Late Night Visitor List Showcases Small Number of High-Profile Talent | Tale of Tait
One of the most popular questions regarding the KU Late Night in the Phog annual season launch event centers around rookies.
Below is a rundown of the prospects who are expected to attend this year’s festivities on Friday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
While Late Night has long been one of the Jayhawks’ best recruiting tools, Kansas coach Bill Self said this week that his schedule has changed its approach slightly in recent years.
Previously, he was viewed with the happiest state of mind. But Self said they are now trying to limit the number of late-night visitors so staff can spend more quality time with those attending.
“I think it’s the same type of event it’s always been,” Self said Tuesday. “But we don’t put all of our eggs in this basket maybe as much as we used to. We used to bring a lot of guys, and that’s not necessarily so many now.
He continued, “It’s hard to have so many kids and give them all the attention they deserve. We have found it best to spread it out so that families and individuals can get individual attention rather than just dealing with everyone as a group. And we believe families benefit more as well. ”
Here is an overview of the list of visitors expected on Friday. There can, of course, be a handful of other unofficial visitors or last minute additions.
The doors of Allen Fieldhouse open at 4:30 p.m. for students and 5 p.m. for the general public. Admission is free and the event itself begins at 6:30 pm Fans are encouraged to bring food donations for Just Food and masks will be mandatory at all times, unless eating or drinking.
Mark Mitchell – 6-8, small 210-pound forward
CHRISTIAN SUNRISE ACADEMY
Ranked No. 11 overall by Rivals.com, the prominent former Bishop Miege who will play his final season of practice ball with KU Gradey Dick’s commitment at Sunrise Christian has visited KU many times in the past.
But coming to Late Night, where as an official visitor he will be one of the main focal points for the KU coaching staff, will be a whole different experience.
A fluid athlete with elite comprehensive skills on both ends of the court, Mitchell ranks in the bottom four of KU, Missouri, Duke and UCLA.
He recently visited UCLA and arranged official tours for Duke and MU after his trip to Kansas for Late Night.
Yohan Traoré – Power forward 6-11, 227 pounds
A player ranked No.4 in the 2022 class by Rivals.com, Traore is also considering Michigan, Texas Tech, LSU, UCLA, Utah, Tennessee, Louisville, Memphis, Oklahoma State and the NBL. He won first-team Adidas Tour honors this summer averaging 19.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game for Dream Vision of California.
Known primarily as a shot blocker and inside defender who can also guard the perimeter, the tall athletic man from France and will be at Late Night on an official visit doing most of his goals on dunks and put-backs.
Traore recently told On3.com that he was as intrigued by the idea of skipping college as he was by choosing a school.
“The pro option is very interesting because you are going to learn a lot (like) to be disciplined, to play the right way and to play against pros,” he told the site. “So you’re going to get a lot of experience. It can be a good thing. But it can also be a bad thing because you can get lost.
Traore’s visit should be of the official type. He is one of only two Rivals.com current top 10 prospects in the 2022 class who have yet to commit.
Chandler Jackson – 6-4, 200-pound point guard
The talented playmaker ranked No.90 in Rivals.com – and No.51 by 247 Sports – recently completed a visit to Virginia Tech.
According to a report from Zagsblog.com, he is also planning a visit to Tennessee on October 7 and is scheduled to visit Alabama from October 22 to 24.
In late August, Jackson narrowed his list to a top 10, which included KU, Vriginia Tech, Tennessee, Alabama, NC State, Vanderbilt, Memphis, Florida State, Missouri, Texas and Mississippi.
Jackson has previously made official visits to Missouri and Auburn and made an unofficial visit to Ole Miss. His visit to KU this week is an unofficial one.
Gradey Dick – 6-7, small 195-pound forward
CHRISTIAN SUNRISE ACADEMY
One of two KU engagements that will be joining the fun this year, Dick enlisted in Kansas in early March and worked to recruit others into the Class of 2022 to join him.
After a strong junior season at Sunrise, where he came off the bench for a team loaded with Division I hopefuls, Dick is expected to be one of the program’s main scorers as a senior. And his game continues to make significant progress week after week.
As well as being a pure shooter, Dick is a fluid athlete with the ability to play over the ledge and attack the basket, both in transition and in traffic.
He is currently ranked No. 37 overall in Class 2022 by Rivals.com and No. 35 by 247 Sports.
Zuby Ejiofor – Forward 6-8, 220 lbs
Ranked # 47 in Class 2022 by Rivals.com, Ejiofor’s visit to the KU campus will be his first as a future Jayhawk.
The forward / athletic center signed up to Kansas on July 1 after visiting several schools and presenting offers of more than a dozen.
He said at the time that he enjoyed KU’s streak of 31 consecutive tournaments in NCAA tournaments and that the opportunity to play for oneself was too good to pass up.
He’s one of KU’s three current engagements in the 2022 class, with Dick and guard MJ Rice being the others. Rice is not expected to attend Late Night and Ejiofor’s trip will count as her official visit.
Brandon Garrison – 6-8, 200-pound power forward
DEL CITY, OKLA.
According to the Rivals database, KU is currently the only school outside of Texas or Oklahoma to show serious interest in the power athletic forward just outside of Oklahoma City.
Ranked # 71 in the Class of 2023 by Rivals.com, Garrison has offerings from Houston, SMU, Texas A&M and Texas Tech in Lone Star State and Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tulsa in its state of origin.
David Castillo – 6-1, 165-pound point guard
One of the top shooters in the 2024 class, Castillo comes to KU for an unofficial visit.
Castillo already has 10 major Division I offers and all kinds of time left in his recruiting.
Schools that have offered include Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, Texas Tech, Tulsa, and UNLV.