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Thursday / February 23.

Former Oregon Pledge Kasongo Set for Kansas Visit This Weekend

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Ray KasongoAfter speaking by phone with Kansas assistant Kurtis Townsend on Tuesday, former Oregon pledge Ray Kasongo is set for an official visit to the Big 12 powerhouse beginning Friday.

“Coach Townsend, the assistant coach, gave me a call,” Kasongo told by phone from Toronto. “I spoke to him for 10-12 minutes. I’m supposed to go there this Friday and visit with my parents.”

The 6-foot-9, 230-pound power forward said he’s excited that a school like Kansas is interested in him.

“Yeah, absolutely,” he said. “Making it to the NBA is a big goal for me and they send a lot of bigs out there. I’m looking forward to visiting the school this weekend.”

Kasongo is also considering California and Memphis and may visit soon.

“I’m supposed to visit California and Memphis next week,” he said.

Kasongo is back in Toronto working out and hopes to be on a college campus soon after he was denied admission to Oregon last week.

“It’s unfortunate,” he said. “I was really looking forward to going to Oregon bu tthe administration denied my application there. I’m not really too sure [why]. It’s unfortunate.”

Other schools, including Indiana, have reached out but Kasongo is focusing on three schools right now.

“I’m trying to keep it short so as of now Kansas, California and Memphis,” he said.

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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.