The Kansas Jayhawks have lost two of their talented freshmen as Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid have both declared for the 2014 NBA Draft.
Tarik Black was the only scholarship senior Head Coach Bill Self lost, so he has three scholarships to give. Two have been claimed by Kelly Oubre and Cliff Alexander. That leaves one empty slot.
Enter Myles Turner.
Turner is ranked the second overall prep recruit by ESPN in the ESPN Top 100. The 7-footer trails only Jahlil Okafor, who is going to Duke, in these rankings.
Last week at the McDonald’s All-American game, Alexander and Oubre were trying to recruit Turner to join him at Kansas, according to Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star.
Alexander, the No. 4 overall prospect in the class of 2014, and fellow Kansas signee Kelly Oubre, a 6-foot-7 swingman, have tried different sales pitches this week.
Alexander, it appears, has been trying the hard sell.
“I told him: ‘Come be a Jayhawk, Bill Self will get you ready,’” Alexander said.
Oubre, meanwhile, says he’s used a softer approach.
“I just let Myles be to his self,” said Oubre, rated as the 12th overall recruit in the class. “He has a tough decision. I know how hard it was to pick a college, and he has so many good colleges that want him. I can’t just persuade him myself to go to the college of my advising.”
If Myles Turner decides to come to Kansas, the Jayhawks will add on to one of the top recruiting classes for next season. Cliff Alexander is ranked 3rd by ESPN, and Kelly Oubre is ranked 11th.
Bill Self, of course, love his big men. Even with the losses of Tarik Black
and Joel Embiid
, the Jayhawks are still loaded with interior players. Starter Perry Ellis
will return for his junior season, and reserves Jamari Traylor
and Landen Lucas
are in the mix as well. Hunter Michelson, a 7-foot shot blocking transfer from Arkansas, will also be vying for playing time.
Some would argue that Self should be seeking out a game changing point guard. The Jayhawks have been plagued by poor, inconsistent point guard play over the last few seasons, and Kansas could really use an upgrade at that position more so than another big man.
Even without Turner, the Jayhawks should be big, and with more experience at some key positions, next season. If they add Myles Turner, in addition to Oubre and Alexander, they will be very difficult to beat once again.