Facilities at Division I schools are playing more of a part than ever when it comes to recruiting. At the University of Kansas they aren’t taking any risks.
Plans continue to move along for a new, $17.5 million campus apartment complex starting with the 2016-17 school year.
The building will be located on Naismith Avenue, just a long three-pointer away from storied Allen Fieldhouse. According to an article in The Kansas City Star, it can house up to 32 men’s and women’s basketball players.
In all, it will house 66 students, some of which must be non-athletes, or living there would be considered an impermissible benefit.
Here is a video that shows what the new building could look like.
Not a bad place to live essentially rent free. For perspective, here is a shot of the outside of Jayhawk Towers, the current living facilities for many athletes, including basketball players.
— J Francisco (@Jhawk96) March 11, 2015
In the Star article from last year there was some push back by regents and others who thought the cost was extensive. However, KU associate athletic director Jim Marchioney said the school will not be spending any funds on the dorm, instead it will come from private donors. He added this is something KU must do to stay competitive.
“We want to stay in the elite few of college basketball programs,” Marchiony said, “and you have to continue to move forward.”
It remains to be seen if this will help the Jayhawks sign top recruits or if they even need the boost, but one thing is for certain — it won’t hurt.