KU basketball lands commitment from four-star point guard Bobby Pettiford

Matt Galloway
Topeka Capital-Journal
Bobby Pettiford, a four-star point guard in the Class of 2021 and the nation's No. 88-ranked recruit according to 247Sports' composite rankings, committed to Kansas on Tuesday night. [Submitted photograph/HighSchoolOT]

LAWRENCE — Kansas basketball’s newest face comes from a familiar place.

The Jayhawks on Tuesday landed an oral commitment from Bobby Pettiford, a four-star guard in the Class of 2021 and previous Louisville signee who recently got his release from that program. A native of Durham, N.C., Pettiford joins former KU standouts Devonte’ Graham and Devon Dotson as Jayhawk point guards with ties to the Tar Heel State.

A 6-foot-1, 175-pounder, Pettiford is currently slotted as the nation's No. 88-overall incoming prospect according to recruiting outlet 247Sports' composite rankings, which also has Pettiford as the No. 14-ranked point guard and the No. 5-ranked prospect out of North Carolina.

“I feel like (KU) is the perfect place for me to try and become a pro,” Pettiford told 247Sports.

Pettiford’s commitment certainly fills a need for the Jayhawks.

With senior Marcus Garrett likely to forego his extra year of eligibility, KU was on track to have just two realistic options for point guard on its roster: Dajuan Harris, who just completed his redshirt freshman season, and Bryce Thompson, whose freshman effort was limited to just 20 games due to injuries. Harris averaged 2.4 points, 2.2 assists and 1 steal across 16 minutes per game last season, while Thompson posted 4.6 points, 1.1 assists and 0.4 steals in his 17.1 minutes per contest.

If nothing else, Pettiford will give the Jayhawks options at that spot.

Pettiford's commitment Tuesday, announced via social media, came just one day after he received a scholarship offer from KU.

“Thanks to all the coaches that recruited me through these tough times,” Pettiford wrote. “With all that being said I’m excited to announce I’ll be committing to the University of Kansas(.) Jayhawk nation stand up! Let’s get to it.”

Pettiford joins a crowded Class of 2021 for KU that already included four-star forwards K.J. Adams (6-7, 220-pounder out of Austin, Texas) and Zach Clemence (6-10, 205-pounder out of San Antonio, Texas) and three-star junior college transfer forward Sydney Curry (6-8, 260-pounder out of Fort Wayne, Ind.).

KU has one remaining scholarship to give.

Enaruna enters transfer portal

Jayhawk sophomore guard/forward Tristan Enaruna entered the transfer portal Tuesday, the second KU player to do so in as many days.

Enaruna, a 6-8, 215-pounder out of Almere, Flevoland, Netherlands, joined junior guard Tyon Grant-Foster as likely KU departees with his move to explore his options elsewhere. Enaruna averaged 2.6 points on 41.5% shooting with a 22.7% clip from 3-point range and 1.6 rebounds per contest as a sophomore, a campaign that saw his minutes played average drop from 10.9 as a freshman to 9.4.

In a news release announcing Enaruna’s decision, head coach Bill Self said the second-year Jayhawk informed him of his decision at a meeting Tuesday morning.

“His best ball is ahead of him,” Self said. “We all support his decision and wish him well.”

Enaruna’s roommate, junior forward David McCormack, tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the Big 12 Tournament, and both were forced to miss the event due to COVID-19 protocols. Enaruna didn’t actually test positive for the virus until Selection Sunday, which kept him in Lawrence for the final two games of the Jayhawks’ season.

“Obviously, this was a difficult finish for Tristan this year with the COVID situation and not being able to finish the season with the team,” Self said. “He represented himself, his teammates, our program and our university with first-class daily and he will be missed.”