Loosing Out on a Star
5-star 2016 recruit Terrance “T-Ferg” “2k” Ferguson rode a media tidal wave for several weeks as he narrowed down his college decision. T-Ferg, a 6’7″, 185 lb shooting forward, was strongly considering the University of Kansas and the University of Alabama. Both schools worked overtime to land this superstar out of Dallas, Texas, and their fans weren’t slacking either. Ferguson has continued to generate interest from Arizona, Louisville, UNC, Baylor, and Texas even after he reportedly cut his list down to Kansas and Alabama.
T-Ferg is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, but plays for Prime Prep Academy in Dallas, Texas, and has been spending his summer playing on a Mo Williams AAU team. Many recruiting sites dub Ferguson the best shooter in the 2016 recruiting class.
Of course all Jayhawk fans figure T-Ferg would be insane not to choose Kansas, the legendary powerhouse basketball college, over Alabama, a “football school.” Ferguson knows about the basketball legacy at KU, but he believes Alabama is a place where he can forge his own path, create his own legacy, and take the basketball program to new levels. While Jayhawks across the nation are certainly bummed to lose this impressive shooter, we wish the best to Ferguson on his journey and will no doubt see him in the professional league very soon.
Regardless of this loss, the prospects look bright for KU in the upcoming seasons and the Jayhawks have received blessings in disguise from losing top recruits in the past, specifically with the 2015 class. Stephen Zimmerman, Malik Newman, Ivan Rabb, Jaylen Brown, Antonio Blakeney, Ben Simmons, Diamond Stone, and Henry Ellenson all chose a variety of schools that are not generally thought of as NCAA title contenders (UNLV, Mississippi State, UC Berkeley, LSU, Marquette). Eric Bossi, national recruiting analyst for Rivals.com, remarked that the class of 2015 had a little more independence than previous classes whose top recruits mostly ended up at Kansas, Kentucky, Duke, Arizona, or Indiana. Looking forward to the 2016 and 2017 recruits, Kansas has some excellent options on their radar including Harry Giles and Josh Jackson.
Giles, a 6’10” power forward out of Winston-Salem, North Carolina has offers from Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, UNC, Ohio State, Syracuse, UNLV, and Wake Forest and rightfully so; he is ranked 1st on ESPN’s top 100 list. Giles recently released his top 5 list for his college decision: Duke, Kentucky, UNC, Wake Forest, and Kansas. He has also mentioned that he is interested in pairing with Jayson Tatum, ESPN’s #2 recruit, who committed to Duke just a few weeks ago. Undoubtedly, Bill Self is working overtime to land Giles.
Jackson, a 6’7” small forward from Southfield, Michigan, has offers from Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan State, UNC, UCLA, and UNLV. Ranked 3rd behind Giles and Tatum on ESPN’s top 100 list, Jackson has been heavily sought after particularly by Kansas, Michigan State, UCLA, and Arizona. Jackson has yet to release a list of his top options and is focusing on passing his standardized tests before taking any official visits. His mother, Apple Jones, reports that they do definitely plan to take official visits to at least Kansas and Arizona during the school year. Jones also reports that Kentucky is currently not in the picture for Jackson.
Other promising members of the 2016 recruiting class still interested in Kansas include:
Udoka Azubuike – 6’11” center from Jacksonville, FL
Braxton Blackwell – 6’8” small forward from Mouth of Wilson, VA
Rawle Alkins – 6’5” shooting guard from Middle Village, NY
Members of the 2017 class who could possibly star on Kansas’s roster include:
Trevon Duval – 6’3” point guard from Newark, NJ
Hamidou Diallo – 6’4” shooting guard from Putnam, CT (unrelated to Cheick Diallo)
Wenyen Gabriel – 6’9” power forward from Wilbraham, MA
Coach Bill Self continues to search for fresh talent and hopes to land a couple of these impressive recruits in order to continue building onto Kansas’s already historic basketball resume.
University of Kansas ’19