Rush’s draft status still up in the air

Kansas target Legion visiting Kentucky

Bill Self and Brandon Rush chatted briefly Thursday, Kansas University’s basketball coach catching up with his sophomore guard prior to this weekend’s recruiting trip to Houston and the star-studded Kingwood AAU Classic.

“We agreed to talk mid to late next week,” KU coach Self said, indicating there had been no change in Rush’s status regarding the NBA Draft. “Not meet to make a final decision, but to talk. He’s said all along he will take his time and see which players (decide to enter the draft). He’s been doing that and will continue to do that (with deadline to declare midnight April 29).”

Rush has said he would turn pro if it’s apparent he’d be taken “somewhere around the top 20.” There are 30 picks in the first round. Rush also has said he likely would not sign with an agent if he decided to enter the draft. That way he could pull out by June 18 if he decided to return to college.

¢ Legion off to Kentucky: Alex Legion, a 6-foot-5 senior from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., is off to Kentucky for a recruiting visit this weekend. Legion, who last week was released from his letter of intent at Michigan, told he would visit KU either next week or the week after. He said he also would visit UCLA and Florida, but will not consider Michigan.

“My mom is handling my recruitment right now. She and coach Self have had the opportunity to talk and are building a good relationship. I will be taking an official visit to Kansas in the next week or two. I know I am going to visit Kentucky, Kansas, Florida and UCLA before I make my final decision,” Legion said.

¢ Garrett picks OSU: Brad Garrett, a 6-foot-5 freshman basketball guard from College of Southern Idaho, has committed to Oklahoma State.

Garrett, who averaged 15.8 points and 5.3 rebounds a game last year, had considered making a campus visit to Kansas. He chose the Cowboys over BYU and Oregon.

¢ Early birds impress: One of the top prospects at the Kingwood Classic will be Willie Warren, a 6-4 junior guard from North Crowley High in suburban Fort Worth, Texas. Warren says he will pay close attention to which coaches attend his 9:15 a.m. game on Saturday morning.

“It will show me who wants me and how badly they want me if they show for an early game on Saturday,” Warren said.

KU, Kentucky and Texas are his leaders.