4-star PF Zeke Nnaji picks Arizona over Kansas, four others

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

A little more than nine hours before No. 2 Kansas and No. 5 Tennessee got to work in the title game of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Barclays Center, the Jayhawks got a bit of bad news from the recruiting trail when four-star power forward Zeke Nnaji announced his commitment to Arizona.

Nnaji, a 6-foot-10, 215-pound prospect from Hopkins High outside of Minneapolis, announced the news in the Hopkins gymnasium with friends, family members and teammates in attendance.

Nnaji picked Arizona over Baylor, Kansas, North Carolina, Purdue and UCLA. The Minnesota native had made official visits to five of those six schools, including Kansas around Late Night, and also took an unofficial visit to UNC last weekend after the Tar Heels jumped in on him late.

Nnaji, who is ranked No. 37 overall in the 2019 class by Rivals.com, becomes the second high-profile power forward to pass on Kansas in the past month. Top 10 prospect Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, of IMG Academy by way of Bishop Miege High, elected to join the Villanova program a few weeks ago instead of staying close to home with Kansas.

Friday’s news leaves Top 10 prospect Matt Hurt and four-star shooting guard Cassius Stanley (No. 31, with finalists KU, UCLA and Oregon) as KU’s most important remaining targets in the 2019 class.

Because Hurt and Nnaji played AAU ball together, many believed the two could wind up at the same college, but a handful of recruiting analysts have reported that Hurt and Nnaji are not necessarily a packaged deal.

The 6-9, 200-pound Hurt, No. 6 per Rivals.com’s latest rankings, is expected to make an official visit to KU sometime this season and make a college decision next spring.

by Darren Wolfson

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Josh Galler

KU does need to sign a big man besides Hurt is there another Big man that would pick Kansas? WIth Dok possibly gone as well as Dederic possibly and Souza most likleyis gone that leaves only McCormick and Lightfoot as the big men. I doubt the FBI investigation took part of his thoughts to pick Ariz as the are in same much deep water as KS with all this.

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Craig Carson

Well, KU certainly has missed on every major recruit this season...with Hurt not being guaranteed and KU losing so many from court players they could be in trouble next season...hope KU can at least sign 1 more front court player..otherwise its back to small ball...I personally didn't want to wait for another spring decision...how did KU miss on him or the younger Lawson for that matter. He choose freaking Oregon for Christ sake...we can hope for 3 things 1) KU lands Hurt 2) KU landing another top 100 big man or 3) hope DeSousa is cleared to play,sticks around for his junior season so he can team up with McCormack next year to form a respectable front court ...love Self, but I'm tired of seeing him lose out on players to lesser programs..no offense to them of course

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Ashwin Rao

You win some, and you lose some. Part and parcel of anything in life. The comforting thing is that coach Self knows how to win with any combination (Big, Small, ..)

#RCJH!

2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Patrick Wildman

It seems like the shoe company scandal has hurt recruiting but he picked Arizona who has an excellent class. Louisville has also had a good recruiting season so far. So, what gives? Is it hurting us? Or are these misses purely coincidental?

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Craig Carson

our 2019 recruiting class is looking pretty sad...they need to sign at least one 4* big man to have a decent class

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