Kansas has huge weekend
Kansas’ Midnight Madness event, Late Night in the Phog, typically is the centerpiece to one of the nation’s biggest recruiting weekends and this year will be no different for the Jayhawks.
Power forward Harry Giles, Scout’s top-ranked 2016 prospect, headlines the group, but he’ll be joined by fellow official visitors point guard De'Aaron Fox (No. 4), shooting guard Malik Monk (No. 6), center Marques Bolden (No. 12) and center Schnider Herard (No. 39).
KU’s list of unofficial visitors is no joke either. The Jayhawks will have some highly touted 2017 prospects in small forward Michael Porter (No. 4), Trae Young (No. 32) and small forward Chaundee Brown (No. 57) to go with three-star power forward Wyatt Wilkes.
Kansas doesn’t currently have any commitments in 2016 but this weekend could go a long way towards changing that.
Important visits for Florida State
With Scout’s 9th ranked 2016 prospect in hybrid forward Jonathan Isaac, 92nd ranked shooting guard Trent Forrest and three-star point guard C.J. Walker all committed, Leonard Hamilton and staff are already set for another successful recruiting class at Florida State.
All three committed prospects will visit Tallahassee this weekend, along with three other important targets.
The Seminoles currently have Scout’s 5th ranked recruiting class in 2016 and this is Florida State’s best chance to move up that list.
Other key visits
* The talent of Lauri Markkanen, a native of Finland, is spoken for by his five-star status with Scout despite being a foreign prospect. He’s an important target for the three schools on his list of finalists; Arizona, North Carolina and Utah. Markkanen will officially visit Utah this weekend, before scheduled trips to North Carolina (Oct. 13) and Arizona (Oct. 17). Also visiting Utah this weekend will be center Jayce Johnson, Scout’s 59th ranked 2016 prospect. The Utes are considered the team to beat here.
* Scout’s 22nd ranked 2016 prospect, power forward T.J. Leaf, took his first official visit to Louisville last weekend and this weekend will check out Oregon. Look for his recruiting process to end shortly after his official visit to UCLA on Oct. 23.
* Kentucky will host one of its top targets on an official visit this weekend in center Edrice Adebayo, Scout’s 15th ranked 2016 prospect. Also on campus, visiting the Wildcats unofficially, will be 2019 prospect Wendell Moore.
*Five-star big man Jarrett Allen is taking his first official visit this weekend. Allen, who has his list of schools down to eight, will visit Notre Dame. He is also considering Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, Kansas State, Houston, Indiana and Texas.
* Arizona will try to get its first commitment in 2016 when local post Mitch Lightfoot visits campus. It’s likely a battle between UA and Kansas for the three-star prospect.
* Indiana had long been the rumored favorite for center De'Ron Davis, ranked 48th in Scout’s 2016 class, but this weekend Mississippi State will bring him on campus and try to steal him from the Hoosiers. Also on Mississippi State’s campus will be power forward Mario Kegler, ranked 46th in the class, and Tyson Carter.
* North Carolina and South Carolina have been butting heads for shooting guard Seventh Woods for several years. He’s already officially visited the Tar Heels and this weekend the Gamecocks will have their shot at Scout’s 34th ranked 2016 prospect.
* Scout’s 43rd ranked 2016 prospect, Brendan Bailey, will take his final official visit this weekend, checking out Gonzaga Bulldogs. He’s also considering Marquette, San Diego State, Michigan and Utah.
* Wyoming will host a handful of its top young targets in local center Hunter Thompson, Utah guards Samuta Avea and Trevin Knell, as well as Tennessee native Parker Stewart.
*Florida will host 2016 Oldsmar (Fla.) Christian big man Dontay Bassett for his final official visit.