Gary Bedore was nice enough to supplement the major boards' recruiting updates, so I thought I would add his descriptions in with the rankings I've compiled thus far. Scout's updated top 100 for 2006 is out, and Self and Co. are looking to select 3-4 players out of a crop of 22. Here they are in order of Scout's heirarchy, with Gary Bedore's descriptions. By Self's admission, we're looking for a Big, a perimeter guy, and the best guy available.
2. Brandan Wright 6-9.5/200/24.0 The country's No. 2 player has already visited North Carolina and Duke and has strong interest in Kentucky. He has a second tier of KU, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech. He's also a possible early entry to the NBA.
4. Darrel Arthur 6-9.5/190 Arthur, who plays for Team Texas AAU, is rivals.com's No. 4-rated player in the Class of 2006. A power forward who is known by the nickname "Slim Shady," Arthur has a list of KU, North Carolina, Texas, Oklahoma and Arizona. Arthur scored 22 points and had 17 rebounds in helping South Oak Cliff to a 64-63 victory over Sam Houston in the Texas Class 4A state title game.
6. Wayne Ellington 6-4/190 Ellington, who plays for Tim Thomas Playaz, is the country's No. 23 player. He likes KU, Arizona, UConn, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, N.C. State, Villanova and Wake Forest.
7. Thaddeus Young 6-8.5/200 Young, the country's No. 7 player, has a length list of 20 schools including KU, Duke, Memphis, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, UConn, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.
12. Lance Thomas 6-8.5/200/17.0 Thomas, the country's No. 21-ranked player, has a list of KU, Arizona, Indiana, Stanford, Georgia Tech, Duke, St. John's, Villanova, Connecticut and Louisville.
14. Spencer Hawes 6-11/215 Hawes, who plays for Seattle Friends of Hoop AAU, is No. 8 rated nationally. He's the latest sensation from the country's hottest hoops hotbed, Seattle. Hawes has a lengthy list of KU, Arizona, Washington, UConn, Gonzaga, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, UCLA, Texas, and Stanford. His uncle, Steve, played for four teams in the NBA, while his dad played overseas.
Jon Scheyer 6-4/-/26.3 (A friend of Julian Wright's and a very good player, but he's not coming to KU)
28. Bryce Webster 6-10/250/21.8 Webster, who plays for Howard Pulley AAU, is No. 72-rated nationally. He's mentioned KU, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Boston College and Michigan State as prime candidates, plus Marquette, Arizona, Florida and Iowa. Ed: There's a big difference between Bedore's ratings here and Scout's. I trust that it's an update issue as I don't believe the ratings he's using have been updated since August.
29. Bryan Davis 6-8/215 The No. 29-rated player nationally, who is known as an excellent rebounder and shot blocker with touch up to 15 feet, lists KU, Texas A&M, North Carolina, UConn, Arizona and Baylor. KU and Texas had coaches show up at his high school the first day college coaches could hit the road in recruiting this spring. "That meant a lot," Davis, a standout on Team Texas AAU, told rivals.com.
30. Tory Jackson 6-0/165 The country's No. 48 player is considering Michigan, Michigan State, Cal and others.
33. Dwane Collins 6-8.5/225/18.0 34. Perry Stevenson 6-9/190
45. Chase Budinger 6-5/185 Also a top-rated volleyball player, the country's No. 33 rated hoopster likes KU, UCLA, Arizona, Stanford, Duke, USC, Kentucky and others. He's playing for the Southern California All-Stars AAU team.
48. Jerry Smith 6-3/180/19.2 Smith, who attended a KU game last season, plays AAU ball for the Wisconsin Warriors. He is the nation's No. 27 player and has said Wisconsin and Wake Forest lead Iowa, Kentucky, KU, Illinois and Texas A&M.
53. Derrick Jasper 6-5/180 The country's No. 25 rated player likes most of the Pac 10 schools, plus, KU, Kentucky, USC and Miami.
56. Dwight Lewis 6-5/190/21.0 Lewis, who averaged 27.5 points a game last season, committed to KU last week, but withdrew the commitment a day later. He's still a heavy KU lean and will visit KU's campus Thursday through Saturday. He also plans on visiting LSU and still has USC, Oklahoma and Florida on his list.
62. Andre Stephens 6-8/220
65. Alex Stephenson 6-9/210 Stephenson, the country's No. 22-ranked player, has a list of Arizona, KU, UCLA, Cal, Kentucky and others.
74. Ray Hall 6-9/250 Unranked, he has Arizona, KU, North Carolina, UCLA, Oregon and Texas Tech on his list.
76. Blake Wallace 6-7/185 90. Jonathan Mitchell 6-6/230 96. Tre'Von Willis 6-3/185
Here's a couple more that Bedore added:
Jeremiah Rivers, 6-4, 180, Winter Park High, Winter Park, Fla. -- Rivers, who plays for Nike Team Florida, is rated No. 32 nationally. His top five: KU, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame and Georgetown. RIvers' dad is Boston Celtics' coach Doc Rivers. The point guard averaged 14.8 points, 5.7 assists and 4.3 rebounds a game as a junior.
Donald Sloan, 6-2, 170, Seagoville High, Seagoville, Texas -- The country's No. 68 player competes for Team Texas AAU. Impressive of late, he's considering KU, Oklahoma, SMU, Texas A&M, Florida and Alabama.
Xavier Keeling, 6-6, 210, Johnson High, Huntsville, Ala. -- Unranked nationally, Keeling plays AAU ball for the Alabama Lazers. He likes North Carolina State, Tennessee, Alabama, Vanderbilt, Auburn and Kentucky.
Mike Jones, 6-6, 210, Lower Richlands High, Hopkins, S.C. -- The country's No. 54-rated player, who competes for South Carolina Ravens, likes Arkansas, South Carolina, Maryland, Georgetown, KU and others.
Derrick Roland, 6-4, 185, Seagoville High, Dallas -- Roland, who plays for Dallas Mustangs AAU, is rated 66th nationally. He likes KU, UConn, Florida, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, UNLV, Georgia Tech, Miami, Baylor and Colorado. His team won 33 of 36 games this past season thanks in part to his 19 ppg.
Jawan Carter, 6-0, 165, Tatnall High, Wilmington, Del. -- Carter, ranked No. 52 overall, averaged 28 points and eight assists as a junior. He's looking at KU, Villanova, Georgetown, St. Joe's, Wake Forest, Kentucky, DePaul and Florida.
Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 200, Thunder Ridge High, Denver -- The country's No. 53-ranked player, who is a combo guard, has received a lot of interest from schools out West including Colorado, Colorado State, Washington State, Utah, New Mexico, Gonzaga and Cal. He plays for Colorado Select AAU.
Christian Polk, 6-3, 170, Deer Valley High, Glendale, Ariz. -- The country's No. 37-rated player likes Arizona, Arizona State, Indiana, KU, Texas, UConn and UCLA.