K-State basketball adds Wainright

By Joel Jellison

Kansas State filled one of its two open scholarships with one of the top remaining junior college players in the country on Thursday.

And his name is familiar to fans of the Big 12.

The Wildcats got a commitment from Ahmaad Wainright, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound sophomore guard at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas, who averaged 14.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists last season.

He is the younger brother of former Baylor basketball player Ishmail Wainright, who is now trying his hand at playing football for the Bears as a fifth-year senior.

“Haha y’all thought it was only one Wainright?” Ishmail Wainright tweeted. “Naww, lil bro way better than me. Now y’all gotta worry about the scoring Wainright.”

Wainright is from Kansas City, and his grandfather, Maurice King, played for Kansas in the 1950s. ranks him as the nations’s 26th-best junior college player.

He started his college career at Penn Valley in Missouri and then transferred to Trinity Valley.

He signed to play at North Texas in the fall, but received a release after a coaching change. Wainright committed to K-State over interest from LSU and Illinois.

Wainright is the fourth member of the 2017 recruiting class and the second guard, joining fellow guard Mike McGuirl and forwards Levi Stockard and Nigel Shadd.

Wildcats coach Bruce Weber still has one scholarship remaining and has said he’d like to use it on an experienced forward, such as another junior college player or a graduate transfer.

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