Monday Recruiting Update

Kansas fans are well familiar with Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy at this point, thanks to the recruitment of 2011 wing DeAndre Daniels. Phog.net speaks with IMG basketball director Andy Borman about another of his athletes on the Kansas radar – plus the latest on Daniels.

Thanks to the recruitment of DeAndre Daniels, Kansas and IMG Academy have been joined at the hip in the media in recent months.

Now, however, it looks like the Jayhawks are tracking a new target at the Bradenton, Fla. school, in 6-foot-7 power forward Jamari Traylor.

A Class of 2011 prospect, Kansas staffers have traveled to the Sunshine State twice recently to evaluate Traylor, according to IMG Basketball director Andy Borman – including Mar. 10 for the program's Senior Night.

Borman described Traylor as one who excels in the pick-and-roll game, capable of finishing at the rim with authority be it on a post move, a tip dunk or on the receiving end of an alley-oop. And though he has worked hard to develop and improve his skill level while at IMG Academy - now possessing a capable mid-range jumper in addition to an array of moves on the low block - it's his athleticism that dominates any scouting report.

"No matter how good he gets skill-wise, he is such a good athlete that that will always be what he is described as," Borman explained. "He is that elite level athlete that you just don't see that often. That's how athletic he is."

Kansas appears to be in the early stages of its recruitment of Traylor, but he is currently being courted by a long list of schools – a list that includes the likes of Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi State, Missouri, Tennessee and VCU.

DeAndre Daniels Update: Rumors are swirling yet again around the highly-touted 6-foot-8 wing prospect, most prominently that the Duke Blue Devils have thrown their hat into the ring.

"Duke has not offered DeAndre," said Borman, himself a former player under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. "They just wanted to see him play, and that's it. DeAndre really is in the same spot he was before."

Speculation was rampant in mid-January that a commitment to Kansas was imminent, but the one-time Texas commit opted to hold off and return to IMG for another semester.

"He's working his butt off," Borman added. "The two things he's focusing on right now are gaining weight, and gaining weight. He's going to stay with us all of Spring Break to keep working on his game."


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