K-State basketball has three targets for early signing period

11/13/2012 6:59 PM

05/16/2014 8:17 PM

Kansas State will welcome the bulk of its 2012 recruiting class when three-star prospects Alex Etherington, Marcus Foster and Wesley Iwundu make their verbal commitments official during the early signing period, which starts Wednesday.

The Wildcats still have one scholarship available, which they are hoping to use on a power forward, but for now are adding three solid wing players.

Iwundu, a 6-foot-6 small forward from Houston, might have the most upside. He grew several inches during high school, but retained his ball-handling skills. His high school coaches say he needs to improve his outside shot before he can be considered a complete player, but he is a skilled slasher, and isn't afraid to bring the ball up the court.

Foster also brings versatility. The 6-2 shooting guard from Wichita Falls, Texas, is a sharpshooter for his AAU basketball team and a power forward for his high school team. He will only be used on the perimeter at K-State, but his ability to rebound could come in handy.

Etherington might be the most athletic of the group. The 6-5 small forward from the Indianapolis area can get to the basket and dunk with authority. He was lightly recruited by big-time programs, because he missed significant time after suffering a head injury in a high school game. But he is healthy now, and picked K-State over Xavier.

For its final scholarship. Bruce Weber has offered Canadian power forward Matt Atewe, who took an official visit to K-State in September but is still looking at other options.

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