Kansas Jayhawkcoach Bill Self is trying really hard to improve his number two ranked recruiting class for the 2013-2014 season. On March 2, against the West Virginia Mountaineers, KU will host Andrew Wiggins, the top ranked recruit. Wiggins, who stands 6’8″ and weighs in at 190 pounds, is considered fundamentally sound, and is a terrific athlete. He is has narrowed his list of possible colleges to Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Florida State, where both of his parents attended and played sports.
Kansas just finished hosting the the number two ranked prospect this past weekend when power forward Julius Randle visited Lawrence. Randle, 6’9″, 240 pounds, was treated to the best Kansas has to offer. He sat behind the bench with seven current NBA players and witnessed the hanging of Mario Chalmer’s number 15 from the rafters. The fans did their part, chanting Randle’s name before and during the game.
The Jayhawks have already signed five players for next season – guards Connor Frankamp and Frank Mason, center Joel Embiid, and wing players Wayne Seldon and Brannen Greene. If Self can convince either Wiggins or Randle to Kansas, the Jayhawks might just have the top incoming class. With or without either of these players, KU will certainly be a very youthful squad next season. Kansas will lose four seniors and, most likely, red-shirt freshman Ben McLemore as well. Zach Peters has already left the program due to health issues. Only Naadir Tharpe and little used Justin Wesley will return as upper class men next year. No matter what happens with these two recruits, the Jayhawks figure to be young and athletic in the 2013-2014 season. Adding Wiggins or Randle will just be gravy.
At first glance, Randle appears to be the better fit for the Jayhawks, as there is not a power forward in the incoming class and there are already two wing players. That being said. no team can have enough athletic explosiveness so Self will surely figure out away to make it work if Wiggins chooses Kansas and Randle does not. Combined with the big freshman class presently enrolled, Kansas will be a lot of fun to watch next year. It would be great to get either Wiggins or Randle but Kansas is sure to be successful no matter what.