Eyeing some movement of Kansas targets in the 2018 recruiting class

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

The calendar may still read 2017, but, with all of its scholarships now officially spoken for, the Kansas basketball team can and has moved forward, full speed ahead in its recruitment of the Class of 2018.

Because the Jayhawks are in on almost all of the elite talent in the 2018 class (what’s new, right?), many of the names are ones which you probably already have heard.

And while there still may be a long way to go before anything is closed to finalized with any of those players, the Jayhawks are off to a good start in their pursuit of the next crop of Kansas basketball players.

Here’s a quick look at some recent news from a couple of KU’s key targets in the class:

• Immanuel Quickley – 5-star point guard, ranked No. 15 by Rivals.com

The 6-foot-4, 180-pound lead guard from John Carroll High in Bel Air, Md., recently made news by narrowing his list down to a final four. Along with Kentucky, Maryland and Miami (Fla.), the Jayhawks made that cut and appear to be in as good of shape as anybody in the pursuit of Quickley, who actually already has made an unofficial visit to Lawrence.

"I think those four schools fit me the most as a person and as a player," Quickley recently told Scout.com’s Evan Daniels. "I think off and on the court those schools fit me the best."

As for his specific stance on the Jayhawks, Quickley had this to say: "Coach Bill Self is great on and off the floor. I really liked the feel of Allen Fieldhiuse when I visited. The feel there was cool to see."

Quickley told Daniels that he was now in the process of scheduling official visits to his final four and that he would like to make a decision before he begins his senior year of high school.

• Marvin Bagley Jr. — 5-star forward, ranked No. 1 by Rivals.com

The 6-foot-10 big man from Sierra Canyon High in Chatsworth, Calif., has narrowed his list to a final six full of some of college basketball’s biggest power players.

Kansas is on that list, along with Arizona, Duke, Kentucky, UCLA and USC.

Through the first few sessions of the Nike EYBL tournament, Bagley has backed up his Rivals ranking, averaging 25 points, 15 rebounds and 3 blocks in 30 minutes per game.

There has been some talk of whether Bagley might want to reclassify and join the 2017 class, but the athletic big man told Zagsblog over the weekend that he was not worried about reclassifying and would let his future play out however it was supposed to.

As for his specific thoughts on each of his finalists, Bagley delivered similar thoughts on each of them while talking to Zagsblog.

“They’re all great schools,” he said. “I could say the same thing about each of the schools. They’re all great. They speak for themselves. They’re in the tournament. They play in big time tournaments and games every year on ESPN.... I’m looking for somewhere I could go and get better. That’s my main focus. That’s what I tell everybody. It’s not about the name. It’s not about all the news and the hype. It’s about where I can go and get better. Wherever that place may be out of my list is where I’ll go.”

• Quentin Grimes, 5-star combo guard, ranked No. 12 by Rivals

Andrew Slater, of 247 Sports, recently caught up with the 6-foot-5, 180-pound guard from College Park High in The Woodlands, Texas, for an update on the current status of his list.

Grimes is the rare top tier prospect to not have at least two of the three or four top college programs on his offer list. That’s not to say he’s being ignored. Far from it. But, according to the Rivals data base, Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina all are absent from his offer list, leaving Kansas as the biggest blue blood program pursuing him, with Arizona, Florida and five other Big 12 schools also in pursuit.

Grimes recently told Slater that he was in the process of narrowing his list down to eight and then would like to get it down to a final five in the next couple of weeks.

In his lengthy interview with Grimes, Slater points out that Duke has made contact during recent weeks but it’s clear that Arizona and KU have stood out as much as anyone.

“Coach Self called and said I'm a top priority and that he plays a lot of guards and sees me bringing in something different than the other guards because of my size,” Grimes told Slater. “He said they’re known now for their guards, but that I would be unique because of being able to play point guard at that size.”

Grimes said he views himself as a scoring point guard and is looking forward to surrounding himself with lots of talent in college so he can showcase both his scoring and passing skills.

Comments

John Fitzgerald

With how many players we'll have potentially leaving next year this could be Bill Selfs highest rated class yet.

6 months, 3 weeks ago

Report

Dillon Davis

Graham, Svi, and Whitman are for sure gone. Newman and Preston will also likely go. And depending on Azubuike's year, he could go. I think you're right, we will have at least 4-5 scholarships open for next year. And with a roster that will consist of mainly RS sophomores and juniors because of all the transfers, we should have a good blend of upperclassmen and talented first year players which is how you win in March, along with strong guard play.

Just looking at the rosters will we have for the next couple years with all this depth and because of the transfers, along with the recruits for 2018 we have yet to sign, and given that we could have really favorable playing sites in March these next two years with Wichita being a round of 64 site and Omaha and KC being regional sites, I would be extremely disappointed if we do not hang another national championship banner by 2020.I realize our expectations are always to compete for a national title, but given those factors I just listed above, I think it would be pretty heartbreaking to not at least make the Final Four.

6 months, 3 weeks ago

Report

Ryan Zimmerman

What are they doing down in Arizona? Seems like the last few years they are being entertained as a "blue blood" school with some of these recruits

6 months, 3 weeks ago

Report

Dillon Davis

I mean Lute Olson kind of made them a fringe-blue blood school in the 90s. They've always been one of those teams like Michigan St who are really talented year in and year out. They just seem to fall short of the Final Four every year. But the school itself, its location, weather, party reputation, etc., make it a really attractive place to go as well.

6 months, 3 weeks ago

Report

Ryan Zimmerman

I hear you--- just seems like as of late they've been in play for a lot more recruits the last 5-6 years. At least constant top 3 class rankings where as they were kind of hit or miss prior is all

6 months, 3 weeks ago

Report

Barry Weiss

Sean Miller is a legit coach. And while UCLA has been down, Arizona has scooped up the top kids in the west. I like his brother Archie too. We will see how he does in the B1G this year. I think he will do well after what he did at Dayton.

6 months, 3 weeks ago

Report

David Friend

Bol Bol may end up being the number one recruit in this class. He recently dominated Bagley in an AAU tournament. At worse he will be top three.

6 months, 3 weeks ago

Report

Tony Bandle

Can you imagine a better name for an elite guard than "Quickley" ? :)

6 months, 2 weeks ago

Report

Commenting has been disabled for this item.