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KU commit Brannen Greene to visit for Late Night

September 15, 2012

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Brannen Greene, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound senior small forward from Tift County High in Tifton, Ga., who orally committed to KU last Dec. 20, plans to make his official recruiting visit to KU for the Oct. 12 Late Night in the Phog.

Greene’s dad, Jeff, told Rivals.com, however, there’s a chance the family could change the visit to Feb. 16, when the Jayhawks play host to Texas as part of ESPN GameDay.

KU coach Bill Self had his in-home visit with Greene on Thursday. He spoke to the Tifton Gazette, but could not discuss Greene, the No. 22-rated player in the Class of 2013, in accordance with NCAA recruiting rules.

Self told the paper Tift County, “was a big-time school,” and he had gone to “places a lot more rural than Tifton,” during his days as a college recruiter.

“We will go anywhere in the country to look at a player, if they are interested in attending Kansas,” Self told the paper. “This area of the country has always been one of the more fertile spots for talent.”

Tift County is located in south Georgia, about 20 miles north of Macon and an hour drive from the city of Atlanta.

So far, four uncommitted prospects in the Class of 2013 will be making official recruiting visits to KU for Late Night.

They are: No. 5-ranked Aaron Gordon, a 6-8 forward from Archbishop Mitty High in San Jose, Calif., who is considering KU, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Kentucky and Cal; No. 29 Tyler Roberson, a 6-8 forward from Roselle (N.J.) Catholic, considering KU, Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Rutgers, Seton Hall, South Carolina, SMU, Syracuse and Villanova; No. 43 Karviar Shepherd, a 6-10 center from Prime Prep Academy in Dallas who lists KU, SMU, Texas, Texas A&M, LSU, Oklahoma, TCU and Marquette; and Chris Jones, a 5-11 sophomore from Northwest Florida State College who is considering KU, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Louisville and Florida State.

Randle visit: Self on Wednesday was in the home of No. 1-ranked Julius Randle, 6-9 senior from Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas.

“This is the biggest thing, and I’ve known coach Self since last year, and one of my kids, Zach Peters, is playing for him,” Prestonwood coach Chris Mayberry told Rivals.com. “He (Self) is a straight shooter and that’s the biggest thing. He was honest and told the truth, not that others didn’t at all, but he’s just a real dude and I think Julius appreciates that. It was a really good visit.”

Randle is considering KU, Baylor, Duke, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, N.C. State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas.

On Friday, Self was in the home of No. 2-ranked Jabari Parker, 6-8 from Chicago Simeon, who lists KU, BYU, DePaul, Duke, Florida, Georgetown, Kentucky, Michigan State, North Carolina, Stanford and Illinois.

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