MANHATTAN, Kan. — Kansas State entered the early signing period with verbal commitments from two players and both of them wasted no time making things official with their future basketball team.
By KELLIS ROBINETT
The Kansas City Star
Tre Harris, a 6-foot-5 combo guard from Edwardsville, Ill., and Stephen Hurt, a junior college power forward from Northwest Florida State College, both signed with K-State on Wednesday.
Harris is an unknown prospect who currently attends prep school in Virginia, but he has skills from three-point range.
“He is a dead-eye shooter,” Weber said. “He can definitely shoot the three ball and stretch the defense.”
Hurt is one of the nation’s top junior-college big men. He is a three-star prospect, according to Rivals, and may be able to help K-State’s front court immediately.
“I couldn’t be more excited,” Weber said. “We need size. It’s hard to get big guys. To get Stephen Hurt was a major coup for us. We beat some very, very good programs. … He is going to really help us.”
He wasn’t in the starting lineup for K-State’s exhibition game or season-opener, but senior swingman Shane Southwell returned to the starting five on Wednesday in the Wildcats’ 71-63 win over Oral Roberts at Bramlage Coliseum. . He responded with more energy in between games and had seven points and five rebounds against Oral Roberts.
• A small crowd turned out for the game. Paid attendance was listed at 11,638, but less than half the arena was filled.
• Thomas Gipson didn’t play for the second straight game for unspecified reasons.
• Oral Roberts coach Scott Sutton was surprised when Will Spradling drew a charge in the first half. With the new officiating rules in place, a record number of blocks have been called this season.
“That was the first charge I have seen all season,” Sutton said.
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