Huge Get for Kansas in Joel Embiid
Kentucky and Florida may have more immediate help coming next year, but I really like what Bill Self is doing with this newest recruiting class. He brought in some definite talent last year that should spend some time in Lawrence and this current class should do the same. He filled out the wing with Wayne Selden and Brannen Greene, got some PG's in Conner Frankamp and Frank Mason, so they are set in the backcourt.
Now, with the announcement of Joel Embiid's commitment today, that could give them a great front court as well. They got a bunch of big bodies in last years recruiting class, with Perry Ellis looking to make an immediate impact. Do not sleep on Zach Peters who can play either 4 or 5 and should be a solid 4 year contributor. Bill Self also said yesterday he feels Landen Lucas, who is likely redshirting this season, will also make an impact in time.
Kansas will look to be in the contender discussion regardless with Self at the helm, just expect them to possibly be at the top of the list come 2015. Xavier Henry and Josh Selby were "one-and-done" guys at Kansas, but on the whole Self has been able to build over time. Think I see a championship possibly being built here with Embiid filling a role as a defensive specialist in the middle with some seasoning. Have a video in the hot link, here is another one of a player amongst the top few center prospects in the 2013 HS Class:
I think it was smart for KU to take themselves out of some sweepstakes for prized recruits in order to lock down a very good player. I would take an Embid pledge over a chance to grab Randle or whoever
Why? Were they down to 1 scholarship?
I'd rather have both if possible.
Word was that Embiid and his people were looking for guaranteed PT as a freshman. He made a good choice, but then again it came down to Florida and Kansas so it wasn't like he could've made a bad choice. Self might not have Danny Manning on his staff anymore but he's still great at developing bigs. Hopefully Embiid stays for at least a couple of years. He's gonna need it. IMO, out of all the C's in 2013, he's got the best raw tools...even better than Dakari Johnson's.
That is if Ben McLemore leaves for the NBA. They have 4 graduating seniors and look like they are at 12 general scholarships for this years team. If they only lose the seniors (Jeff Withey, Elijah Johnson, Kevin Young and Travis Releford), that would mean this years class is full (barring transfers as well). It is possible they get Randle, though I could see someone else filling it. Tyler Roberson will likely pick between Kansas, Syracuse and Villanova pretty soon. If he skips Kansas, that may mean the Jayhawks are banking on Randle to fill that final spot.
2013 projected KU roster with simplistic depth chart
PG Naadir Tharpe, Conner Frankamp, Frank Mason
SG Ben McClemore, Brannen Greene, Anrio Adams
SF Wayne Selden, Andrew White
PF Perry Ellis, Justin Wesley, Jamari Traylor
C Zach Peters, Landen Lucas, Joel Embid
I could easily see Tharpe transferring and if McClemore lives up to hype than he could leave too.