Kansas basketball: Five-star recruit Bryce Thompson close to decision

Five-star recruit Bryce Thompson is set to make his decision in less than a week. He recently narrowed his list to four schools including Kansas basketball.

Bryce Thompson released his final four schools last Sunday afternoon and also announced that he would be committing on Monday, November 12 at 10 AM central time. The final four schools included Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, North Carolina, and Kansas basketball.

The combo guard is currently heavily predicted to come to Kansas; however, Oklahoma State may be the dark horse for Thompson now. The Cowboys made a recruiting splash by getting a commitment from five-star prospect Cade Cunningham. The number two recruit in the 2020 class, Cunningham’s commitment may influence Thompson.

Bill Self does have a connection to the Thompson family though. When Self was the head coach of the Tulsa Golden Hurricane back in the late 90s, he coached Rod Thompson, the father of Bryce Thompson. The relationship between the two could be enough to make Bryce Thompson a Jayhawk.

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Kansas basketball could really use the talents of Thompson to bolster its 2020 recruiting class which currently ranks seventh in the Big 12 and number 49 in the nation according to 247 Sports. So far, the Jayhawks have commitments from four-star center Gethro Muscadin, and three-star JUCO transfer shooting guard Tyon Grant-Foster.

If Kansas basketball doesn’t land Thompson, it’s very possible that the Jayhawks don’t get a five-star recruit in 2020. If Kansas basketball doesn’t get a five-star, it would be the first time in back-to-back years in over five seasons.

The NCAA allegations are hurting Kansas on the recruiting trail without a doubt, and Bill Self is going to have to pull off some magic to get any big names to Kansas. It’s hard enough to recruit against other schools, but also recruiting against the possibility of NCAA sanctions in nearly impossible.

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The good news is that Kansas basketball is built for three and four-star guys. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and Frank Mason were both only three-stars out of high school, and there are countless four-stars who o to Kansas and succeeded.

Kansas basketball may have a few tough years ahead, but at the end of the day, the Jayhawks are going to come through.

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