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Jamari Traylor is back from his Kansas visit and says he likely won’t decide on a college until sometime in May.
Kansas and Oklahoma State are his top two options at this point, although Indiana and Texas Tech are expressing interest.
Asked if Kansas and Oklahoma State were equal at this point, he said,”Yes, I would say so.”
He took his latest official to Kansas this past weekend.
“It was good,” the 6-foot-8, 215-pound Traylor said Wednesday by phone from Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academies. “They had a good coaching staff. I really had a good feel for them. The players were good guys. I like the campus as well.”
Traylor, a Chicago native, was hosted mainly by forward Thomas Robinson.
As for what the coaching staff wants out of the power forward, he said, “They really just let me be me, a high-energy guy, good rebounder, tough shot-blocker and play defense.”
He recently visited Oklahoma State and enjoyed his time there, too.
“Thea academic advisor is a really nice lady,” he said. “I feel real comfortable with her. As far as the coaching staff, I’m real comfortable with them, too.”
On Texas Tech, Traylor said: “I haven’t really brushed up on them as much as the others.”
Traylor also took an unofficial to Indiana, and said he may still take an official there.
“They said the same thing as Kansas,” he said. “I would play as a freshman and be myself.”
Traylor said several factors will go into his final decision.
“The most important thing I would like from the coach is a home setting, somebody that cares me about as a person on and off the court and I can relate to,” he said.
“I want to play as a freshman. And academics. A place where I’m comfortable.”
He also said where his teammate DeAndre Daniels lands would not impact his decision. Daniels is considering Duke, Kansas and Texas.
“Not really,” he said. “I don’t really talk to DeAndre about playing, just hanging out.”
Traylor plans to decide sometime in May.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I think I’ll decide next month sometime.”
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