Wildcats Narrowing Focus in 2005
K-State Targeting The Class of 2005
After spending the spring evaluating high school players from the class of 2005 all over the country, the Kansas State staff has begun to narrow their focus.
The most important thing for the class of 2005 will be adding size and hopefully picking up some kids who are ready to contribute immediately. As it stands, Marques Hayden and Tyler Hughes will be the only returning big men on the roster so the need for big bodies is obvious.
The Wildcats will probably be handing out four scholarships to the class of 2004 and it is a safe bet that at least three of them will go to big men. It is also safe to assume that Jim Wooldridge and company will focus quite a bit of their attention on the state of Texas and they will hit up the junior college ranks, but for the purposes of this piece we'll focus on high schoolers.
By no means is this a definitive list, but it does provide some names and evaluations of players that K-State fans may want to keep an eye on. As the summer progresses, the list will change and there will be further updates.
Ray Brown, 6-4 WG, Richfield (MN) High- When he plays under control, Brown is one of the most devastating perimeter scorers in the Midwest. He has big time athleticism, deep range and he can take defenders off the dribble. His basketball IQ needs work and he has to become a little more of a team player but he has the talent to play just about anywhere in the country. Grades could be an issue.
Austin Johnson, 6-2 WG, Amarillo (TX) Palo Duro- Johnson burst onto the national scene after making positive contributions to a loaded Team Texas AAU squad. He is a quick wing who loves to get to the basket and has white hot shooting streaks from outside. He needs to add strength and his ball handling needs some work but he'll be tracked all summer long. Others showing interest on one level or another include SMU, TCU, Wichita State, Texas A&M, and several more schools in the Missouri Valley, Conference USA and Big 12.
Gerald Green, 6-7 WF, Houston (TX) Gulf Shores- If he wants to work for it, Green has the talent to garner serious McDonald's All-American consideration. He strokes three pointers with ease and is dangerous in the mid range game going left or right. On the break, he is an outstanding leaper capable of getting people out of their seats with monster jams. On the downside, the effort isn't always there and he is extremely hard to read. K-State, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Houston, Kansas, and just about every other school in the country have been mentioned with him at one time or another.
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