Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks got some great news yesterday as 4-star forward Tristan Enaruna announced that he will be playing his college basketball in Lawrence, Kansas.
The 6-foot-9 forward, who is originally from the Netherlands, committed to KU over Creighton and the Miami Hurricanes. Enaruna’s recruiting ranking skyrocketed in the final 2019 player rankings on Rivals.com that were announced this week – going from No. 105 to No. 44 overall.
He is currently the highest-ranked player in the 2019 class for the Jayhawks, joining guards Christian Braun (No. 90 overall) and Issac McBride (No. 103 overall).
While he may be the highest-ranked commit as of today, that could very well change in a few weeks. Paul Biancardi of ESPN said he spoke with top-10 guard R.J. Hampton (who recently reclassified to the 2019 class) and he now plans on making his decision at the end of this month. Hampton was originally supposed to decide sometime in July.
I recently spoke with R.J. Hampton. He plans on making his college decision at the end of May. He told me. ”I want to go where I fit in, can be myself & help a team win.” Choices are Memphis, Texas Tech, Kansas, & Kentucky. Hampton finished no.5 in the ESPN💯
— Paul Biancardi (@PaulBiancardi) May 8, 2019
So why is this potentially good news for KU? Two of the most experienced recruiting experts in the business – Evan Daniels of 247sports and Corey Evans of Rivals – both recently made their predictions for where Hampton will end up and both picked Kansas.
That’s pretty significant news considering they are two guys with some of the best insight and knowledge of anyone around. Combine that with the fact that Hampton moved up his decision date and things are starting to look really good for the Jayhawks’ chances.
KU could also get some good news from Arkansas-Little Rock grad-transfer Rayjon Tucker. Tucker visited KU over the weekend and by all accounts had a great visit. He certainly seemed smitten with Lawrence and KU fans.
He is expected to make his decision any day now between KU, Auburn, Iowa State and West Virginia – with Auburn and Kansas being the supposed leaders.
UALR graduate transfer Rayjon Tucker tells me he will make his decision in about a week. Memphis, Kansas, Iowa State, Auburn, and West Virginia are the schools.
— John Martin (@JohnMartin929) May 5, 2019
Another top-ranked player in the 2019 class will be choosing between KU and others this Friday when Johnny Juzang makes his announcement. Like Hampton, Juzang also recently reclassified to the 2019 class. The 6-foot-7 small forward has a final four of KU, Oregon, Virginia and Kentucky.
Juzang took an unofficial visit to Lawrence last February, but Kentucky is the only team he’s visited recently of the four and it’s a good bet that Kentucky will be the call on Friday.
There’s also a good chance we discover the fate of Silvio De Sousa by the end of this week. According to Matt Tait of the Lawrence Journal-World, a decision from the NCAA regarding the appeal of his suspension should be made between one to three weeks. This Friday marks the three-week mark of when KU announcedthey had officially filed the appeal.
Enaruna’s commitment could be the first of some very encouraging news for the Kansas basketball program in the coming weeks. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for breaking news and information regarding all KU recruiting updates.
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