One of the top unsigned junior college basketball players in the country is considering a transfer to Kansas State.
Tyrek Coger, a 6-foot-9, 240-pound power forward from Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, N.C., listed K-State as one of his four finalists on Thursday. He is also considering Oklahoma State, Rutgers and Charlotte.
On Twitter, Coger announced he will visit all four schools and make a decision in early July. He is scheduled to visit K-State from June 27-29.
Coger is the nation’s No. 21 junior-college prospect, according to 247sports. He averaged 12 points and eight rebounds last season for Cape Fear.
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He can play next season and has two years of eligibility remaining.
Until recently, Coger was expected to enroll at Mississippi this summer. He signed with Mississippi in November, but was denied entrance to the school because of a SEC transfer rule that states junior-college transfers must attend the same school for three full semesters. Coger only spent two semesters at Cape Fear after starting his career at Eastern Florida State College.
The Big 12 has no such rule for its junior-college transfers.
K-State has one scholarship available. The Wildcats don’t have a single scholarship junior on their roster. Previously, they recruited Neosho County forward Freddie McSwain, but lost out on him to Indiana.
Last week, K-State basketball coach Bruce Weber said his coaching staff would continue to search for a late addition to the 2016 recruiting class, but he only wanted a quality recruit. Coger apparently fits the bill.
If K-State is unable to add another recruit, Weber said he would likely give K-State’s open scholarship to senior walk-on Austin Budke and focus on 2017 recruits.