Wildcat Basketball focused on Recruiting

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.


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.

Here are a couple of recruits the Wildcats currently are pursuing 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.

Michael Washington, 6-9 BF/C, McGehee (AR) High- Recently Washington told us that he would like to end the recruiting process fairly early - look for an August announcement for the lucky school he selects. Washington is the kind of kid that grows on you with each viewing. He makes jump hooks with either hand, is a good rebounder and can nail the occasional free throw line jumper. Like many young post players, he needs to add a little more strength and consistency but he has the talent to be a top 75 type player nationally. Other schools that have been mentioned with him include Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Kansas.

Jamelle Cornelly, 6-5 BF, Columbus (OH) Brookhaven- Although he doesn't have the type of height that you would typically want from a post player, Cornelly is a wide load in the paint who gets the job done. He's got broad shoulders, an ample rump and a nasty streak that allows him to seal and score on defenders. He struggles against athleticism and his summer performance will determine whether high majors stay interested or he ends up on the mid major level.

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