Kansas State men’s hoops officially added a member to its 2020 recruiting class Friday.
Kaosi Ezeagu, a forward who began his college career at Texas-El Paso, signed a scholarship agreement with the Wildcats on Friday. It comes four days after Ezeagu committed to K-State.
Ezeagu will have to sit out the first semester of the 2020-21 season to satisfy the NCAA’s transfer rules. He’ll have three years of college eligibility remaining.
Ezeagu will enroll at K-State this semester and can begin practicing with the team immediately. As part of the transfer rules, he’ll miss the rest of this season and also must sit out the beginning of the 2020-21 campaign. He’ll be eligible to take the floor in games starting in mid-December 2020.
“We are excited to add Kaosi to program,” K-State head coach Bruce Weber said in a release. “We felt like we needed an older, experienced big guy that has played Division I basketball to help our team in 2020-21. Obviously, we have Levi (Stockard III) back as a senior and we are very excited about (incoming freshman) Davion (Bradford), but we felt like we needed more experience.
“It allows us to have a guy who played quite a bit as a freshman and started at UTEP. He got started in basketball late and we feel he has a lot of upside. He has good physical ability and plays really hard. On top of all of that, he is an outstanding young man. He is a really good quality student from an outstanding family.”
Ezeagu visited K-State’s campus last week and attended the team’s Big 12 home opener versus TCU, sitting behind the team bench.
He also attended Saturday's 84-68 victory over No. 12 West Virginia.
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A 6-foot-10, 245-pound forward from Brampton, Ontario, Ezeagu played one season at UTEP under head coach Rodney Terry in 2018-19.
He played in all 29 games for the Miners as a true freshman, averaging 3.2 points with 3.4 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 12.4 minutes per game. Ezeagu led the team in both field goal percentage (56.9; 37-for-65) and blocked shots (24). He had at least two blocks in eight games last season. Ezeagu posted a pair of double-digit scoring efforts, ending with 10 in his college debut (versus Texas-Permian Basin) and tallying a personal-best 12 against Middle Tennessee State.
Ezeagu established himself in the Miners’ lineup at the end of the season, starting the final seven games.
He initially planned to redshirt this season to maintain another year of eligibility, but left the program in the middle of the year. He didn’t play in a game for the Miners this season before transferring.
Ezeagu was born in the Bahamas but went to prep school in Brampton, Ontario, which is a suburb of Toronto. He developed into one of the best prep players in Canada, averaging 11.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game at GTA Prep at Mississauga Secondary School in 2017-18. Ezeagu was the only player in the league to average a double-double that season. In addition, he won the National Preparatory Association’s defensive player of the year award and earned co-MVP honors at the Signature All-Canadian Showcase.
He becomes the fifth member of one of the Wildcats’ most highly regarded recruiting hauls ever, joining guards Nijel Pack and Luke Kasubke, wing Selton Miguel and forward Davion Bradford.
Prior to Ezeagu joining, the Wildcats’ 2020 signees already were considered a consensus top-25 class nationally. It ranks No. 21 in the country according to 247Sports and No. 23 by Rivals.com. It’s the highest-ranked class under Weber as well as the best in program history since recruiting rankings began.
All four high school players are rated among the top 200 players in the nation while all are members of the Rivals150 for the 2020 cycle.