5-star center James Wiseman keeps KU in final 5

photo by: Kyle Babson

Kansas basketball recruits, from left to right, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Cassius Stanley and James Wiseman, take in the scene at Late Night in the Phog on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018.

His visit to KU for Late Night and subsequent good time made Wednesday’s news less surprising.

But it is official nonetheless.

Class of 2019 five-star center James Wiseman, of Memphis, narrowed his list to a final five on Wednesday and Kansas made the cut.

Joining the Jayhawks in Wiseman’s final five were: Kentucky, Memphis, Vanderbilt and Florida State.

It’s still too soon to know when a final decision might come. And, yes, most recruiting analysts out there believe this one is destined to come down to a showdown between the hometown Memphis Tigers and John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats.

But Kansas is still putting in plenty of work and would not be doing so if the coaching staff did not believe they were still in the mix.

In addition to welcoming Wiseman to town for Late Night, KU’s coaching staff made a visit to Memphis to see Wiseman in early September.

To date, Wiseman has taken two of the three official visits he had scheduled (Kentucky on Sept. 13 and KU last weekend) and he is expected to be at Vandy this weekend.

Naturally, the 7-foot, 210-pound prospect has made several unofficial visits to Memphis but may add an official trip to both his hometown program and Florida State in the future.


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