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Josh Jackson commits to Kansas over Michigan State and Arizona

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The Rivals.com #1 rated overall player in the 2016 class has decided to be a Jayhawk.

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Josh Jackson, a Detroit transplant who moved to California for his senior year, has committed to play for the Kansas Jayhawks next season.

Michigan State had been the favorite for some time, but Jackson has apparently determined that Lawrence is where he wants to be.

Jackson is the top rated recruit per Rivals.com and 247Sports and the #3 overall recruit per ESPN.  At 6'8" and 205 pounds, he already has the size for an NBA player, and SB Nation's Ricky O'Donnell wrote at length in October about how he would be a superstar if he were in college right now.

Jackson joins PF Mitch Lightfoot and C Udoka Azubuike as members of the 2016 recruiting class.  He was named to the McDonald's All-American team late last month, and at the time gave his three finalists as "Michigan State, Arizona and Kansas," with his decision coming by the end of April.

This is a huge get for Bill Self, as this move alone is expected to move Kansas into the top 15 in the recruiting rankings.  Other recruits for next season to keep an eye on for Kansas fans include SG Terrance Ferguson, PF Taurean Thompson, and SF Deshawn Corprew.

The Jayhawks have also been linked to several potential transfers, including graduate transfers PG Kory Holden (Delaware) and G Rodney Prior (Robert Morris), while F Alec Peters (Valparaiso) is only rumored to be connected to KU.  These players would be eligible immediately.

Freshman transfers that are potential targets for the Jayhawks who would have to sit out a year include PG Derryck Thornton (Duke) and G Jimmy Whitt (Arkansas).  At this time, Whitt has been linked to KU by at least one report, but Thornton has not.