Wildcats Get Their Guard

Kansas State basketball coach Frank Martin received his fourth commitment to the 2009-10 class this weekend. Nick Russell of Grace Preparatory Academy, Inc., gave a verbal word that will complete the four-player class.

Kansas State coach Frank Martin received the guard commitment that he was searching for, which will complete the 2009-10 recruiting class. Nick Russell, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound guard from Grace Preparatory Academy, Inc., in Arlington, Texas, gave a verbal commitment to the Wildcats over the weekend.

"Nick Russell brings size to the backcourt," said Dave Telep, National Recruiting Director for Scout.com. "He's a big combo guard who you can expect to play shooting guard, but can help as a secondary handler. Collegiately, I just don't see him as a decision-making point."

Ranked as the No. 31 point guard in the nation, Russell, however, said, "I want to play the point in college. That's what I'm working towards."

K-State currently has a pair of point guards in place with sophomore Jacob Pullen and junior Denis Clemente, so the position only gets deeper.

"He's silky smooth," said Grace Prep coach Ray Forsett of Russell, who chose K-State over Iowa, Texas Tech and SMU.

"He's a great kid. Great on the court and great in the classroom." Russell, a 3-Star recruit, averaged 18 points, 11 rebounds and six assists last year, but more than those numbers, Forsett said, "He's just smooth. He knows when to run and he sees the floor great."

Joining Russell in this year's class that will be signing next month are 6-8 Wally Judge of Arlington Country Day High School, who is ranked the No. 4 power forward in the nation; 6-4 Rodney McGruder of Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, DC, the 24th ranked small forward; and, 6-11 Jordan Henriquez of The Winchendon School.

As for K-State's overall four-man class, Telep said, "Judge is going to be an all-Big 12 player. It's a solid group of guys with a star in Judge."

While Judge is ranked as the No. 16 player in America, according to Scout.com, McGruder and Henriquez are both 3-Star players.

"Judge is a live-body power-forward, and Rodney is a slashing small-forward with a nice mid-range game," Talep said. "Henriquez is someone they will have to invest time in for the long haul."

Overall, Telep said he doubted the class would be in the Top 25 in the nation because it had only one Top 100 player. The NCAA's early signing period runs from Nov. 12 through Nov. 19.


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