Mark your calendars - October 14 could be a VERY BIG night for Jayhawk hoops recruiting. In fact, the entire future of the program could be solidified if all goes well. There will be at least 11 top-flight recruits on campus for this year's festivities. The headliners are (all rankings from Scout.com, except where noted):
Serron Collins - #9 overall player, and the #2 PG - this guy is the REAL DEAL!
Darrell Arthur - #12 overall, and the #3 PF
Obi Muonelo (verbally committed to Okie State) - #32 overall, and the #6 SG, but rated much higher by Rivals.com.
Cole Aldrich - #8 overall, and the #1 C prospect - he's never been out of the top 10 of any rating service!
Travis Releford - #4 overall, and the #2 SG
Add in three other stud recruits: Jeremy Price, Alex Legion, and Lance Storrs, and you've got the makings of a program loaded with talent for years to come.
Will Self get any commitments from this group of highly-touted visitors? KU is rumored to lead for Collins and Muonelo, and the Jayhawks have been high on Arthur's list for a long time now. Any one of those three could announce a commitment following the trip to Lawrence. Aldrich, who may be the prize of the lot, has already visited several times, including a prior Late Night "experience." He is not expected to make an early announcement, however. Travis Releford will be courted by every major program in America before it's all said and done, but he has already been playing pick up games with the Jayhawk team. What if he doesn't want to have to deal with the pressures of major college recruiting? What if he just wants to solidify his place in the Jayhawk's future? What if . . .
One thing's for sure - the Jayhawk faithful need to go crazy for these recruits on October 14. Signs! Banners! Chants and Cheers! A simple "Hi" when you see them (they're going to be rather conspicuous)! Let them know that we want them to be part of the KU family.