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Kansas Basketball: Bill Self Hits the Recruiting Trail

Bill Self spent the early part of the week visiting a variety of top prospects from the 2013 and 2014 recruiting classes.


This week is a big week for Bill Self on the recruiting trail. The Kansas head coach has or will sit down or speak with some of the elite prospects both in the 2013 class and the upcoming 2014 class that is officially kicking into high gear.

Priority number one has to be Andrew Wiggins. Unfortunately the entire world seems to be waiting for Wiggins to join the class that John Calipari has built at Kentucky, but Bill Self along with Roy Williams and Leonard Hamilton are all scheduled to have a phone call with Wiggins prior to the dead period and his impending decision. No word on when that call will take place or if it has taken place as of yet, but it will have to be completed by this evening.

It's amazing that Calipari is pulling in this much talent in one class and while some of it makes sense and this is more about 'what can you do for my professional marketability', it is a little disappointing that Wiggins might not see that same opportunity at Kansas. Wayne Selden is being hyped as a potential one and done. Joel Embiid is receiving NBA top five talk based on his ceiling and potential. Perry Ellis is going to be poised for a breakout year. Kansas would be set up very nicely for a player like Wiggins to walk in an change the trajectory in a hurry. If it happens it happens, it certainly doesn't appear overly likely, but it's something to at least keep an eye on.

Also this week Bill Self turned his attention toward 2014 visiting the duo of Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor. Okafor is the no. 1 recruit and the top big man. Jones is 3rd ranked recruit in the nation and the countries top point guard. Jones is reported to have loved his visit with Self and Bill Self and Jahlil Okafor's dad shared a bit of a fun moment during the in home visit in Chicago.

At this point it's very difficult to say what the plan is for Jones or Okafor but both have indicated they will likely take a trip to Allen Fieldhouse for a visit. This hasn't necessarily translated into recruiting success believe it or not, but at least Kansas is in the hunt and Bill Self is out doing his part to try to reel in the next round of future Kansas Jayhawks.