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ESPN ranks Kansas basketball’s Class of 2013 recruits

May 25, 2012

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Future Kansas University basketball players Brannen Greene and Conner Frankamp are listed Nos. 33 and 72 respectively in ESPN.com’s new top 100 rankings of the high school recruiting class of 2013.

Greene, a 6-7 wing formerly of Mary Persons High in Forsyth, Ga., who is headed to Tift County High in Tifton, Ga., for his senior year, is ranked No. 31 by Rivals.com. Frankamp, a 6-0 point guard out of Wichita North, is No. 42 by Rivals.com. Both have orally committed to play at KU.

Other top 100 players with KU currently on their lists:

No. 1: Jabari Parker, 6-8, Chicago Simeon. No. 2: Julius Randle, 6-9, Prestonwood Christian Academy, Plano, Texas. No. 4: Aaron Gordon, 6-7, Archbishop Mitty High, San Jose, Calif. No. 5: James Young, 6-6, Troy (Mich.) High. No. 7: Chris Walker, 6-10, Holmes County High, Bonifay, Fla. No. 9: Keith Frazier, 6-5, Kimball High, Dallas. No. 13: BeeJay Anya, 6-9, DeMatha High, Hyattsville, Md. No. 18: Ishmail Wainright, 6-6, Montrose Christian High, Raytown, Mo. No. 24: Jermaine Lawrence, 6-8, Pope John XXIII High, Springfield Gardens, N.Y. No. 25: Anthony Barber, 6-2, Hampton (Va.) High. No. 26: Marcus Lee, 6-9, Deer Valley High, Antioch, Calif. No. 28: Karviar Shepherd, 6-9, Grace Prep, Dallas. No. 29: Austin Nichols, 6-8, Briarcrest High, Eads, Tenn. No. 30: Tyler Ennis, 6-2, St. Benedict’s, Newark, N.J. No. 32: Semi Ojeleye, 6-6, Ottawa High. No. 35: Allerik Freeman, 6-3, Findlay Prep, Henderson, Nevada. No. 37: Rysheed Jordan, 6-3, Vaux Roberts High, Philadelphia. No. 40: Tyler Roberson, 6-7, Roselle Catholic, Union, N.J. No. 41: Jordan Mickey, 6-7, Grace Prep, Dallas.

Jackson’s team wins: Former KU forward Darnell Jackson’s BC Donetsk team swept Azovmash four games to none to win the Ukranian Superleague title. According to box scores, Jackson did not play in any of the championship round games, though he did play in the semifinals.

Jackson during the Ukraine regular season averaged 7.8 points and 4.9 rebounds while logging 17.7 minutes a game. In 14 Eurocup games, he averaged 8.0 points and 3.6 boards in 17.9 minutes a game.

Orlando has Pritchard on list: Former KU guard Kevin Pritchard is expected to be a candidate for the Orlando Magic general manager opening, CBSsports.com reports. Others mentioned: Los Angeles Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak, Indiana GM David Morway and former New Orleans GM Jeff Bower. Pritchard is the Pacers’ director of player personnel and former GM of the Portland Trailblazers.

No. 15: The Sporting News ranks KU’s basketball team No. 15 in the country in its first preseason top 25 for the 2012-13 season. Indiana is No. 1, followed by UCLA, Louisville, Ohio State, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina State, Duke, Syracuse, Arizona, North Carolina, Missouri, Creighton and Memphis.

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