Prospect Braeden Anderson liked Kentucky.
Kentucky liked Anderson.
But Anderson committed to Kansas, which shows how the mating ritual in recruiting can twist and turn.
"It was a crazy waiting game," Anderson said of his recruitment by UK.
The 6-foot-8 Anderson chose Kansas in large part because the Jayhawks offered a scholarship, and UK, which had already met its recruiting needs at power forward, did not.
"To be honest, it could have gone either way," Anderson said Wednesday. "I just wanted to play on the biggest stage possible and play against the best talent."
Anderson, who will play in the Derby Festival Basketball Classic on Friday in Louisville's KFC Yum Center, made no secret of his warm feelings for Kentucky. He called the lack of a scholarship offer "kind of part of that waiting game.
"I never got in the back room with (UK Coach John Calipari)."
He meant that in a figurative sense, Anderson said.
"If I got one on one with Cal, it probably would have been a done deal," he said.
But Kentucky had more than met its needs at power forward with the November signings of McDonald's All-Americans Anthony Davis and Kyle Wiltjer. And, Anderson added, he thought another McDonald's All-American, Michael Gilchrist, could ably play power forward, too.
Meanwhile, UK assistant coach Kenny Payne spoke regularly with Anderson this recruiting year.
"Very hands on," Anderson said. "I talked to him two, three times a week."
Kentucky's run to the Final Four contributed to the waiting game, he said.
Meanwhile, Anderson, who is from Alberta, Canada, huddled with his family this spring. His family persuaded him to sign with Kansas, he said.
Anderson signed a national letter of intent with DePaul last November, but he requested and received a release from that letter in January. Because a player can sign only one letter of intent, Anderson signaled his choice of Kansas by signing a financial-aid agreement, which binds the school to the player, but not vice versa.
When asked whether the financial-aid agreement also meant that Anderson would listen to an 11th-hour pitch from Kentucky, he said, "I think we're done."
Mr. Basketball to visit LSU
Mr. Basketball Anthony Hickey of state champion Christian County plans to visit Louisiana State on Sunday, according to a report in the Times-Picayune of New Orleans on Thursday.
The 5-foot-10 Hickey, who is playing for the Gold squad in Friday night's Derby Festival Classic, has listed the Tigers as the leader for his services and plans to make a decision May 6.
Hickey has received scholarship offers from Tennessee, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Texas Tech and Western Kentucky, among others.
About 3,000 tickets for the Derby Festival Classic are available at Ticketmaster locations, www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1-800-745-300 or the KFC Yum Center box office at (502) 690-9090.
The tickets are $16 each. That includes a $1 facility fee.