Two days after saying his team needed a perimeter player, Kansas coach Bill Self appears to have filled that vacancy.
LaGerald Vick, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Memphis, committed to KU on Sunday night.
“It just really came down to … he just really got to like coach Self and the system,” Vick’s AAU coach, Norton Hurd, told The Capital-Journal. “Coach Self really was making him a priority. He felt like his first year, whenever he comes on campus his first year, he would be a good part of the team.
“But by his second year, we think he can do some Ben McLemore-type of thing.”
Vick is ranked 137th in the class of 2016 by Rivals, but there’s a chance he will reclassify to join the Jayhawks next season. Hurd said that decision would be made shortly.
“There’s a good chance (of reclassifying). I’m meeting the coaching staff and going to sit down soon and look into everything,” Hurd said. “It’ll be public in about 10 days. We’re just getting the hard part out of the way now, and then that’s the next step we’re looking into.
“It was kind of frustrating doing both of them (recruiting and reclassifying). We’ve got the hard part out of the way. No matter whether it’s 2015 or 2030, we’re going to Rock Chalk Jayhawk.”
Vick visited Lawrence last week and chose KU over Kentucky and Kansas State.
…“His biggest strength is probably the ability to create his own shot off the dribble,” Bossi said. “Pretty good athlete, especially out in the open court. Good quickness. Probably more of a streaky shooter than a deadeye shooter from deep.”
…“Really, people are getting a steal,” Hurd said. “This is a borderline five-star kid.”