The kids from the D.C. area are banding together. Last year it was Michael Beasley who picked the Wildcats of Kansas State. Now, in addition to 2009'er Wally Judge, another D.C.-area prospect is headed to Little Manhattan.
Late Thursday night, Rodney Magruder, a junior, pledged to the Wildcats. "I went out to Midnight Madness and I enjoyed it," Magruder said. "I really liked how the basketball team was treated and I liked the coaching staff is great."
Magruder, a 6-foot-4 card carrying member of the D.C. Assault traveling team, attends Archbishop Carroll where he's made his bones as an athletic slasher. "The strongest part of my game is my leaping ability and my mid-range game," Magruder told Scout.com.
He was receiving interest from Miami, West Virginia and Pittsburgh before opting for Kansas State. K-State assistant Dalonte Hill, a former D.C. Assault staffer, continues to use his area ties to recruit prospects to the Big 12 program. Basically, via Hill's connections a ton of Assault alumni are migrating to Kansas State. "Hopefully a lot can help us out there."
Magruder never dreamed of playing in Manhattan but over the last 2 seasons, beginning with the one-year stint of Bob Huggins, Kansas State has turned into a haven for D.C. Assault prospects. "I never thought about going out there but I enjoyed it so much when I was out there. It was an easy decision."
The good news for K-State fans is that Assault is one of the winningest programs on the traveling team circuit and the Wildcats are feasting on the programs top players.