Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Omar Wilkes and JR Giddens talk about signing day, their upcoming seasons, and Kansas in the NIT.

Their names – David Padgett, JR Giddens, Omar Wilkes, and Jeremy Case – are familiar to Kansas basketball fans. All four are now formally committed to attending the University of Kansas on basketball scholarships.

Giddens was the last to sign his national Letter of Intent, doing so at his school in a joint ceremony last Tuesday.

"It was a good feeling to make it official after such a long time," said Giddens who had committed verbally last April. "My friends were there too, making funny faces in the background. They definitely got me to mess up on camera."

The other three recruits had signed the previous week.

"It was only a technicality," said Omar Wilkes. "I felt like a Jayhawk from the moment I verballed to Kansas. Signing didn't change that in any way."

All four will don crimson and blue next year. In the meantime, each has his own senior season to focus on.

"I just want to get involved with my teammates," said Giddens. "We hope to face Jeremy Case's team – and beat them – in the state championship game.

Wilkes also has plans for Loyola and his state title.

"I want to help lead my team to a championship," said Wilkes. "We want to beat Westchester."

Westchester is led by Trevor Ariza and has been ranked #2 in the state by CaliHiSports. Loyola is ranked #5.

It is not just state championships predicted by the Kansas recruits. Wilkes believes the Kansas Jayhawks have a 2003 national title in their future as well.

"Not only will they win the NIT, but the NCAA tournament. Our starting five have more talent than any other five in the nation," proclaimed Wilkes.

"I am a realist - Arizona has a strong team. That game will be rough. UCLA will be a good game. The Bruins always gets up for Kansas, no matter how they are playing otherwise."

Giddens shared Wilkes' sentiments.

"I have Kansas picked all the way. OU will try pushing us around but I don't think they can get over on us. We will kill Missouri – their fans are tough but the team is not so bad," said Giddens.

"Arizona will be a battle," added Giddens. "I hope we can meet with Duke on the way to the national title."

And what have these two been doing outside of basketball?

"Not much," laughs Wilkes. "Just basketball, school, and sleep. I have been a house bum."

Giddens seemed to have a similar schedule. "I have been keeping up with classwork. I have A's in everything but computer technology. I dread that class."


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