In the immortal words of Jimmy Walker, Bill Self's recruiting class is "DYNOMITE!" 1. "Super" Mario Chalmers: Arguably the top PG prospect in America.
2. Julian Wright: Consistently in the top 10 on every recruiting analyst's list; can play every position from PG to PF.
3. Micah Downs: Talented wing with deadly accuracy from outside and terrific baseline moves.
4. Brandon Rush: (Assuming he gets the final nod from the NCAA Clearinghouse this week) An incredible athlete with unmatched open floor, passing and finishing skills. Although snubbed by the McDonald's AA voters, he was also on every analyst's top 10- list.
5. Rodrick Stewart: A slasher and finisher from the SG spot who is an absolute stopper on the defensive end. He was a top-50 SG prospect out of high school. He was asked to run the point at USC, but he should fit in comfortably at the SG spot for the Jayhawks.
Add in a quartet of impressive sophomores in PG Russell Robinson, C's CJ Giles and Sasha Kaun, and PF Darnell Jackson. It will be especially exciting to see the development of Giles and Kaun this year with the impressive young cast around them, but all four sophomores show great promise.
I think it's fair to label Self's 2005 class as this year's "FAB 5!" They're every bit as talented as the Michigan recruiting class that coined the name. All the press is going to the 2006 recruiting class at Ohio State (Oden and gang), but I think Self has OSU beat too. I sure hope he has recruiting incentives built in to his contract, 'cause he's pulled off a masterpiece.
I'll post my thoughts on the lineup in the days ahead. Self now has to decide who starts - a tough choice, but as the Kansan reported, not a bad problem to have!
P.S. Will anyone miss Dwight Lewis? Wouldn't it be ironic if he ends up at USC after we got Stewart as a transfer? They're on Lewis' list, but it's not clear if they (or anyone) is recruiting Lewis now.
P.P.S. In this time of turmoil caused by a couple of unfortunate incidents in Lawrence clubs, I think we should try to focus on the positives as we look at the KU Basketball program. There's plenty there to comment on. Why dwell on Giddens, Moon Bar, and the recent injury to Stewart any further? October 14 can't come soon enough for me!