KSU adds point guard to class

By Joel Jellison

The Kansas State men’s basketball team added a point guard to its current recruiting class late Saturday night, getting a commitment from Nigel Johnson.

A 6-foot-1, 170-pound guard from Upper Marlboro, Md., Johnson was committed to George Washington until late March when he decided to re-open hit recruitment.

Johnson originally chose George Washington from of a number of offers from mid-majors, but when he de-committed, bigger programs, including Missouri, began showing some interest.

K-State offered Johnson a scholarship on Thursday, and he committed two days later.

Johnson tweeted on Saturday night, “Proud to say I just committed to Kansas State University!! Excited to be a Wildcat nest (sic) year!!”

Johnson told the website that K-State offered him a chance to contribute right away.

“I felt like I could definitely come in right away and make an impact,” he said. “They told me that I can come in right away and be a major contributor.”

The point guard comes to K-State from Riverdale Baptist, and brings the familiarity of an old recruiting pipeline in his AAU connections. Johnson played for AAU squad DC Assault, which brought players like Michael Beasley and Rodney McGruder to K-State.

Johnson fills a need for the Cats that opened after the transfer of Michael Orris, coupled with the graduation of Martavious Irving. With the eligibility of Jevon Thomas in question — in terms of when he can start playing — K-State needed more depth.

The Wildcats now have one scholarship remaining for the 12-13 recruiting class because Adrian Diaz transferred. Johnson joins Thomas, guard Marcus Foster and forwards Wesley Iwundu and Neville Fincher for next season.

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