Eval period yields new offers

With the July evaluation period underway, coaches throughout the country are hitting up events and sitting courtside at AAU events, taking advantage of the opportunity to evaluate prospects in person - and potentially extend fresh scholarship offers. Recently, the Kansas Jayhawks did so to a pair of exciting backcourt talents in the Class of 2013.

After strong performances during the first weekend of the July evaluation period, both Demetrius Jackson and Xavier Rathan-Mayes have earned scholarship offers from the Kansas Jayhawks.

The Kansas staff was reportedly courtside last weekend for a number of their games, though they have been tracking the two backcourt talents for much longer.

Rathan-Mayes, a 6-foot-4 guard from Huntington (WV) Prep, has been one of the most dominant scorers on the Nike EYBL circuit this season. In a recent interview with Evan Daniels - Scout.com national recruiting analyst - he indicated he plans to cut his list as soon as the summer comes to a close, and that the Jayhawks were one of the programs coming at him the hardest.

Jackson has picked up a bevy of new suitors in recent weeks with his outstanding level of play. Described by Scout.com national recruiting analyst Brian Snow as "an elite athlete who could get to the rim at will," he is adding a jumper to his game - and coaches are taking notice.

The Jayhawks have been ramping up the intensity with him throughout the summer, and in an interview with Snow he expressed a seemingly high level of interest in the program.

"I haven't visited Kansas, and I just started talking to their coaches this summer," Jackson said. "They are a great school, a great program, real fun to watch and I love their intensity and energy in Jayhawk Nation."

Check back with Phog.net this weekend, as we will be on hand at the Nike EYBL Championships at the Peach Jam, with in-depth coverage on Kansas targets - and who the coaches are watching.

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