As always, the list is by no means complete and we’ll be staying on top of adding and subtracting guys with Kansas interest as we go along.
THE FIRST FOUR
Jason Bohannon, 6-3 PG/WG, Marion (IA) Linn-Mar- Last summer the slender Bohannon did a very nice job of proving that he can play with the nation’s best thanks to some standout performances with traditional Iowa power Martin Brothers. He’s a smart player who most likely projects as a point on the next level because of his ability to run a team, defend smaller quick players and his affinity for getting into the lane and finding teammates.
However, Bohannon’s biggest strength is his ability to shoot the ball from deep and that allows him to swing over to the wing guard position. His versatility would allow a school that recruits him to have two players on the court at the same time with the ability to be primary ball-handlers. He does need to get stronger and become a little more assertive, but he’s proved himself as a high major guy and has already visited Stanford officially so you know he’s a rock solid student.
Matt Bouldin, 6-5 WG/PG, Highlands Ranc (CO) Thunder Ridge- Bouldin is quite familiar with the Kansas basketball program and has already been on campus a handful of times for unofficial visits. A versatile guard with an outstanding mid-range game, Bouldin prefers to play the point but may see more time on the wing because of his size and offensive skills.
Several big name programs have been out to see him play this winter and so far the buzz has been favorable. He’s pretty good with his decisions and has improved his ability to create for others off of the dribble. The questions are whether he can stay with small quick PG’s on the next level and strength. He’s got plenty of upside and a lot of scouts and coaches are eager to see him this spring to get a better evaluation of his game.
Curtis Eatmon, 6-3 PG, Ranco Cucamonga (CA) Los Osos- Due to health issues, the lanky and quick Eatmon missed much of his junior campaign. However, he finished off his season very strong and has a chance to get some serious run whenever people start talking about the top PG’s on the west coast.
Eatmon is a bit on the skinny side, but that doesn’t deter him from getting into the lane and using his length and body control to find paths to the basket where he scores or sets up teammates. He’s a very respectable shooter and a good, but not great, ball-handler and decision maker. If he can get a little stronger and prove that his health issues haven’t stunted his development, Eatmon is a guy who’s star could be on the rise in the upcoming months.
Tory Jackson, 5-10 PG, Saginaw (MI) Buena Vista- Easily one of the most creative perimeter players in the class of 2006, Jackson plays the game with plenty of confidence, swagger and flair. Some have labeled him as a showman and a player more interested in highlights than making plays, but the bottom line is that Jackson gets the job done and doesn’t seem to make bad decisions despite his pension for the spectacular.
Extremely quick and athletic, Jackson loses defenders thanks to several variations of his dangerous crossover dribble and the burst on his first step. He’s got range out to the three point line and isn’t bashful about letting it fly. Surprisingly he’s a good rebounder despite an overall lack of size. He’ll probably need to tone things down a little and put in some more work in the weight room, but he’s got to be considered one of the top 5-10 PG’s in the country heading into the spring.
Editor's note: Rather than just having a focus of "who is leaning where", this series of articles by Phog.net Recruiting Analyst Eric Bossi is designed to help KU fans familiarize themselves with the talent the KU coaches are evaluating for the Jayhawks' 2006 basketball recruiting class. You may wish to bookmark these stories for future reference.
Previous editions of "Focusing on 2006":