Scott Reed

Kansas lands five-star forward Billy Preston

Kansas was able to snag one of the best available forwards on Friday as Billy Preston picked the Jayhawks.

Over the course of his coaching career Bill Self has proven to be one of the top recruiters in all of college basketball, and again he showed his skill in that area on Friday. Self and his staff lured in five-star prospect Billy Preston to Lawrence he announced.

"I will be attending the University of Kansas," said Preston.

He continued, "I felt comfortable and I felt they had my best interest at heart. Hopefully next year we can win the National Championship."

Preston, who is a supremely talented kid, made the decision to pick Kansas over offers from Indiana, USC, Syracuse, and NC State along with a host of other interest.

At almost 6-foot-10, Preston has a rare ability to handle and shoot the ball with quality athleticism and good strength. Throughout his high school career Preston has shown his versatility and flashes of what can make him a dominant player when focused and ready to play.

Now Preston will step into his role at Kansas, and he hopes to compete for early starters minutes at power forward as a freshman. Preston will likely have to compete with Carlton Bragg for the starting spot, but it is the possible that both of them could be on the floor together as forwards, or one at center and the other at power forward in a small ball lineup.

Kansas now has a talented two man class, and they are sure to look to add to their backcourt as the winter and spring approach. Look for the Jayhawks to zero in on several of the high profile unsigned prospects.

Preston is an excellent piece to the puzzle, and he gives Kansas a pledge from one of the most talented players in the class of 2017.

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