The addition of five-star power forward Edrice “Bam” Adebayo to UK’s recruiting class of 2016 on Tuesday means the Cats are probably content with their frontcourt players for next season.
Adebayo joins fellow power forward Sacha Killeya-Jones in the 2016 class, and UK is certain to return foreign big men Isaac Humphries and Tai Wynyard. There’s also a chance Marcus Lee comes back for his senior season.
Those players, coupled with rangy wings Wenyen Gabriel and Derek Willis, will make for another tall UK lineup in 2016-17.
It doesn’t leave much room for anyone else in the post.
As a result, a new frontrunner has emerged for five-star power forward Jarrett Allen.
UK came into the day as the Crystal Ball favorite for Allen, who took an official visit to Lexington earlier this month and was looking like the Cats’ most likely frontcourt addition until Adebayo’s surprising announcement.
After word of Adebayo’s intentions started to leak, Kansas quickly emerged as the new favorite on his 247Sports Crystal Ball page. 247Sports national analyst Jerry Meyer switched his Allen prediction to the Jayhawks last week.
Allen -- a 6-foot-9 prospect from Austin, Texas -- is also considering Texas, Houston and Notre Dame. Scout.com ranks him as the No. 16 overall prospect in the class of 2016.
Kansas is also running neck-and-neck with Duke on the Crystal Ball page for five-star center Marques Bolden, who was UK’s other major post target before Adebayo committed to the Wildcats.
“I think Kansas and Duke have the edge with Marques, although some people think Alabama is a legit darkhorse,” Meyer told the Herald-Leader last week.
Kansas has only one commitment so far for the class of 2016: Three-star power forward Mitch Lightfoot.