Five-star forward Isaiah Todd 2 days from announcing decision
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With a Monday commitment from junior college guard Tyon Grant-Foster getting the Kansas basketball program on the board in the 2020 recruiting class, the Jayhawks now turn their attention to a Thursday announcement from another prospect.
Five-star power forward Isaiah Todd is expected to announce his choice between KU and Michigan sometime Thursday, which is also his 18th birthday.
Todd, who is ranked No. 10 overall in the 2020 class by Rivals.com, is a 6-foot-10, 210-pound forward from Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, N.C. He trimmed his list to a final two on Oct. 7, when he cut Kentucky, Memphis and North Carolina from his group of finalists.
After competing at the USA Basketball minicamp last weekend, Todd sat down with recruiting analyst Corey Evans, of Rivals.com, to discuss his top two programs in detail.
Evans calls Todd, “a game-changing prospect that can work in a variety of systems and boasts the physical dimensions that will soon make an NBA Draft prospect.”
And while there has been a lot of talk of Todd skipping college and going the professional route overseas like R.J. Hampton did in New Zealand, some analysts believe that college is still very much in play for the talented big man.
While the commitment, to either program, is a key first step in landing him, whichever school Todd picks on Thursday will likely have to sweat out the overseas stuff all the way to the end.
For now, though, let’s focus on the decision.
Here’s a quick look at some of what Todd had to say about Kansas in the recent interview with Evans.
• Why did KU and Michigan make it to the end?
“These two schools, they were going to be my top two schools because they are really similar with what they are preaching and what they are selling to me. I like both coaches, both programs and both teams. Based on both of those visits, I still feel the same about both schools so it is going to be a tough choice.”
• How did your visit to KU for Late Night go?
“I was just excited to get there since they have been recruiting me since the beginning of my freshman year, and everybody just talks about the Kansas visit, especially Late Night. I was just excited to see the facilities that I heard so much about.”
• Any concern about the NCAA allegations against Kansas?
“(Self) just preached that he would be fine and if anything were to happen, that I would be fine. I honestly think that it could turn around and be a positive. If I was to go there, it would show that I really trust him and that he would obviously trust me.”
According to Evans, Todd is unsure about whether he will sign a letter of intent during the early signing period that runs Nov. 13-20 or wait until the regular period next spring.
He told Evans his decision likely would come down to his final conversations with his family, particularly his mother.