Is KU basketball gaining ground on elite 2018 recruit Zion Williamson?

By Jesse Newell jnewell@kcstar.com

At least one recruiting analyst believes the Kansas basketball team could be coming closer to landing a top-three talent in the class of 2018.

Andrew Slater, a national recruiting writer for 247Sports, switched his Crystal Ball pick for 6-foot-7 guard Zion Williamson this week from Kentucky to Kansas. He explained his thinking in an article by SEC Country’s Kyle Tucker Wednesday.

Williamson, a 6-foot-6 forward, is ranked first in the 2018 class by 247Sports, second in the 247 Composite rankings and third in Rivals’ 150. Keep in mind that he could jump up a spot in the final two ballots if 6-foot-10 forward Marvin Bagley reclassifies to 2017, which has been a discussion over recent weeks.

Our own Gary Bedore also spoke about Williamson’s ties to point guard Devon Dotson in his most recent recruiting notebook. Dotson, a 6-foot-1 point guard who is ranked 35th by Rivals, is good friends with Williamson and also his AAU teammate.

One certainty through all the speculation appears to be Williamson’s talent. Considered a surefire one-and-done, Williamson has wowed with his dunking ability, including throwing down a 360 during a high school game in February.

Jesse Newell: 816-234-4759, @jessenewell


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