New Jersey point guard Jalen Carey to make visit to Kansas in September
By Gary Bedore firstname.lastname@example.org
Jalen Carey, a 6-foot-4 senior point guard from Immaculate Conception High School in Montclair, N.J., will visit Kansas Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, his dad revealed to Zagsblog.com on Thursday.
Carey, the No. 52-ranked player in the recruiting Class of 2018 by Rivals.com, will travel to Miami on Aug. 25-27, UConn on Aug. 30-Sept. 1 and Syracuse on Sept. 8-10. He’s yet to set up an official visit to one of his other two finalists — Villanova or Rutgers. Prep players are allowed up to five official visits during the recruiting process.
Carey will travel to KU the weekend of the 2017 Late Night in the Phog with another senior point guard prospect — No. 21-rated Quentin Grimes, 6-5 from College Park High School in The Woodlands, Texas. Grimes has a list of KU, Kentucky, Arizona, Marquette, Texas, Texas A&M and Baylor. Arizona is likely out of the picture for Grimes following this week’s oral commitment of point guard Jahvon Quinerly.
Carey — who averaged 18 points a game for the New England Playaz on the Nike AAU circuit this summer — has long been considered a top priority of Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim.
Other point guards who have scheduled visits to KU: No. 35-ranked Devon Dotson (6-1, Providence Day School, Charlotte, N.C.) on Aug. 25-27 and No. 11 Immanuel Quickley (6-4, John Carroll High School, Bel Air, Md.) on Sept. 1-3. Quickley will visit Miami on Sept. 8-10 and Kentucky on Sept. 15-17. He also has Maryland on his list. Dotson has a list of KU, Florida, Maryland, Miami, Ohio State and USC.
Bacot considering KU, Duke, others
Armando Bacot, a 6-10 junior forward from Trinity Episcopal High School in Richmond, Va., who is ranked No. 14 in the recruiting Class of 2019 by Rivals.com, received an offer from Duke on Tuesday, D1Vision.com reported.
He has a list of KU, Duke, Oklahoma State, UCLA, Villanova, VCU, Virginia Tech and others.
“They’ve got a rich history with big men. Frank Mason III went to Kansas so they have a good connection with Team Loaded,” Bacot told D1vision.com. Mason, a former KU point guard now with the Sacramento Kings, played for Team Loaded AAU.
“I want to go to a school where I can come in and play,” Bacot added. “I want to come in and have an impact but also win and possibly be a one-and-done. I also want a good educational school.”
Robinson to arrive on Friday
KU is set to welcome 7-footer Mitchell Robinson to campus on Friday for his official weekend visit. Robinson, a 220-pound graduate of Chalmette (La.) High School, recently was released from his letter-of-intent at Western Kentucky. He has already visited LSU.
Because Robinson participated in summer practices with Western Kentucky’s team, which was preparing for a summer trip to Costa Rica, he would have to receive a waiver from the NCAA in order to play for another Div. I team without having to sit out a season. Sources have told The Star it would be a longshot for Robinson to claim that waiver because he started a summer class at Western Kentucky.
Robinson would likely be based on the fact he signed with Western Kentucky primarily because of his relationship with his godfather, former North Carolina player Shammond Williams, a former Western Kentucky assistant coach who left his post with the Hilltoppers on July 3. Robinson did not leave campus until July 27, well after Williams had left the program.
If Robinson, who was a McDonald’s All-American, elects to attend KU or LSU without an NCAA waiver, he would be allowed to practice but not play in games until 2018-19. In that scenario, he would be eligible to enter the 2018 NBA Draft if he so desired having not played in a college game.
Robinson scored 14 points, grabbed three rebounds and had two blocked shots in the 2017 McDonald’s All-Star Game in Chicago. He’s the No. 8-rated player in the recruiting Class of 2017 by Rivals.com.
Coleby hurts heel
Former KU forward Dwight Coleby scored seven points and grabbed seven rebounds while playing eight minutes in Western Kentucky’s exhibition game against Laurentian University on Tuesday in Costa Rica. He played the eight minutes, however, after suffering a sprained heel. The 6-foot-9 Western Kentucky graduate-transfer did not play in the remaining two games on the summer trip to Costa Rica. The Bowling Green Daily News said Coleby did run through warmup drills before the second and third games, wearing a boot on his foot while watching the third contest.
Bagley visited UCLA this week
Marvin Bagley, a 6-10 forward from Sierra Canyon High School in Chatsworth, Calif., who has filed paperwork to enter the recruiting Class of 2017 and play during the 2017-18 school year, completed a visit to UCLA on Wednesday.
Bagley, the No. 1-ranked player in the Class of 2018, has also visited Duke and USC. Various recruiting services have speculated he may not visit his other finalists, KU, Kentucky and Arizona. As of Thursday night he had not eliminated those schools, however.
Bagley reportedly is set on playing college ball this season because if eligible, he’s expected to be the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.