Jayhawks hope to add depth as spring signings start

Kansas recruit Andrew Wiggins watches from behind the bench during the second half, Monday, March 4, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas recruit Andrew Wiggins watches from behind the bench during the second half, Monday, March 4, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

April 17, 2013


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. 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

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, 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.

Jones update

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.

Smart decision?

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.


Emil Ramirez 5 years ago

KU needs to look at Riley Harris, 6'7" swing who can handle the ball and shoot with range. Okla St and Fla are on the hunt for this player also.

jhawkinsf 5 years ago

I wouldn't mind seeing us sign a transfer or two, in the Kevin Young or Jeff Withey mode. Guys who don't expect to play a lot early on, but will practice hard and earn their minutes in future years. Guys who will earn their degrees.

msezdsit 5 years ago

Wiggins is going to UK and he is just playing a game stringing along the other schools. I have seen him play and he is a terrific talent. He would probably go #1 in the draft this year if he was eligible. You rarely find these guys with this much talent that have the attitude of a Ben McLemore and Wiggins is no exception.

We got a great bunch coming in and should stop at that unless as you say, someone like Withey or Young were available. They won't upset the chemistry that someone like Wiggins would do.

The Wiggins family looks overwhelmingly excited in the photo.

Robert Rauktis 5 years ago

The next great thing-I'd think this started with Carmelo Anthony and Syracuse in 02-03. UK won with Anthony Davis two years ago. Two NC's in ten years. If teenage fanfare at best, results in 20% NC's and the "great predictability" of the recruiting sites predicting championship teams might even be suspect (Why didn't Noel's UK team this year not even make the tourney?) why sweat buckets to get someone to fill time? Longevity makes up loads in expert recruiting sites "non potential", especially in 17 year olds who can change a whole lot in a year. (Again, Anthony Davis.)

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