Hoops Recruiting Update: Matt Atewe lists K-State as a favorite, Jeff Carroll down to 5

Kansas State basketball coach Bruce Weber is almost finished with his 2013 recruiting class. The Wildcats had four scholarships to offer, and three of them are already spoken for.

Indiana small forward Alex Etherington was the first high school player to commit earlier this summer, then came Wichita Falls, Texas shooting guard Marcus Foster and Houston small forward Wesley Iwundu.

That leaves one spot, which K-State would ideally like to fill with a power forward or center. But the Wildcats could always go after another perimeter player, too, if they think he is too good to pass on.

If they go the big-man route, Atewe is clearly their top option. The 6-foot-9 Canadian power forward has offers from 20 Division I programs, but took his first official visit to K-State last week. He told Hoop Dreams Magazine yesterday that the visit went well and that the Wildcats are currently at the top of his list. But his recruitment remains ongoing.

On what he thought of K-State:

“Their very personable and can relate to what you’re going through,” he added. “I also loved that the team was like a family and all the fans are crazy about the team as well.’

“They also showed me how they play and I liked that as well, Just a great visit overall.”


I’ve tried to get Atewe on the phone a few times this week for further comment, but haven’t heard back from him. He told me two weeks ago that K-State has recruited him harder than any other school.

Atewe will next visit Charlotte and then Memphis on Oct. 12, according to Tariq Sbiet, who covers Canadian recruiting.

It will be interesting to see what happens from here. It doesn’t seem like he will make a final decision for at least a few weeks.

If K-State tries to bring in another small forward, Jeff Carroll remains an option. The three-star prospect visited K-State two weeks ago and says the Wildcats are in his final five. The other four: Oklahoma State, Marquette, TCU and SMU.

He has an official visit scheduled with Oklahoma State and is hoping to make a final decision before the start of the high school basketball season.