At this stage on the recruiting calendar, every action brings a reaction. Here’s an example: In the past seven days, the Kansas Jayhawks' point guard list has been hit with attrition. Junior college stud Chris Jones (Memphis, Tenn./NW Florida State College) and Anthony Barber (Hampton, Va./Hampton) picked Louisville and N.C. State, respectively.
Kansas recruited Demetrius Jackson (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian Catholic) with great diligence and effort in the summer. So did Notre Dame, and the South Bend campus is minutes from Jackson’s home. This weekend is the huge Michigan-Notre Dame football game, and Jackson’s going to be there with two Irish commitments. It wouldn’t be the least bit surprising to see Jackson, not a fan of the recruiting process, pop for Notre Dame. Illinois is also in the mix, but regardless, we’re reading tea leaves here, and so is Kansas.
Minutes before Paul Biancardi and I were about to go on the air for “Recruiting Nation” on Thursday, a text came in. Point guard Roddy Peters (District Heights, Md./Suitland) offered up a nugget: He added Kansas to his list. Memphis and Seton Hall were dropped, leaving Maryland, Georgetown, UCLA, Xavier and Rutgers in addition to Kansas.
Peters is on Rutgers' campus as we speak. On Oct. 6, he’s set to visit UCLA. There are all kinds of moving parts here. Does UCLA still get that visit? What about Maryland? It’s pretty clear the Terps are all-in on the Harrison twins (Andrew and Aaron), and now KU
Kansas was right to reach out to Peters. The late-developing point guard is the No. 3 available player at his position. Coach Bill Self would like to add another guard to play with Conner Frankamp (Wichita, Kan./North) and be a primary ball handler. Peters is one of the few options Self has in terms of adding a guy who views himself as a setup man and not a scorer or combo guard.
Let’s say Kansas doesn’t land Peters or Jackson. Could it reach out to Stevie Clark (Oklahoma City, Okla./Quest Academy)? Maybe, but his primary strengths mirror Frankamp's. Both are noted long distance shooters. Self loves his guys who can get in the lane and penetrate, thus making Jackson and Peters important to KU's 2013 recruiting efforts.
They're also in the mix for Wayne Selden (Boston/Tilton School). Remember the skill we told you Selden cultivated during the summer? Two points for you if you said passing.
The next few weeks will allow us to see what the Jayhawks piece together in the backcourt for next season. One way or another, whether it's Frankamp or Frankamp and someone else, by November, we'll know the makeup of this backcourt.