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Kansas gets first commitment of 2011

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There wasn't much question this summer that Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks were in search of a point. While the Jayhawks missed on target Josiah Turner, they were still able to bounce back and land a four-star floor general when Naadir Tharpe gave the Jayhawks the nod on Wednesday.
Tharpe, a 5-foot-11 point guard who has been prepping at Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Prep, was a guy that Self and his staff saw plenty of this summer
"Kansas saw him a lot this summer because they were recruiting Kaleb and Alex Murphy," said Brewster head coach Jason Smith. "When they weren't able to get Turner, they were able to turn to Naadir and they knew what he was about."
That thing that Tharpe is about is simple according to Smith.
"The one word to describe Naadir is that he's a winner," said Smith of the #91 player in the class of 2011. "He's led our team for the last few years. To play in the NEPSAC for three years is a huge advantage. "
That winning and the ability to keep other high level players happy is what drew the Jayhawks to Tharpe.
"I don't think there's anybody in the country who has played with more high level guys between high school and AAU than Naadir has," said Smith. "He's been the point guard doing that and it's been his job to keep everybody involved."
Tharpe had planned to visit Oklahoma this weekend but that visit is now off. The point guard will visit Lawrence the weekend of October 22nd.
"The hardest part for Naadir was telling coaches that he really liked that he was committing to Kansas," finished Smith.
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