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3 Things to Consider When Practicing Basketball in Rakease Passmore, Kansas

3 Things to Consider When Practicing Basketball in Rakease Passmore, Kansas

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LAWRENCE — Kansas basketball has added a few high-profile freshmen ahead of next season, one of them being Rakease Passmore.

Passmore is a four-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite in the 2024 recruiting class and ranked No. 39 in his class overall. While there are a number of veterans on the roster, for a team that will be favored to experience Big 12 Conference success and national success, he has the potential to carve out a role for himself if he can continue to impress this summer.

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Here are some things to consider as Passmore’s first college basketball season approaches:

Rakease Passmore is not afraid of competition

Passmore, listed as a 6-foot-5, 185-pound guard when he signed in November, watched Kansas add talented guard after talented guard through the transfer portal during the offseason. But he told reporters earlier this month that he would always have confidence in himself, even if people might have thought he would decide to start his college career elsewhere. He still wanted to be a part of the Jayhawks program and predicted the competition would bring out the best in him.

The role Passmore plays will be determined, but he said he can offer defense, shooting ability and energy. He expected coach Bill Self to play him at either 2nd or 3rd. Passmore noted that the biggest adjustment he will have to make will be playing in front of crowds like the ones he will see this season at Allen Fieldhouse.

Rakease Passmore drew comparison to Ochai Agbaji

Ochai Agbaji became one of the best players in college basketball during his career at Kansas. This development culminated in Agbaji helping the Jayhawks win a national championship in 2022, before being selected in the first round of that year’s NBA draft. And, according to Passmore, there has been a slight comparison between the two, especially when it comes to their ability to knock down shots.

Passmore acknowledged how cool it is to be compared to someone who appreciated Agbaji’s career. Passmore added that he has a lot of work to do to achieve what Agbaji has accomplished. This work is already underway.

Rakease Passmore is already impressing his teammates

Passmore hasn’t been on campus long, but he’s impressing his teammates. Forward Zach Clemence and center Hunter Dickinson, who were on the team last season, praised Passmore earlier this month. Since these two are talents on the court, there’s a good chance they’ll share the court with Passmore at times this season.

Clemence told reporters that Passmore does a lot of things well, knows how to shoot the ball and is athletic. Dickinson pointed out how well Passmore played during a local camp scrimmage and noted how excited he was to play with Passmore. Passmore just needs to keep this momentum going as the season approaches.

Jordan Guskey covers University of Kansas sports at the Topeka Capital-Journal. He is the National Sports Media Association Sportswriter of the Year for the state of Kansas for 2022. Contact him at [email protected] or on Twitter at @JordanGuskey.