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K-State signs two basketball players in early period

Updated: 2013-11-14T16:55:34Z

By KELLIS ROBINETT

The Kansas City Star

— 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.

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.”

Southwell starts

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.

To reach Kellis Robinett, send email to krobinett@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/KellisRobinett.

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