J.R. Giddens and Jeremy Case both verbally committed to Kansas in April, forgoing most of the recruiting process and seizing the opportunity to play for Coach Roy Williams. Both hail from the Oklahoma City area and played for the same AAU team, Athletes First. But the two are very different.
Giddens made a splash on the summer AAU scene, skyrocketing up the rankings. The 6'5 WF became known for his spectacular athleticism and flashiness. The 6'0 SG Case quietly helped his team win games.
"Me and Jeremy are complete opposites. He's more quiet. An all around good guy. I don't think he has an enemy in the world - unless you are guarding him," said Giddens.
"He shoots like Boschee a little. If I find him I know I can pass it off and count the shot."
Giddens is not the first to compare Case to Jeff Boschee.
"The Kansas staff will look for Jeremy to be a player that they can run off of screens and spot up for open jump shots ala Jeff Boschee. He won't provide Boschee numbers early, but he won't be expected to either," said Eric Bossi, recruiting analyst for Prepstars. "He will have time to grow into his role."
Despite speculation, Case's commitment appears solid as does his future contributions to Kansas.
"He can play either guard slot. While his ability to put the ball in the hole from deep is unquestioned, it is a must that Jeremy add bulk," added Bossi.
Giddens pledge to Kansas could not be more certain, from his KU attire to his enthusiastic comments regarding his future school. The media seems taken with his outgoing personality, as well his on court skills.
"Giddens could be one of the best pure wing talents to play at KU in years. He has superb athleticism and a dangerous jump shot from three," said Rob Harrington, recruiting analyst and editor of Prepstars.
"His competitive drive is obvious from the first moment the ball is tapped."
That drive is something Kansas fans will look forward to.
"I think I'm going to bring a lot of intensity. I'll bring my heart into every game," promised Giddens.