Though it's the on-the-court action that captures the attention of most fans from October to April, recruiting is a year-round process behind the scenes.
With most of the recruiting buzz emanating from Jayhawk Nation centering upon the ongoing saga with 2011 targets DeAndre Daniels and Ben McLemore, Head Coach Bill Self and his staff will host a quartet of highly-touted 2012 prospects in Lawrence this weekend.
Attending the much-anticipated matchup with Kansas State will be:
Perry Ellis – PF – Wichita (KS) Heights High School
Every Kansas fan knows who Ellis is by this point. An athletic and highly skilled combo-forward prospect, the Heights star has had a busy few months – narrowing his final list down to six schools and taking a handful of unofficial visits.
Ellis has already visited Kansas once this season, for the December debut of freshman star Josh Selby. A four-star prospect and Scout.com's No. 26-ranked player in the Class of 2012, he is currently averaging 21.3 points and seven rebounds per game during his junior campaign.
Nino Jackson – SG – Ardmore (OK) High School
No stranger to Allen Fieldhouse himself, Nino Jackson was one of a crowd of talented prospects who visited Kansas for the program's "Late Night in the Phog" festivities in October.
One of the most explosively athletic guards in the Class of 2012, Jackson has stated in the past that he is down to two schools – Kansas and Oklahoma – in his recruitment. This will be his first visit to Allen Fieldhouse for a game.
Jackson is currently rated the No. 56 prospect in the Class of 2012 by Scout.com.
Zach Peters - PF – Plano (TX) Prestonwood Christian Academy
Zach Peters surprised everyone when he committed to Kansas extremely early in the recruiting process, pulling the trigger for the Jayhawks in April.
Since his commitment, he has visited Kansas for "Late Night in the Phog," as well as attending a game during the 2009-2010 season. A solid athlete with a Big 12-ready body, the 6-foot-8, 240-pound Peters is the first commitment for the Jayhawks in the class.
Kaleb Tarczewski – C – Southborough (MA) St. Mark's School
Perhaps no player has seen his stock rise as dramatically in the Class of 2012 as Kaleb Tarczewski, an athletic 7-footer from the East Coast. Led by assistant coach Joe Dooley, Kansas was one of the first schools to show serious interest in him – and in the months since he has blossomed into one of the most promising big-man talents in the country.
This will be Tarczewski's second trip to the Lawrence, Kan. campus, after he participated in Self's elite camp during the summer. Though the recruiting process does not appear close to ending for him, he recently told Scout.com's Evan Daniels that four programs have been recruiting him the hardest – Kansas, Kentucky, UConn and West Virginia.
Tarczewski is rated the No. 9 player in the class by Scout.com, and the fourth center.