Kansas Coaches Busy

To say that the past two weeks have been merely "busy" for the Kansas coaching staff would be something of an understatement.

Making the most of the recruiting contact period that ran from April 8-21 – excluding April 12-15 – Head Coach Bill Self and assistants Joe Dooley, Danny Manning and Kurtis Townsend have been racking up the highway and frequent flyer miles, checking in on some of their top targets from the classes of 2011 and 2012.

Wednesday, Dooley was in Southborough, Mass. to meet with a pair of 2012 prospects – 6-foot-8 small forward Alex Murphy, and his teammate at St. Mark's School, 7-footer Kaleb Tarczewski.

"It went great," said St. Mark's head coach Dave Lubick of the visit. "There's obviously a lot of respect for the program at Kansas. It's quite an honor for the boys to have a Kansas coach here at school, and have them interested in them. The success is right at the highest level."

Despite their youth, both Murphy and Tarczewski can lay claim to an impressive list of scholarship offers. Murphy has received offers from the likes of Arizona, Boston College, UCONN, Florida, Georgia Tech and Kansas. Tarczewski meanwhile holds offers from USC, West Virginia, Providence and Indiana, with interest from other programs – including Kansas – growing by the day.

While both recruits remain open at this early stage in the process, Lubick said the Jayhawks are definitely on the radar, thanks in large part to the coaching staff's dedication to building relationships with the young men.

"I think they both feel that Coach Self is a great coach, and (Kansas) would be something to consider really, really seriously," he said. "It's not just a 'walk through it' kind of situation when Kansas shows you attention."

Teammates in high school as well as on the AAU circuit, Murphy and Tarczewski will trip to Lawrence next week with the New England Playaz for the annual Jayhawk Invitational Tournament.

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