Neville Fincher rounds out recruiting class

The Kansas State basketball team rounded out its 2013 recruiting class on Monday, picking up a verbal commitment from Neville Fincher.

The 6-foot-9, 240-pound power forward who currently plays at Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, Va.) is exactly the type of player the Wildcats’ coaching staff wanted to get with its fourth, and final, available scholarship.

Fincher describes himself as a defensive-minded player that also has “a few moves on the block. I can score and get the ball in the hoop.”

“I’m long, I block shots, I grab rebounds and I try to dunk everything when I’m down low,” Fincher said Monday by phone. “I’m quick off my feet and I run the floor really well … At Kansas State, I want to develop a little with my mid-range game and get to the point where I can shoot a few jumpers.”

Fincher said he was also recruited by Marshall, Seton Hall, Duquesne, Western Kentucky and Houston. He chose the Wildcats over that group, because of the school’s academic reputation and his strong relationship with assistants Chester Frazier and Chris Lowery. He also visited Manhattan over the weekend and watched K-State defeat Oklahoma State from behind the team’s bench. He said he was blown away by the atmosphere at Bramlage Coliseum.

“I haven’t seen a fan base like that in person,” Fincher said. “Only on TV. It was breathtaking, truthfully.”

Chances are good he will play meaningful minutes at Bramlage Coliseum next season. As the only big man in K-State’s 2013 recruiting class (shooting guard Marcus Foster, small forward Wesley Iwundu, and point guard Jevon Thomas are the other members) and Jordan Henriquez in his senior season, he will compete with Adrian Diaz, D.J. Johnson and Thomas Gipson for playing time.

“I wanted to go to a place where I could help the team and do a lot to help the team, not just be some practice dummy,” Fincher said. “If I work hard at Kansas State I can get playing time. That’s a good thing, because after watching a couple practices and the Oklahoma State game I see myself fitting in really, really well there.”

UPDATE: Fincher’s coach at Hargrave, A. W. Hamilton, called me this afternoon and offered some more insight on the type of player Fincher might be at K-State. He said is best as a defender, blocking shots and chasing rebounds, but thinks he has “a lot of potential on offense at the next level. He has a big frame and knows how to use it. He has a super, super upside.” He wasn’t surprised Fincher committed two days after visiting K-State, because Fincher had a good relationship with K-State’s coaches and admired the program going in. “It should be a great fit for both sides,” Hamilton said.