One New Wildcat, Two Departing

Kansas State basketball coach Frank Martin announced Thursday that Martavious Irving has joined the Wildcat program, while Buchi Awaji and Fred Brown will both be transferring.

Add one, take away two from the Kansas State basketball roster for 2009-2010. Wildcat basketball coach Frank Martin has announced the signing of Martavious Irving to a national letter of intent, while confirming that Fred Brown and Buchi Awaji have been released from their scholarships.

"We are pleased to welcome Martavious to our basketball program," said Martin. "He is an excellent combination of athleticism and strength at the guard position and will be a great fit for our style of play."

A 6-foot-2, 185-pound shooting guard from Boyd H. Anderson High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Irving helped the Cobras to 55 wins the past two seasons, including a 25-3 overall record in 2008-09.

He was a unanimous selection to the Class 6A-5A-4A All-Broward first team by both the Miami Herald and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. He is rated among the top-20 players in the state of Florida by several recruiting services.

A starter in all 28 games, Irving averaged 15.4 points on 55.2 percent shooting (155-of-281), including 43.7 percent from 3-point range (38-of-87), with 7.3 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game in 2008-09. He ranked in the top-5 in nearly every team category, including first in field goals and two-point field goals (117) and second in scoring, rebounding and steals.

As a junior, Irving led the Cobras to a 30-2 overall record and to the Class 6A state title game, where they lost to Miami Norland.

He averaged 12.4 points on 51.3 percent shooting (142-of-277), including 43.4 percent (30-of-69) from 3-point range, with 5.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.2 steals per game. He scored in double figures in 22 of 32 games, including five 20-point outings.

Boyd H. Anderson is the high school alma mater of K-State great Mitch Richmond, whose jersey was retired by the school this past season.

Irving joins a recruiting class that has already been judged one of the nation's best classes and includes Jordan Henriquez (Winchendon [Mass.] School/Port Chester, N.Y.), Wally Judge (Arlington (Fla.) Country Day/Washington, D.C.), Rodney McGruder (Arlington (Fla.) Country Day/Washington, D.C.) and Nick Russell (Grace Preparatory Academy/Arlington, Texas).

Awaji, a junior, and Brown, a sophomore, have been released from their athletic scholarships at Kansas State and will transfer to other institutions.

"Buchi and Fred have decided to continue their playing careers at other schools," said Martin. "We appreciate their contributions to the program and wish them the best in the future."

A 6-foot-5, 185-pound junior from Los Angeles, Calif., Awaji averaged 4.0 points on 50 percent shooting this past season with 1.9 rebounds in 10.8 minutes per game. He scored in double figures four times, including a season-high 12 points against North Carolina Central on Feb. 17.

A 6-foot-2, 190-pound sophomore from West Palm Beach, Fla., Brown averaged 8.1 points on 42.1 percent shooting this past season with 1.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 20.4 minutes per game.

He was a part of the first trio (along with Denis Clemente and Jacob Pullen) in school history to each tally 50 or more 3-pointers in a single season.

He saw time in 61 games in his two-year career with two starts, averaging 6.2 points on 41.4 percent shooting. Both finished the spring semester in solid academic standing with Awaji graduating with a social science degree from the university.


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