Cats likely to play Texas A&M in KC

By Joel Jellison

After a one-year absence from playing non-conference games at Sprint Center, Kansas State is close to making its return.

Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy told KZNE radio station on Tuesday that the Aggies have agreed to play K-State for the first time since they left the Big 12 for the SEC, next season in Kansas City.

Weber confirmed through media sources on Wednesday morning that a neutral-court series has been discussed, but not confirmed yet. K-State officials did confirm that a contract has been initiated.

The schools are reportedly still discussing where they would play the second game of the neutral-court series, with a possible destination being Houston’s Toyota Center — the home of the Houston Rockets.

The Wildcats played a non-conference game at Sprint Center for six straight seasons from 2007-12, scoring wins over Florida, Alabama, Southern Mississippi, Florida A&M and IUPUI, while losing to UNLV. All games have been played in December, and the potential A&M game is expected to be played then as well.

K-State also plans to return to the Sprint Center for the 2015-16 season to play in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.

The Wildcats broke their streak of games in Sprint Center this past season to play Gonzaga at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita. Following that game, Weber said he wanted to get on a schedule of playing a game at Sprint Center each season, and in Wichita every other season.

Texas A&M would be the third SEC opponent on the Wildcats’ schedule with the potential for a fourth. K-State is believed to be playing Georgia this December, as well as an undetermined opponent in the Big 12/SEC challenge. K-State could also potentially matchup with Missouri at the Maui Invitational in November.

K-State currently has a road game at Long Beach State on its schedule. The Maui field will include Arizona, BYU, Chaminade, Missouri, Purdue, Pittsburgh and San Diego State.

The Aggies finished last season 18-16 and 8-10 in the SEC. They lost in the second round of the CBI tournament to Illinois State. K-State leads the series with their former Big 12 foe, 17-7.

The schools haven’t played since the 2011-12 season, and the Wildcats won the final game of the Big 12 series, 76-70, in College Station, Texas.

Weber gets Top 100 commitment

The Wildcats finished their 2014 recruiting class on Wednesday by landing a commitment from the highest-ranked player in the Bruce Weber era.

Malek Harris, a four-star prospect from Orland Park, Ill., ranked No. 77 by Rivals privately committed to Weber and his staff. He won’t make a public announcement until Mother’s Day.

Harris, a 6-foot-7, 185-pound forward, visited the K-State campus last weekend and was spotted taking in a K-State baseball game during the series against Baylor. He’s the first top-100 player to commit to Weber and his staff.

Harris was committed to play for Marquette, but not signed. He reopened his recruitment when Buzz Williams left Marquette for a job at Virginia Tech.

The commitment of Harris finishes a class that includes already-signed power forward Stephen Hurt, from Northwest Florida State Junior College, and shooting guard Tre Harris from Fishburne Military School (Va.).

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