Kansas Basketball: Reviewing Jayhawks' 2013 Recruiting Class

Andrew Doughty@adoughty88Correspondent IIJanuary 28, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 13:  Head coach Bill Self of the Kansas Jayhawks looks on against the Michigan State Spartans during the 2012 State Farm Champions Classic at Georgia Dome on November 13, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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With national signing day nearly two months away, college hoops teams are putting the finishing touches on their respective classes, but nearly each program is still seeking one late-period commitment.

Kansas head coach Bill Self's current five-man class is one of the deepest during his tenure.

While the Jayhawks are still courting elite playmaker and consensus No. 1 recruit Andrew Wiggins, their attention is likely more heavily targeted toward 6'9" Prestonwood Christian Academy forward Julius Randle.

Randle, scheduled to visit Lawrence in February for their College Gameday matchup with Texas, is rated the No. 1 power forward in the country (Rivals.com) and hails from the same school as former KU commit Zach Peters. 

Peters left the program weeks into his freshman season while battling nagging head and shoulder injuries.  It is unclear if he has had an impact on his former high school teammate Randle.

The Jayhawks' 2013 class includes a couple dynamic scorers, an underrated center and one of the best in-state recruits in the last decade:


Joel Embiid - Center

7'0" 220 pounds

Gainesville, Florida


Conner Frankamp - Point Guard

6'0" 160 pounds

Wichita, Kansas


Brannen Greene - Small Forward

6'7" 200 pounds

Tifton, Georgia


Frank Mason - Point Guard

5'11" 160 pounds

Woodstock, Virginia


Wayne Selden - Shooting Guard

6'5" 225 pounds

Tilton, New Hampshire


Conner Frankmap has certainly received the bulk of hype during the recruiting trail, especially as an early commit (7/17/2011) and will become the Jayhawks' second straight highly-touted Wichita recruit (Perry Ellis/2012).

Wayne Selden and Brannen Greene, like Frankamp, are expected to compete for minutes as both will arrive as dynamic physical scorers with great size.  Selden, Greene and Frankamp are three of the most underrated shooters in the entire 2013 class.

Frank Mason was widely overlooked, as he previously committed to Towson for the 2012-13 season but opted for a prep year at Massanutten Military Academy.  When re-opening his recruitment, the 5'11" shifty point guard received considerably larger high-major interest before opting for Kansas.

Lastly, Joel Embiid easily could have landed in the Top 10 of many prep rankings if he arrived in the country earlier.  The seven-foot Cameroon native has impressive ball-handling skills and a high basketball IQ for someone relatively new to the sport.  He will be a work in progress but could develop similarly to former KU center Cole Aldrich.


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