After losing the only big in its 2013 recruiting class, the Kansas State mens’ basketball team was left looking for a player to fill the void — and in a hurry.
The Wildcats got their guy on Sunday, signing 6-foot-7 forward Jack Karapetyan. From Los Angeles, Karapetyan signed during a weekend visit to Manhattan.
Rated with three stars by Rivals.com, Karapetyan said he liked K-State because it’s different from what he’s used to in California.
“I’ll be away and I won’t have any distractions,” he told Rivals.com. “I will just be focused on school and basketball and trying to reach my dreams. That was one of the big things. The second thing is that I’m coming to a winning team and I like winning and I want to compete and help the team win so that’s big too.
“I just feel like I’ll be more successful here because everyone’s at a high level and every one is expected to win so I get to be competing at a high level and keep working hard.”
Karapetyan was impressed by the Wildcats new practice facility and the family atmosphere at the school.
He said he will be chasing his dreams of playing professionally while at K-State.
“I didn’t have anything coming out of high school and just having the opportunity to play Division I is really good for me,” Karapetyan said. “That’s not all I’m stopping for. I’m chasing the NBA, but I’m really blessed and really happy. A weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I can just finally get to work and start doing what I want to do, which is play basketball, help win games and be the best teammate and player I can be for the coaches and the team.”
Karapetyan flew back to California on Monday and was scheduled to return to K-State for the upcoming school year next weekend.