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KU baskeball looks to western New York in pursuit of highly rated shooting guard

Kansas City Star logoKansas City Star 9/17/2020 By Gary Bedore, The Kansas City Star

Roddy Gayle Jr., a 6-foot-5, 185-pound junior shooting guard from Lewiston-Porter High School in Youngstown, New York, has been offered a basketball scholarship by Kansas, he reported Wednesday on Twitter.

Gayle, the No. 52-ranked player in the recruiting Class of 2022 according to, is considering KU, Oklahoma, TCU, Georgia, Louisville, Tennessee, St. John’s, Syracuse, Xavier, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, UConn, Oregon, Alabama, Marquette, Georgetown and others.

“The schools are pitching the same thing. They want me to be effective as soon as possible and help them get over the hump and take them to a championship,” Gayle told “I hear a lot about player development and becoming the player I want to be and reaching my max potential, I care about that.”

According to the Buffalo News, Gayle, who averaged 26.0 points a game as a sophomore, “is the first Western New York sophomore (now a junior) to receive this much attention from major Division I programs since former Niagara Falls High and Syracuse University star Jonny Flynn. The last Lew-Port basketball player to receive this type of attention was 1978 graduate and McDonald’s All-American Jim Johnstone, who went to Wake Forest.”

Gayle’s coach, Matt Bradshaw told the Buffalo News: “He just wants to get better. I think he knows he has a future in this game if he continues to work. He keeps setting a higher standard for himself. He’s a four-star. He wants to be a five-star. He wants to be looked at by the U.S. Developmental Team. He has personal goals that keep him motivated, not just the offers.”

Dillingham nets KU scholarship offer

Robert Dillingham, a 6-1, 160-pound sophomore point guard from Combine Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina, has been offered a scholarship by KU, he reported on Twitter.

Dillingham is being recruited by KU, Wichita State, North Carolina, Mississippi, South Florida, UCLA, Louisville and others. has not yet released its rankings of sophomores. He scored 56 points in a game played this summer for the Asheville GameChangers AAU program. In one tourney, he averaged 40 points a game.

“In a pandemic summer, Dillingham’s name has been the most consistent in terms of dominance on social media platforms for everything from jaw-dropping highlights to big scoring outputs,” wrote Jason Jordan of

Combine Academy coach Jeff McInnis said Dillingham reminds him of a Hall of Fame NBA guard.

“He reminds me so much of Allen Iverson in the way he plays and his confidence,” McInnis told “He just gets it done in every way and he can light you up for a lot of points. He wants to be great. He’s just got it.”

Hoop State Network’s Ray Maisonet told “He has proven that he is fearless under the pressure of the bright lights delivering consistently throughout the entire high school season. During this recent AAU period he has been unstoppable. Teams truly have no answer for him.”

Armstrong reports KU offer

KU has offered a scholarship to Mark Armstrong Jr., a 6-2, 160-pound junior point guard from St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, N.J., Armstrong reported on Twitter.

Armstrong — he is ranked No. 117 in the recruiting Class of 2022 by and unranked by — has heard from coaches from KU, Creighton, Auburn, Louisville, Villanova, VCU, Stanford, DePaul, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Rutgers, Illinois and others.

“He loves to play fast and finish in the open floor,” DeAnte Mitchell of wrote of Armstrong, whose dad, Mark, played for Rhode Island.

“He scores on all three levels. He has added additional strength and muscle to his frame while also increasing his athleticism,” wrote Maurice Wingate of New York City Hoops.

About his recruitment, Armstrong told “It’s been a wonderful experience. In eighth grade I never thought I would be in this position. To have so many great coaches talk to me and my family, it is a good experience. So far it has been a fun experience.”

“I would say education is very important,” Armstrong added. “Also, I am looking for how I fit in socially. Is it a place I am comfortable outside of basketball? That is going to be very important to me.”


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