Trevon Duval decision coming 'soon'

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

At this point in the recruiting game, with the 2017 class preparing to finish out high school and report to its chosen schools in just over a month, most of the focus is on the Class of 2018 and getting things lined up to make a run at the next crop of top talent.

There are, as always, a few in the Class of 2017 who remain undecided and none are bigger than 5-star point guard Trevon Duval, who has been on the Kansas radar for a long time and has pulled KU fans — as well as those at finalists Arizona, Baylor, Duke and Seton Hall — through weeks of waiting and wondering.

Duval, who is ranked as the No. 4 overall player in the class by Rivals.com, initially said he would like to commit and sign sometime in April. But it’s May. And he’s still undecided. Or, perhaps more likely, if he has decided he has yet to make that decision public.

That all may be changing soon, though — perhaps as soon as any day this week.

Over the weekend, Duval told Jason Jordan of USA Today that he was close to ending the madness and announcing his decision.

“I’m ready to get it over with. I’m gonna do it soon,” Duval told Jordan.

Soon, of course, is a relative thing and Duval technically has until the end of the spring signing period on May 17. But something about this latest batch of news sure makes it sound like Duval is ready to make his decision known.

From the sound of things, I don’t think the Jayhawks are expecting Duval to pick KU. There’s no doubt that they’d love to have him and, if he does want to play for Kansas, there’s also no doubt that they’d make it a priority to find him a spot.

The idea of pairing Duval with Devonte’ Graham and Malik Newman in KU’s backcourt remains awfully appealing.

Right now, though, with junior Svi Mykhailiuk preparing to go through the NBA combine May 9-14 in Chicago, the Jayhawks are in flux. If Mykhailiuk stays in the draft, Kansas would have one more scholarship to give before the 2017-18 season. If Svi elects to return for his senior season, Kansas is full.

There are always ways around this situation, particularly for a player of Duval’s caliber. But all indications right now are that Duke is the definite leader for Duval and Kansas won’t have to make any moves any time soon.

If Svi does decide to leave early, look for Kansas to use his scholarship on another big man, unless of course Duval decides that Lawrence is the place for him and then it’s an easy decision.

The waiting continues for now, but, at least today there does actually appear to be an end in sight.

by Jason Jordan

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John Fitzgerald

It's odd that he's waiting so long to make a decision. I've always thought he was 100% Duke, but given that he hasn't made the announcement yet makes me think there's a .00001% that KU can land him. Which is better than my previous thoughts of zero percent. But regardless I know we'll be fine without him. Also, any word on Jeremiah Tillmon? I heard Jerance Howard visited him a few weeks back. Are we even in the running?

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Matt Tait

Haven't heard much lately on Tilmon. Most likely because they're unsure if they'll have a spot for him. For a guy like Duval, I think you make room somehow, some way. I'm not sure it's the same scenario for Tilmon.

Self told me a couple of weeks ago that he thought the four big men KU had — Azubuike, Preston, Coleby and Lightfoot — could handle the 80 minutes per game required by two bigs. And, if you think about it, that's very doable.

25-30 for Azubuike,
20-25 for Preston,
10-15 for Coleby and
10 or so for Lightfoot

I could see that working fine.

As for Duval, one other thing that has to be considered is that nobody ever said it's down to Kansas and Duke as his final two. KU might be completely irrelevant in this delay and he may be trying to figure something out at Arizona before picking Duke. Who knows. And I get why KU fans think it's dragging out. But it's not necessarily because Kansas is even a factor at this point.

We'll know soon enough.

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John Fitzgerald

True. From what I've seen and heard Duval has kept his lips sealed and really hasn't given much hint to where he's leaning. He could end up at Seton Hall for all we know. But either way it'll be nice to get the anticipation over so we can get back to hoping Svi comes back. I think once he gets the information he needs from the NBA scouts he'll be more focused and determined.

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Jim Erickson

Matt - Interesting that HCBS told you that. I'm not being down on them, but realistically, none of those four are established big men at the college level. Not one. Yes, Preston and Azibuke have all kinds of potential, Coleby showed flashes, Lightfoot was just a freshman and should improve... If those 4 are going to combine for 80 minutes on an elite team, that means that we need to be 4 for 4 in big man player development which is a tall task even by HCBS standards. We also need luck with injuries. If we are planning on using two bigs on the floor, I can't understand why we chased the transfer guard over another big man to add depth and competition. We are loaded at guard. Then again, HCBS has 623 more college BB victories than I do, so what do I really know?

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Matt Tait

I think the biggest thing to remember here is (a) when he told me that, they hadn't signed Moore yet and (b) they are loaded at guard for the 2017-18 season but could be very thin there heading into the 2018-19 season. Signing Moore and getting him in the program for a full year before he's playing helps address that.

He'll figure it out. He always does.

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Greg Ledom

Your last sentence pretty much sums it up Jim, and I don't exclude myself. In Self we trust. Rock Chalk!

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Marcus Balzer

I've always believed that Duval was a Duke guy but I don't understand why he is taking so long to announce it then. A couple of people have mentioned that with these delays it could be 'Zona...either way it won't be KU.

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Jim Erickson

I probably agree, but if Svi jumps, we could make it work with Graham, Duval, and Newman. That would be fun!

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Harlan Hobbs

Thanks, Matt, for reporting the assessment that Coach Self has of Udoka, Preston, Coleby, and Lightfoot. Your inside perspective is very valuable.

I don't see Preston as a big time inside player, but I hope that I am wrong. Carlton certainly didn't handle that transition well as a backup for Landen, so hopefully Coleby and maybe Lightfoot can be more effective.

In another article, Coach Self said that he doesn't expect more than 30 minutes a game at most out of Udoka, but I hope that Udoka can exceed those expectations. We won't have the luxury of having a Josh Jackson who could achieve "double doubles" routinely while playing all over the court. Maybe Malik Newman will be the guy to watch even though he doesn't have the versatility of a Josh Jackson when it comes to doing things inside.

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Matt Tait

Remember, one of the biggest parts of Self using two bigs is the high-low offense. Preston is a guy who could do very well in that spot. But you're right, he's not a big time presence in the paint who's going to use his size and strength to push people around and dominate down low.

It's going to be very interesting to see how and where he plays next season.

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Steve Corder

Drum roll please........and the loser is.............

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