Category Archives: Recruiting

K-State recruit Malek Harris nears decision

Malek Harris Malek Harris will choose where to play college basketball at 1 p.m. on Sunday at a ceremony at his family’s church.

The touted 6-foot-7 small forward from Orland Hills, Ill, is considering a handful of options, but Kansas State is favored to land Harris over Gonzaga and Virginia Tech.

Harris, the No. 80 player in the Rivals 2014 recruiting class originally committed to Marquette and Buzz Williams, but he began looking elsewhere when Williams left to take over as the head coach at Virginia Tech.

K-State coach Bruce Weber called Harris immediately after and convinced him to take an official visit to Manhattan. The visit went so well that Harris gave a soft verbal commitment to the Wildcats two weeks ago. He also canceled a scheduled visit to Virginia Tech, according to his AAU coach Mike Mullins.

If Harris signs with K-State, he will be the top-rated player Weber has landed in his two-plus years with the Wildcats.

But nothing will be official until Harris announces his college decision on Sunday.

“He enjoyed his visit to Kansas State,” said Mullins, who runs the Illinois Wolves AAU program. “Most official visits tend to be very good, otherwise something is wrong. But he really enjoyed the great family atmosphere. His mom was able to accompany him, and that was key. The first time through he was only looking to stay close to home and help his mom out. This time he was able to look a little further for a college.

“He wanted to wait and announce on Mother’s Day for his mother and his grandmother. They are big supporters for him.”
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Marvin Clark “loved” watching Kansas State defeat Kansas at Bramlage Coliseum

MarvinClark If Kansas State ends up landing Marvin Clark, its 85-82 overtime victory against Kansas on Monday could be a big reason why.

Clark, a three-star small forward from Kansas City who is currently enrolled at Sunrise Christian Academy in Wichita, watched the game from the front row while on an unofficial visit. And he had a good time. Such a good time, that he rushed the floor with K-State’s student body when it was over.

“That’s the craziest game I’ve ever been to or been a part of. I loved it,” Clark said Tuesday by phone. “First time I’ve rushed the floor. People were telling me it was going to happen, so when it happened I figured what the heck?”
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Combo guard Tre Harris picks Kansas State

Tre Harris, a 6-foot-5 combo guard, enjoyed his official visit to Kansas State so much that he gave a verbal commitment to the Wildcats late Saturday night.

Harris is originally from Edwardsville, Ill. but currently plays basketball at Fishburne Military Academy in Virginia. Harris was lightly recruited out of high school and doesn’t even have a profile on Rivals. He chose to attend prep school in order to improve his body and earn more scholarship offers. The plan paid off, as he received interest from Toledo, Delaware and K-State. After visiting all three schools, he decided K-State was the obvious choice.

“I liked everything about Kansas State,” Harris said by phone Sunday morning while traveling home from Manhattan. “Coach (Bruce) Weber and his coaching staff are some guys who know what they are doing. The school has had success and is coming off the Big 12 championship. It’s a good spot in a good conference in the highest level in the country. That is probably what got me here.”
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Kansas State lands O-lineman Alec Ruth

Alec Ruth, a two-star offensive lineman, verbally committed to Kansas State on Friday. He announced the decision on Twitter.

The 6-foot-6, 298-pound tackle from Highlands Ranch, Colo., chose the Wildcats over Oregon State, San Diego State, Northern Colorado and a few others. He becomes the 16th known member of K-State’s 2014 recruiting class.

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.

Kerrville Tivy wide receiver Tyler Ahrens excited about his future at K-State

Kansas State’s latest football recruit joined a growing trend this week by committing to play for the Wildcats before the start of his senior year in high school.

Tyler Ahrens, a two-star wide receiver from Kerrville, Texas, is ready to bring his talents to Manhattan. Judging by his size (6-foot-4, 200 pounds), his stats (73 catches for 1,261 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior) and his highlight video, he looks like he could help K-State’s receiving corps when he arrives on campus.

That’s a day he is already looking forward to.

“K-State is a top 20 program, so there is a lot to like,” Ahrens said by phone. “I went up there and visited and really liked the atmosphere and the coaches. I really liked everything about it, so I committed.”

K-State co-offensive coordinator Dana Dimel handled Ahrens’ recruitment, but Ahrens said he was also impressed with Bill Snyder and receivers coach Andre Coleman. Ahrens also visited Iowa State and received interest from Texas Tech and Colorado.

He considers himself a possession receiver, but says he has the speed to beat defensive backs deep. He hopes to improve as a senior at Kerrville Tivy, the same high school that produced Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, and to compete for playing time quickly at K-State.

“I’m big so I use my size to my advantage,” Ahrens said. “I like to work to make sure I’m a good route runner, because you can always get open if you’re a good route runner. I need to get better at some things. I could give more effort sometimes and learn to never take plays off. Right now, I’m just trying to help my team win and get to the ultimate goal of a state championship.”

K-State lands five recruits in one day

It will go down as one of the most memorable days in the recent history of Kansas State recruiting.

On Saturday the Wildcats picked up five verbal commitments for its 2014 recruiting class, bringing their overall total to 12. That is an unusually large number for K-State considering it is still only late July. Bill Snyder usually likes to wait to offer scholarships and picks up commitments later than most programs.

That certainly isn’t the case this year.

Here is a look at the five high school football players that committed to K-State on Saturday:

Kaleb Prewett
A two-star defensive back from Blue Springs, he has been waiting on a K-State offer for quite some time. He didn’t hesitate once he got it, and announced his commitment almost immediately. Prewett will join Blue Springs teammates Elijah Lee and Dalvin Warmack in Manhattan. He chose K-State over Missouri, New Mexico and Northern Illinois.

Dominique Heath
A two-star wide receiver from Huntersville, N.C., he chose K-State over Appalachian State, Charlotte, Old Dominion and Youngstown State.

Michael Stevens
Stevens picked K-State over Kentucky, Charlotte and Appalachian State. He is a two-star defensive back from Charlotte.

Kendall Adams
You can never sign too many players from Texas. Adams, a two-star defensive back from Fort Worth, chose K-State over Louisiana Tech.

T.L. Ford
The two-star wide receiver from Cartersville, Ga., made it five late Saturday night for the Wildcats. He chose K-State over Cincinnati, Central Florida, Southern Mississippi and others.

Maine transfer Justin Edwards picks K-State

Maine transfer Justin Edwards arrived at Kansas State for an official visit on Thursday. He committed to the Wildcats on Saturday.

That’s how quickly Edwards was sold on the idea of finishing his college basketball career at K-State, according to a source with knowledge of Edwards’ decision.

(Update, he has since made things official with a twitter announcement)

Edwards, a 6-foot-3 wing who averaged 16.7 points and 5.2 rebounds as a sophomore with Maine, should provide key scoring for K-State during the 2014-15 season. He will have to sit out a year, because of NCAA transfer rules, but will have two years of eligibility remaining after that. Edwards was considered one of the better transfers on the market. He chose to transfer from Maine in order to play in a more prestigious conference as an upperclassman.

Edwards, originally from Canada, was a second-team all-conference guard last season, and hopes to add experience, size and scoring to K-State’s lineup. He also received interest from Creighton, Iowa State and a handful of other programs.

Here is a story about Edwards’ decision to transfer. Playing at a higher level was something he always wanted to try.

Edwards hasn’t yet returned calls seeking comment, but I hope to have a few quotes to pass along later today.

It wasn’t all good news for K-State on the recruiting front Saturday, though. California power forward Tanner Lancona cancelled his scheduled visit to Manhattan and committed to St. Louis, his father confirmed via text. He also visited Colorado State.

That leaves the Wildcats with one available scholarship to use for the class of 2013. Guards Marcus Foster, Jevon Thomas and Wesley Iwundu have signed along with big man Neville Fincher. Another guard, Nigel Johnson, has committed to K-State. Expect K-State coaches to continue searching for a forward to round out the class.

Justin Edwards, Tanner Lancona visits highlight important recruiting weekend

With two recruits on campus, this is shaping up to be an important weekend for the Kansas State basketball team. The Wildcats have two available scholarships remaining, and are currently using them to target Justin Edwards and Tanner Lancona.

Both players have re-emerged on the recruiting scene recently.

Edwards, a 6-foot-3 wing from Canada, decided to transfer from Maine in March in hopes of finishing his college career at a higher level. He averaged 16.7 points and 5.2 rebounds as a sophomore with Maine and is now receiving interest from K-State, Creighton, Iowa State, St. Louis and several other programs. CBS Sports reported that Edwards began his official visit at K-State on Thursday. He has also visited Iowa State and Creighton. Edwards told Gopowercat.com this week that he will take his time deciding on a transfer destination and may continue taking visits.

“I’m not trying to rush into anything yet,” Edwards told the site.

Edwards will have to sit out a year wherever he transfers, but could help K-State during the 2014-15 season. With four high school seniors signed and another committed, the Wildcats would welcome the added experience of a transfer.

They would also welcome a big man who can play next year. That’s where Lancona, a 6-foot-9 power forward from California, comes in.

Lancona originally signed with Washington State, but was released from his scholarship for what the school described as a “mutual decision.” He has since received interest from K-State, Colorado State, St. Louis and BYU. He has visited St. Louis and Colorado State within the last week, and will tour K-State this weekend. Lancona’s father told me via text that Lancona will choose between the three programs quickly.

“Decision coming ASAP,” he said. “Maybe by Monday.”

Lancona is considered a three-star prospect by most recruiting services, and averaged 19 points and eight rebounds as a senior at Tesoro High School. He is capable of scoring inside, shooting from the perimeter and making crisp passes. His talents could fit into Bruce Weber’s motion offense well at either small forward or power forward. Weber liked Lancona’s game enough to visit his school in California and speak with Lancona for more than an hour while there.