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K-State snags point guard Jevon Thomas

When Jevon Thomas committed to St. John’s and Dayton, the 5-foot-11 point guard gave into outside pressure. He made those choices based on what everyone around him told him to do, and came to regret both decisions.

So when he re-opened his commitment for the second time and moved away from New York to enroll at a Wisconsin prep school, St. Johns Northwest Military Academy in Wisconsin, he vowed to pick his college basketball destination with his heart.

That’s what led him to verbally commit to K-State on Thursday.

“This decision, I made on my own and I’m real proud of it,” Thomas said by phone. “The others, I was young. I never really got a good feel when they were recruiting me. But this time it was just me. I didn’t listen to nobody.”

Thomas, a three-star prospect who relies on speed and court vision to make plays, feels comfortable with K-State’s coaching staff. Assistant Chester Frazier handled his recruitment, but he also likes Bruce Weber’s motion offense.

He considers himself “a motion guy” and sees himself fitting in well to K-State’s offense.

“I like to push the ball,” Thomas said. “I can basically make plays with a mixture of skills. I can defend both guard spots, too.”

Thomas committed to K-State without stepping foot on campus. His official visit won’t come until Jan. 4. But he is looking forward to it. He already likes the fan base and has watched most of K-State’s games this season. He likes what he has seen. When he’s done with a year of prep school, he hopes to help the Wildcats immediately.

“They are a great rebounding team and they play great defense. They just need more speed and playmakers,” Thomas said. “They are a playmaker or two away from a Big 12 championship. They have good freshman guards coming in. I hope to be one of them.”

Fiesta Bowl Countdown: Extra practices allow Daniel Sams to focus beyond Oregon

This time of year is always important for young players on the Kansas State football team.

Whether they are backups or members of the scout team, bowl practices are their time to shine. With a month between the end of the regular season and the bowl game, coach Bill Snyder likes to give young players on his roster extra reps. Though his top priority is preparing for Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl, he also wants to prepare for the 2013 season by putting inexperienced players in new situations.

Those who take advantage of the exposure have a leg up in spring practices and a better chance of starting in the fall. Remember, at this time two years ago veteran players raved about Arthur Brown and B.J. Finney. They have been starters ever since.

“Taking advantage of being on the scout team definitely helped me leapfrog into the position I am in now,” Finney said. “I know a lot of guys are working extremely hard there now and they are going to do great for us.”

Daniel Sams wants to make a similar jump next year. The redshirt freshman quarterback is Collin Klein’s main backup, and he wants to be the starter next season. So he is practicing with a purpose.

“I’m getting a lot of plays that Collin usually runs,” Sams said. “It’s been like that. A lot of blitz pickups, checking into the right protection. We are getting ready to get the young guys involved.”
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