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I saw where Evan Daniels had posted in Phog. premium about Ahmed Hill. I don't have phog premium any more so I have no idea what the article says, but it got me to thinking. He's a 2014 SG, currently ranked between 19 and 25 from what I could find... But to me it seems shooting guard is the least of our needs in 2014. We will still have frankcamp, Greene and White, and probably Selden when he would presumably be steppingonto campus.
I would think PF, Center and PG would be our biggest needs in the next couple years. Who is realistically on our recruiting radar right now?
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I don't have a great sense of who are real targets in 2014 will be yet -- and nothing I've read on other sights suggests they do either. I agree with you that bigs and a point guard are our biggest needs. We won't stop recruiting wings though. You never know who works out, who leaves early, and who flops.
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To add a little, you've got to think we'll at least try to stay involved with Emmanuel Mudiay, Tyus Jones, Kevon Looney, Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow, Rashad Vaughn, and Joel Berry. Hill was mentioned in the early thread we did about 2014 recruiting. Dominique Collier is a pg option we'll have a good shot at if we decide he's a fit. Elbert Robinson is a Texas big who visited for Late Night.
While I'm not sure exactly who is at the top of the list, I know that Self really, really loves Tyus Jones, Emmanuel Mudiay, and Jahlil Okafor (I know, groundbreaking stuff there). Tyus is highest on the list alongside Mudiay, as they still feel they need an "elite" PG like either of those guys.
I think the big guys will be a priority, but they also have to determine if it's possible to get any of the elite targets. Okafor or Cliff Alexander would be nice, but they're probably not realistic targets at this point. Leron Black, Craig Victor, and Malik Pope are a handful of power forwards on the list that Kansas has shown interest in. Khadeem Lattin will get a long look, too, I would expect.
On the ESPN recruiting page regarding Okafor, Kansas isn't even on the list of schools. Both Kstate and MU are. Looking at some of the articles it looks like Kentucky is the front runner with Louiville somewhere as #2
ESPN's wrong. We may not make ti to the final list, and I'm not going to track down the interview confirming it, but we're on his early list.
It's really early for most of these guys to have real lists that don't include half the universe. I know we are after an elite point guard and likely an elite post. Remember, though, that our roster for 2014-2015 is already projected to be pretty talented. Embiid, Selden, Greene, Frankamp, and Mason all likely return, plus Ellis as a junior.
While early, this may be a weird year -- remember that the class of '14 can already take official visits and they still only get 5.
It seems like we have a huge up hill battle with both Jones (Duke) and Mudiay (Kentucky). And there is a lot of mutual interest between Berry and UNC, even though they will have Britt and Smart. I think we sit pretty well with Rahaad Vaughn, but I don't think he is a primary ball handler, and we will have depth at the 2 and 3.
It makes no sense that with Self's track record that KU would have trouble bringing in top recruits. I mean last year Cal and Kentucky found lightning in a bottle andhappened to land some unselfish kids who play hard on both ends of the court. plus he had a couple multi year players who had been in his system... but this season is much more indicitive of what you're going to get if you bring in all 5 star freshmen (see UNC also).
But high school kids don't really seem to look at the big picture and are susceptable to the hype... especially when evry ESPN announcer and recruiting guru hypes a Kentucky, Duke or UNC... but even they seem to be coming around and publicly stating the incredible job Self does year after year... No matter who leaves his teams just keep on out perfrming everyone else.
I think if Randle commits and goes on to have a dominant season it might open the door for more top flight recruits. I think what McLemore is doing right now will have an effect, he'll take away many of the arguments other coaches use to keep players away from Kansas.
Hell I can get, even if I don't like, kids wanting to play for Cal. It is the irrational decisions to play for a guy like Drew or Ford or Leonard Hamilton that baffle me to no end.
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