Highly touted 4-star wing Rakease Passmore committed to Kansas basketball over LSU and Oklahoma this evening.
The Kansas Jayhawks have landed their third commitment in the 2024 recruiting class by adding the uber-athletic Rakease Passmore from Lincolnton, North Carolina. Passmore attends Combine Academy, which produces several Division I players each year.
According to 247 Sports Composite rankings, Passmore is the No. 44 overall player in the country. Recruiting analysts are drawing comparisons between him and KU legend Ochai Agbaji. It probably isn’t the most accurate comparison on the surface, but there are definitely a lot of similarities between Passmore and Agbaji athleticism-wise.
Last week, he canceled his visit to Arkansas and replaced it with a trip to Late Night in the Phog. Bill Self and Norm Roberts had gone to watch him practice at Combine just a few days earlier, and they loved what they saw in his game.
Passmore joins 5-star center Flory Bidunga and top-30 guard Labaron Philon as the other two commits so far for Kansas basketball in the 2024 recruiting cycle. A high school class with three commits seems likely to occur at this point in time, with top-ranked recruit Cooper Flagg canceling his visit and Emmanuel Stephen committing to Arizona.
He plays AAU for Team Thad, the same program fellow Kansas basketball commit Philon plays for. The chemistry between them should help them both next year when trying to fit into Coach Self’s system. Chemistry will be vital as Kansas will likely only have two returning starters in Dajuan Harris and KJ Adams.
With the commitment of Passmore, Kansas basketball now has the third-best recruiting class for 2024 nationally. It will be interesting to see if any high school prospects pop up on Bill Self’s radar in the spring or if he’ll go through the transfer portal again. The Hall of Fame head coach did say he wanted to add to this year’s roster at the conclusion of the first semester, potentially an international player.