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April 25, 2011

K-State adding to basketball roster

It appears as though the scholarship numbers game that has become an offseason tradition of sorts at Kansas State in recent years will go another round in 2011, as the Wildcats continue to add players to a recruiting class that already features a pair of signed commodities.

Multiple sources have confirmed to GoPowercat.com, that Seward County (Kan.) Community College guard Jeremy Jones along with Cowley County (Kan.) Community College and former Washington State transfer James Watson have verbally committed to K-State and plan to sign National Letters of Intent to play for the school on Wednesday afternoon.

Watson averaged 1.8 points and 1.8 rebounds per contest while playing just 7.1 minutes per game as a redshirt freshman at Washington State and made all three of his field-goal attempts to finish with six points and three rebounds in the Cougars' 2009 game against K-State in Manhattan.

Jones, who chose K-State over a list of other high-major offers, averaged 18.6 points per game as a sophomore at Seward County this season and was named the Jayhawk West's Player of the Year.

Each will have two years to play two seasons at K-State, but the duo won't be coming into the fold alone.

Miami Dr. Krop High School senior Angel Rodriguez, a November verbal commitment, remains pledged to K-State. GoPowercat.com was unable to confirm a signed letter of intent, but pen is expected to be put to paper, if it hasn't been already, in the coming days.

"Angel will play wherever Frank Martin is," Art Alvarez, Rodriguez's AAU coach and close personal friend of Martin, said recently.

Other members of Rodriguez's camp, including his high school coach Shakey Rodriguez, have also restated the guard's commitment to Martin's Wildcats in recent days, but shied away from comment concerning an exact signing date.

St John's transfer Omari Lawrence, currently attending Cloud County (Kan.) Community College, confirmed on Monday that he will also join K-State's 2011 recruiting class and expects to make the move to Manhattan during the university's first summer school session.

"I'm going to (sign my letter) on Tuesday," Lawrence said on Monday afternoon. "My coaches just got the email this afternoon, so we're going to sit down and do it tomorrow.

"I'm really happy. It's been a long year."

K-State signed two players in the early period -- Texas forward Thomas Gipson and Florida big man Adrian Diaz -- so the departures of Curtis Kelly, Jacob Pullen, Freddy Asprilla and Wally Judge, leave Martin with four total scholarships to fill for the 2011-12 season. A potential six-member recruiting class, assuming Lawrence and Rodriguez sign with the university as expected, would put the team two over the 13-scholarship limit for next season.

K-State is expected to hold back news concerning new signings until the weeks following the program's annual basketball banquet, an open event scheduled to take place on Wednesday.

Jones, Rodriguez, Watson and Lawrence are all expected to join the Wildcats as full-scholarship athletes.


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