that they understand the importance of landing players in both tiers.

“Recruiting-wise, this’ll probably be about as important a year as we’ve had because of what we’ll potentially lose next year,” Self said.

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John Brazelton

Kentucky turns their team over every year, so it can be done.

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Barry Weiss

bummer. someone on here said Dok was not old enough to go at the end of next season. this makes it sound like maybe he can. He will be a double, double machine and if eligible for the draft, will be a top 20 draftee. (my early opinion)

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Karen Mansfield-Stewart

Dok wasn't old enough to turn pro at the end of his freshman season. He will be eligible after this season.

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Robert Brock

The Hawks seem to be turning to the vast transfer market more and more these days.

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Dirk Medema

The transfer market is a great option for Coach Self. He's going to play fewer than 10 players so that much better to have experienced players of proven D1 ability to both practice against this year and have guaranteed for next year. Regardless of who transfers or declares he knows he has a core of capable players that has learned his system and the culture. It is an absolute win-win-win for KU.

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Dirk Medema

Dok unofficially declared for the 2018 draft a year ago.

He's gone regardless - See Diallo, C

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Craig Carson

um, he did no such thing???? he hasnt said a single thing about his decision on when he is leaving

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Harlan Hobbs

Bottom line. Coach Self and his staff will always put a quality team together. Their mixture of elite high school players and 4 year stars like Perry Ellis, Frank Mason, and Devonte Graham, et. al., has been a clear winner and puts KU up there with any program.

Yes, Kentucky gets the #1 recruiting class almost every year, but they only have one National Championship under Calipari. That doesn't establish that great a tradition in my books. I'll take 13 consecutive Big 12 Championships any day, which ties the all-time record set my UCLA back in the John Wooden era.

Hopefully, KU will break the record this year. I certainly wouldn't bet against it.

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Craig Carson

this is the genius of Bill Self..by getting the Lawson Twins to transfer, he added 31pts and 18 rbs per game, and signing Moore will give him a solid PG. Adding Cunliffe gives him another solid wing player since I cant see him leaving early. Newman is obviously leaving early, Preston is a maybe, depending on what kid of season he has, unless Vick morphs into a taller version of Frank Mason, he isnt leaving after this season. These transfers gives Self some breathing room. Even if he does hit and miss on a few recruits, he still has alot coming back to make sure KU is a top 10 quality team. I hope Azibuike stays till at least his Junior season.

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Dirk Medema

Go back and read Dok's. Interview last summer. He's here 2 years.

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Dee Shaw

"Free Diallo".

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