Kaosi Ezeagu

Kaosi Ezeagu is part of Kansas State’s 2020 signing class after enrolling in January. He received a waiver from the NCAA on Wednesday that will allow him to play as soon as the 2020-21 season tips off.

Kansas State’s men’s basketball team will have more heft on the interior next season.

That’s because the Wildcats added a 6-foot-10 forward in the form of Texas-El Paso transfer Kaosi Ezeagu, who committed to K-State on Monday. Ezeagu averaged 3.2 points and 3.4 rebounds per contest in 29 games for the Miners last season. He led UTEP in both field goal percentage (56.9; 37-for-65) and blocked shots (24) in 2018-19.

Ezeagu had started to establish himself for the Miners late in the season, starting eight games, including the final seven. One of the best outings of his college career doubled as his debut game, which came against Texas-Permian Basin, when he scored 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds to go along with two blocked shots. Ezeagu’s top scoring output is 12 points, going 4 of 7 from the field in a game at Middle Tennessee State.

Ezeagu visited the campus last week and attended K-State’s Big 12 home opener versus TCU, sitting behind the team bench.

He initially planned to redshirt at UTEP this season to maintain another year of eligibility, but left the program in the middle of the year. He has not appeared in a game this season.

Ezeagu will count as part of the Wildcats’ 2020 signing class, joining a group that includes guards Nijel Pack and Luke Kasubke, wing Selton Miguel and forward Davion Bradford.

Prior to arriving in El Paso, Ezeagu was considered one of the top 24 players in Canada, averaging 11.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game in 2017-18. He was the only player in the National Preparatory Association to average a double-double every outing. He also earned the association’s defensive player of the year award and was the co-MVP of the Signature All-Canadian Showcase.

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