Diaz Joins Wildcats

Miami (Fla.) Hialeah Lakes senior center Adrian Diaz is going to Kansas State. Why is it important? Because he's a good player and the now the Wildcats don't have to fight the masses.

It didn't take Kansas State long to realize enough was enough. After most of the programs in the country in need of size watched him last week at the AAU Nationals, Frank Martin's team locked up Adrian Diaz.

"One of the top big men in the country committed this morning to Kansas State," Gold Coast coach Jarrod Lazarus told Scout.com.

Diaz had offers from the Wildcats, North Florida, High Point and Virginia Tech. When we say every college in search of a big kid watched him last week, that's exactly what we mean.

The near 7-footer is good around the rim and made strides since last season. Once he finds the weight room and gets introduced to the strength and conditioning coach, there should be another jump with his game.

The commitment of Diaz is going to be the first of many this week. Colleges came off the road on July 31 and will immediately begin pressing their primary targets to make decisions. Schools won't want kids they've invested a lot of time with summer to take visits and if they can press players into committing in the next few weeks, that's exactly what they'll do.

In the case of Diaz, Martin's Wildcats avoided what was going to be a rush to get him onto campus. It's a good commitment from a post target that was going to become a primary target for a number of schools in the coming weeks.

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