Elite power forward expects to visit Kansas

During the past 30 days, the coaching staffs of virtually every college basketball program in the country have likely spent more hours inside airplanes than they have within the walls of their own homes.

Such is life during the July evaluation period, a time when coaches wave goodbye to their families for the better part of a month in order to travel around the country, sitting courtside for some of the best basketball of the AAU season.

It's a necessary part of any coach's job. Not only do they have the opportunity to evaluate potential recruits in person, but attendance at the game of a particular prospect can serve as an indicator of coach's interest level.

Head Coach Bill Self and his staff have seen dozens of prospects in recent weeks, at tournaments in cities like Las Vegas, Orlando and North Augusta, S.C. One such athlete is Johnny O'Bryant.

A 6-foot-8, 240 pound power forward from Cleveland (MS) East Side High School, O'Bryant has been a fixture on the Jayhawks' recruiting radar for years.

Currently maintaining a list of seven schools – Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State and Ole Miss – he recently told Scout.com he planned to narrow it down to five shortly after the AAU National Championships in Orlando taking place this weekend.

Though he currently has no favorites, O'Bryant said there was a lot to like about the Jayhawks, whom he said have made a strong push for his services in the past month.

"Just the tradition," he explained, of what attracted him to KU. "They're a winning team every year. The coaches, and the players get better."

Until he has the chance to sit down with his family, O'Bryant won't know which schools will make the cut down to five. However, he did say a visit to the University of Kansas in the near future is a strong possibility.

"I plan on taking a visit," he said. "I just don't know what date yet."


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