Wednesday, July 1, 2015



Watson leaving Wildcats



The numbers suggested someone had to go, and on Monday, The Mercury learned that James Watson will no longer be a part of the Kansas State men s basketball team due to health concerns.

Watson, who played in just one game last season before suffering a season-ending elbow injury, will remain on scholarship at K-State to complete his degree, but he won t occupy one of the Wildcats 13 basketball scholarships.

The senior-to-be arrived at K-State from Cowley Community College, where he played one season.

Prior to attending Cowley, Watson spent two years at Washington State, but redshirted his first season due to sickle cell anemia

Watson’s departure puts K-State back at the 13-scholarship limit after adding a pair of signees in recent weeks.

New K-State head coach Bruce Weber added high school forward Darrell Johnson, and late last week signed Michael Orris to the 2012 recruiting class.

Orris, a high school point guard from Illinois, had originally committed to play for Weber at Illinois, but elected to not play for the Illini after Weber’s firing.

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