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Report: 5 programs stand above the rest for 5-star Class of 2019 PF Jeremiah Robinson-Earl

Class of 2019 power forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, a Bishop Miege standout who recently made the U18 Men's National Team roster. (Photo courtesy Bart Young/USA Basketball)

Class of 2019 power forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, a Bishop Miege standout who recently made the U18 Men's National Team roster. (Photo courtesy Bart Young/USA Basketball) by Matt Tait

Busy working toward winning a gold medal with the U18 Men’s National Team at the FIBA Americas in Canada, which gets under way on Sunday, Bishop Miege standout forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl has continued to keep one eye on his recruitment.

The No. 16-ranked player in the Class of 2019, according to Rivals.com, Robinson-Earl recently told Rivals recruiting analyst Corey Evans that five programs had stood out to him the most throughout his recruitment thus far, adding that he was still open to adding any other programs who show serious interest into the mix.

Those programs, as things stand today, are: Kansas, to no one’s surprise, North Carolina, which seems to be KU’s biggest competitor here, Arizona, UCLA and Virginia.

Robinson-Earl recently talked about all five programs with Evans, breaking down what he liked about each. Here’s a quick look at what he had to say about KU.

“Obviously, it is one of the best schools in the country, right down the road,” he began. “This (USA Basketball) experience has been good, with just seeing what (KU) coach (Bill) Self has been like in action instead of just seeing him being nice just to be nice, but rather out here coaching us to get better.”

Despite his father’s ties to KU — former McDonald’s All-American Lester Earl played at Kansas from 1997-2000 and went toe-to-toe with Kobe Bryant, among others, in the 1996 — and the school’s proximity to his high school and hometown, Robinson-Earl said he had been exploring all of his options throughout the past couple of years of his recruitment and continues to do so today.

“There is no pressure to go there,” he told Evans of KU. “When coaches ask about if KU is where I am going to go, I just tell them that I open to anybody and if you’re willing to recruit me, I am open to you.”

As for North Carolina, which many believe will be KU’s biggest threat to landing Robinson-Earl, the 6-foot-9, 235-pound power forward made it clear in his interview with Evans that receiving interest from a coach like Roy Williams was both flattering and intriguing.

As is fairly standard, Robinson-Earl told Evans that he likely would start taking official visits this Fall and could see himself making a decision in the winter or early in 2019.

As for Evans’ read on Robinson-Earl’s recruitment, his take goes down as good news for the Jayhawks.

“Kansas has been and will continue to be the program to beat,” Evans wrote on Friday, “though Virginia, North Carolina, UCLA and Arizona could have a puncher’s chance as well.”

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KU freshman Quentin Grimes one of 18 to make 1st cut at USA Basketball camp

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Officially, Quentin Grimes’ first game under Kansas coach Bill Self is supposed to take place Nov. 6, when the Jayhawks face Michigan State in the annual Champions’ Classic in Indianapolis.

But by the time that game actually rolls around, Grimes may have as many as four or five games as a Self player already under his belt.

That’s thanks to the USA Basketball experience that both Grimes and Self are currently going through in Colorado Springs, in preparation for the FIBA Americas basketball tournament in Canada later this month.

Grimes, a five-star prospect in the Class of 2018 who was ranked No. 8 overall by Rivals.com and signed with KU last November, was one of 33 players who tried out for the U18 Men’s National Team that will be coached by Self in the upcoming FIBA Americas event.

Having made the first cut, Grimes now gets another couple more days to see if he can get a couple more weeks with his college coach.

Grimes was one of 18 U18 hopefuls who survived the first cut, which trimmed the talent pool from 33 to 18. Self and company will have to cut six more players before they leave for Canada on Thursday and it’s not likely that Grimes will be one of them.

“Quentin is a very talented guy,” Self said in a recent interview with the Journal-World. “And the fact that we know we will be depending on him in big ways this year (at KU), I think it is going to be beneficial to him, if he's fortunate enough to make the team, to kind of be in a system that he understands and then he can kind of help with the other three freshmen (back in Lawrence).”

Put a different way, when asked during a conference call if the USA Basketball experience would be good for Grimes, Self said simply: “I don’t know how it can’t be good.”

“I love Quentin and I certainly hope he comes and plays extremely well, but I’m not approaching this as, he has an advantage over other guys because he’s coming to KU,” Self continued. “And he knows that. He’s going into a situation where he’s going to have to play, and I think those are all positives. ... To have the chance to play in a setting that is not an all-star-game-type setting, where you’re playing for something that’s very important to a lot of people, I think that definitely will help him moving forward and certainly get him prepared to compete when he gets (to KU).”

As for the rest of the group Self saw last week — a group that included, and still includes, more than a few KU recruits in the 2019 and 2020 classes — Self said being around all of those athletes was a memorable experience.

“We had 33 guys come here and all 33 competed hard,” Self said per @USABasketball. “We were all so impressed with how much it meant to all of them. But at the end of the day these 18 were the 18 who stood out the most and are certainly very deserving of the opportunity to continue. Now from this, they’ll each get a couple full days in order to show that they could be one of the 12 to make this team the best team it possibly can be moving forward into competition.

“It’s going to be difficult to get down to 12. Sometimes putting a USA team together is a little different than just looking at who can score the most points and who can get the most rebounds. So, it’ll be interesting to see how that plays out. But the 18 that were selected, we thinks give us a great pool of players to give us the best chance to win.”

Here’s a quick look at the 18 players still vying for a roster spot on this year’s U18 team in Colorado Springs:

• Cole Anthony, Briarwood, N.Y., 5-star PG Class of 2019 (No. 4 overall per Rivals)

• Armando Bacot, Richmond, Va., 5-star PF Class of 2019 (No. 17 overall per Rivals)

• Keion Brooks, Ft. Wayne, Ind., 4-star PF Class of 2019 (No. 35 overall per Rivals)

• DJ Carton, Bettendorf, Iowa, 4-star PG Class of 2019 (No. 30 overall per Rivals)

• Hunter Dickinson, Hyattsville, Md., 5-star C Class of 2020 (No. 18 overall)

• Ayo Dosunmu, Chicago, Illinois freshman PG

• Quentin Grimes, The Woodlands, Texas, KU freshman SG

• Kamaka Hepa, Portland, Ore., Texas freshman PF

• Matthew Hurt, Rochester, Minn., 5-star PF Class of 2019 (No. 5 overall per Rivals)

• Trayce Jackson-Davis, Greenwood, Ind., 5-star PF Class of 2019 (No. 22 overall per Rivals)

• Josiah James, Charleston, S.C., 5-star PG Class of 2019 (No. 15 overall per Rivals)

• Jalen Lecque, Teaneck, N.J., 5-star PG Class of 2019 (No. 9 overall per Rivals)

• Tyrese Maxey, Dallas, 5-star SG Class of 2019 & Kentucky commit

• Justin Moore, Hyattsville, Md., 4-star SG Class of 2019 (No. 57 overall per Rivals)

• Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Bishop Miege, 5-star PF Class of 2019 (No. 16 overall per Rivals)

• Anton Watson, Spokane, Wash., 4-star PF Class of 2019 (No. 82 overall)

• Mark Watts Jr., Detroit, 4-star SG Class of 2019 (No. 67 overall per Rivals)

• Coby White, Goldsboro, N.C., North Carolina freshman SG

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KU coach Bill Self has some serious talent at his disposal at USA Basketball Camp

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Kansas coach Bill Self has been up to his ears in basketball evaluations during the past couple of days, but not in search of players to add to the KU roster in the Class of 2019 and beyond.

Instead, Self has been busy evaluating the 33 players invited to try out for the U18 USA Basketball team this week in Colorado Springs, where Self is making his debut as a head coach with the USA Basketball organization.

Before taking the team to Canada to compete in the FIBA Americas basketball tournament in mid-June, Self’s first job will be to trim the roster down from 33 to a group of finalists and, eventually, to the 12-man team that will compete for a gold medal.

Finalists are expected to be announced Saturday and the final cut will come a day or two later.

Earlier this week, Self discussed the USA Basketball experience with the Journal-World and made it clear that his No. 1 focus was to keep the gold medal streak alive. But there’s no denying that the chance to be around some of the best players in the 2019 and 2020 high school recruiting classes will not hurt Self when it comes to putting together his roster at Kansas in the coming years.

With that in mind, here’s a quick glance at some of the more intriguing names among the 33-man group vying to make the 2018 U18 squad.

• Quentin Grimes, Class of 2018 — By far the most interesting name from a Kansas perspective, Grimes, who signed with KU last November and will be a freshman and likely starter on the 2018-19 KU team, will get an early opportunity to be coached by Self for a couple of weeks if he makes the team. Given the fact that he’s one of just eight players from the 2018 class at the tryout, Grimes, a McDonald’s All-American and Jordan Brand Classic participant, has a shot to be one of the top players on the team and his chances of making the final 12 are good.

• Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Class of 2019 — One of KU’s top targets in the 2019 class, Robinson-Earl’s presence in Colorado Springs can only help Self’s chances of landing him when the son of former KU player Lester Earl makes his college decision. Beyond that, though, Robinson-Earl is one of the top talents in the 2019 class and has a good chance of making the final roster on his own merits.

• Zion Williamson, Class of 2018 — Williamson may have picked Duke over Kansas during the recruiting process a few months back, but that does not mean Self will not get a chance to coach him. Williamson suffered a minor injury during his time on the all-star circuit but he appears to be fully recovered from that and should be a factor in competing for a spot in the final 12.

• Matthew Hurt, Class of 2019 — Versatile forward who the Jayhawks have liked and been recruiting for a long time should get a chance to shine in front of Self and could get an opportunity to see another side of the KU coach than he already has seen. Think of it as an extended recruiting visit.

• Bryan Antoine, Class of 2019 — A 5-star shooting guard in the Top 20, Antoine, who plays for the Mario Chalmers-backed Team Rio, is a 6-4, 170-pound teammate of Scottie Lewis' at Ranney Prep School in Tinton Falls, N.J., who is drawing the same kind of interest as his close friend.

• Scottie Lewis, Class of 2019 — One of just a few shooting guards in the top of Rivals' rankings, Lewis is a 6-4, 170-pound 5-star scorer from Tinton Falls, N.J., who is ranked No. 11 overall and holds 18 offers from all of the country's powerhouse programs. Also plays for Team Rio.

• Jalen Lecque, Class of 2019 — Ranked No. 9 in the class, Lecque is a 6-foot-2, 170-pound 5-star point guard who has more than two dozen of the country's top basketball schools pursuing him. KU assistant Norm Roberts is listed as the lead recruiter for Lecque, who hails from Arden, N.C.

• Cole Anthony, Class of 2019 — Ranked as the No. 4 player in the 2019 class, this 6-foot-2, 180-pound 5-star point guard from New York City is drawing major interest from Georgetown, Oregon, Pitt, St. John's, Kansas, Wake Forest and UCLA.

For those of you who might be interested in just what goes on at these events, consider it a little like one of KU's practices before last year's summer trip to Italy.

There's work to be done and a lot to install and get on the same page about, but it's not as if it's mid-February and a Big 12 title is on the line. Things will get to that point, of course, as the U18 squad gears up to go for a fifth consecutive gold medal later this month. But right now, with Self and his coaching staff trying to wade through all of that talent, it's more about getting guys as many reps as possible to see how they might fit in to what Self and company want to do.

With that end goal in everyone's mind, the team, after kicking off practices last night, will practice twice a day for the next six days, with Self trimming the roster to a group of finalists and later a final 12 in the coming week and that group leaving for the FIBA Americas tournament in Canada on June 7.

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KU makes cut for two Top 40 Class of 2019 guards

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While the Kansas men's basketball program still has one scholarship to give in the 2018 recruiting class, Bill Self and the Jayhawks are making some solid progress on the 2019 class, as well.

Never was that more clear than earlier this week, when Class of 2019 point guard Tre Mann, from The Villages, Fla., included Kansas in his trimmed-down list of finalists that also included Florida and Tennessee.

Mann, a 6-foot-4, 170-pound four-star prospect, is ranked No. 37 overall by Rivals.com in the 2019 class.

Busy rehabbing an injured knee and trying to help his AAU team qualify for this summer's Peach Jam event, Mann recently talked to a couple of recruiting analysts about where he stands in his recruitment and had some flattering things to say about Kansas and Self.

“They have great guards that have come through there,” Mann told Russ Wood of Rivals site GatorTerritory.com. “They had guards with size, like tall guards, they have guards that can score from outside then they have another guard that’s also good at getting to the basket. So they were saying that I could be the guard with (incoming Class of 2018 point guard) Devon Dotson to score outside while he’s scoring inside. And really how much they know about developing players for the next level. We haven’t discussed any visits yet, we’ve just been talking and building relationships right now.”

In an interview with Pat Lawless of PrepCircuit.com, Mann added: “They told me that they will help me reach my goal, which is to get to the next level. I’ve seen them do it before with other players that are in the league now so I believe them. I know they are a really good program so why not have them in your top choices.”

Mann, who took two of his five official visits to Florida (May 1) and Tennessee (April 24) still has three visits remaining. Although nothing is on the schedule for a visit to Kansas, it seems like Mann would like to make the trek to Lawrence to take a closer look at the KU program.

Between his own AAU schedule and Self's duties coaching the USA Basketball U18 team during the first couple of weeks of June — Self leaves for training camp in Colorado Springs on Wednesday — the earliest Mann could set an official visit to Kansas would be late June.

But the playmaking point guard who is averaging 16 points, five rebounds and 2.4 assists per game so far this AAU season said he was interested in a KU visit.

“It will probably be later on,” he told Lawless. “I don’t have any set dates, but I didn’t have any set dates for Tennessee or Florida. I kind of felt like I wanted to go and I just set it up.”

As for a decision date?

“I don’t have any time in mind right now,” said Mann. “I’m just going with the flow, but I think it could be after AAU season.”

Earlier this month, KU also made the Top 6 for five-star shooting guard Cassius Stanley, a 6-5, 170-pound North Hollywood, Calif., prospect ranked No. 26 in the 2019 class by Rivals.com. Included with Kansas in Stanley's Top 6 — announced on Twitter — were Arizona, Oregon, Texas, UCLA and USC.

It's not yet clear how many scholarships the Jayhawks will have to give in the 2019 class, but the KU coaching staff seems to be operating with the idea that it will have at least three or four scholarships available for 2019 prospects.

Those would come from at least a couple of early departures from a crop that includes Udoka Azubuike, if he elects to return for his junior year — the deadline for Azubuike to decide hits Wednesday — Dedric Lawson, Silvio De Sousa and incoming freshman Quentin Grimes. Self also could still have in his pocket that remaining scholarship in the 2018 class.

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Recent EYBL AAU event featured plenty of notable KU targets

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Kansas University basketball recruiting

While much of the weekend in Lawrence was about former KU basketball players moving on — Devonte' Graham, Svi Mykhailiuk and Clay Young all walked down the hill at graduation — a handful of potential future Jayhawks were busy trying to put their best foot forward elsewhere.

With Nike's EYBL event in Atlanta taking place over the weekend, a lot of top prospects in the Classes of 2019 and 2020 were evaluated and talked to about their futures by the gang on the recruiting beat.

Not surprisingly, KU was a program that came up quite a bit with some of the best players in both classes.

Here's a quick rundown of who said what over the weekend, as the push for prospects in the 2019 class started to heat up even more.

• PG Jalen Lecque – 6-foot-4, 180-pound, 5-star prospect in 2019 class ranked No. 9 nationally by Rivals.com

It seems as if the big decision for Lecque at this point is whether he will stay in the 2019 class or try to reclassify and join the 2018 crew.

In an interview with Eric Bossi, of Rivals, Lecque said he was more worried at the moment about getting back home and working on his game this summer while discussing his options with his family then.

Asked specifically about KU, Lecque, who hails from Arden, N.C., said simply: “It’s a nice school. I like their school and the facilities, as well, from the videos they send me of the facilities. They are a nice school and I would love to visit there.”

• PG Tre Mann – 6-foot-4, 170-pound, 4-star prospect in 2019 class ranked No. 37 nationally by Rivals.com

The rising point guard from The Villages, Fla., has recently visited Florida and Tennessee and, according to Bossi, appeared to be zeroing in on making a decision between those two programs and maybe one or two more.

But a recent offer from KU inspired Mann to tap the brakes and now Mann is very interested in checking out what Kansas has to offer.

He currently considers KU, Florida and Tennessee as his top three and told Bossi that he was “going with the flow,” regarding his recruitment, adding: "If I feel like I’m confident about a certain school then it will be done. Right now I have three schools that are like my top three, really."

Asked specifically about KU jumping into the mix, Mann made it clear that he was interested.

“They’ve had great players in the past and a great coaching staff,” he told Bossi. “I haven’t been on a visit, so I don’t know the campus yet. But I want to see it."

• SF Samuell Williamson – 6-foot-7, 170-pound, 4-star prospect in 2019 class ranked No. 44 nationally by Rivals.com

There is no shortage of interest in the smooth wing from Rockwall, Texas, whom Bossi said made the game look very easy during the recent EYBL event in Atlanta.

KU, Baylor, TCU, Oklahoma and Texas are all showing heavy interest in Williamson, and that's just in the Big 12. Outside of the region, Michigan, Ohio State, Louisville, LSU and others also have shown heavy interest.

While it remains early in the process, Williamson shared with Bossi a tie to KU that might keep the Jayhawks in it as long as they want to be.

“My mom is a (KU) graduate and my brother just graduated last year,” Williamson told Bossi. “They (the KU coaches) say that I could come in and play multiple positions and do a lot of different things in their offense.”

According to Bossi, Williamson hopes to pin down a final five by the end of the summer so he can start taking visits and make a decision sometime in the fall.

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Albany grad transfer and KU target Joe Cremo commits to Villanova

Albany guard Joe Cremo (24) attempts a layup past the defense of Louisville forward Ray Spalding (13), and forward Anas Mahmoud (14) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Louisville, Ky.

Albany guard Joe Cremo (24) attempts a layup past the defense of Louisville forward Ray Spalding (13), and forward Anas Mahmoud (14) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Louisville, Ky. by Timothy D. Easley/AP Photo

After five visits to some of the best programs in college basketball, University of Albany shooting guard Joe Cremo on Tuesday morning announced that the opportunity to join the defending national champion Villanova Wildcats was too good to pass up.

The 6-foot-4 Cremo, who shot better than 40 percent from 3-point range during his three seasons at Albany, announced his commitment to Villanova via Twitter, saying, "After thinking it over and talking to my family and friends, I've decided that I'm going to be committing to the University of Villanova for the last year of my career. ... I want to thank all the coaches that recruited me throughout this process and invested their time in me. I truly appreciate it."

Cremo's decision to stay close to his Scotia, N.Y., home — Villanova's campus is about four hours away while KU's is about 19 hours away — leaves the Jayhawks with one remaining scholarship to hand out to fill out its roster for the 2018-19 season.

KU coach Bill Self has said throughout the early stages of this offseason that he would like to add another shooter to the roster to help offset the loss of the team's top four 3-point shooters from last season, who accounted for 94.4 percent of KU's 3-point makes during the 2017-18 team's run to the Final Four.

Adding such a piece could be tricky, however, because the Jayhawks, outside of 3-point shooting, have quality depth in their backcourt despite the loss of four starting guards from last season's team.

Five-star freshmen Devon Dotson and Quentin Grimes appear ready to start right away and sophomore Marcus Garrett, who started seven games and played in all 39 as a true freshman, will be joined by Cal transfer Charlie Moore, under-the-radar freshman Ochai Agbaji and former Arizona State transfer Sam Cunliffe.

Finding playing time on a team that likely will play more three-guard/two-big sets than it has in the past two seasons could be tough for a late addition and likely played a role in Cremo's decision.

The Albany guard said in early April that he wanted to go somewhere he deemed to be a good fit, where he could compete for serious playing time. Cremo picked Villanova over Kansas, Texas, Gonzaga and Creighton.

While it seems likely that Self and company will continue to mine the graduate transfer pool in an attempt to fill that final spot, there are a handful of unsigned players still available in the 2018 recruiting class, three sitting in the Rivals150 rankings.

However, none of those three — No. 11 Jordan Brown (6-10, 220 PF), No. 123 Emmitt Matthews (6-7, 180, SF) and No. 148 Isaac Likekele (6-5, 195 SG) — fit the profile of what Kansas is looking for.

With the KU roster set up well in terms of numbers — potentially six deep in the backcourt and six deep up front if Udoka Azubuike returns and you count K.J. Lawson as a forward — the remaining scholarship could be used in a variety of ways.

They could find a grad transfer like Cremo. Matt Mooney, of the University of South Dakota, and Brock Stull, of Milwaukee, are two names to keep an eye on there.

They could give it to a red-shirt transfer like they did with Malik Newman, the Lawson brothers and Charlie Moore. Remember, transfer numbers are way up these days and continuing to rise. The big center from Florida State (Ike Obiagu) is one of the most intriguing options on that front.

They also could give it to a late 2018 project type of player. They could hold onto it in case the need for it pops up down the road. (Think a 2019 prospect reclassifying or something like that). Or they could go searching for a diamond in the rough and gamble on a player who has not yet received the kind of pub and hype that most KU recruits come with.

The options are plenty. We just now know that Joe Cremo is not one of them.

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Jayhawks adding walk-on shooting guard to 2018-19 roster

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Kansas University basketball recruiting

While the Kansas basketball program is still searching to fill its final scholarship in the 2018 recruiting class, the Jayhawks also are adding to their roster via a walk-on.

Elijah “EJ” Elliott, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound guard from outside of Dallas, who attended both Southlake Carroll and IMG Academy last season, has announced that he will walk-on at KU for the 2018-19 season.

Elliott revealed his plans on his Instagram account, saying, “I will be continuing my Basketball and Academic career at the University of Kansas. Rock Chalk!”

Elliott's account, which already pegs him as a “Kansas Basketball Commit” features just three pictures. One of them is his message about walking on and another is a picture of him attacking the rim.

Elliott's father played basketball at Texas-Arlington and Elliott himself received more than a little interest from several programs during the past few months, including Alabama, Arizona, Baylor, Nebraska, North Texas, TCU, Texas A&M, Wake Forest and more.

Elliott told Shay Wildeboor, of JayhawkSlant.com, that Wake Forest, UConn and UTA, along with Nebraska, were his top schools until he made his decision to join the Jayhawks.

Elliott, a shooting guard, is expected to arrive on campus on June 1, when the rest of the 2018-19 roster reports to campus to begin summer workouts.

Stay tuned to KUsports.com for more on Elliott's addition to the Kansas basketball program.

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Is Kansas the early leader for 2019, 5-star forward Matthew Hurt?

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Kansas University basketball recruiting

While the Kansas men's basketball program still has some work to do to fill out its 2018 recruiting class — Albany grad transfer Joe Cremo is headed to campus this weekend for one of his five official visits (Creighton, Gonzaga, Texas and Villanova are the others) — the KU coaching staff continues to work hard in the 2019 and 2020 classes.

With back-to-back open evaluation weekends now in the books, the KU coaches can start to zero in even more on the players they want to target in the next two classes.

Some of them received offers as a result of their play during the past two weekends. Others, like Minnesota prospect Matthew Hurt, have been on KU's radar for a while.

Hurt first caught KU's eye early in his high school career. The 6-foot-9 forward from John Marshall High in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 5 overall in the Rivals 150 for 2019 and carries with him a five-star rating and plenty of interest from some of the top programs in the country.

Rivals.com's Eric Bossi recently provided an update on where Hurt stands in his recruitment and, based on what Bossi is hearing, the Jayhawks appear to be in great shape.

“Hurt isn't saying much about his recruitment or leaders,” Bossi wrote this week. “But, after spending a few weeks on the road and asking around about what people think is going on with Hurt, a few patterns developed. Many feel that Hurt is likely to leave his home state and speculation is that if there is an early leader it may be Kansas.”

Bossi indicated that, as of today, it seems as if Hurt would like to make his choice this fall so he can focus on his senior season with John Marshall.

As for his current thoughts about Kansas, the versatile forward, who uses his athleticism, strength and size to create match-up issues all over the floor, clearly has a good feel for how he might be used by KU coach Bill Self should he sign with the Jayhawks.

“You know they are a great program,” Hurt told Bossi when asked about KU. “All of these programs (recruiting me) are great, really. I think they have a pretty good usage (history) of a big guard. Look at Josh Jackson, Kelly Oubre and Andrew Wiggins, those type of players.”

While Hurt is not cut from the exact same cloth as that trio, he does have that wing element to his game and his stats clearly reflect that.

During a junior season in which he averaged 33.9 points and 15.1 rebounds per game during 2017-18, Hurt chipped in 36 3-pointers, 124 blocks and 107 assists while swiping 61 steals. (Stats according to mnbasketballhub.com)

He topped the 30-point mark in 22 of his team's 29 games, including a season-high of 51 points in an eight-point victory last December.

According to Bossi, Hurt will play on the grassroots AAU circuit this summer, with D1 Minnesota, and plans to cut his list down toward the end of the summer.

This spring, Duke, Memphis, Indiana, Minnesota (where his older brother plays), Kentucky, UCLA and Kansas were the programs that were most active in tracking his performances.

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Say What? Tait’s weekly appearance on Rock Chalk Sports Talk

Talking Romeo Langford and where KU goes next.

Albany graduate transfer Joe Cremo could be one option, but it's not as if Cremo, wherever he lands, is going to be considered a savior of any program.

And speaking of saviors, boy did Langford play his recruiting right. Ranked No. 5/6 in his own class and yet he's got people calling him one of the best prospects in years.

More on that with my man Nick Schwerdt in the podcast below.

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Report says Romeo Langford’s father had issue with KU being mentioned in FBI investigation

Romeo Langford discusses his decision to continue his basketball career at Indiana University following his college announcement ceremony at New Albany High School, Monday, April 30, 2018, in New Albany, Ind.

Romeo Langford discusses his decision to continue his basketball career at Indiana University following his college announcement ceremony at New Albany High School, Monday, April 30, 2018, in New Albany, Ind. by Tyler Stewart/News and Tribune via AP

Just days after the Kansas basketball program officially became linked to a federal investigation into corruption in college basketball, five-star recruit Romeo Langford, who chose Indiana over KU and Vanderbilt on Monday night, said KU's tie to the FBI probe would not impact his decision.

“It doesn't hurt them at all,” said Langford on April 13, in an interview with USA Today.

That may have held true in the eyes of the player. But news out of Indiana on Monday night, shortly after Langford made his commitment, illustrated that the FBI investigation did have at least some impact on Langford's father.

In an interview with Mike Miller of HoosierSportsReport.com, Tim Langford discussed the impact of the FBI investigation and KU's mention in the federal indictment on his son's decision. And it's clear from Mr. Langford's words that the impact was both significant and likely shared with Romeo.

“It pushed it out for me,” Tim Langford told Miller. “Just having that name (FBI) on your school.”

According to the article, Tim Langford's biggest concern about KU being named in the federal indictment does not appear to come from the fact that the Jayhawks could find themselves in future trouble — that may or may not still be the case and also may or may not impact the 2018-19 season, which likely will be Romeo's only year of college ball — but, instead, that his son, by attending KU, could have to answer questions about whether he received money over and over again.

“I didn’t take (Kansas) out of the three verbally,” Tim Langford explained to Miller. “But in my mind, we just didn’t want him going there and anybody asking him that type of question. So we don’t want him going to school there. We don’t care how good the basketball is.”

While the FBI investigation remains ongoing, with no known time table for an ending or a resolution, it remains to be seen if this type of situation will become more common among players Kansas targets in the future.

It's worth noting that nothing has changed in terms of KU's link to the investigation. At this point, KU remains mentioned merely because it was defrauded by Adidas executive Jim Gatto and a colleague, who are said to have provided more than $100,000 to a separate parent and guardian of two KU players in exchange for those players to attend Kansas. Also worth noting here is the fact that Indiana, like Kansas, is an Adidas school.

So unless anything more concrete comes out about any wrongdoing on the part of KU, it's easy to see how both the Kansas coaching staff and prospective recruits and their families can take things at face value and say and believe that KU played no role in any of the schemes outlined in the indictment.

Because of that, it's probably unlikely to have a negative effect because most of the issue surrounding the investigation is on one-and-done players and Kansas, as well as other major college programs, only recruit a couple of those every year and do not reel one in in every class.

In the 2018 recruiting class alone, Devon Dotson, David McCormack and Ochai Agbaji all are expected to be at Kansas for multiple seasons, with only No. 8-ranked prospect Quentin Grimes projecting as a possible one-and-done player.

Grimes is currently listed as the No. 6 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft — one spot behind Langford — in a 2019 mock draft put together by ESPN.com's Jonathan Givony on April 20.

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