Now that the ever important evaluation month of July has come and gone, basketball staffs across the country are taking a new look at their recruiting for 2010 and beyond. In between recharging their batteries with some family time, Bill Self and his staff are doing the exact same thing.
With that in mind, Phog.Net takes a look at who is left on the Kansas recruiting board in 2010. Where does Kansas stand, who is the main competition and what might factor into each players decision as the start to set up visits over the next few weeks.
Targets Still On The Kansas Board
Royce Woolridge- Phog.Net had the chance to watch Woolridge extensively during the month of July. Committed to Kansas for well over a year now, the 6-foot-2 shooting guard had some big outings in front of his future coaches while playing in Las Vegas and competed in the Reebok All-American Camp. He remains onboard 100%.
Harrison Barnes- The nation's top prospect in the class of 2010 did nothing to hurt his stock despite only playing the first part of the July evaluation period. Blessed with a finely tuned all around game, above average athleticism and a nasty streak, Barnes is perhaps the biggest competitor in his class as well. He's going to cut his list down at the end of the month and Kansas is expected to make it along with Duke, North Carolina and Iowa State. More recently, Barnes has flirted with the idea of waiting until the spring to decide. He's been a top, if not the #1, priority for Bill Self for some time now and that's not likely to change.
Terrence Jones- Hailing from the same high school that produced former Jayhawks Aaron Miles and Mike Lee (as well as Missouri standout Thomas Gardner), Jones has been on the Kansas radar for a while. However, after a dominant month of July, the 6-foot-8 combo forward has finally drawn a scholarship offer from the Jayhawks and the two sides are looking to find a good weekend for an official visit. The vibe with Jones has always been that he would like to play for a traditional power and the general feeling is that Kansas is among the top schools on what is an incredibly long list. Kentucky is a recent offer, North Carolina and UCLA continue to be involved and others include Oklahoma, Texas, Washington, Oregon, California, Florida, Indiana and Arizona.
Doron Lamb- Kansas and Lamb have been in contact with each other since the 6-foot-4 shooting guard made his way onto the map as a freshman at Bishop Laughlin High in Brooklyn, NY. Now preparing for his second year at prep power Oak Hill in Mouth of Wilson, VA, Lamb enhanced his standing with the Kansas staff during the month of July and they are recruiting him as sort of a taller version on Russell Robinson. He will visit Lawrence officially and just needs to set a date. At this point, Kansas and Kentucky look to be out front for his services with others like Syracuse and Oklahoma in the mix.
Josh Selby- Selby was easily one of the more interesting storylines of July. He finally de-committed from Tennessee after months of speculation that his commitment was on shaky ground and there was no shortage of coverage/theories regarding why he did so. Now open, Selby is the object of an intense recruiting battle that involves Kansas, UConn, Memphis and Kentucky. Sources close to the situation have pegged Jim Calhoun's Huskies as the team to beat and a visit to Storrs could happen before the month ends. However, Kansas has made a hard charge on this one and should land a visit out of the athletic, tough and talented combo guard.
Cory Joseph- Another in the ever increasing line of Canadian imports who are making a splash in the states, Joseph turned a good spring into a monster summer while shooting up the charts. A combo guard who can run the point or slide over to the two, he's an explosive scorer and improving setup man with good size for the one. Kansas recruited his older brother Devoe (now a sophomore at Minnesota) and has turned up the heat following the July evaluation period. Joseph sports one of the longest lists of any prospect in the country and is another who could end up waiting until the spring to make a decision.
Adreian Payne- One of the more intriguing guys on the Kansas radar, Payne oozes with potential. A long armed insider with well above average run and jump athleticism, he's one of the premier shot blockers in his class but also has some offense facing the hoop. An interesting kid to speak with, Payne has openly admitted that he hasn't really watched a lot of college basketball up until now and that he doesn't know a ton about the programs recruiting him. Kentucky and West Virginia are the rumored leaders, but Kansas pretty much watched his every move during the month of July and continues to recruit him quite aggressively.
Brandon Knight- The month of July was a short one for one of the nation's top five players. Playing with Each One Teach One at the Peach Jam, the 6-foot-3 combo guard broke a foot ending his summer with a few days left during the first 10-day evaluation period of July. Kansas is still recruiting him and would gladly host him for a visit, but Kentucky, Connecticut and Miami have emerged in a top tier that will be tough to crack. Also in the mix is Florida.
Joe Jackson- Much like Knight, the 5-foot-11 scoring point guard has to be considered a bit of a long shot at this point. During July, Jackson confirmed to Phog.Net that he is planning to take an official visit to Kansas and that he will most likely wait until the spring to make his decision. However, it's clear that Memphis is the team to beat in this situation and the young man faces an enormous amount of pressure to stay and play for the home team.
Maurice Walker- Here's a sleeper prospect to keep an eye on down the road as a potential big man target. A big and strong Canadian, Walker made some waves playing for Team Takeover Canada. A space eating, physical insider, he'll attend the same prep school (Brewster Prep) that produced current Jayhawks freshman Thomas Robinson. Interest is in the preliminary stages at this point, but he could be one to watch down the road.
Cameron Clark- Few players in the class of 2010 helped their stock during the spring and summer as much as the bouncy 6-foot-6 Texan. A terrific scorer from the mid-range, he's a guy who can get his own offense. He lists Kansas among his top schools and says that he'll visit Kansas. However, exactly where he stands on the Jayhawks priority list looks to be up for debate and it would appear that Oklahoma and Oklahoma State look to be his two most aggressive suitors.