Jayhawks add top-50 guard to 2017 class

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Kansas has started its 2017 recruiting class with a top-50 guard.

Marcus Garrett, a 6-foot-6 guard from Dallas, committed to the Jayhawks on Monday, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com.

“Marcus Garrett is a great start for Kansas in the Class of 2017 because they need a lot of perimeter options,” NBCSports.com recruiting analyst Scott Phillips said. “At 6-foot-6, Garrett is versatile enough to play multiple spots as Kansas needs to reload with a lot of perimeter players in this class.

“A tall point guard who can also play off the ball a bit, Garrett will have to improve his jumper, but he has a lot of upside. Garrett came on strong this summer and is trending upward.”

Garrett chose the Jayhawks over the likes of Baylor, Iowa State, Texas and SMU, among others. He gives Kansas a solid start to a 2017 class in which the Jayhawks will, per usual, be competing for some of the top players in the country against fellow blue bloods.

He’s also an important add in that Kansas will be losing guard Frank Mason III to graduation and Devonte Graham could flirt with the NBA as well. Malik Newman, the highly-touted transfer from Mississippi State, will also be eligible for the first time in Lawrence starting with the 2017-18 season.