The Kansas Jayhawks were one of the easiest teams to root for last season.
Between Thomas Robinson overcoming all of the tragedies he experienced as a sophomore, the emergence of Tyshawn Taylor as one of the nation’s best point guards, and the success that Bill Self’s team had with players that had spent more time redshirting than they had playing, the Jayhawks had a team that was quite likeable.
But what made the story so much more intriguing is the fact that Kansas had such a limited rotation. Self was forced to use a former walk-on like Connor Teahan because he simply didn’t have any other options on his roster.
That’s because three-quarters of his 2011 recruiting class was ruled ineligible. Ben McLemore and Jamari Traylor sat out the season while Braeden Anderson ended up transferring to Fresno State.
The Jayhawks may end up having some of the same problems next season. Anrio Adams, a top 100 shooting guard from the same Seattle high school that produced the likes of Doug Christie, Jamal Crawford and Nate Robinson, committed to Kansas back in November, but due to academic issues that Adams has, he never signed a letter of intent. Not in November, not in May during the spring signing period.
Adams has enrolled at Kansas for the second summer session, but that is no guarantee that he will be playing with the Jayhawks come October:
Before reporting to KU, he had to first become academically eligible, which entailed taking the ACT test a couple times in the past couple months. It’s believed Adams’ test scores and core course grades will qualify him for a scholarship, however he will have to be given the OK (like all players) by the NCAA Clearinghouse.
While awaiting a ruling, he’s clear for full participation with the KU team, including playing on the upcoming European tour.
He’s still waiting on some academic materials from Seattle’s Franklin High, which he attended two years before moving on to Seattle Garfield, then on to Rainier Beach.
“He has gone as far as everybody else from an eligibility standpoint. Whether or not they (Clearinghouse) put the final stamp on him or not remains to be seen. They have all the information. All indications are he will be cleared and all that stuff,” Self said.
Adams put in quite a bit of work to get himself in position to be ruled eligible, but for now it is a waiting game.