Eric Chenowith's commitment to Kansas might help the Jayhawks land some other California recruits.
At least that's the hope of Chenowith, a 7-foot-1, 240-pound high school senior from Villa Park, Calif., who will ink with KU in November.
"Eric believes by committing early he may be able to draw others there," said Chenowith's dad, Bob, referring to California preps such as Baron Davis (6-1, Santa Monica), Chris Burgess (6-10, Irvine), Jason and Jarron Collins (6-9, North Hollywood) and perhaps others.
"Sure, he'd like them to go to Kansas. He's a Jayhawk now," Bob added. "Now that he has committed, a lot of other kids may look at Kansas. This means they will continue to be good in the future, not just because of Eric, but he is one of five pieces to the puzzle. When Scot (Pollard) leaves, Eric can step in. Now that one piece is filled."
Chenowith is a good friend of Davis, who has scheduled in home visits with coaches from KU, Duke, Michigan and UCLA. KU would love for Davis to fill one of its five available scholarship slots.
"Baron and Eric played together at Nike (camp) and at several tournaments in Long Beach," Bob Chenowith said. "Chris Burgess and Eric have been close the past eight years.
"Eric played with Brunner (Kenny, point guard, Compton) last year at Nike. The Collins twins ... he's played against them, but with them only a couple of times."
It helps KU that many Californians have had success under Jayhawk coach Roy Williams. Jacque Vaughn, Scot Pollard, Paul Pierce and Jerod Haase hail from the Golden State. Past Jayhawks from California include Adonis Jordan, Rex Walters, Eric Pauley and Alonzo Jamison.
"The fact so many California kids go to KU was a factor, but not a huge factor," Bob Chenowith said. "It's the campus, the coaches, the people, the education he'll get." An outstanding student, Chenowith will major in business.
Scouting report on Chenowith from "Extreme Fans": "He is great fundamentally. He displayed outstanding post moves and a keen instinct for the game at the Nike camp. The best big man at the camp." Chenowith averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds a year ago at 20-5 Villa Park. He made the all-star team at this summer's Nike camp.
Family tree: Bob Chenowith stands 6-2, while his wife Janey is 5-5. Eric's grandmother is 6-0 and her brother is 6-6. "That's where the genes came from," Bob said with a laugh.
Recruiting bits/pieces: Dion Glover, 6-4 from Ellenwood, Ga., has scheduled in-home visits with coaches from KU, North Carolina, Georgia, UConn, N.C. State, Arkansas, California and Kentucky.
Tony Harris, 6-0 from Memphis, is considering Memphis, KU, Tennessee and Colorado.
Khalid El-Amin, 5-11 from Minneapolis, has scheduled in-home visits with UNLV, Fresno State and Minnesota. KU, Cincinnati and Georgetown may also be involved.
Maurice Evans, 6-6 from Wichita, lists KU, Wichita State, Iowa State and Oklahoma State.
Larry Hughes, 6-5 of St. Louis, may be leaning toward Illinois over KU, Syracuse, St. Louis, Duke, Tennessee, Kentucky and Missouri. A previous report had said Hughes eliminated MU.
The Collins twins are considering Stanford, UCLA, KU, Arizona and Duke. Burgess is considering Duke, UCLA, BYU, KU and others.