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Tristan Enaruna, the 6-foot-9 small forward originally from the Netherlands, officially signed with Kansas on Wednesday after choosing the Jayhawks over Miami and Creighton.
“We have been recruiting Tristan the entire year and have always been impressed with his IQ, skillset and tremendous athletic ability,” Kansas head coach Bill Self said. “At 17 years old, he is young for his class but his versatility is one of a guard. He would remind KU fans of a Kelly Oubre and Andrew Wiggins-type from his size, athletic ability and skillset. He is still time away from having the impact that those two players had (at Kansas) and strength will be very important in his development. We feel like Tristan’s ceiling is one that he could be one of the most complete offensive players that we’ve had here at Kansas over the last several years.”
From Almere, Flevoland, Netherlands, Enaruna moved to the United States midway through his junior year in high school and competed at Wasatch Academy in Mount Pleasant, Utah. This past season, the 6-foot-8, 205-pound Enaruna averaged 10.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.
“He had a great year at Wasatch as they qualified for the GEICO National Tournament as the sixth seed and lost to Oak Hill Academy (Va.) in the quarterfinals,” Self said. “Tristan has been very well drilled and very well coached. He has been in the United States the last two years which should allow his transition into college to be a fairly seamless one.”
Enaruna, who has a 7-foot wingspan, is ranked No. 44 by Rivals.com and No. 61 by 247Sports.com.
Enaruna is the third player to sign with Kansas. He joins combo guards Isaac “Mackey” McBride from Little Rock, Arkansas, and Christian Braun from Overland Park, Kansas. McBride and Braun signed in the early signing period.
Kansas’ guards Devon Dotson and Quentin Grimes are both testing the NBA Draft waters.
(Release via Kansas; Photo via Enaruna)
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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.