In the ever changing landscape of college basketball, fans are starting to pay more and more attention to the budding stars in the high school ranks with the takeover of one and done players in recent years. This past week was the end of the early signing period for the 2014 recruits, where several players decided where they would play their likely one year of college ball. Let’s see where the next generation decided to take their game.
Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones pick Duke
The biggest story from this past Friday was the decision of the Number 1 and Number 5 ranked players in the country Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones. It had been known for some time that these two would be a package deal, making them the hottest commodity on the market. With speculation that Okafor preferred Kansas and Jones Duke, the pair eventually decided to play for Coach K.
Johnson chooses ‘Zona
The decision of swingman Stanley Johnson was highly anticipated because of the differing opinions on his ultimate choice. Many speculated that Coach Cal would continue his success with another Top-5 Recruit, while others guessed he would be the first big get for first year coach Andy Enfield. Johnson decided however to join Sean Miller’s squad, where he should immediately be one of the best scorers in the PAC-12
Alexander Stuns Illinois, Chooses Jayhawks
In perhaps the most memorable moment of the day, power forward Cliff Alexander chose Kansas over in state schools Illinois and Depaul. Jayhawk Nation should be elated to get another Chicago native who plays with the same toughness as former guard Sherron Collins, but in a much bigger body. At 6’8 240, Alexander reminds many scouts of Thomas Robinson who was an All-American for Bill Self, and the leader of their improbable 2012 Final Four run.