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Mittie outlines his recruiting philosophy

By Joshua Kinder

Jeff Mittie said Tuesday he’s already been on the road recruiting, presumably for one scholarship spot that’s currently available for the upcoming season, unless of course another spot is freed up in the near future.

Kansas State’s new women’s basketball coach said his recruiting philosophy would be to start in Kansas and work out from there, saying he sees no reason why any player in the country or world wouldn’t want to be part of the Wildcat program.

“We’ll go anywhere and everywhere,” said Mittie, who pointed to Kansas, Kansas City and Texas as his immediate target areas. “I think you can build rosters a lot of different ways.”

Mittie said his recruiting goals right now are to create more depth, especially size on the inside.

“I think that’s a concern of every coach in the Big 12,” he said. “It’s such a physical league… I would say we need depth in every area because some things that can impact a season are foul trouble and injuries — we have some ladies trying to bounce back from injuries. I plan to improve our depth this spring and we may sign a player or two to do that.”

One option for 2015-16 could be Wamego’s Lanie Page. The junior forward has been a key piece for the Red Raiders’ state runs the past two seasons. Her older sister Kaylee Page has signed a letter of intent to play at Nebraska next season. Though many believe the younger Page could wind up in Lincoln as well, it didn’t stop a fan from asking Mittie about her on Tuesday, something he can’t comment on according to NCAA rules.

Yet, his no answer could be perceived as an answer of sorts.

“I am not allowed compliance-wise to talk about that,” Mittie said. “But I have been in Wamego,” pausing for a brief moment, “before.”

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