Three more men's basketball prospects make campus visits to Kansas

Top 10 prospect Whitehead one of 3 visitors this week

Gary Bedore
The Kansas City Star (TNS)
Montverde's Academy (Fla.) forward Dariq Whitehead, right, drives toward the basket during the GEICO Nationals Tournament boys championship game on April 3 in Fort Myers, Florida. Whitehead a top 10 national prospect took a recruiting visit to Kansas this week.

LAWRENCE — Several of the top high school boys basketball players in the country, who were prevented from making official visits to college campuses for 14 months because of the COVID-19 pandemic, continue to flock to Kansas as the month of June comes to a close.

Three seniors — Dariq Whitehead, Jayden Epps and AJ Storr — began campus visits to KU on Monday, bringing to 13 the number of prospects to visit KU since June 1, the day the NCAA ruled it OK for recruits to check out schools as they did pre-pandemic days.

"I miss the opportunity for families and kids to come see our campus," 19th-year KU men's basketball coach Bill Self told The Star the day before the official NCAA recruiting calendar was reinstated.

He's made up for lost time, that's for sure.

On Monday, the first day of his three-day summer camp for youths, he and his assistant coaches as well as the Jayhawk players who are in town for summer school, welcomed those three players to campus for visits. Here's a closer look at the trio:

  • Dariq Whitehead, 6-6, 190, senior, forward, Montverde (Florida) Academy

Whitehead, the No. 4-ranked prospect in the recruiting Class of 2022 according to, No. 6 by and No. 9 by, has visited Duke and Florida State. He's also being pursued by KU, Kentucky, Auburn, Memphis, Maryland, Texas, UCLA, Oklahoma State and others.

Whitehead — he is originally from Newark, New Jersey — told he grew up a fan of the Duke Blue Devils.

"I'm a big fan of Coach K and what he has done at Duke," Whitehead said.

Of course, Hall of Fame Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski will be retiring at the end of this season.

Whitehead's older brother, Tahir Whitehead, played for the NFL's Carolina Panthers last season.

Montverde is 69-4 in Whitehead's three years with the prep school team.

"His freakish athleticism paired with his polished jump shot makes him a difficult task on the defensive end at any level. He has tremendous potential to be a go-to scorer as well as guard the opposition's best player with a high basketball IQ and pure instincts that are rare for an athlete that young," wrote Max Escarpio of

It's possible Whitehead could skip college to begin a pro career.

"I feel like you've got to be mentally and physically prepared for (the NBA)," he told "The pros ... you're playing with grown men. I feel like if you need that year of college, I don't see why not just take that year of college? Get more prepared so that when you get there (pros), you're not struggling as much. So I'm definitely keeping my options open," Whitehead added.

  • Jayden Epps, 6-1, 170, senior, point guard, King's Fork High School, Suffolk, Virginia

Epps, ranked No. 68 in the Class of 2022 by and No. 94 by, recently decommitted from Providence.

Epps, who has visited UConn, Illinois and North Carolina State, also is being pursued by Virginia Tech, Texas A&M, North Carolina, Georgetown, Pittsburgh and others.

"One of the top scoring guards in the class of 2022, Epps is a punishing and physical attacker of the rim," wrote Eric Bossi of "He uses his strength to finish though contact, makes more than enough shots from deep to keep defenders honest and plays a game similar to that of former Kansas All-American Frank Mason," Bossi added.

Of KU, Epps told "Coach Self reached out to me after I reopened my recruitment and that meant a lot to me since he's the head coach and a legendary coach. They have a great coaching staff and they told me they love how I play and would love for me to be a part of their program. I watch them a lot and I feel like their guards control the pace of the game well but can also mix it up and get up the floor. They also use a lot of ball screens and let their guards play a lot."

  • AJ Storr, 6-6, 200, senior, shooting guard, IMG Academy, Bradenton, Florida

Storr, who is ranked No. 147 in the recruiting Class of 2022 by and unrated by at this time, is originally from Rockford, Illinois.

He reopened his recruitment May 13 after committing to Illinois on April 7. He decided to consider some other schools after former U of I assistant, Chin Coleman, left the Illini program to join John Calipari's coaching staff at Kentucky.

Storr is considering KU, Oklahoma, Miami, LSU, Arizona, Arizona State, Iowa, South Carolina, Oklahoma State, DePaul, Creighton and others. He also still has Illinois on his list of potential schools.

Storr has decided to transfer to IMG Academy from Compass Prep in Arizona.

"With a physically mature body, Storr can get to the rim and finish through contact or hang around the perimeter and knock down threes. He also has excellent athleticism and can guard a variety of positions defensively," wrote Jeff Karzen of

"Storr possesses a big frame and a knack for getting to the rim and finishing. But he also has the ability to knock down an open jumper," wrote Tristen Kissack of

More top 10 visitors

Whitehead, by the way, is the fifth Top 10-ranked player (by or to visit KU this month.

The others: No. 5-ranked (by Keyonte George, 6-5, 190, senior, shooting guard, iSchool Entrepreneurial Academy, Lewisville, Texas; No. 6 ( Chris Livingston, 6-6, 190, senior, shooting guard, Buchtel High School, Akron, Ohio; No. 8 ( Mark Mitchell, 6-7, 190, senior, forward, Sunrise Christian Academy, Bel Aire, Kansas; and the No. 8 ( player in the Class of 2023, Omaha Biliew, 6-8, junior, forward, Montverde (Florida) Academy. Biliew is ranked No. 2 by

KU also has been visited by No. 11-ranked (by MJ Rice, 6-5, 200, senior, forward, Prolific Prep, Windsor, California; No. 18 (ESPN,com) Gradey Dick, 6-7, 195, senior, forward, Sunrise Christian Academy, Bel Aire, Kansas (who has committed to KU); No. 44 ( Aidan Shaw, 6-8, 190, senior, forward, Link Academy, Branson, Missouri; No. 39 ( Nick Smith, 6-5, 175, senior, point guard, Sylvan Hills High School, Sherwood, Arkansas; and No. 58 ( Zuby Ejiofor. 6-8, 220, senior, forward, Garland (Texas) High School. The country's No. 16-ranked junior (, Bryson Warren, also has visited. He's 6-2, 160, originally from Little Rock, Arkansas.