Kansas has one of the best high school recruiting classes in the country for 2024. 5-star center Flory Bidunga and 4-star guards Labaron Philon and Rakease Passmore make up the 7th-best class nationally, according to 247 Sports. While Passmore is listed as the lowest-rated prospect of the group, he has been absolutely killing it on the AAU circuit recently.
Passmore is playing basketball for his high school, Combine Academy, but is also competing with the Blue Checks of Overtime Elite. His team vaulted to the top of the league's standings after they defeated Rod Wave Elite 74-69. The game was aired on Amazon Prime Video.
In the win, Passmore scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds on 7-for-12 shooting. He displayed tremendous athleticism and above-average defense, forcing several missed shots on the opponent's end. He also hit a flurry of jump shots, both off the catch and off the dribble. Overtime Elite awarded him with Player of the Game honors.
Bill Self has compared his game to former Jayhawk Travis Releford. He feels he can step onto the court at Allen Fieldhouse and make an immediate impact. Passmore might be the most college-ready recruit signed to KU this year.
These games are great for Passmore's stock because he is receiving national recognition and squaring off against some of the best competition in the country. Between playing for Combine — a top 20 high school team — and the Blue Checks, the North Carolina native is gaining some much-needed experience that should get him ready for the rigid practices at KU.
Bidunga and Philon are also showing out for their respective schools during the fall. The Kokomo big man scored 21 points, recorded 18 rebounds, and blocked four shots on Friday, while the Link Academy transfer scored 20 points and assisted six baskets. Even without Kevin McCullar and potentially Hunter Dickinson next season, Kansas basketball is in good hands with Coach Self at the helm and a strong bunch of recruits.