After watching several of his players on the Georgia Stars 16 and under team compete in last week’s Nike Hoop Jamboree in St. Louis, Stars head coach Harold Thompson drove his crew down I-70 for a Sunday visit to the University of Kansas. The idea was to let rising junior 6-5 WG/WF Lance Storrs from Decatur (GA) Columbia get a taste of the Kansas campus.
From the sounds of it, the visit was a hit and Storrs high school and Stars teammate Jeremy Price a 6-8 BF/C is now on the Jayhawk radar as well.
“Oh my God, it went really good, really good,” Thompson told Phog.net. “It went really well and they like Jeremy too. I think he reminds them of Wayne Simien with the way that he plays down low.”
Arriving with their coach and another pair of their teammates with the Stars, Jamar Moore and Adrian Williams, Storrs and Price spent almost nine hours on campus.
“We did the whole nine yards,” said Thompson. “We talked with coach Self for a long time and the kids were impressed with the whole staff.”
Because of the ongoing basketball camp, the visitors from Georgia also had a chance to meet other figures in the Jayhawk program. They met director of basketball operations Danny Manning and also spent plenty of time talking with the current players.
“They got to meet Danny Manning and they met the players too,” said Thompson. “All of the players talked about how much they love Kansas. They really sold us on Kansas.”
However, one figure stood out above all during the visit.
“I think that they were most impressed with coach Self,” said Thompson. “He’s just real cool and down to Earth. I know I was impressed with him. Joe Dooley was very impressive as well.”
Of course it is still very early in the process for Storrs and Price. Other schools like Georgia Tech -- where they will visit unofficially this week -- Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Alabama and Georgetown among others have already shown strong interest and the duo is open. Jayhawk fans can also be sure that Kansas will be considered heavily.
“They both loved it, really all four of them came away saying it was a great school,” said Thompson. “It’s a great program out there and you can’t get into too much trouble out there. The staff is great, the tradition is there and they focus on education because they are graduating all of their seniors.”