A local star has a chance to come home for his college hoops career.
TJ Fritz, who was named The Mercury’s All-Flint Hills player of the year for boys basketball in 2019, received a preferred walk-on offer from Kansas State. Fritz tweeted out the news Saturday afternoon.
“I am very blessed to have been offered a walk-on position next year from Coach (Weber) and the Kansas State staff!” Fritz said on Twitter.
Last season at Wamego High, Fritz led all of Class 4A in scoring with 22.4 points per game. He also grabbed 4.8 boards and dished 1.2 assists per game for the Red Raiders. He’s now playing at Sunrise Christian Academy outside Wichita, taking a “gap year” that doesn’t count toward his college eligibility after reclassifying to the class of 2020.
“Just competition and playing in different settings and playing against the top players in the nation,” Fritz told The Mercury last April, detailing his decision to enroll at Sunrise Christian. “Just getting better. Level-headed and just keep working and going, and knowing there’s always somebody better than you, but working to get above them.”
Fritz is the son of Steve and Suzie Fritz. Suzie has served as K-State’s head volleyball coach since 2001, winning the Big 12’s coach of the year award in back-to-back seasons (2002 and 2003) and picking up her 350th win last season.
Steve is a member of the Kansas State Sports Hall of Fame, placing fourth in the decathlon at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. He was an assistant coach for the Wildcats’ track and field program for 21 years and also served as the head boys basketball coach at Riley County High School.