Jayhawks hope to add depth as spring signings start
Kansas University’s five-man recruiting Class of 2013 could grow in the next few weeks.
“If we could get a couple more if they are the right couple, then I think we’d be interested in doing that,” KU coach Bill Self said heading into the spring signing period, which runs today through May 15.
“We’re involved with some guys. I don’t know if it’s a situation where it will probably benefit us if we are able to sign a couple more from a depth standpoint. I’m really happy with the guys we have coming in.”
The Jayhawks, who have signed No. 12-ranked Wayne Selden, No. 25 Joel Embiid, No 29 Brannen Greene, No. 34 Conner Frankamp and No. 76 Frank Mason, are one of four finalists for No. 1-rated Andrew Wiggins.
The 6-foot-7 forward from Huntington (W.Va.) Prep, has not said when he’ll choose between KU, Kentucky, North Carolina and Florida State. Rivals.com reports that he will visit with UNC’s Roy Williams next Monday, KU’s Self on Tuesday and Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton on Wednesday.
“Like everybody else, each school is in love with his athleticism, quickness, ability to finish in transition, defensive ability and knack for making spectacular plays,” wrote Eric Bossi of Rivals.com.
KU has three scholarships left to give in the Class of 2013.
Dooley on FGCU list
KU assistant coach Joe Dooley is a candidate for the head coaching post at Florida Gulf Coast, ESPN.com reports. Other candidates: Ohio State assistant Chris Jent, Oklahoma assistant Steve Henson and Gulf Coast assistant Marty Richter. The Fort Myers News Press on Monday said that Wichita State associate head coach Chris Jans and Florida State assistant Corey Williams were also in the running.
Tyus Jones, a 6-1 junior point guard from Apple Valley (Minn.) High, tells USA Today he will have an in-home visit with KU’s Self either Monday or Wednesday. He has a final list of KU, Duke, Michigan State, Minnesota, Baylor, Kentucky and Ohio State.
Twitter erupted on Tuesday night when Yahoo Sports reported that Marcus Smart had decided to return to OSU for a sophomore season. He’s scheduled a news conference today to announce his future plans.
“Marcus Smart did the right thing if in his heart college is where he wants to be- all critics forget it as it is his CHOICE! Give kid kudos,” tweeted Dick Vitale.
“Overwhelming initial response of NBA executives on Marcus Smart’s decision to bypass top 5 status in draft to stay in school: Shock,” tweeted Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
“Glad we get to see Marcus Smart for another year, but I hate to see a kid bypass guaranteed millions like this,” tweeted ESPN’s Jason King.