Kaun Speaks On KU Pledge

From Siberia to Lawrence. It's been a long three-year journey for Alexander "Sasha" Kaun. On Wednesday, the formality of a press release ended his recruitment and he spoke about the decision.

Any drama that might have been lingering in the recruitment of Alexander Kaun came to close on Wednesday with the public release of a commitment to Kansas.

Kaun, the No. 16 prospect in our pre-season rankings, selected the Jayhawks after visiting Duke last weekend. Kaun is the highest-rated of the incoming Jayhawk recruits and joins Russell Robinson and Darnell Jackson in an outstanding three-man recruiting class.

In the end, Kansas won him over. "I think I just felt better at Kansas, more family atmosphere. I feel at home with the coach Self and his assistants. I met his family and his wife and she was nice to me. I felt like at home."

Self's style of play was appealing to the big fella as well. A rugged inside big man who isn't afraid to compete, Kaun found himself identifying with the style. "I liked the style of play that they play – high-low with the big men coming inside and out. I thought you could shoot a jump shot and play inside. I don't mind running the floor."

Kaun's an interesting prospect from this standpoint. For years you hear of kids and learn of their reputations but sometimes they peak even before they get into college. Sasha isn't one of those guys. His game has made consistent strides since arrived from Siberia three years ago and he's not done.

"I have a lot of work to do right now coming off the [foot] injury. I need to work on my post moves and footwork. I think that's the main concern right now."

Now that the process is over, Kaun says he enjoyed it though at times it was a little nerve racking. "It was very interesting. You got to meet a lot of coaches. I was really stressed about making the decision and narrowing the schools. I had tons of fun. The visits were unbelievable."

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