Kansas lands commitment from 3-star point guard Latrell Jossell

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University of Kansas basketball recruiting

After jumping into the Top 10 in most national rankings on the opening day of college basketball’s early signing period, the Kansas Jayhawks added another commitment late Thursday night.

Latrell Jossell, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound point guard from Central High in Keller, Texas, near Fort Worth, announced his commitment on Twitter just after 10 p.m.

The 3-star prospect who originally hails from Chicago and has been playing varsity basketball at Central for four seasons, picked the late time to reveal his decision because he was waiting for his father to return from a business trip in Chicago.

“I just wanted him to be there for it,” Jossell told the Journal-World.

A former AAU teammate of 2020 KU signee Gethro Muscadin, Jossell got involved with the Jayhawks last summer when his coach was talking to KU coach Bill Self about Muscadin. During one conversation, Self mentioned that Kansas was looking for another guard and Jossell’s name came up.

Known as a lights-out shooter and natural leader who can play both on and off the ball, Jossell quickly built a relationship with KU assistant coach Jerrance Howard — a native of Peoria, Ill., — and stayed in touch with the Jayhawks throughout the summer and fall.

After receiving an official scholarship offer on Tuesday night, Jossell’s family went crazy, celebrating the news and knowing that the young guard was Kansas-bound.

“I don’t think it really has sunk in yet,” said Jossell, who was named after former NBA standout Latrell Sprewell. “But the feeling I got when they gave me the offer, I was stuck. Even though I knew it was coming, when it finally happened, it was crazy. My whole family… It was lit in the house and it was like smiles the rest of the night.”