Gipson Joins Big 12 Program

Shortly after the second July evaluation Thomas Gipson found his fit. He made his decision official on Tuesday.

Thomas Gipson liked the situation at Kansas State and he didn't want to let the opportunity pass him by. So on Tuesday the 6-foot-7 power forward gave Frank Martin and the Wildcats a verbal commitment.

"I didn't want to worry about it and I know I have a good college waiting for," Gipson said about make his college choice.

Marquette, West Virginia, Tulane, Georgia and Oklahoma were also under consideration, but he likes how Kansas State uses their big men in the past and he developed strong relationship with their coaching staff.

"Their college develops big men," Gipson said. "I hope I can play the three or the four and [I liked] their coaching staff."

"The person that was talking to me was coach [Figger]. I've been talking to him for over a year. I could tell they wanted me."

Gipson, a standout at Cedar Hill (Tex.) High, is a three-star prospect on Dallas area guru Glenn Smith raved about the talented big man.

"He's very dominant around the basket with extremely soft hands," Smith told

Gipson is Kansas State's second verbal commitment. He joins Hialeah (Fla.) Miami Lakes product Adrian Diaz to make up their current recruiting class.

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