Kansas head coach Bill Self did a good job with this class having to venture all around the country to put together this five-man class. Power forward Perry Ellis (#37) is the top in-state player in Kansas, small forward Andrew White (#53) is one of the best East Coast prospects and power forward Landen Lucas is one of the best players on the West Coast. However, one of the most impressive things about Ellis and White isn’t what they do on the court, it’s what they do off of it. They’re both genuine people with great character and a winning attitude. Both care more about the name on the front of the jersey than the name on the back and wouldn’t mind going scoreless if that meant winning. They’re the type of guys you want on your team and Ellis is the leader you want in your locker room.
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It’s hard to rank a guy like Ellis this low for one simple reason — he’s a winner. Wherever he goes, he wins. He’s not a guy who just racks up the personal awards (and as you can see he has plenty of those), but he’s someone who will do whatever it takes to win and the fact that his Wichita Heights High School (KS) team has won four straight state championships does nothing to dispel that notion. Other than the fact that all he does is win, he has a good motor, rebounds well and is versatile. However, one thing he can improve on is his back-to-the-basket moves.
White is a good athlete who is productive in transition and has an impressive shot with very good range. He’s able to rebound (although he could certainly develop this area into more of a strength) and he can play either spot on the wing. In addition to the range on his perimeter shot, he also has a terrific mid-range game, something that’s one of his biggest tools in his scoring arsenal. However, he can improve on his ball-handling which would enable him to improve on his ability to get to the basket and handle the rock under pressure.
Landen Lucas | Overall: NR | Position: Power Forward (NR) | 6’8 | 220
Lucas has a solid frame and good length. He has terrific footwork and utilizes the pump fake well whether it’s via the up-and-under or something else. He has a high basketball-IQ and good hands too but he could be more effective in the post. Lucas isn’t the greatest athlete either but he’s a guy who’s going to be able to contribute at Kansas.
Anrio Adams | Overall: NR | Position: Shooting Guard (NR) | 6’3 | 175
Adams has great physical tools between his length, athleticism and quickness. He can score in a variety of ways whether it’s beyond the arc or off the dribble attacking the basket. He’s a guy that could come off the bench and score in bunches, too. However, Adams can become more consistent from three-point land in addition to improving his decision-making on the offensive end.
Zach Peters | Overall: NR | Position: Power Forward (NR) | 6’9 | 240
Peters has good size and strength and the finishing ability and toughness that comes with it. He’s able to step out and hit the mid-range jumper in addition to scoring in the low post. Peters finishes with both hands and can make the hook shot over either shoulder. However, he needs to cut down on the turnovers and although he’s a solid rebounder, he can improve on that too.