Two visits down for Traylor

Two visits down for Traylor

After visiting Oklahoma State the weekend of April 15, arguably the top remaining big man in the Class of 2011 officially visited Lawrence, Kan. last weekend to get a glimpse of what Head Coach Bill Self and the Jayhawks have to offer - and he didn't leave disappointed.

For Kansas fans following his recruitment, it's not hard to look at Jamari Traylor and see more than a little bit of Thomas Robinson.

At 6-foot-7, 220 pounds, the two big men have similar builds. They're both high-level athletes with a reputation for crashing the glass. And after the Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy prospect visited the University of Kansas last weekend, he now knows Robinson himself sees those similarities too.

"I would feel that it is a good comparison, because when I sat to talk to him he was telling me that I was the exact same size as him," said Traylor. "And the way we were playing and stuff. So he was giving me tips."

As one of the top big men left on the board in the Class of 2011, the Chicago native is a hot commodity right now on the recruiting trail. Having visited Indiana unofficially in recent weeks, an April 15 official visit to Oklahoma State showed him what Stillwater, Okla. and the Cowboys program had to offer.

"It was nice," Traylor told Terry Tush of GoPokes.com. "I enjoyed hanging around with the guys and I enjoyed sitting with the coaches and talking about how they would use me in the future if I decided to go there. It was a good experience for me. I really liked the campus."

From the sounds of things, the two days he spent in Lawrence, Kan. were a similarly laid-back affair. Traylor arrived on Friday, met with the coaches, ate dinner and talked. In between campus tours and the like, he hung out with the members of the current team and "just chilled."

In meeting with Head Coach Bill Self and his staff, Traylor said he got a clear picture of what his role would be should he sign with the Jayhawks.

"They just want me to be a high energy player," he explained. "Rebound, hustle and defend. Knock down a couple of open shots and really just play my game."

Though it was his first visit not just to Lawrence, but to the Sunflower State itself, Traylor went in with lofty expectations - and he didn't leave disappointed.

"I really expected it to be really nice, and it really was," he said. "I just really wanted to get a feel for it."

Next up? A potential visit to Texas Tech. And while a decision doesn't appear to be imminent, Kansas put itself in excellent position with the athletic power forward after last weekend's official.

"We're just looking to see where I fit in the best," he said.

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