Several names have popped up over the last few months, some of them legitimate targets and some of them not so legitimate. Regardless, we will spend the next few days taking a look at pretty much anybody and everybody we can think of who has received interest of some level.
Hopefully the evaluations will provide a baseline for fans to get to know these players, and a bit of info on exactly where they fit into KU's plans. We'll even throw in a few kids with local interest just for the heck of it.
Get the Point
Aaron Miles will have moved on by the time the Class of 2005 arrives in Lawrence. There is currently no obvious answer as to who will run the point when he is gone. Maybe the solution can be found on the list below?
Chris Douglas-Roberts, 6-4 PG, Detroit (MI) Cass Tech
Blessed with outstanding size for a PG, Douglas-Roberts has become a prime target for virtually the entire Big 12 and Big 10. He handles and distributes with the best of them and is a capable jump shooter with the ability to defend three positions.
He's a top 50, and rising, guy nationally and loaded backcourts at Michigan State and Michigan could have him looking out of state. Look for Kansas -- who was out to watch him play as recently as a week ago -- to turn up the heat on him as he has established himself as one of the premier playmakers in the country.
He plays with the same summer outfit, The Family, as 2004 prospect Malik Hairston so he can be expected to play his recruitment close to the vest.
Byron Eaton, 5-10 PG, Dallas (TX) Lincoln
Perhaps the most physical PG in the nation, Eaton has been plenty hyped for some time now. He is an absolute bull when it comes to attacking the basket and can be a skillful passer, but prefers to use his strength to get to the hole and get his offense rolling.
He's also a football prospect and his stock has gone down considerably over the last few months because of his sometimes selfish play and lack of a consistent jump shot. If he gets back into hoops shape and looks to involve others, he may justify looks from Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma and several others that have shown early interest. If not, he is in danger of losing his status as a top 50 type prospect.
Mitchell Johnson, 6-1 PG, Seattle (WA) O'Dea
A potential top 75 player nationally, Johnson is a converted WG with a true stroke from behind the three point line. He has improved his ball handling but must continue to do so in order to be a more effective point.
Johnson is a competitor who doesn't back down from anybody and that quality is endearing. Kansas has watched this winter and will be back for more looks this spring and summer along with Washington, Washington State, UConn, Loisville, Oregon, Notre Dame and Stanford.
Antonio Hanson, 6-1 PG, Liberal (KS) High
This Texas native is likely the best prospect in the state not named Leo Criswell and has been lighting up opponents in the southwest corner of the state. He's a slick lefty with a yo-yo handle, good court vision and a deadly three point stroke. So far this year he is shooting 65% from the field and hitting on 50% of his threes.
Because of his scoring ability he doesn't play as much point as he should and he needs to continue to play under control and not be too hard on himself when he makes mistakes.
Kansas has actually called on him a couple of times but his real attention is coming from Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech -- where his cousin and former KU recruit Jeremis Smith is headed --, Wichita State and Arizona State. Look for Kansas State and Marquette to get involved as well.
Mario Chalmers, 6-2 PG, Anchorage (AK) Bartlett
Chalmers is an athletic and long armed scoring PG with deep range. He explodes to the basket and finishes with jams and possesses great court vision. He is a potential top 25 player and has a chance to be the best guard ever produced in the state of Alaska.
Kansas has shown interest but Chalmers recently released a top six that included UNC, Marquette, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, UCLA and Syracuse.
Andre McGee, 5-10 PG, Canyon Springs (CA) Moreno valley
A high scoring lead guard, McGee is an athletic freak who can score from anywhere on the court. His shoot first mentality has scared some away, but he is arguably the most talented PG in the country if you take him at face value.
With his proclivity to jack up tons of shots -- many of them wild -- calling him shoot first might be an understatement, but he does have playmaking skills and could flourish if he is willing to let a coach harness his talent.
Many schools and observers consider him to be a lock for Arizona State where several former high school and AAU teammates have ended up. He claims to have interest in Kansas but so far it hasn't been returned. Others on his radar include Arizona, UNC, Texas, and UCLA.
Eric Price, 6-1 PG, Blairstown (NJ) Blair Academy
The well traveled Price has always been able to score and developed a big time rep as a freshman sensation. He's one of those kids who seems like he has been around forever -- maybe because he has -- and must prove himself again after a lot of early hype.
He's an average athlete who relies on an aggressive attitude that sometimes leads to careless turnovers. If he can play under control and involve teammates on a regular basis he could be a top 100 type and find a home at a high major school.
He wants to play at as high a level as possible, and even went so far as to commit to Memphis last spring before that fell through. Kansas, Notre Dame and Illinois have shown preliminary love, but he'll need to prove he can play at that level.
Josh Thornton, 6-1 PG, Camden (DE) Caesar-Rodney
A military brat, Thornton is one of the elite shooters in the class of 2005. Each time a shot leaves his hand it looks pure and a lot more often than the rest of his peers it is. He's got above average quickness and his feel for the floor game is catching up with is scoring ability.
As he learns to use his quickness to set up others and leave opponents susceptible to fakes be will be a complete player. He made an unofficial visit to Kansas already and the Hawks are right at the top of his list. Tennessee, Duke, UNC, Arkansas, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Stanford and Florida will all make a pitch at one level or another before all is said and done.
Marcus Walker, 6-0 PG, Kansas City (MO) O'Hara
Kansas City has produced plenty of quality guards over the last few years including current NBA'ers Tyronn Lue and Earl Watson. Walker just might be the quickest of the bunch and is an explosive scorer who puts points on the board in flurries. At his best he is KC's own Dee Brown, at his worst he turns coaches and fans off with selfish play.
Nobody questions his abilities, just whether or not he is the type to really run a team. His jump shot has come a long way and he is a nice kid dedicated to improving his demeanor on the court. Kansas was in to see him practice in December and continues to track the potential top 50 talent who has been spotted at KU games as well.
Other schools that have been out to evaluate him include Illinois, Nebraska, Marquette, Arkansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Tulsa, and Oklahoma State.
Kashif Watson, 6-2 PG, Las Vegas (NV) Bishop Gorman
You would almost expect Sin City's finest to play with the type of flair his hometown has become famous for, and Watson can. However, it is his ability to get his teammates where they need to be, make decisions and athletic ability that has attracted suitors from coast to coast.
His older brother C.J. has made waves at Tennessee and Kashif is arguably more talented, but lacks his older brother's confidence. He had early interest from KU but doesn't look to be on the radar at this point. The more serious candidates are Tennessee, Arizona State, St. John's, Utah, Iowa State, Notre Dame and Texas Tech.
Harvey Hale, 6-3 PG/WG, Albuquerque (NM) Rio Grande
An elite defender who does a super job of rebounding for a guard, nobody plays as hard as Hale. He is also a dangerous scorer from mid range and made the underclass all-star game of the prestigious ABCD camp last summer. He's probably the best prospect produced in New Mexico in the last several years.
Also attractive is Hale's 4.0 GPA and commitment to the classroom. Kansas has been out to see him and continues to track him along with Texas, Arizona State, Marquette, Florida, Syracuse and plenty of others. He's made it no secret that he is very high on Kansas and will take a long look with just a little more attention.
Lamar Falley, 6-3 PG/WG, Las Vegas (NV) Durango
A slender wing, Falley is one of the premier shooters on the west coast. He can erupt for mass quantities of points in a hurry and has been adding PG skills. As he continues to add playmaking skills, he could move up in national rankings but projects as at least a top 75 player.
Schools from Oregon to Connecticut have gotten involved to some degree, but he'll have to improve his strength and show he can create more off of the dribble before drawing elite scholarship offers.