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K-State’s newest hoops commit Stephen Hurt has “skills you just can’t teach”

2014 recruit Stephen Hurt should provide K-State’s front court with much-needed size.

Torn ligaments in his knee forced him to sit out a season at Lipscomb with a redshirt before he could take the court. Lipscomb’s decision to part ways with its head coach following his encouraging freshman season convinced him to transfer to Northwest Florida State College. Now he is preparing to help his team chase a junior college championship.

Outside of averaging 11.5 points and 7.2 rebounds while being named Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year, Stephen Hurt’s first few years of college have been far from perfect.

Still, the 6-foot-10 power forward doesn’t have any regrets. After receiving heavy recruiting interest from Indiana, Tennessee, Wichita State, Miami and Kansas State, he verbally committed to K-State on Tuesday. Now the thought of attending his third college in as many years seems exciting.

“It’s kind of wild, but regardless of how it happened I think I ended up in a good situation,” Hurt said during a phone interview Wednesday. “I just think Kansas State is the best situation for me. I felt really comfortable with Coach (Bruce) Weber and (assistant) Coach (Alvin) Brooks. They have a real good staff. I feel like I hit it off with the team on my visit. They are coming off a Big 12 championship. It’s a great situation. What more could you ask for?”
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Kansas State lands first 2014 hoops commit in power forward Stephen Hurt

Stephen Hurt, a 6-foot-10, 285-pound power forward from Northwest Florida State College, gave a verbal commitment to Kansas State late Tuesday night. He is the Wildcats’ first commit to for the recruiting class of 2014.

Hurt chose K-State over Wichita State, Miami and a few others.

He will bring an interesting background with him to K-State. Hurt started his college career at Lipscomb and played well right away. He averaged 11.5 points and 7.8 rebounds in his first season and was named Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year. He decided to transfer to a junior college when his coach lost his job after the year was over.

I asked K-State coach Bruce Weber if he was concerned about a lack of commitments in a phone interview two weeks ago. He said he wasn’t, because his coaches were actively recruiting several quality players. He also said he expected good news to come on the recruiting front in the coming weeks.

Hurt delivered that good news, and K-State has a versatile big man to look forward to.