It's a real exciting time for me because these two young men have remained loyal to us throughout a difficult process,? said Wildcat coach Frank Martin.
They have continued to work on getting their academic situations in order to be able to be here at Kansas State. They both bring tremendous athleticism and toughness to our basketball team.
"It's going to be a crash course for them to come in and try and learn as fast as they can to catch up to the rest of the team. However, they are the kind of young men that fit into what I like in players," Martin said. "They care about nothing but winning. They want to do whatever they can to help us win.
Both talents are graduates of The Patterson School in Lenoir, North Carolina. Samuels is a product of Washington D.C., and Sutton of Durham, N.C. They are immediately eligible to practice and play in Saturday's 1 p.m. tip-off against Wagner in Bramlage Coliseum.
The twosome helped lead Patterson to a 36-4 record and No. 3 national prep school ranking. The school lost in the semifinals to the eventual national champion Notre Dame Prep, which featured Michael Beasley.
Sutton averaged 15.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and a team-leading 3.0 steals per game as a senior, while Samuels was the first players off the bench for the Bulldogs. Both players starred on the AAU circuit with the DC Assault alongside Beasley and fellow freshman Ron Anderson.
A 6-foot-8, 220-pound power forward from Washington, D.C., Samuels played just one season at The Patterson School after a stellar playing career at Archibishop Carroll High School in his hometown. He averaged 22 points, nine rebounds and three blocks per game as a junior, while he averaged 12 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks as a sophomore.
A 6-foot-4, 195-pound shooting guard, Sutton was rated among the top players in the country in 2006, including the No. 57 overall prospect by Scout.com. Sutton was also ranked among the top-50 at his position by a number of outlets, including No. 11 by Scout.com, No. 21 by High School Hoops magazine.
Sutton played two seasons for The Patterson School after transferring from Durham (N.C.) Jordan High School. As a sophomore, he averaged 19.7 points in guiding the Falcons to a 19-8 overall record and the 4-A Western Regional semifinals. Sutton was named to The Associated Press All-State second team and was the Durham Sun-Herald Player of the Year.
Sutton will receive the final scholarship for 2007-08 season, while Samuels will be a walk-on until receiving a scholarship for the 2008-09 season.