'Legends' attracts top-shelf visitors

Virtually from the moment it was announced, "Legends of the Phog" was expected by fans to be an important event on the recruiting front for the Kansas Jayhawks - and that expectation has certainly been fulfilled.

The Jayhawks will host a number of visitors this weekend in Lawrence, Kan., including their most recent commitment - local star Perry Ellis. Here's a brief rundown of who recruitniks can expect to see in the stands at Allen Fieldhouse Saturday afternoon.

Perry Ellis - Wichita (KS) Heights High School - Class of 2012:

After wrapping up the last of four in-home visits with his finalists - Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky and Wichita State - last Friday, the 6-foot-8, 225-pound combo forward moved quickly to put an end to his recruitment.

Wednesday, much to the delight of Jayhawk Nation, he called it for Kansas, citing his comfort level the Jayhawks as the main point of separation from the other schools on his list.

"All the schools are great," Ellis explained. "I just felt so comfortable at KU. I just felt so comfortable - that's the main thing."

Andrew White - Charlottesville (VA) The Miller School - Class of 2012:

A 6-foot-6, 205-pound wing prospect with a reputation as a serious bomber from deep, White was offered by the Jayhawks in late August and ever since their recruitment of him has picked up serious steam.

"I always followed Kansas a little bit," the four-star prospect said. "Coach (Joe) Dooley and Coach (Bill) Self just seemed like real considerate people. It made it easy to like them. Even though they're one of the best programs, they recruit hard and build relationships just like everyone else."

With a truckload of unofficial visits under his belt, the trip to Kansas marks his first official visit. He has similar visits planned to both Louisville and Texas.

Once those trips are complete, he feels as if he'll have all the information he needs to make a decision.

"Time is ticking, so when I get that feeling that I've seen everything I need to see and have beena ble to judge and compare schools evenly, that's when I'll go ahead and commit," White explained.

Ionnis Papapetrou - Melbourne (FL) Florida Air Academy - Class of 2012:

A student at the same school that produced former Kansas standout Sasha Kaun, Papapetrou - a native of Greece - is a prospect with whom not many Jayhawks fans are likely familiar.

There's a reason for his relative anonymity, said Florida Air Academy head coach Aubin Goporo. The 6-foot-8, 220-pound small forward didn't participate in summer AAU basketball.

However, all one has to do is take a quick look at the schools recruiting him - Alabama, Florida, George Mason, Kansas and Texas - to know the big wing has talent.

"He handles the ball very well for his size, passes very well, shoots good," Goporo said. "He does a lot of good things. And right now, the schools on his list, they are coming really hard at him."

Papapetrou also has an unofficial visit to Texas scheduled for Oct. 14, and has visited Florida twice unofficially. Official visits to Alabama and George Mason have been discussed with the respective programs, but dates have yet to be finalized.

Julius Randle - Plano (TX) Prestonwood Christian Academy - Class of 2013:

The top power-forward prospect in the junior class - and one of the few in the discussion for the title of top prospect overall - Randle is expected to attend with teammate and close friend Zach Peters - a member of the Class of 2012 who is already committed to the Jayhawks.

Randle visited the Lawrence, Kan. campus with Peters and their Prestonwood Christian teammates last October for "Late Night in the Phog," and the talented big man is eager for another look at the program.

"I haven't been in a while and I want to visit again," Randle said. "It's just a great event that's going on there, so I want to be able to see it."

Zach Peters - Plano (TX) Prestonwood Christian Academy - Class of 2012:

A 6-foot-9, 230-pound power forward, Peters was the first prospect to commit to the Jayhawks in the senior class, making his choice more than a year ago, in April of 2010.

Since then he's visited the campus on a number of occasions, for Late Night in the Phog, to take in a game and participate in summer scrimmages.

With his college decision made, Peters eschewed his final summer off AAU basketball to rest up and train for his senior year on the gridiron - not the hardwood - for Prestonwood Christian, where he is excelling.


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