With the all-important July evaluation period fast approaching, Head Coach Bill Self and his staff at the University of Kansas are already hard at work on the recruiting trail, and new names are beginning to emerge.
One such name is that of Class of 2013 big man Karviar Shepherd. Though not much is currently known about the 6-foot-10, 215-pound prospect from DeSoto (TX) High, one thing is for certain - he's attracting some seriously big-time interest.
Recently, Shepherd took an unofficial visit to Kansas, during which he received a scholarship offer from the Jayhawks, making them one of five programs who have done so to date along with Florida State, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M.
"Ever since this year," said Shepherd, when asked how long Kansas has been involved in his recruitment. "They say they were scouting me pretty hard."
Following his recent unofficial to the Lawrence, Kan. campus, the lanky big man had positive things to say about the current team, their style of play, the school and, of course, the coaching staff.
"It was great," Shepherd said. "They were very nice and generous and stuff like that. They said good things about me, and I really liked that."
As a member of the DFW Urban Elite AAU squad, he'll next take to the court July 6 - the opening of the college evaluation period - in Indianapolis, at the Adidas Invitational.
Because July is so jam-packed for most AAU team - all eager to get their players on the court as frequently as possible in front of college coaches - Shepherd is unsure if he'll make any additional unofficial visits in the near future.
Stay tuned to Scout.com for reports from Indianapolis, and more on this emerging big man talent.