Jayhawk Dispatch

KU waits on Harris, offers scholarship to Memphis forward Nichols

The battle for South Carolina sophomore transfer Damontre Harris is heading to the home stretch. Harris, a 6-foot-9 forward, took a visit to Florida last week before spending the weekend at Kansas, and he's now expected to choose between the two schools. According to Rivals.com, a decision could come by the end of the week.

Harris, a Fayetteville, N.C., native, was a consensus top-75 recruit when he chose to attend South Carolina out of high school. Last season, Harris averaged 6.8 points and 5.5 rebounds in 25.9 minutes per game as a sophomore. He also recorded 2.3 blocks per game.

Harris will have to sit out the 2012-13 season. But if he chooses Kansas, he’ll enter a frontcourt that will lose seniors Jeff Withey and Kevin Young off next year’s team.

It was previously thought that Harris may consider returning to South Carolina, where former K-State coach Frank Martin took over in late March. But now, it appears that Harris’ likely landing spot will be Florida or Kansas.

** RECRUITING TRAIL: Kansas has also offered a scholarship to Austin Nichols, a 6-foot-8 forward from Briarcliff Christian School in Memphis.

Nichols is the 40th-ranked player in the Class of 2013, according to Rivals.com, and currently holds offers from a list that includes Duke, North Carolina, Ohio State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Memphis.

Kansas already has two commitments for its 2013 class: Connor Frankamp, a 6-0 guard from Wichita, and Brannen Greene, a 6-7 wing from Forsyth, Ga.

| rdodd@kcstar.com