The Kansas State men’s basketball program picked up its second recruit in as many weeks, as Chicago standout Michael Orris has decided to join new coach Bruce Weber in Manhattan.
The 6-foot-2 point guard from Crete (Ill.) Monee High School had originally signed with Weber at Illinois, but was released from his letter of intent following the coach’s firing in March.
Orris joins St. Louis forward Darrell Johnson in K-State’s 2012 recruiting class. However, with the two signings, the Wildcats will now be over their scholarship limit for next season, meaning that somebody will have go during the offseason.
“I am going to play at K-State,” Orris told Rivals.com. “I know Coach Weber. He is a great guy. When I got to see the campus, learn about the academics and see the town, it was all great. Coach Weber was just the icing on the cake.
“K-State was the best fit for me.”
According to Rivals, thee three-star prospect first visited K-State nearly three weeks ago and also considered Pittsburgh, Virginia, Valparaiso, Marquette, Wisconsin-Green Bay and Mississippi State.
“I was supposed to go on a visit to Pittsburgh this weekend, but I will cancel that, now,” Orris told Rivals. “Marquette called and wanted me to come see them. Virginia wanted me to come down to one of their open gyms this week. But, none of that will be necessary.”
Orris averaged 10.2 points, 6.2 assists and three rebounds a game last season for Crete-Monee.
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Gonzaga in 2012-13
Bruce Weber was named K-State’s new men’s basketball coach a little more than a month ago and already we’re beginning to find out how his first season’s schedule will shape up for next year.
ESPN.com first reported this week that K-State is set to play Gonzaga in the Battle in Seattle at Key Arena next season in an event Weber has participated in before while at Illinois. Gonzaga will reportedly make a return trip to the Midwest the following season to play the Wildcats in Kansas City or Wichita, though nothing is finalized just yet.
“It’s a fine line,” Weber told ESPN.com. “You want to win games early, but with a good team you want to make sure you challenge yourself.”
K-State will also participate in the NIT Season Tip-Off with Virginia, Michigan and Pittsburgh at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Florida announced last month that it will play K-State at the Sprint Center in Kansas City next season as well, though no date has been released.
This August, K-State will go to Brazil for a 10-day basketball tour to play International teams, something schools are allowed to do every few years.