Swingman Ismael N'diaye has seen some pretty warm climates. He grew up in the Ivory Coast and now attends high school in Florida. Next year, for the first time in a while, he'll need a heavy winter jacket.
On Monday, N'diaye committed to Kansas State.
"I like K-State," N'diaye said. "I think it's going to be a great situation for me to explore. I like the conference, too."
N'diaye's high school coach Rolando DeLaBarrera likes to call his player the best wing defender in the country. That's a lot of hype, but the coach does have a point. While offensively, he needs polish on his jumper, he's a menace on the defensive end. He challenges everything and takes pride in defending and in turn, he excels at it.
In Manhattan, he'll get to play against current teammate Kevin Young who picked Missouri on the same day. "We'll have a little fun. I know we'll beat them."
Kansas State has landed itself an athlete who wants nothing more than to contribute. "I'm going to play the wing there," N'diaye said. "They told me that by the sophomore year, I can be starting. We'll have some seniors who will leave in my sophomore year. But, they say I will have a lot of game time my first year."
There's no doubt winters in Miami are almost exactly opposite those in Manhattan, but N'diaye will be ready. "I am going from the warm to the cold. I think at first it's going to be alright and I know that I have to deal with it, so I don't think it's going to be a major problem."