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Recruit Jamari Traylor picks Kansas

Traylor on KU campus: ‘I fell in love with it on the day I came on my visit’

Jamari Traylor, the No. 141-ranked player in the class of 2011, according to

Jamari Traylor, the No. 141-ranked player in the class of 2011, according to

May 18, 2011, 2:42 p.m. Updated May 18, 2011, 5:19 p.m.



Jamari Traylor highlights

Jamari Traylor, a 6-foot-7 power forward from IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., announced plans to play basketball at Kansas University on Wednesday on the IMG Academies website.

The No. 141 player in the nation according to, chose KU over Indiana, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.

"I really chose Kansas because on my visit, I sat down with (Kansas) coach (Bill) Self and coach (Kurtis) Townsend and the rest of the coaches ... I like the way they plan on using me," Traylor said. "I like them as coaches. I like the team. They're a good group of guys as well. As far as the campus, I fell in love with it on the day I came on my visit."

Last year as a senior at IMG, Traylor averaged 20 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks.

"I’m really proud of Jamari,” Self said. “We have gotten to know him this spring and he’s worked very hard in the classroom. He’s a young guy that really wants to be good. He’s got a motor very similar to Thomas (Robinson) and he’s an athlete that at 6-7 can basically guard all five positions. We think we will be an immediate and major contributor for us.”

Traylor said he would probably play power forward, but also will play some at the three position as his career progresses.

"I am really a physical guy," Traylor said. "I know how to finish at the rim. I really take pride in defense."

Traylor attended Chicago’s Julian High until his senior year.

“We are so excited to sign Jamari,” Self said. “He is a Chicago kid that spent the last year at IMG Academy and was coached by Loren Jackson, who is a coach that I have known since my days at Illinois and certainly have great respect for as he has coached several good Div. I players.”

The 230-pounder visited KU from April 22-24, a week after visiting OSU.

“He is the type of player that plays bigger than his 6-7 frame because he gets off the ground so quickly and plays at the top of the block,” Director of the IMG Basketball Academy Andy Borman said. “Jamari’s a great kid with great character and will give a tremendous boost to any program.”

Traylor joins Naadir Tharpe, Braeden Anderson and Ben McLemore in this year's KU recruiting class.

“We were very fortunate in the spring period to get Braeden Anderson and sign Jamari inside because they both give us immediate contribution and depth,” Self said. “I really feel Jamari could be a sleeper that everybody will say ‘Where did you get him?’ a couple of years from now; in a similar way they did the Morris twins. He’s very young basketball-wise. He’s a sponge and wants to learn. I really think he’s going to get good, fast.”


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 11 months ago

Even if KU doesn't sign another player for next year, this recruiting class is still way better than any recruiting class that Butler or VCU ever had. Just sayin.


pigballin 2 years, 11 months ago

It is going to be long years of not so good KU basketball.

If the Kansas Kid Ellis picks another school. Every fan has to begin to wonder what the deal is about Self.

He gives the impression to the public and media which reaches out to other states, that top recruits will have a hard time getting playing time over current players that haven;t set the court on fire. But i think there is more.

My personal opinion is that Selby gave up on Self. It was the BM factor. BM could do no wrong , and Selby had a shorter leash. Things like this get out. Yeah i could be very wrong,but that is the way i look at it.


DRsmith 2 years, 11 months ago

Sorry if I am not excited about the 141st ranked player going to KU late in the process. This is strictly scrambling by Self. If Daniels picks KU maybe it won't be so bad but one has to wonder about Daniels. Kid is wishy washy to say the least.


pigballin 2 years, 11 months ago

The 141 ranked player picks Ku late in the spring.

Lacy no go.

Daniels will be a no go.

Coach Self said he needs to hit a home run. He strikes out . If he keeps making comments like he did several days ago he will continue to strike out.

Other than Robinson and Selby, the least 3 years have not been kind.


DRsmith 2 years, 11 months ago

Ouch. Only Traylor out of the 3? That will hurt. Not exactly a homerun. Going to be a long year.


woodscolt 2 years, 11 months ago

Welcome aboard!!!!! Get ready to work your a off!!!! We got a kid who can be half the Morris twins. Add


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