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.