Kansas and Kentucky are the leaders in the basketball recruiting battle for Daniel Orton. Orton had listed Kentucky as his leader, but the Bishop McGuinness forward on Monday said Kansas has joined the Wildcats atop his list. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Ohio State are the other programs on Orton's final list.
Orton took an official visit to Kansas last weekend and was on hand as the 2008 NCAA championship team received its rings. "My favorite part (of the visit) was hanging out with the players,” said Orton, who has no timetable for his decision but will likely announce on one of ESPN's family of networks. Orton is ranked No. 10 on the ESPN 100, No. 12 on the Scouthoops Top 100 and No. 22 on the Rivals Top 150. He averaged 13.7 points, 11.2 rebounds, 5.2 blocks and 2.8 assists per game as a junior. The 6-foot-11, 260-pounder has hosted Kentucky's Billy Gillespie, Kansas' Bill Self, Oklahoma's Jeff Capel and Oklahoma State's Travis Ford during in-home visits this month. Orton said he expects to take an official visit to Kentucky on Oct. 9 and will likely return to Kansas on Oct. 17. Orton has visited Oklahoma and Oklahoma State on multiple occasions and has no plans to make an official visit to either school.
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