The question that most Kansas fans want answered, though, is whether or not Sherron Collins’ teammate on the West squad, 6-9 BF Darrell Arthur, will play with Collins for more than just a few days in March? After all, the star from Dallas (TX) South Oak Cliff has been heavily courted by Bill Self and his staff for some time now and the perceived leader, Indiana, just got knocked out of the game thanks to the announcement that Mike Davis will resign at the end of the season.
Having officially visited Kansas and the other two remaining finalists -- Baylor and SMU -- back in the fall, many have wondered what more Arthur needs to see in order to make a decision. Further adding to the suspense involved in Arthur’s recruitment is the fact that other schools have been working to become involved in the equation.
Early word is that most are having trouble getting any kind of feedback or response from the Arthur camp, but one school to watch is Texas. After all, Texas was considered to be the front runner during the early stages of Arthur’s recruitment, at least, before they took a commitment from another burger boy, Kevin Durant. Also, unlike other schools looking to get involved who haven’t recruited him in a while like Georgia Tech and Connecticut, the Longhorns continued to recruit Arthur all winter long.
By now most are aware of why Arthur has drawn so much attention and there is little question about his potential on the college level. Although inconsistent at times, he’s got the total package for a big man. He runs well, he’s quick off the floor for rebounds and blocks, he can take other big men off the dribble, he spins to either shoulder and wields an absolutely lethal turnaround jumper. Basically, he’s the type of talent that you can’t turn down regardless of who you do or don’t have on the roster.
So, the question is, what will Arthur decide? Unfortunately, it’s a question without a very good answer right now and it is one that won’t likely be answered in the immediate future. What we do know is that until something else comes out, Kansas and Baylor should be considered the front runners and that Arthur is going to lean heavily on a close circle of confidants that includes his mother, his high school coach James Mays and his summer coach Jazzy Hartwell.
We also know that Bill Self and assistant Kurtis Townsend were in Dallas on Wednesday looking to make another pitch to Arthur. Arthur is also expected to attend the Kansas/Texas game in Austin this weekend but it hasn’t been confirmed.
With no real answers out there, Phog.net spoke with a pair of the most respected recruiting analysts in the business, and Scout.com’s Dave Telep and Prepstars.com’s Rob Harrington, to get their feelings on Kansas and Arthur. While they may not have the answer that Kansas fans are looking for, they do at least provide outside perspective.
“In regards to Arthur, this one hasn't begun to unfold yet. He's been tight with information. We know Kansas is involved and not going anywhere. The same can be said for Baylor and SMU who have managed to hang in there all winter,” said Telep. “Now, with the introduction of Texas and the possible early NBA exiles out of Austin, the Horns could wind up being a major player in this one as well. I think as the major all-star games unfold, so will this recruitment."
“The resignation of Mike Davis at Indiana would seem to make Kansas the leader for Arthur almost by default, though if he welcomes other schools into his recruitment, you have to wonder just how strong their position is,” said Harrington. “Arthur would be more than just another blue-chipper at Kansas. The frontcourt is the one area where the Jayhawks could use additional scoring. In that sense, he'd be a terrific pickup, especially this late in the season.”