"It just felt right."

After adding offers from Memphis and Missouri late last week, and with a scheduled visit to Arizona next weekend, few expected Braeden Anderson to put an end to his recruitment now - least of all the prospect himself. On Sunday he did just that, however, by pulling the trigger for Kansas.

In recruiting, things can change literally overnight - which is something Braeden Anderson knows as well as anyone.

A one-time DePaul commitment, the 6-foot-8 power forward from Wilbraham (MA) and Monson Academy saw his stock explode in the spring, with interest pouring in from the likes of Kansas, Kentucky, Arizona and a host of others.

Late last week, Anderson added Memphis and Missouri to the list - bringing the total under final consideration to five when joined with the Jayhawks and the Wildcats of both Arizona and Kentucky.

Sunday, things changed for the last time, however. On the heels of the Kansas Jayhawks' visit with he and his family at their home in Alberta, Canada, Anderson came to a decision.

He wanted to be a Kansas Jayhawk.

"I didn't expect it to happen," Anderson said. "I wasn't planning for it to happen, but it just felt right. I was with my family and we just decided 'You know what? This is where I want to go.'"

The commitment is huge for Head Coach Bill Self and his staff, who learned this week that the Morris Twins - so central to the team in each of their three seasons in Lawrence - would forego their senior campaigns to sign with an agent and enter the NBA draft.

Assistant coach Joe Dooley conducted the in-home visit on behalf of the Jayhawks. Self was expected to attend as well, Anderson said, but had to - regretfully - cancel at the last minute.

One of the deciding factors for the athletic power forward and his family was that Kansas was willing to make the trek to the Great White North.

"Any time you get a coach of a big-time program like that in your living room, it's something that you've gotta respect and take extra consideration into what kind of statement that is," Anderson said.

An official visit to Lawrence, Kan. last month put the Jayhawks in great position to win the battle for his services. While on the official visit, Anderson had the chance to take in practice, spend time with the players and soak in the culture around Kansas basketball.

One of the big selling points utilized throughout the entire process was the chance to work with Danny Manning. The Kansas assistant is quickly developing a reputation as arguably the top big man coach in all of college basketball - something that hasn't escaped Anderson's notice.

"It's about opportunity," he explained. "And it's one of those opportunities that you can't pass up. I look at all the other opportunities at the other schools, and the opportunity I have at Kansas is so much bigger and so much better."

"Even if I don't play as a freshman," he continued. "Just working out and getting better every day with Danny Manning."

Self was informed of the decision this morning, and the Jayhawks' head man was pumped.

"(Self) pretty much just said 'That's some of the best news I've heard all month,'" Anderson said. "He was really fired up. He talked to my mom and dad for about 20 minutes or half an hour. Everybody over here, and everybody over there is just really fired up."

The commitment is the third for the Jayhawks in the Class of 2011, and the second in the past week when paired with Humble (TX) Christian Life Center shooting guard Ben McLemore. The duo join Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Academy point guard Naadir Tharpe.

Kansas is expected to add at least one additional member to the class before all is said and done.

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