Huggins Lands Big Man

Luis Colon will be playing his college basketball next year at Kansas State. The Wildcats held off a last minute surge by the Miami Hurricanes to seal the deal with the 6-10, 250-pounder.

"We came to a decision last night," Miami Tropics Coach, Art Alvarez, said. We made a decision, it was a tough one. We felt that Kansas State was the right fit for him basketball wise and it would give him an opportunity to play next to Jason Bennett as a power forward."

Just two days before Colon was set to make a decision, Coach Frank Haith, of Miami, called and offered him a scholarship. With the proximity of Miami and the thought of playing with some of his close friends, Colon took it into consideration.

"Miami was very intriguing because that's his hometown and also the fact that he wanted to stay close to me and he wanted to play with Denis Clemente which is a dear friend of his for years. That was a very intriguing situation for him."

Colon, who averaged 14 points and nearly 9 boards this past season at Miami (FL) Krop, thoroughly enjoyed his visit to Manhattan and was impressed that the president of the university would take him out to eat.

"The fact that he really enjoyed his visit very much to Kansas State and one of the things that he was excited about is the president of the university actually took him out to lunch. How many times do you have the president of a school take a recruit out to lunch? He saw that they take their basketball pretty seriously down at K-State."

The visit to Manhattan took place this past weekend and Colon got to know Coach Huggins on a personal level. According to Alvarez the two spent a lot of time together and the visit is ultimately what won him over.

"I think that just goes to show sometimes it's best to get the last visit," Alvarez said. "The visit and the attention that they showed him and the fact that they went out of their way to show how much they wanted him. The visit got it done and these guys really do a great job at getting it done. I think it was more where the visit went over real well and that kind of got it done."

While the visit played a major role in his decision, according to Alvarez so did Jason Bennett. The 7-foot-3 center and Colon have been teammates for three years and have developed chemistry on and off the court.

Colon faxed his LOI to Coach Huggins last night and will be joining the Wildcats next season.

"He's already sent the letter of intent to Coach Huggins. This is a done deal."

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