LAWRENCE — Ochai Agbaji has made his Kansas basketball commitment official.
Agbaji, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound standout guard at Oak Park High School in Kansas City, Mo., and a three-star recruit in the Class of 2018, signed his national letter of intent Wednesday and will join the Jayhawks this fall, KU coach Bill Self announced in a Thursday news release.
Self and assistant coach Norm Roberts scouted Agbaji last season, with Self saying he came away from a late-January session thinking the recruit was “terrific.”
“I love his demeanor,” Self said. “He has a maturity about himself. He has a terrific frame and is an explosive athlete who can shoot.”
Agbaji averaged 27.6 points and 8.6 rebounds last season as a senior. He is the fourth signee for KU in the Class of 2018, joining five-star guards Devon Dotson and Quentin Grimes and four-star center David McCormack.
“When we offered Ochai a scholarship, he jumped on it and that also excited us because you want to coach guys who are excited to be in your program,” Self said. “I see him as a Travis Releford type, a guy that comes in and has the body to be a major college player. Ochai could be a high-major defender early in his career and his skill set is such that I think he could be an immediate impact player for us.
“We’re fortunate to get a player locally of this talent who possesses all the intangibles you want in a student-athlete.”
A player who has seen his stock skyrocket of late, Agbaji orally committed to KU on Feb. 8 and said at the time he was looking for a program close to home and one that could help “grow me up.”
“This kid is a tireless worker,” said Matt Scott, a recruiting analyst with 247Sports and TheShiver.com. “He’s going to work as hard as possible and he has worked as hard as possible to improve his game, and it has improved.”
Agbaji might not be KU’s last addition going into next season.
Five-star guard Romeo Langford, the highest-rated remaining uncommitted player in the Class of 2018, told 247Sports on Wednesday that he is done taking college visits and will announce his decision April 30. Langford, who is also considering Vanderbilt and Indiana, is the fifth-ranked player nationally in 247Sports’ composite rankings.
However, KU doesn’t appear to be the front-runner for Langford’s services. That distinction belongs to Indiana, as detailed in a Thursday afternoon story by Jerry Meyer, director of basketball scouting for 247Sports. Reached for further comment on what he’s hearing about Langford’s decision, Meyer told The Topeka Capital-Journal the guard seems locked in with the Hoosiers.
“What I’m gathering through sources is he’s going to go to Indiana,” Meyer said. “It would be Kansas and Vanderbilt standing on the outside of that decision. I’m hearing he’s made up his mind. As the phrase people love to use, which during these sensitive times may be too much, but (I’m hearing) it’s a done deal.”