Cats lose recruit to Kansas

Kansas and Arizona have butted heads over the years for recruits. Even with Roy Williams gone the trend continues. Kansas received their first commitment of the Bill Self era, and now the Wildcats have to look elsewhere for a post player.

The Kansas Jayhawks are on the board in 2004. Darnell Jackson of Midwest City picked Kansas on Friday night.

It matters little that Darnell Jackson has only played basketball since the 9th grade. He's got good enough for Kansas in a short time span.

On Friday, upon returning home from the Nike All-American Camp, Jackson picked up the phone and gave the Jayhawks the good word.

"This is like a fairly tale," Shawn Jackson, Darnell's mother said. "Darnell loved Kansas but I didn't think Roy Williams was going to offer him. We love Bill Self. When he went to Kansas, I told him to please leave his options open."

Jackson's options were plentiful. They included Oklahoma, Arizona, Purdue, Illinois and New Mexico.

"Kansas is the school that he truly, truly wanted."

This is a blow to the Wildcats. The Cats need a big man and Jackson was a player they showed a lot of interest in. At the Nike Camp they watched every game Jackson played. The Cats may make a huge push for UNC lean Brian Johnson and expect them to pursue Mohamed Tangara as well. The Cats were watching less heralded players at both Nike and Adidas, so expect a number of new names to pop up. Brad Allis contributed to this story/

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