KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 09: Head coach Bill Self of the Kansas Jayhawks reacts during the first half against the Baylor Bears during the semifinals of the 2012 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on March 9, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
After the football team's loss to Rice I think it would be nice to be distracted from the team for a bit to give a quick basketball update.
According to SNY.tv, national top 10 recruit, and perhaps the best point guard in the class, Cat Barber is down to three schools, and Kansas is one of them. He'll weigh KU vs. Alabama and NC State after Louisville told ESPN they were no longer recruiting Barber.
The one hang up in this scenario is that Barber and AAU teammate Troy Williams have talked about playing together in college, but Kansas isn't recruiting Williams. Williams is the 36th ranked player in the class according to Yahoo, but Kansas has offers in on numerous small forwards ahead of him, which we'll touch on a bit later.
If Barber comes, next year's group of guards looks like this:
Andrew White (he's listed at 6'6" but there is no way he is over 6'3")
Ben McLemore (if he doesn't declare for the NBA draft, which I would put about 75% that he is going right now but there is plenty of time for things to change obviously).
Only Tharpe and Barber profile as "true" point guards, much as I hate that term, with Frankamp being a strong lead guard as well. Regardless, Barber is an elite ballhandler who can come in and make everyone better immediately, and that's a must have for any class.
In other recruiting news, Bensa posed this question on twitter the other night so I thought I'd flesh out a couple ideas on here. 30th ranked prospect Semi Ojeleye committed to Duke the other day, despite hailing from Ottawa, Kansas, just down the road from Lawrence. Despite the proximity, and the fact that Ojeleye was ranked 30th by Rivals, Kansas hadn't offered him when he committed to Duke. The main reason for this is that Kansas is in on the 1st, 2nd, 5th, 8th and 9th ranked players in 2013, and I am assuming Ojeleye would have committed had he been offered by KU. The other thing to consider is that with him being right down the road the coaching staff has obviously seen him a lot, and perhaps they just thought he was just not a good fit at KU.
Regardless, Barber would be a gigantic get for the 2013-14 team, and with Kansas being in on so many of the top guys from the 2013 class (which I think is shaping up to be a very good one) don't worry about their current recruiting class having only two players. It's likely to get deeper and better.