Grammy-nominated rapper to perform at KU basketball’s Late Night

Top-tier recruits set to attend annual event of skits, scrimmages

Rapper and singer Lil Yachty will perform at this year’s “Late Night in the Phog” event, the unofficial kickoff to the men’s and women’s Kansas basketball seasons. This year’s installment will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence. (File photograph/The Associated Press)

LAWRENCE — This year’s Late Night in the Phog has secured its headlining act — other than the Jayhawks themselves, of course.

 

Lil Yachty, a Grammy-nominated rapper and singer best known for singles “Little Boat” and “Broccoli,” will perform at the 33rd annual scrimmage and unofficial Kansas basketball kickoff event, KU announced Thursday. The event is slated to start at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Late Night, which features skits and dance routines for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams, is also a key event in recruiting, and this year is no different.

Class of 2018 prospects slated to attend this year’s installment include forward Zion Williamson (No. 2-ranked prospect, Rivals.com), guard Quentin Grimes (No. 11), guard Devon Dotson (No. 17) and guard Jalen Carey (No. 49). Oral commits Silvio De Sousa (No. 25) and David McCormack (No. 33) are also expected to attend the event, according to JayhawkSlant.com.

Forward James Wiseman (No. 2), forward and Miege product Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (No. 16) and guard and Hayden product Zach Harvey (No. 38), all members of the Class of 2019, are also set to attend, as well as top-five Class of 2020 prospects R.J. Hampton (No. 3) and Jalen Suggs (No. 4), both guards.

Born Miles McCollum, Lil Yachty was nominated for a Grammy Award for “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration” along with fellow rapper D.R.A.M. for “Broccoli.” Lil Yachty has also appeared in advertisements for Sprite and Target alongside LeBron James and Carly Rae Jepsen, respectively.

Last year’s Late Night featured a performance from Kansas City, Mo.-based rapper Tech N9ne.

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