Going into this week, Kansas had a good 2013 recruiting class. In fact it was a top five recruiting class nationally. The one significant problem with the class, however, is that it did not include a big man.
Greene is a scorer with length
Well, now it does include a big man- promising four-star center Joel Embiid- and the five-man class sits at No. 2 in the national rankings and No. 1 in the Big 12.
Here is a look at each of the recruits:
SG Brannen Greene (#17 247Sports/ #24 247Composite)
Greene is a long wing player known for his shooting ability. Beyond his ability to drain shots from beyond the arc, Greene has developed a quality scoring game off the dribble. He isn't the most physical player, but Greene's length and leaping ability also make him good rebounder. He isn't the defender that Brandon Rush was but look for Greene to play a simlar role for Kansas that Rush played.
SG Wayne Selden (#25 247Sports/ #21 247Composite)
Like the Harrison twins, Selden is one of the more physical perimeter players in the 2013 class. He is an all around playmaker who can score from all three levels but is also quite adept at creating scoring opportunities for teammates. His strength and athleticism allows him to defend multiple positions, and he is also a strong defender.
SG Conner Frankamp (#40 247Sports/ #36 247Composite)
If he is not the best shooter in the 2013 class, Frankamp is certainly right near the top of that list. Not only is he a deadly shooter off the catch, Frankamp is a tremendous deep shooter off the dribble. That makes him a dangerous threat coming off the high ball screen. Frankamp has point guard ball handling schools, but he is best served when he can focus on seeking his shot.
C Joel Embiid (#78 247Sports/ #128 247Composite)
Having only played basketball for two years, Embiid is a tough one to give a ceiling. He impressed over the summer and the word is that he has continued to rapidly improve. A legitimate shot blocker around the rim, Embiid also has a developing skill set offensively. Capable of helping the Jayhawks right away, his best ball will come down the line.
PG Frank Mason (#103 247Sports/ #154 247Composite)
There won't be many competitive and mentally/physically imposing players in college basketball next year as Mason. He is a bulldog of a defender, fights for the ball off the glass and the floor and will in general do whatever it takes to win. Not much of an outside shooter at this point, Mason's offense is predicated on his ability to put pressure on the defense through his dribble penetration.