Kansas basketball is one of three schools Jalil Bethea will choose from when he makes his college decision tomorrow.
One of the most important recruiting priorities for the Kansas Jayhawks is less than 24 hours away from determining where he will play his first season of college basketball.
Jalil Bethea is one of the most sought-after players in the class of 2024. The ESPN 100 ranks him as the 7th best player in the country, while 247 Sports Composite rankings rank him 9th. He is the purest scorer at the guard position in the upcoming promotion.
He attended Archbishop Wood in Pennsylvania, leading the Philadelphia Catholic League in points scored (649) and 3-pointers (85) made as a junior. After barely cracking the top 100 a year ago, he has climbed into the top 10 on most major recruiting sites.
Tomorrow (Wednesday, September 20) at 2:00 p.m. CT, Bethea will announce her commitment live on 247 Sports. His three options are Kansas, Villanova and Miami (FL). Syracuse and Alabama were previously in the mix, but he left them out of the picture.
A commitment from Jalil Bethea would be surprising for Kansas basketball
After his official visit to KU’s campus, things looked pretty good for his position with Bill Self and the Jayhawks. They were initially considered the favorites to land the highly touted guard — until he went to Miami a week later.
According to an anonymous college basketball insider Trilly Donovan and other sources close to the situation, Bethea is committed to Miami for her official visit. Several recruiting analysts on 247 Sports set crystal balls for the Canes and Jim Larrañaga a few days later.
Despite the rumors, there is still a glimmer of hope that Kansas will get a commitment from him. If there’s one thing only one program in the country can offer, it’s the best head coach in the game, Bill Self. We’ve seen him surprise the nation time and time again on the recruiting trail.
When asked what he liked about the Kansas basketball program, he responded, “Bill Self is a great coach and he basically told me that if I played for him, I would start everything right now. The style of play is really good, they play up and down.
Bethea would be the perfect complement to KU big man Flory Bidunga. If he decides to take his talents to Lawrence, the Jayhawks will immediately benefit from one of the best recruiting classes Coach Self has ever put together.