And then there were five.
Bryan Antoine, the nation’s top-ranked 2019 shooting guard out of Eatontown (N.J.) Ranney School, is among the nation’s most coveted prospects and on Thursday, he announced his final five schools.
Kansas survived the cut, along with Duke, Kentucky, Villanova and Florida.
— Bryan Antoine (@BryanAntoine_) May 10, 2018
Antoine’s list cut left programs such as Arizona, Maryland, Notre Dame, Washington and Miami on the outside looking in, among others.
A multi-capable, do-it-all talent, one of Antoine’s very first offers came from Bill Self and the Jayhawks in August, 2016. Nearly two years later, Antoine is still just one of three 2019 shooting guard prospects with a Kansas offer, but the signs as of late point towards the Jayhawks ultimately missing on one of their top targets.
Duke and Kentucky have been tremendously active in Antoine’s recruitment, and those efforts have netted the Blue Devils 84 percent of his Crystal Ball projections. In fact, Antoine told 247Sports of Duke, “They have been recruiting me the hardest since last summer when I got the offer. They have always had somebody in my ear.”
With Antoine eyeing a decision before the early signing period, there’s still some time for Kansas to make headway, but the Jayhawks obviously have some significant work to do in this recruitment in hopes of keeping the nation’s No. 1 shooting guard prospect out of a different shade of blue.
A 5-star prospect, Antoine is ranked as the nation’s No. 7 player and the No. 2 player in New Jersey, per the 247Sports composite.