Kansas basketball recruiting: Top-50 recruit Jeremiah Fears trims list to five

AZ Compass    Jeremiah Fears (2) drives to the basket during the game between Bartlett High School
AZ Compass Jeremiah Fears (2) drives to the basket during the game between Bartlett High School / Chris Day/The Commercial Appeal / USA

Bill Self and his coaching staff might have wrapped up its 2024 recruiting cycle, so they are staying active with current juniors in high school. One of the highest-rated guards in the 2025 class is considering Kansas basketball. Jeremiah Fears released his top five today and included Michigan, Illinois, Providence, Ole Miss, and KU on his list.

Fears is a dynamic combo guard who can score at a high level. He is ranked No. 31 in the nation on the 247 Sports Composite, while the On3 Industry Rankings place him at No. 35. The Illinois native attends Compass Prep in Arizona and averages 14.6 points, 2.7 assists, and 2.8 steals through 10 games this year.

Surprisingly enough, two schools involved in his recruitment did not make the cut. Jeremiah is the younger brother of Jeremy Fears, a Michigan State freshman guard, yet they are not in the race. Additionally, Tennessee was left off even though he visited the school in September.

It came as a surprise to see Kansas in the running for Fears. There had been little to no talks of him considering the Jayhawks early on. Now, it's possible that he schedules a visit sometime during conference play. He spoke to On3 regarding what he liked about Bill Self and KU.

"They’re nice, always good. And Coach (Bill) Self lets his guards play," Fears said.

Kansas basketball is likely pursuing a guard more than any other position in the 2025 class. With Dajuan Harris and Nick Timberlake set to graduate after next year and Elmarko Jackson likely off to the pros, Jamari McDowell and Labaron Philon are the only ball-handling guards the Jayhawks are expected to retain.

Adding Fears would substantially bolster the outlook of KU's guard room. We will continue to keep you updated if he happens to schedule a visit to Lawrence.