Posted by Jeff Borzello
Jamari Traylor doesn’t mind not being a star. He would prefer being on a winning team.
Traylor will have a chance to do that again in the Big 12.
“Jamari just signed his NLI for coach Bill Self and Kansas,” IMG Academy (Fla.) director Andy Borman said.
Traylor, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Chicago who played his high school ball at IMG, chose the Jayhawks over Oklahoma State, Indiana and Texas Tech.
"I know coach Self and his coaching staff, and there's a good group of players," Traylor said. "I envision myself there."
Traylor has a very good build and body for a player entering his first year of college. He has good strength and is active at both ends of the floor. Traylor is a very solid rebounder who is not afraid to chase down loose balls and mix it up in the paint. Offensively, he finishes well around the rim and also is developing a face-up jumper.
"I'm a high-energy guy," Traylor said. "I can block shots with the best of them. I'm a defensive-minded player."
With the dearth of inside depth in Lawrence, expect Traylor to step in and produce immediately. He joins a recruiting class that includes top-100 recruits Ben McLemore and Naadir Tharpe, and combo forward Braeden Anderson from Wilbraham and Monson (Mass.).
"I have the best chance of being successful there," Traylor said. "As long as I get a diploma from there, it will be a good decision."