Kansas basketball needs to land five-star recruit Bryce Thompson

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With no commitments from the class of 2020, Kansas basketball really needs to start landing some prospects. Five-star guard Bryce Thompson could be the one to spark the Jayhawks’ recruiting.

Bryce Thompson is a top 20 prospect in the 2020 class according to 247 sports, and the 6-foot-five-inch guard could be Kansas basketball’s first recruit in that class.

So far, Thompson’s top three choices appear to be Kansas, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State. It seems likely that the Tulsa native wants to be close to home; however, North Carolina head coach Roy Williams recently visited Thompson at practice, so North Carolina may be in the mix as well. Thompson did visit the Tarheels back in September.

For Thompson’s skillset, the prospect has the ability to shoot and create his own shot from any distance. If there’s one thing that Kansas basketball needs every year, it’s a knockdown shooter, and Thompson could fill that void that the Jayhawks always seem to lack. On the other side of the court, Thompson is lauded as a good defender due to his incredible size.

Thompson has already visited Kansas a few times, most recently during Late Night in the Phog. Bill Self and the staff offered Thompson a few months ago.

Landing Bryce Thompson would be huge for Kansas basketball, and Thompson’s decision could very well depend on the decision of five-star recruit Isaiah Todd.

The Jayhawks have been trying to land Todd who just announced his final two schools being Kansas and Michigan. Todd is set to announce his choice on Friday, October 18.

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Since Thompson hasn’t announced a decision date or even a final list of schools, it’s likey his commitment won’t come until later this month, or maybe even next month.

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When it comes down to it, Kansas basketball really needs to land either Todd or Thompson to bolster its 2020 class. The NCAA allegations are going to affect Kansas in recruiting for the foreseeable future, and that’s something that the staff is just going to have to deal with.

Bill Self has shown time and time again that he can recruit guys, but Self will need to be extremely sharp considering he will have to recruit against the NCAA and other schools.