The Kansas State Wildcats could be adding another member to the 2013 men’s basketball recruiting class fairly soon. Following the July live period, the Wildcats narrowed down its focus to a certain amount of players and some of them will be filling the stands this weekend when the ‘Cats take on Missouri State in football.
There are two confirmed visitors for this weekend. Jordan Matthews, a 6-3, 195-pound shooting guard from Santa Monica High School in Santa Monica, California will be on campus this weekend. California, Colorado, Gonzaga, Kansas State, Marquette, San Diego, San Diego State, TCU, USC, UTEP, VCU and Wake Forest have all offered. He’s ranked inside the top 100, at No. 85, by Rivals. This is his first official visit being taken, so it says a lot about the staff being able to get him on campus first.
Joining him will be Wesley Iwundu, a 6-6 small forward from Westfield High School in Houston, Texas. You won’t find him inside any top 100 rankings but if you based it off of upside, he’d certainly be there. The 6-6 wing is extremely athletic and has a great feel for the game. He has high interest in Kansas State and could be an excellent addition to step in for senior Rodney McGruder when he graduates. Colorado, Drake, Houston, K-State, Lehigh, Richmond, & Texas Tech, among others have offered.
Jeffrey Carroll, a 6-5 small forward from Rowlett High School in Rowlett, Texas is probably one of the most underrated talents in the nation. Carroll is a forward that can also play some shooting guard. His versatility is one of the main reasons the staff is on him hard right now. K-State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, San Diego State, SMU, TCU & Utah, among others have offered the three-star rated prospect by Rivals. He will visit Manhattan on September 8th.
Lastly, Marcus Foster, a 6-2 combo guard from Hirschi High School in Wichita Falls, Texas, will be at Kansas State for an official visit on September 8th as well. Foster is rated as a combo guard, but he’s starting to play more point guard and expects to be a one at the next level. He recently narrowed his list down to Creighton and Kansas State, and he is expected to make his decision after he visits both schools.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats main focus has now shifted on the frontcourt. The staff has been on Matthew Atewe, a 6-9 power forward from Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, hard. It should be noted that this is the same prep school that new Kansas State assistant Chester Frazier hails from. The staff offered during this summer and will bring him in for an official visit on September 14th. Auburn, Kansas State, Marquette, Memphis and SMU, among others have offered.
In addition, Kansas State recently started showing interest in the Rock School (FL) center Joel Embiid. Embiid is a 7-1 center that is a native of Cameroon that has open a lot of eyes this summer with his play. He played with Florida Elite on the summer circuit and walking away, he picked up offers from Florida, Texas, Marquette, DePaul, Vanderbilt, Virginia and VCU among others. UCLA, Kansas and Louisville are also among the schools he’s interested in.
Demetrius Henry, a 6-9 power forward from Faith Baptist Christian School in Brandon, Florida, is a prospect that Kansas State has offered and wants badly. Henry, a four-star rated prospect by Rivals is considered the No. 110 player in a deep 2013 recruiting class. He recently said that Kansas State was amongst the schools to pick up their recruitment in him and he’d be a great addition for the ‘Cats.
Point guard Sam Singer of Ransom Everglades in Miami, Florida, recently narrowed his list to 11 schools and Kansas State made the cut. K-State along with California, Davidson, Harvard, Miami, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Penn State, Richmond, Stanford and USC made the cut for the 6-4 point guard. He hasn’t scheduled a visit to Manhattan just yet but I wouldn’t count it out. Tim Quarterman, a 6-5 shooting guard out of Johnson High School in Savannah, Georgia has recently been contacted by the staff at Kansas State. Quarterman, a four star rated recruit is ranked No. 63 in the class of 2013.
The 2013 class is certainly the main focus. While Kansas State is strong on a lot of 2014 prospects, getting some commitments to join Alex Etherington, a three-star 6-5 small forward from Hamilton Heights in Arcadia, Indiana, is a priority.
Notes: 6-5 wing Alvin Ellis of De La Salle (IL) has a Kansas State offer but his recruitment has been fairly quiet since this summer. 6-7 small forward Hassan Martin of Curtis (NY) is a three-star rated prospect by Rivals and ranked No. 134 in the class of 2013. He has a Kansas State offer and is considering it, along with the other scholarship offers he has. 6-7 power forward Greg Wesley of Juan Seguin (TX) claims an offer from Kansas State. 6-8 power forward Vitto Brown of Bowling Green (OH) is another forward K-State is following and likes. 6-9 center Damien Jones of Scotlandville (LA) rocks a 4.4 GPA and a Kansas State offer. 6-6 Semi Ojeleye, the younger brother of Victor Ojeleye, recently narrowed his list to four schools and K-State didn’t make the list. 6-5 Josh Hart of Sidwell Friends (MD) recently narrowed his list as well and the Wildcats didn’t make the cut.