For the past few weeks, one of the hottest names on the circuit has been shooting guard LaGerald Vick. After an official visit to Kansas during the middle of the week, Vick has picked Bill Self and the Jayhawks. A 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Memphis (Tenn.) Douglass who recently backed off of his commitment to SMU, Vick heard what he needed from Self and his staff during his visit to Lawrence.
LaGerald Vick is headed to Kansas.
Vick's summer coach, Norton Hurd of Team Thad, broke down the commitment. "I don't know if it was so much the visit, but things have gone fast over this short time and coach Self has made him a priority," Hurd told Rivals.com. "He really feels like he can do good things under the coaching staff." Long and athletic, Vick is quite adept at creating for himself via the dribble. He has a dangerous mid-range game, can finish above the rim in traffic and is fine-tuning his stroke from deep. The Kansas coaches compared him with one of the best shooting guards that they have had in their program. "They told him that as athletic as he is and as well as he can score, as soon as he learns coach Self's system and plays hard they could see him making a good impact his first year," said Hurd. "Then he could maybe be a Ben McLemore type in his second year." Currently ranked No. 137 in the class of 2016, Vick has had a tremendous spring with Team Thad on the Under Armour Association circuit and is poised to make a healthy jump into four-star territory when the rankings are next updated. However, there is a good chance that Vick could actually enroll as a class of 2015 prospect, in which case he will be elevated to four-star status but not included in the 2015 overall rankings because those rankings have already been finalized. If Vick remains in the class of 2016, he will be the Jayhawks' first commitment in the class. Should he move to 2015, he will join five-star big men Cheick Diallo and Carlton Bragg in a class that already ranks No. 14 in the team recruiting rankings. A decision on whether Vick will remain in the class of 2016 or enroll as a class of 2015 prospect should be made within the next two to three weeks.