KU men’s basketball earns second commitment for 2024: four-star guard Philon
The Kansas men’s basketball team began to round out its 2024 recruiting class when it earned the commitment of Labaron Philon, a four-star point guard from Mobile, Alabama, who plays at Link Academy in Branson, Missouri.
Philon, who visited KU over the weekend, had previously been committed to Auburn in his home state until April, and eventually chose the Jayhawks over finalists Alabama, Cincinnati and Ole Miss. The news was initially reported by recruiting sites such as 247Sports and On3 Monday night and reshared by Philon himself.
Listed at 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds, Philon ranks as the No. 38 prospect in the nation and No. 6 at his position for the class of 2024. He joins previous KU commit Flory Bidunga, the consensus top center in the country who committed on Aug. 12, and more future Jayhawks could soon follow after the slate of upcoming visits at Late Night in the Phog on Oct. 6.
During his junior season at Baker High in Mobile, Philon averaged 35 points, four assists and six rebounds per game for the Hornets.
The Jayhawks are expected to return nearly all of their current guards for the 2024-25 season. Starting point guard Dajuan Harris Jr. has another year of eligibility left after 2023-24.
On3’s Jamie Shaw wrote in his scouting report of Philon last month that the young guard “has a quick handle that gets him into the paint” and a strong jump shot, as well as high upside on the defensive end, but will need to strengthen his frame.