Summer school: Kansas

22 Jun

By Sam Duren
National Hoops Report

With the July recruiting period right around the corner, college coaches are shifting their focus to recruiting. The July period marks the first time coaches can see high school players in person against equal level competition. What’s going on in the Big 12? The National Hoops Report will take a look at the recruiting landscape of all of the teams in the conference. Today, we look at Kansas.


Expected Open scholarships: 4-5

Kansas will graduate two scholarship seniors in Tyshawn Taylor and Conner Teahan to go along with two currently unused scholarships.  There is also a possibility that junior forward Thomas Robinson heads pro.


Zach Peters, 6’9 PF, Plano Pretonwood, TX

At one time Peters was considered near the top of the class of 2012 but his stock has dropped now to barely being in the Rivals top 150.  The Texas big man committed to Kansas in April 2010, he is a strong and tough presence in the paint.  Currently not playing AAU this summer as he is prepping to play football along with basketball as a senior.


Shabazz Muhammad, 6’5 SG, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), NV
Brandon Ashley, 6’8 PF, Bishop O Dowd (Oakland), CA
Kaleb Tarcewski, 7’0 C, St Marks, MA
Perry Ellis, 6’8 PF, Wichita Heights, KS
J’Mychal Reese, 6’1 PG, Bryan, TX
Archie Goodwin, 6’4 SG, Sherwood, AR
Nino Jackson, 6’0 PG, Ardmore, OK
Marcus Smart, 6’3 SG, Flower Mound Marcus, TX
Winston Shepard, 6’6 SF, Findlay Prep (Henderson), NV
Anrio Adams, 6’2 SG, Garfield (Seattle), WA


After a disappointing recruiting class by Kansas standards in 2011 the Jayhawks are looking to bounce back with size.  Zach Peters committed over a year ago and likely won’t be the only big man reporting to Lawrence as a 2012 class member.

Local favorite Perry Ellis has been on Kansas’ radar since his freshman year.  Duke has recently got involved with the Wichita Heights big man and Kentucky is also a player but Kansas has been putting in work since day one and are in a prime position for Ellis’ services.

Another top big man target is Kaleb Tarczewski, who has visited Lawrence unofficially multiple times in recent years including earlier this month with his mother.   Arizona and North Carolina are KU’s top competitors for Tarczewski’s signature.

A trio of unoffered bigs to keep an eye are, 6 foot 6 Ricardo Gathers of Riverside, LA, 6 foot 11 Adam Woodbury of Sioux City, IA and 6 foot 8 Landen Lucas of Findlay Prep, NV.

Gathers has not received a KU offer but seemingly talks up the Jayhawks as much as possible.  Woodbury was a top 100 recruit before the spring started but is now rising up the rankings status after winning MVP of the NBA Top 100 camp.  Lucas recently trekked to Lawrence for Kansas’ elite camp and could emerge into an offered big this summer.

At the lead guard spot Texas scoring machine J-Mychal Reese is the top point guard prospect for Kansas, and it looks like the feeling are mutual between the two.   Another point guard is the athletic Nino Jackson.  After sporting Jayhawk socks during an AAU game the Ardmore, Oklahoma native was considered a Kansas lock but recently off the court issues has left basketball future in some jeopardy.

In regards to the off guard spots the top two choices appear to be the hard working Marcus Smart of Texas and the high scoring Archie Goodwin of Arkansas.  Smart is a throwback on the court as he never takes a play off and is considered one of the toughest players in the nation.  Goodwin is an explosive scorer who can get hot in a hurry from deep or get to hole.


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