Kansas basketball recruit Rakease Passmore shines in front of substantial crowd

One of KU's signees in the 2024 class continues to impress
July 3, 2023; North Augusta, S.C., USA; Team Thad Rakease Passmore (10) and Drive Nation Michael
July 3, 2023; North Augusta, S.C., USA; Team Thad Rakease Passmore (10) and Drive Nation Michael / Katie Goodale / USA TODAY NETWORK

Rakease Passmore has been on a tear in his senior year of high school. The Combine Academy forward and Kansas Jayhawks commit is essentially playing two seasons of basketball between playing for his prep school and competing for the Blue Checks in Overtime Elite. For the past two days, the Combine "Goats" came to play in the Chick-fil-A Classic.

One of the most renowned tournaments in high school hoops, the three-day event features a consecutive slate of games for each school. Combine squared off against Dynamic Prep on Thursday and The Rock School Lions yesterday, an academy with multiple top 100 recruits, including Virginia Tech commit Ryan Jones Jr.

The KU commit scored a game-high 24 points vs. Dynamic Prep even though his team lost 65-57. He shot 5-of-6 from 3-point range and 9-of-16 overall. Yesterday, he led Combine to a 69-59 victory over The Rock School, scoring 19 points and sinking five threes once again. That makes it ten made 3-pointers in the past two days.

ESPN's Paul Biancardi had high praise for him following his string of impressive performances.

"The ESPN top 100 prospect has become a legitimate triple threat weapon," he wrote about Passmore. "The game has slowed down for him, and his jumpshot has taken off. Without scoring he makes his presence known with effort communication and defense."

Combine closes out the tournament this afternoon against Gray Collegiate at 1:10 p.m. CT. Fans can tune into the game by clicking here before the Kansas basketball team takes on Wichita State in the final nonconference meeting of the year.

Passmore continues to shine on the big stage and is going up against some of the best competition in the country. Two weeks ago, he was named the Player of the Game when the Blue Checks upset Rod Wave Elite. Although fellow KU signees Flory Bidunga and Labaron Philon are rated higher than him on recruiting websites, he seems to be the most college-ready prospect the Jayhawks have.