Robinson-Earl attracts interest from batch of coaches at Dallas-area AAU tourney

Bishop Miege’s Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (center) | Andy Lundberg | Special to The Star

By Gary Bedore gbedore@kcstar.com

Kansas coach Bill Self, Kansas State’s Bruce Weber and Oklahoma’s Lon Kruger watched Bishop Miege junior Jeremiah Robinson-Earl make his spring/summer AAU season debut with KC Run GMC on Friday night at the Under Armour Association Session One tournament in Duncanville, Texas.

Robinson-Earl, a 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward who is ranked No. 16 in the recruiting Class of 2019 by Rivals.com, scored 16 points with five rebounds, four steals and two blocks in a 51-49 loss to Grassroots Sizzle of Minnesota.

“Robinson-Earl has bulked up significantly and grown some, as he's now carrying a well-put-together 235 pounds on a nearly 6-foot-10 body,” Rivals.com analyst Eric Bossi wrote after Friday’s AAU opener. The game was also scouted by assistant coaches from North Carolina, Louisville, Stanford, Wake Forest, Notre Dame, Virginia, Iowa and others. “I was struck by how well that added strength served him as he fought around the rim and finished with strong dunks through contact.

“He has always been a high-level rebounder with great hands and nice offensive feel in the lane, but he's stretching his game. He hit an 18-footer on one end and then in the second half backed up an improved-looking shot by nailing a tough step-back 19-footer after losing his initial defender with a crossover. Because of where he's from and the fact that his father Lester Earl played at Kansas, many have chalked him up to the Jayhawks. While they are certainly doing well at this point he's not a done deal to stay at home.”

Jalen Suggs, a 6-3 junior point guard from Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis had 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the victorious Sizzle. Suggs — who is ranked No. 6 in the Class of 2019 by Rivals.com — has made an unofficial visit to KU and also has Minnesota, Baylor, Iowa State, Iowa and others on his list. He is also a standout football quarterback.

“He plays the point with a football player's mentality. He embraces and seeks contact on both ends and when he sees a hole he hits it and makes a play,” Bossi wrote of Suggs.

Topeka Hayden junior combo guard Zach Harvey scored 15 points with five boards for Run GMC. Harvey, who is ranked No. 41 nationally, has, according to Rivals.com, received offers from KU, K-State, Creighton, Iowa, Nebraska, Northwestern, Oregon, UCLA and Wake Forest.

Bossi wrote that Harvey “can play some point guard at the next level. Friday night for KC Run GMC, the 6-foot-4 junior spent a lot of time running the show, and he looked comfortable doing so. He's got size, navigates the ball screen with poise and is sneaky explosive when he decides to head to the rim. When he was aggressive there weren't many answers for him.”

Harvey, along with two individuals from the Wichita area, face felony sex-crime charges in Sedgwick County involving an underage teenage girl. A pretrial hearing on the charges is set for May 29.

Lawson, Stewart at Nike tourney

Self watched Chandler Lawson, the brother of KU’s Dedric and K.J. Lawson, play for Bluff City Legends at this weekend's Nike EYBL event in Dallas. Lawson, a 6-8 junior forward from Memphis East High, who is ranked No. 73 nationally by Rivals.com, is reportedly considering KU, Memphis, Kentucky, Florida and others. He is close to new Memphis coach Penny Hardaway, who was head coach at Memphis East this past season.

Also, Isaiah Stewart, a 6-8 junior power forward from La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind., who is ranked No. 10 in the recruiting class of 2018 according to Rivals.com, is playing at the Nike EYBL. He has told Rivals.com he is considering KU, Duke, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Texas, Syracuse, Georgetown, Ohio State, Tennessee, Washington, Indiana, Villanova and others.

“Stewart is the ideal, small-ball center in today’s game at 6-foot-8 and sporting a 7-foot-2 wingspan,” writes Corey Evans of Rivals.com. “He has become more explosive in recent months, remains a diligent worker within the paint, has improved his off-hand and consistently finishes with sparkling stat lines. Stewart's recruitment remains fluid as top programs continue to show attention. Look for the five-star to narrow things down to a group of eight or 10 in the near future,” Evans added.

Barnstorming games in Lansing, Wichita

Kansas basketball seniors Devonté Graham, Svi Mykhailiuk and Clay Young will play a barnstorming tour game at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday April 28 at Young’s alma mater, Lansing High School.

Tickets will be sold at the door: $10 for adults, $7 for youths 10 and under. An autograph session will be held from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

The exhibition game, which includes some real hoops and some Harlem Globetrotter-type antics, will be contested against a team of area high school seniors. Details are available at 810varsity.com.

Graham, Mykhailiuk and Young will take the barnstorming tour to Wichita East High School on Saturday May 5. An autograph session will begin at 5 p.m., with a game against the Wichita All-Stars set for 7 p.m. Advance tickets ($14) can be purchased at Wichita East High School (call-in only) as well as Tad’s Locker Room, Citizens Bank East and Citizens Bank West.


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