Hey Day for Jayhawks
After landing a recruiting class that includes five stellar prospects, there is no doubt that the Kansas Jayhawks holds the top 2013 class during the men’s college basketball early signing period in the Big 12. With five players ranked among the Hoopniks.com Top 150 for 2013, the class brings unique talents to Lawrence, Kansas. In all, the Jayhawks have a group that includes long-term potential, current stars, shooting, scoring, passing and elite competitors.
The headliner in Kansas’ haul is solidly built wing Wayne Selden, a late reclassification from the 2014 class, and a native of Boston. He has the strength, savvy and mindset to not be intimidated by Big 12 opponents. He possesses a terrific mix of the attitude to perform and physical makeup to score in a variety of ways on the offensive end, including in traffic. He will be served up by in-state guard Conner Frankamp, who made his name starring for the USA Basketball Developmental National teams over the last two summers. Frankamp’s court vision, passing and shooting range are just tremendous.
Between Frankamp and gutsy lead guard Frank Mason, the Jayhawks are stocked at p0int guard. Mason has a street fighter’s mentality and blew up over the summer following signing with Towson in 2012. Joining Selden on the wing is a small forward with length and high-potential in Brannen Greene. That group is an outstanding quartet, but the icing on the cake is seven-footer Joel Embiid. The athletic big man has only been in the country for a couple of years, but continues to improve, almost exponentially. In terms of upside, he could be on a short list of big men to watch, among BCS-level signees.
The Baylor Bears have torn up the recruiting trail since hiring Scott Drew, and this effort continues that trend. The headliner is wing forward Ishmail Wainwright, a defender and scorer in a talented and well-rounded package. He committed to the Missouri Tigers early on in high school, prior to moving from the Kansas City-area to Montrose Christian (MD). Wainwright, along with current freshman Ricardo Gathers gives Baylor a toughness in the frontcourt. The beef alongside Wainwright is thick post Dominic Woodson, a top-100 prospect. He’s a mountain of a big man, but with upside due to his hands and feet. The third signee is lengthy power forward Johnathan Motley, who may be underrated nationally and is in the mold of recent fours for the Bears.
A dynamite backcourt package in Monte Morris and Matt Thomas is particularly notable for the Iowa State Cyclones. Thomas is simply among the best shooters in the country, while Morris can create offense and also distribute. It’s a pair of top-100 prospects in the future Cyclones backcourt and is part of a strong track record of smartly selected recruits in recent memory at Iowa State. They also have a pair of in-state JUCOs to balance the class.
A serious frontcourt talent infusion is on the way to the West Virginia Mountaineers. They have four players on the way to bolster the “3”, “4” and “5” positions going forward. Notably, former 2012 class signee Elijah Macon re-upped after heading to Brewster Academy (NH) for a prep school year, and he’s college ready in most ways to hit the front court. Defense, rebounding and a physical presence is also on the way in the form of Devin Williams. That pair should be ready to play, with local stretch forward Nathan Adrian and Georgia center Brandon Watkins ready to develop as well.
An anchor on the inside is the headliner for the TCU Horned Frogs. In-state center Karviar Shepherd and AAU teammate Brandon Parrish both will be hard to keep off the floor and are wins in the new coaching staff’s first effort in recruiting to TCU. Shepherd can develop as a leader and multi-year standout for the TCU as a true pivot.
A late signee headlines the four man class for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. They added some size and length, but a late signee in top-100 shooting guard Detrick Mostella was a pleasant surprise for the Cowboys. He’s slender but athletic with a motor and burst. The Kansas State Wildcats snagged a pair of Texas prospects, wing forward Wesley Iwundu and shooting guard Marcus Foster. Both will make up for the fact that former pledge Alex Etherington re-opened his recruitment.
The Oklahoma Sooners signed a pair of JUCO forwards, to go with a dandy in-state guard in Jordan Woodard. If one or both of the big men develop, this ranking could be way too low.
After several large recruiting classes, the Texas Longhorns didn’t sign anyone. Likewise, the Texas Tech Red Raiders are in the midst of major transition, and did not add any recruits.
One late period signee seems destined to have an impact on these rankings, as superb scoring point guard Stephen Clark of Douglass (OK) is likely to decide between Baylor and Oklahoma State. A top-100 prospect, Clark isn’t enough to push Baylor up over Kansas, but his pledge would advance Oklahoma State.
- Best Player: Wayne Selden, Kansas
- Best Potential: Joel Embiid, Kansas
- Best Scorer: Wayne Selden, Kansas
- Best Shooter: Matt Thomas, Iowa State
- Best Rebounder: Devin Williams, West Virginia
- Best Passer: Conner Frankamp, Kansas
- Best Defender: Ishmail Wainwright, Baylor
- Best Glue Guy: Frank Mason, Kansas
|Conner Frankamp||6′-1″||PG||Wichita North (KS)||HS||Signed|
|Brannen Greene||6′-7″||SF||Mary Persons (GA)||HS||Signed|
|Joel Embiid||7′-0″||C||The Rock School (FL)||HS||Signed|
|Wayne Selden||6′-5″||SG||Tilton School (NH)||HS||Signed|
|Frank Mason||5′-11″||PG||Massanutten Academy (VA)||Prep||Signed|
|Ishmail Wainwright||6′-5″||SF||Montrose Christian (MD)||HS||Signed|
|Johnathan Motley||6′-9″||PF||North Shore (TX)||HS||Signed|
|Dominic Woodson||6′-9″||C||Huntington Prep (WV)||HS||Signed|
3. Iowa State
|Matt Thomas||6′-4″||SG||Onalaska (WI)||HS||Signed|
|Monte Morris||6′-1″||PG||Flint Beecher (MI)||HS||Signed|
|Richard Amardi||6′-9″||PF||Indian Hills CC||JC||Signed|
|Dustin Hogue||6′-6″||SF||Indian Hills CC||JC||Signed|
|Elijah Macon||6′-8″||PF||Brewster Academy (NH)||Prep||Signed|
|Nathan Adrian||6′-7″||SF||Morgantown (WV)||HS||Signed|
|Brandon Watkins||6′-9″||C||Grady (GA)||HS||Signed|
|Devin Williams||6′-8″||PF||Montverde Academy (FL)||HS||Signed|
|Karviar Shepherd||6′-10″||C||Prime Prep (TX)||HS||Signed|
|Brandon Parrish||6′-5″||SG||Seguin (TX)||HS||Signed|
|Michael Williams||6′-2″||PG||Reagan (TX)||HS||Signed|
|Leyton Hammonds||6′-7″||SF||Richland (TX)||HS||Signed|
|Jeffrey Carroll||6′-5″||SG||Rowlett (TX)||HS||Signed|
|Gary Gaskins||6′-10″||C||Brevard CC||JC||Signed|
|Detrick Mostella||6′-3″||SG||La Lumiere School (IN)||HS||Signed|
7. Kansas State
|Marcus Foster||6′-3″||SG||Hirschi (TX)||HS||Signed|
|Wesley Iwundu||6′-6″||SF||Westfield (TX)||HS||Signed|