The Kansas State men’s basketball team announced two players have signed their National Letters of Intent to play for the Wildcats next season.
Wichita Falls, Texas, guard Marcus Foster and Houston forward Wesley Iwundu each signed their NLI on Fall National Signing Day on Wednesday.
Internet reports indicated that K-State commit Alex Etherington of Hamilton Heights, Ind., had reopened his recruitment.
Both Foster and Iwundu are ranked among the top 30 players in the state of Texas according to TexasHoops.com, and each play for schools currently ranked in the top 15 of their classes
K-State coach Bruce Weber said both players will be key additions for next season.
“We’re excited to welcome Marcus and Wesley to our program,” Weber said in a release. “Obviously, we are losing two perimeter players in Rodney (McGruder) and Martavious (Irving) in 2013, while we lost another guard to transfer this past summer, so it was important for us to focus our recruiting on getting some highly-skilled athletic wings into the program. We think they bring some versatility to our backcourt with different skill sets.”
Foster is a 6-foot-2 shooting guard that averaged 24.2 points and 9.8 rebounds a game last season, leading Hirschi High School to a 23-7 record as a junior.
He is a member of the well-known Texas AAU squad Dallas Mustangs, which has produced numerous Division-I players, including Oklahoma State’s Le’Bryan Nash and former K-State player Nick Russell. The Mustangs have produced three NBA players and a MLB player since 2004.
Foster chose K-State over offers from California, Creighton, Lehigh, Oklahoma and SMU.
Weber described Foster as a talented and quick combo guard.
“He has a great motor and is very, very active,” he said. “I think he will score a lot of points for his high school team this year, as he can score in a lot of different ways whether it is on a 3-pointer or by driving to the basket. We like the fact that he took it upon himself to always guard the opposing team’s best player. He has great lateral movement and quickness and we think he can become a really good defensive player for us.”
Iwundu is a 6-foot-6 small forward and averaged 14 points and eight rebounds last season, helping his team to a 26-11 record.
Iwundu is ranked as one of the top 10 seniors just outside of the Rivals150, and the 27th-ranked player in Texas by TexasHoops.com.
He chose K-State over offers from Brown, Drake, Lehigh, Nebraska, Colorado and Richmond. He is a member of Houston Defenders AAU team.
Weber said Iwundu will give the Wildcats versatility in the backcourt.
“He is a player that has grown five or six inches over the past year, year and half, so he has gone from a guard to a forward, but has still maintained the ability to handle the basketball,” he said. “He has great length to go get the rebound, but has the skill set to really push it. He is a very, very good passer and shot blocker. He really has a good mindset of working and improving his game.”