Daily Archives: March 27, 2008

Recruiting update (03/27)

Good stuff from gopowercat.com Thursday on Buchi Awaji (BOO-che uh-WAJ-ee) – I give props where it’s due. I spoke with his coach at Citrus College, Rick Croy, on Thursday and he said Awaji is a priority for K-State. “They need someone to come in and score,” he said. “The way they recruited him has been real professional… Real consistent.” Usually, Croy said, the recruitment has been handled by Matt Figger and Brad Underwood, but yesterday, it was Frank Martin. “I know they feel confident he can help them,” Croy said. He called Awaji “a great scorer with really, really good character.” The other schools in the mix are Georgia Tech, Nebraska and Iowa State.

Right now, it doesn’t look good with Tyree Evans. Not saying K-State isn’t interested, but the Motlow State guard said Thursday he hasn’t been contacted by the Wildcats since the season has ended. Maybe Awaji is more of a priority – I don’t know. He said he hasn’t heard from “anyone,” and he’s trying to get his grades in order.

Wesley Witherspoon can’t make up his mind. I spoke with his mother, Carol, on Thursday, dubbed “The Gatekeeper” by Wes’ father, Will, because she has taken such an active role in his recruitment. Anyway, “The Gatekeeper” said she spoke with Dalonte Hill this week, and she spoke with him last week as well. Only problem, it seems, is the lack of attention that showered on Witherspoon during the season. “The communication wasn’t there,” Carol said, adding she didn’t think her son would take one of his two remaining official visits to K-State; he has already gone to LSU, Texas and Virginia. But, because her son’s mind changes like the weather, she wasn’t willing to rule anything out. He is playing in the Jordan Classic in Madison Square Garden on April 19, and he might make a decision the first week of May. Interesting tidbit – former K-State assistant Charles Baker recruited Witherspoon’s older brother, Wynton, to Manhattan. Baker is now an assistant at Colorado, which is also recruiting Witherspoon.

K-State is going to be the second official visit for Cowley County’s Montrell McDonald. The former George Washington guard is scheduled to be in Manhattan tomorrow. Frank Martin and Brad Underwood were in touch immediately after the season ended. “There are no negatives about the school,” McDonald said. “As for the positives, it has to be the coaches. They’re good guys. I don’t really know any of the guys.” His first official visit was Oregon back in the fall, and McDonald said there was a possibility he might take his remaining three trips.