(Could Khem Birch set off a chain reaction in Las Vegas?)
As the college football season comes to an end, the sports world now shifts to basketball. And while to many college basketball fans, the current season is enough to quench their tastes, there are a few that always seem to yearn for things to come, and for them, we give you all the answers to some of the questions that many of you have. Did that make sense? Each week, I will try to answer a handful of your questions about some of the nation’s top players. This week, we were swamped with Kansas and Kentucky questions, so if you don’t see a question that you want answered, do something about it by submitting your own questions via twitter to @isportswebchris between now and next Tuesday and it may just get answered then.
@Devans100 : Does Kansas have a shot at Tony Parker?
Despite Bill Self’s last two classes, he is still considered a top notch recruiter and Kansas will always be on the short list with the majority of the top high schoolers in the country, but like Kentucky and others, I believe that Kansas has entered this race a little too late. Parker has discussed a visit to Lawrence, and if that happens, the odds would obviously increase, but at this time, I don’t even see a visit taking place. Kaleb Tarczewski broke the hearts of the staff when he committed to Arizona, and Parker quickly jumped back onto KU’s radar, but ultimately, I believe he will end up elsewhere. So, there was the long answer, here is the short answer. No.
@bradsturgill1: I’m hearing we’re (UK) the leader for Shabazz…..you think we get him?
I actually am hearing the same thing, that was, up until yesterday. Muhammad knows that Kentucky could be the perfect fit for him, and Calipari’s track record obviously speaks for itself, but the Khem Birch commitment to UNLV may have set off a chain reaction that puts Kentucky on the back-burner for the time being. Now that the Runnin’ Rebels have ensured Shabazz that UNLV has the ability to contend for a National Championship, with Birch and the possibility of a commitment from friend Anthony Bennett upcoming, Muhammad is believed to have put them on par with UCLA and Kentucky in his recruitment. I ultimately believe that he stays out west, but would it surprise me if he were to land in Lexington? Absolutely not.
@blackmild11 : how do u see the Ku class of who they got end up
(blackmild translator) Exactly how do you see this 2012 Kansas class ending up?
With a 5 star, Perry Ellis, and two 3 stars, Zach Peters and Landen Lucas, already signed and another 4 and 3 star committed, Andrew White and Anrio Adams respectively, one would believe that Bill Self and crew would be content with the bevy of talent aforementioned. Besides, to go along with the expected class above, former 5 star G Ben McLemore and 3 star F Jamari Traylor will both become eligible beginning next semester giving Kansas a potential total of 7 first year players. However, Bill Self recently commented that he would like to sign at least one, if not two more in the class of 2012. Of the remaining options on the table, the most likely of the two would be junior college point guard Geron Johnson, who is believed to make his decision in the coming days, and perhaps Jakarr Sampson, the one time St. Johns commit and current Findlay Prep student. Other possibilities would include Tony Parker (see my thoughts above) and Shabazz Muhammad (above), who both list the Jayhawks as finalists.
@UNLVRebFan : Not trying to be greedy after landing Birch, but what’s the chances UNLV lands Bazz & Bennett with 1 scholie left?
I honestly believe that you will land one of the two, if I had to choose, it would be Muhammad. The idea of Bennett possibly joining the team intrigues Muhammad, and this will give Rice a chance to make his sales pitch of staying home to play college basketball seem a little more special, but you have to remember that Kentucky also gives Shabazz that same opportunity. Ultimately, I believe that Bennett makes his decision based on where he can be showcased more and chooses Florida over UK and UNLV, but by then, Rice will have had Muhammad’s ear a couple of extra months to make his case for UNLV.
@DukeFan79 : What are the chances Duke gets an early commitment from Julius Randle?
Chances that Duke gets an early commitment from Julius Randle (as in by this fall): 0%
Chances that Duke gets a commitment from Julius Randle: 90%+.
I believe that Randle is hell bent on playing the wing position in college and Duke is the ideal offense for him to thrive in at his size and skill set. It might be a heck of a poker face that Randle implores in almost all of his interviews, but I believe the gushing that he does whenever Duke is being talked about is 100% legit. Randle may be the most sought after talent in the 2013 class, so Coach K will have competition, and next spring is a long way away, but for now, I like Duke’s chances tremendously.
@miteymike : Everybody knows the big names over the next two years, give us some names we will be getting to know in the 2013 and 2104 NCAA tournament that have fallen under the radar.
Good question. J-Mycahl Reese is a prototypical point guard that will be making his way to Texas A&M next season to play for Billy Kennedy. Reese, now ranked #63 by Rivals, was once considered the top point guard in the class and has the ability to play at the highest level.
Buddy Hield, from the state of Kansas and playing next season for Oklahoma, is only the 94th ranked player in the 2012 class, yet at times, was the best player in the gym when all the big name guys were there too. Look for him to cause fits in the Big 12 for the next four years.
Tamron Manning is currently unranked by Rivals only due to his size and competition level. The Marshall signee has answered all the questions asked of him on the floor up to this point and I have no reason to believe he can’t continue to do so on the D1 level.
The last guy that jumps to mind when thinking about being underrated is Jordan Mickey of Grace Prep in Texas. At #75 in the class of 2013, Mickey is being overshadowed by a couple of his more recognizable teammates, but by the end of next year, I could easily see him jumping into the top 30.
Thanks again to those who submitted questions, and I look forward to doing this on a weekly basis.
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